Located on two small islands in Lofoten, the charming fishing village of Henningsvær is small, yet worth the visit. Colorful buildings line the harbor with the steep mountains of Austvågøya as a backdrop. You may have also heard that Henningsvær is home to one of the most beautiful places in the world to play football. For those looking to spend some time exploring the “Venice of Lofoten,” check out the June issue of Viking magazine and see more recommendations below.


Henningsvær Bryggehotell sits in the middle of Brygga in Lofoten’s largest fishing village. Built in 1995, it offers outstanding views of the sea and blends in with its rustic surroundings. After a day of exploring, indulge in some local seafood at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, The Blue Fish.


The area has a burgeoning adventure scene. Glomtinden mountain is an easy to moderate hike which takes about two hours roundtrip. Stunning views of Lofoten await you at the top.


To marvel at Norway’s largest collection of painted art from Northern Norway, head to Galleri Lofotens Hus. The ground floor houses a collection of classical paintings from 1880 to 1930 that showcases Lofoten’s legendary seasonal fishery. The first floor exhibits the nature work of Karl Erik Harr. On the second floor, learn about cod’s role in Lofoten’s history.


Fiskekrogen is one of the area’s most well-known restaurants and a favorite of the Norwegian royal family. It was built in 1989 and sits on Henningsvær’s harbor. Seafood is central to the menu—think fish soup, halibut and trout prepared with seasonal ingredients.