This information covers the area around Bøstad, from the outer side of Lofoten
with the fishing villages Eggum and Unstad, inwards Vestvågøy with the agriculture
villages Bøstad/Liland, and the villages in the long valleys close to the southern
mountains. Here, the foundation has been fishing and farming, and the district is
still marked by that, even though there are fewer participants in the primary industries.
The travel industry has had an increasing influence in this part of Lofoten,
especially after "Lofotr Vikingmuseet" (Museum of Vikings) was established in
the mid 1990's. This tourist enterprise, which is built on the chieftain seat
on Borg, which had it's days of glory over a 1000 years ago, is the most visited
attraction in Lofoten.
|It can be this beautiful when the midnight sun is seen out in the ocean.
The recent years Unstad has advanced to become a center for arctic sea surfing,
and surfers come from all the corners of the world to surf in the epic nature
Eggum is known to be one of the best places for those who want to experience
the midnight sun in Lofoten, and both tourists and the locals visit the place,
during the summer. It's also possible to pitch a tent or park your camper, for
a reasonable rent price. Varden on the old road to Unstad is also a fit
location to view the midnight sun.
The scenery has been shaped through human activity over the centuries.
Pasture-animals provide an open landscape, and here we've got hundreds of
sheep grazing in the summer, and several heards of goats grazing from
Borgfjorden and inwards Lauvdalen and Vendalsjord. On Saupstad there is also
In Borgfjorden you can find the most marked elements of human influence, stone
fences between home fields and outlying fields which twist at the foot
of a mountain with a couple of summer cowsheds embed in the fence. Stone fences
can also be found other places in the Bøstad area, but not as large and
A large share of the farming-area here is ecological, and corn is also grown for
fodder. Two farms are running their own cheese factories with basis in ecological
The area around Borg has a big horse-community, where most of the horses
are "Nordlandshester". It's a horse which has it's ancestry from northern
Nordland and Lyngen in Troms. Up to 1940 Lofoten had its own horse, called
Lofothest, presumably a close relative to the Nordlandshest. The only specimen
of the Lofothest today is stuffed and you can view it in the museum of Bergen.
A flock of goats in Lauvdalen.|
The area is excellent for those who want peace and quiet, combined with
physical indulgence. During the summer one can walk on marked paths over
and along the mountains between the villages, or go inwards the mountain
or the beach by oneself. The opportunity exists, even in this small section
of Vestvågøya, to walk for hours without meeting humans. If the trip takes
place in the late summer, you might come across large amounts of berry,
especially blueberry at this time of the year. Stirred with a little sugar
or eaten intact, it's just wonderful to exist.
For those who are interested in flowers, it's an experience to walk around
Mjåsundet with a large variety of species. It's a result of nutrient-rich and
chalky soil. Here are plant species that usually exist in the high mountains
further south, but also some seldom orchids. The first plants is active
immediately after the snow disappears, while others blossom later in the summer.
In order to get out in the skerries or the ocean, there are no organized
trips for the time being. It's up to the travelers to get in touch with the
locals, to see if there are any opportunities to get on a boat,
and experience the outer side of Lofoten from the sea. If you're lucky,
you might pull a coalfish or two from the boat.
The actual Lofot-fishing is one of the largest cod fisheries in the world,
takes place from the winter months into April. It's an exciting time with
hectic operations at the fish-receivers on Eggum and Tangstad. You might be
able to buy fresh cod, liver and roe which is the culinary highlight of the
From Vika at Eggum and inwards to Lilandsvatnet at Borg, there is a unique
system of freshwater lakes, where you could get both sea- and freshwater fish.
You can also find the peculiar freshwater herring which is smaller than ordinary
sea herring, and it's as tasteful as the sea herring. In the inner Borgpoll
its mainly freshwater fish like salmon and trout that dominates, while
Lilandsvatnet only has freshwater fish. The whole system is defined as
freshwater, and the fishing-times are decided based on that.
During the winter it can be perfect weather for skiing-enthusiasts.
During the winter, when there is sufficient amounts of snow, the terrain
conditions are well fit for skiing. Here are possibilities both for novices
and advanced skiers.
The skiing season can last to mid April if you use Lauvdalen or Vendalsjord as
the starting point. Then you can experience good skiing conditions, sunshine
and heat at the same time.
There are also winters with negligible amounts of snow, and then you might
as well walk inwards the mountains without your skiing equipment, if the
weather permits it. Lofoten is an island out in the ocean and the low pressures
from west are often in queue, and in the autumn storms can rage for days at the
time. Still there can be long periods with minimal wind, sun and several degrees
below freezing-point. Then its splendid to be in Lofoten both on land and by sea.
In the ocean/salt water you can fish the whole year round, but in water system
with anadromous fish species the fishing time is set to july 15. to august 17. In
the latter you are required to buy a fishing licence and make an agreement with
the landowner(s). In Skrådalsvannet on Saupstad you will be able to buy a fishing
You won't need a fishing licence to fish in lakes.
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