The northermost village on the outermost island

Fredvang

Fredvang

On the northernmost part of the outermost larger island of the Lofoten archipelago, 300 km North of the arctic circle, you'll find the small fishing and farming village of Fredvang, where people have been living the traditional life of the fisherman-farmer for thousands of years.

Up till recently the isolated village was only reachable by boat or a small shuttle ferry, but it is now connected to the neighbour island with the two spectacular Fredvang Bridges, arching gracefully from islet to islet across the strait between the islands. The narrow road to and between the bridges is single file only, with traffic meeting pockets marked ‘M’

Fredvang

The harbour

The village has a thriving small fishing harbour, where several fishing boats have their home harbour. During the busy moths of the Lofoten winter fishing, the harbour buzzes with life as the boats come in, heavy with catch, and the fishery works day and night to keep up. The village population grows heavily during these months, as dozens of temporary workers for the fishery and boats fill every rentable room.
The harbour

Farming

The village life is not only about fishing, it is equally rooted in the farmer's life. Earlier every house was a small farmstead, with perhaps a cow, certainly some sheep, a plot of earth for potatoes. Now the farming area is mainly in the Northern part of the village, where a fertile farmland stretches between the mountains and the ocean. The most important produce here is sheep, dotting the mountain sides. On the fields grass is grown, to store in bales for winter feeding.

Farming
 

© The Village Council of Fredvang / Samstrev

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