The Espolin Gallery

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The Espolin Gallery

The Espolin Gallery houses a chieftain within Norwegian art. Be moved by the expressive power of the artist Kaare Espolin Johnson (1907–1994), as he visualizes a dramatic history and life of the people living by the coast.

The grand scenery of Lofoten has inspired many artists, few kept in such high regard as Kaare Espolin Johnson. Watch a beautiful film where the artist tells of his practice and experience the artworks and the northern scenery through the eyes of the artist.

The Espolin Gallery lies in Storvågan just outside the centre of Kabelvåg, a 10 minutes’ drive from Svolvær.

The Espolin Gallery is a part of SKREI, which also includes the Lofoten Museum and Lofoten Aquarium. All three attractions are located within close walking distance in Storvågan, outside Kabelvåg. Buy our combination ticket and experience the nature, culture and history of Lofoten. If you are looking for a bite to eat in the vincinity, Nyvågar Rorbuhotel offers lunch and dinner made with local ingredients.



Storvåganveien 22,
8310 Kabelvåg


+47 76 07 84 05/+47 76 15 40 00


Opening Hours

Jan 1–Jan 31: Closed
Feb 1–Feb 28: Tues–Fri 11–15
Mar 1–Apr 30: Tues–Fri, Sun 11–15*
May 1–May 31: Every day 11–15*
June 1–Aug 31: Every day 10–18
Sept 1–Sept 30: Every day 11–15
Oct 1–Oct 31: Tues–Fri, Sun 11–15
Nov 1–Dec 13: Tues–Fri 11–15
*Closed March 28–30 and May 17

Group visits outside opening hours can be
booked at

Admission Prices

Adult 120 NOK
Senior/student 100 NOK
Child (age 5–15) 60 NOK
Group p.p. 100 NOK (min. 20 ppl)

Combination ticket
(includes entrance to The Espolin Gallery, Lofoten Museum and Lofoten Aquarium)
Adult 290 NOK
Child (age 3–15) 130 NOK
Family (2 adults + 3 children) 690 NOK

For booking enquiries please contact:

The Espolin Gallery has a nice museum shop with special Espolin-products, local art & crafts, and original prints by the artist.

Photo: Dan Mariner / Museum Nord
Photo: Dan Mariner / Museum Nord


3 women looking at art
Photo: Kjell Ove Storvik

We offer an interesting thematic walk through the beautiful halls filled with
Kaare Espolin Johnson’s art! Theme and duration can be adapted to the group’s
wishes. Book a tour in advance of the visit by email:

(NOK 800 up to 25 people)

We offer dialogue-based tours followed by activity in the workshop for school classes. Our dissemination programs can be adapted to upper secondary and high school classes.

We request that visits be booked in advance, contact us via

Norwegian and English.

LAtest news

Sortland Entreprenør to build SKREI

Sortland Entreprenør has secured the main contract for the building. This is the first and by far the largest of 4 construction contracts for SKREI. The scope of the contract is NOK 180 million.

Sortland Entreprenør skal bygge SKREI

Sortland Entreprenør har sikret seg hovedentreprisen for bygget. Dette er den første og desidert største av 4 byggentrepriser for SKREI. Omfanget på kontrakten er 180 millioner kroner.

Summer program at Espolin Gallery

Espolin Gallery offers exciting activities this summer! Create your own lino print and participate in guided tours.

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Thor Erdahl Imprint 1971–2021

In the exhibition shown at Galleri Espolin, Thor presents a selection of images from his graphic production over fifty years.

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Film: Espolin’s Life and Work

Get to know Kaare Espolin Johnson’s art and practice through the film “It was always a longing”

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Pictures on wall

Previous exhibitions

Gallery Espolin also shows exhibitions of other artists, older and contemporary art, themed and traveling exhibitions. Click here to read more about previous exhibitions.

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Exhibition “From Shadows to Beacons” at the Espolin Gallery. Nine artists are showing exciting works inspired by the 200th anniversary of invention Fresnel’s lighthouse lens in 2023. The exhibition is arranged by Kystverkmusea-The Museums og the Norwegian Coastal Administration and produced by the North Cape Museum.

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Peder at the sea Røst

Kaare Espolin Johnson (1907-1994)

Kaare Espolin Johnson (1907-1994) is one of Norway’s most distinctive visual artists.

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SKREI will be a centre for knowledge and experiences related to the Lofoten fishery and Norway’s most important fish. SKREI extends beyond the confines of a traditional museum.