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 and even has an aquavit bar.



Storvåganveien 22,
8310 Kabelvåg


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


Opening Hours

January 1–February 28: Closed
March 1–April 30: Monday–Friday 11–15
May 1–June 20: Sunday–Friday* 11–15
June 21–August 15: Every day 10–16
August 16–August 31: Every day 11–15
September 1–September 30: Sunday–Friday 11–15
October 1–November 30: Tuesday–Friday 11–15
December 1–December 17: Wednesday–Friday 11–15
Also open by appointment
*Closed May 17
Changes may occur

Admission Prices

Adult 100 NOK
Senior/student 80 NOK
Child (age 5–15) 50 NOK
Group p.p. 80 NOK (min. 20 ppl)

SKREI combination ticket
(includes entrance to The Espolin Gallery, Lofoten Museum and Lofoten Aquarium)
Adult 250 NOK
Child (age 3–15) 120 NOK

Family (2 adults + 3 children) 650 NOK

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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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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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.