Must see attractions in Austvågøy

  • Top ChoiceSights in Svolvær

    Foto Galleri

    Stunning photos of the Lofoten Islands in all their brooding glory, most of them for sale, are the work of photographer Anders Finsland. It's worth stopping by even if you don't plan to buy.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Svolvær

    Magic Ice

    Housed appropriately in what was once a fish-freezing plant, this is the ultimate place to chill out (perhaps with something to warm the spirit). The 500-sq-metre space is filled with huge ice sculptures, illustrating Lofoten life. If you can't return to northern Norway in winter, this is a great, if brief, approximation. Admission includes warm clothing and a drink in an ice glass.

  • Sights in Svolvær

    Galleri Dagfinn Bakke

    One of Svolvær's more interesting little private galleries, this place showcases works by local artist Dagfinn Bakke, in which the distinctive light and natural formations of Arctic Norway take centre stage, with a range of other painters also on display. As always, many of the pieces are for sale.

  • Sights in Svolvær

    Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter

    On the main square and beside the tourist office, the North Norwegian Artist's Centre hosts changing exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and more by artists from northern Norway. Its shop is a good source for a tasteful souvenir of Norway's north.

  • Sights in Svolvær

    Lofoten Krigsminnemuseum

    Housed in the town's old post office, Lofoten's little war-memorial museum recounts the islands' role in the drama of WWII, when the islands were occupied by the Nazis. The collection includes lots of fascinating period photos, plus original uniforms, ordnance and even a couple of (decommissioned) mines.

  • Sights in Svolvær

    Lofoten Temagalleri

    The Lofoten Theme Gallery is very much the creation of one man, Geir Nøtnes, a keen photographer from a fishing background. It's devoted mainly to cod fishing and whaling, with plenty of photos and equipment. Ask to see the splendid 20-minute DVD about Lofoten through the seasons.

  • Sights in Svolvær

    Galleri Stig Tobiassen

    This place is another of Svolvær's fine little galleries that show and sell paintings in which the Lofotons are the focus.