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Tourist information

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.
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 of Lofoten.
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 a goat-farm.
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 maintained.
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 goat-milk.

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.
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 winter.

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 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.

Fishing times: 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 licence locally.
You won't need a fishing licence to fish in lakes.

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