With its open landscape surrounded by mountains, Vestvågøy is like an oasis in the centre of Lofoten. This is a big farming area, and you can find lots of products from local producers. Cheese and herbs are often purchased on a visit to one of our farms.
In times gone by, Vestvågøy was called Lofotr, and after a while it gave its name to the entire archipelago. For hundreds of years, the island was hiding treasures in the form of the biggest chieftain’s house to date that has been found. Every year, visitors from around the world come to the Viking Museum, which bears witness to riches and power going back to the Middle Ages.
White sandy beaches and nice walks await, and elite surfers come here to Unstad to surf on one of the best surfing beaches in Europe. Or maybe you fancy cycling round the island.
Vestvågøy is sparsely populated, leading to the creation of small villages and communities along the coast and further inland. There are lots of shops and nice little cafés here. You can travel from Vestvågøy to Stamsund with the Hurtigruten boats, fly to Leknes or drive on the E10. See The Head sculpture at Eggum, visit Ballstad, one of Lofoten’s biggest fishing villages, take a fishing trip, or maybe you’d like to don a wetsuit and go scuba diving. There is so much to do. Welcome to Vestvågøy!