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Svolvær is the centre of municipal administration in the borough of Vågan, which includes the islands of Gimsøy and Austvågøy.

The city is nicely exposed to the sunshine, and the sun itself is only absent for one month a year, from December 6 to January 6.

Svolvær is situated by the sea and is surrounded by beautiful scenic areas and well-known mountain formations like Svolværgeita (the Svolvær Goat), Fløya, Tuva, Blåtind, Kongstinden and Tjeldbergtinden.

Svolvær is the centre of municipal administration in the borough of Vågan, which includes the islands of Gimsøy and Austvågøy.

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The city is characterised by seafront promenades, fishermen’s cabins (rorbu), fish landing stations and distinctive mountains. A lot of people are familiar with Svolværgeita crag, which was first climbed in 1910. The pride and sense of victory felt by many after jumping from one of the “goat’s” horns to the other, will often be the memory of a lifetime.

Svolvær is one of the gateways to the Lofoten Islands with its airport and daily calls by the Coastal Voyage vessels and the express passenger boats to Bodø and Narvik. The ferry between Svolvær and Hamarøy (the realm of Knut Hamsun) also offers daily crossings.

The borough of Vågan is one of North Norway’s major centres of art, boasting the largest number of resident artists in the north. The North Norwegian Artists’ Centre is well established in Svolvær, and in Kabelvåg we find the Nordland County Council College of Art.

The engineering industry in Svolvær is among the biggest in North Norway, and Vågan is also one of the country’s major sea farming boroughs.

FACTS ABOUT SVOLVÆR
Residents: around 4600 (2016)
Closest town: Kabelvåg (5km)
Closest airport: Svolvær Helle Airport (6km)
GPS: 68.14 | 14.33