21 April 2023

In March, several school classes visited Vågan Museum Nord’s museums in Kabelvåg. Focusing on the cod, we carried out joint arrangements at Galleri Espolin, the Lofoten Museum and the Lofoten Aquarium, for The Cultural Schoolbag (DKS) in Vågan municipality: “The Lofoten Adventure – SKREI”

The theme for the week has been Lofoten fishery’s cultural heritage in Storvågan: “SKREI ? Yesterday, today and tomorrow?” Through educational programs with activities at Gallery Espolin, the Lofoten Museum and the Lofoten Aquarium, we have addressed the importance of the Lofoten fishery today, in the old days and in the future. 

The Lofoten Museum presents the history of the Lofoten fishery in the past, where the students got to visit the fisherman’s cabin and try out traditional crafts. Ropes and knots were worked on, and the students made their own keychains. The guide Kristin Risan took the students on a journey through storytelling back 130 years in time, to 1893 – and a first sailing trip to Lofoten from Helgeland as scorers who came to the fisherman’s cabin “Alperosen”. 

Gallery Espolin examines the relationship between people, fish and the sea shown through Kaare Espolin Johnson’s art. The pupils got to see and hear about how Lofoten and the Lofoten fishery are depicted in Espolin Johnson’s art, and they got to try Espolin’s scratching technique with impressive results!

At the Lofoten Aquarium, the pupils got a closer look at the cod and heard about how the fish live and why they spawn in the areas around Lofoten. One also talked about; How do we ensure that we can harvest the cod stock also in the future? Could climate change have an impact on the cod fishery?

Thank you to the students and teachers in Vågan for some adventurous days with us!

Read more about the museums

Lofoten Aquarium

An encounter with life in the Lofoten Sea. Cod, halibut, crabs, saithe and haddock – these and many more you will meet in the aquarium. Feeding seals and otters at fixed times. Café.

Lofoten Museum

Get to know the history of the Lofoten fisheries at one of the best-preserved manor houses in the region, with authentic fishermans cabins, traditional wooden boats and a historic garden.

The Espolin Gallery

Master of Norwegian art. Immerse yourself in artist Kaare Espolin Johnson’s expressive power and explore the life and destiny of coastal people.

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