Dyr i Lofoten

There is a wealth of different animals in Lofoten.

The first moose in Lofoten was seen on the island of Hinnøya in 1949. From there, the species has spread out across eastern Lofoten, where today the stock has become quite sizeable. In fact, on the island of Lille Molla, east of Svolvær, we find the country’s largest concentration of moose in relation to surface area. Moose prefer woodland areas, but can also be seen on the highest mountain tops in Lofoten, or swimming between the islands.
Red Fox
There is a relatively large stock of red foxes in eastern and central Lofoten, and the animals are often observed when searching for food in the vicinity of the towns and villages. After the bridges were built over to Henningsvær, red foxes are often seen there, too. There are no red foxes in Flakstad or Moskenes.
There are large stocks of hare in Moskenes and Flakstad, and these are the object of small game hunting. In Vestvågøy and Austvågøy, however, there are no hares, probably due to the relatively large red fox and golden eagle populations.
Otters live for the most part on fish that they catch themselves. They are found all over Lofoten and the stock is on the increase. At times otters can be a problem for the salmon farming industry as they may cause considerable damage in the salmon cages.
Mink established themselves in Lofoten around 1940. Like elsewhere in North Norway, what we today call wild mink are the descendants of the mink that managed to escape from the many mink farms that were in operation during the interwar period. In many places, mink have caused a considerable decline in eider duck stocks.
Stoat (Weasel)
The stoat is a skilful swimmer and is found all over Lofoten in places where there is a good supply of small rodents and fish waste.
Seals are quite common in Lofoten and can be seen from the outermost areas of Røst and all the way to Risvær and the Svellingsøyene islands. The most widespread species are common seals and grey seals
Killer Whale / Orca
Over the past 30 years or so, a large part of the North Atlantic herring stock has wintered in the Vestfjord and neighbouring fjords. For this reason, killer whales are found in large numbers in Lofoten during the autumn and winter, when several hundred of them enter the fjords to feed on the huge shoals of herring. At other times, they occur only more sporadically Killer whales belong to the dolphin family and can be 8 metres long and weigh up to 5000 kilos.
  Minke Whale
Minke whales are the smallest of the rorqual whales, but in spite of this they can still be 10 metres long and weigh 9000 kilos. They are found in all the world’s oceans, but are particularly abundant in the north, all the way up to Svalbard. They can be seen in Lofoten all year round, but are not very conspicuous, breaching quickly only to breathe and subsequently remaining under water for up to half an hour. Minke whales live off plankton and fish.
Pilot Whale
Pilot whales are closely related to killer whales. They are often seen in large schools off the shores of the Lofoten islands, where they hunt in particular for squid that are moving in towards land. They also eat fish and are most abundant in the autumn. In bygone times they were hunted in Lofoten. Pilot whales can be up to 6 metres long.