The Hurtigruten Museum portrays the history of the coastal-ferry line in text and image. Hitched to the quayside is the retired ship MS Finnmarken, claimed to be the world's largest museum piece, which plied the coastal route between 1956 and 1993.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Vesterålen attractions

1. Norwegian Fishing Industry Museum

5.79 MILES

In an abandoned herring-oil factory (romantically named Neptune despite its stark functionality), this museum traces the life of a fish from the deep sea…

2. Lofoten Temagalleri

24.8 MILES

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…

3. Galleri Stig Tobiassen

24.94 MILES

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

4. Foto Galleri

24.94 MILES

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…

5. Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter

25.02 MILES

On the main square and beside the tourist office, the North Norwegian Artist's Centre hosts changing exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and…

6. Galleri Dagfinn Bakke

25.07 MILES

One of Svolvær's more interesting little private galleries, this place showcases works by local artist Dagfinn Bakke, in which the distinctive light and…

7. Lofoten Krigsminnemuseum

25.07 MILES

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…

8. Magic Ice

25.1 MILES

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…