Henningsvær Community Guidelines

An iconic and well-known fisherman’s village in Lofoten

A village bustling with life and energy, just 500 inhabitants call Henningsvær home. You are visiting for a short period – let our knowledge guide you. We encourage you to do as the locals do; respect nature, and each other!

Henningsvær consists of several small islands connected by bridges like pearls on a string. It is a fishing village in Vågan Municipality in Nordland county. It is located on several small islands off the southern coast of the large island of Austvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago.

The village has grown to be a cultural hub in Lofoten, with several galleries showing both local and world- renowned artists. In February and March, the Lofoten fisheries have started and you can experience the busy life on the pier when the boats come back to deliver the catch of the day. The place is also a favorite for climbers from all over the world who come to have a go at the big walls in the north or people who want to explore the skerries on a rib boat or by snorkeling. Down by the harbor you will find small shops and restaurants serving local delicacies.

Stroll around the narrow streets and feel the atmosphere of the cozy fishing village where each season has its own charm.  We really hope you will enjoy your stay with us! Please read our community guidelines which will help you to better understand our village.



  • The views are so nice you might want to shout but keep the noise levels to a minimum in the evenings and at Respect that some people need to wake up early in the morning,
  • The roads are narrow – if you have a car, please park at one of the big parking lots and explore Henningsvær by foot.
  • You are welcome to photograph the stockfish, just keep in mind that it is food so please do not touch.
  • Our nature is pure – please help us keep it that way!
  • Help us keep Henningsvær clean. Please dispose of trash in one of the public trash bins.
  • Ask permission before taking photos of people or their permission.
  • Shop locally – visit the small local businesses.
  • Our community is based on trust, please respect privacy and property.
  • Public toilets can be found in the town, please do not use nature.


Helpful tips for you:

  • Join organized tours. A local guide will take care of your safety and make the adventure even better.
  • In Norway it is prohibited by law to drink alcohol in public