The distinctive Værøy mountains are just as steep as those in the rest of Lofoten, but much easier to climb, and you can get great panoramic views after a quick hike.
About 80% of the jobs here are related to the seasonal fisheries – skrei in winter, halibut and coalfish in summer, and herring in autumn.
The huge seabird colonies on the outer side of Værøy's Måstad peninsula used to be an essential source of food for the islanders, while today boat tours go out to marvel at the colonies. The rare Norwegian Lundehund dog comes from the village of Måstad, now abandoned but an idyllic hiking spot. There are many attractions on Værøy, like Lofoten's oldest church, painters, ceramics, clothes designers, antiques, deep-sea fishing and RIB boat trips.
You can get to Værøy by ferry from Bodø, Røst or Moskenes or by helicopter from Bodø.