Region: Lofoten


In summer, Lofotr Viking Museum has several craftsmen at work in the Chieftain’s House. Meet the wood carver, our textile workers, the shoe- and leatherworker, and learn about their crafts.

Lofotr Viking Museum

Meet the Vikings. Smell the tar, taste the food, feel the history. The Vikings have been awaiting you for more than 1000 years. Welcome to the Viking age.

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Cine project


Connected Culture and Natural Heritage in a Northern Environment

Concert Trio d’amore

Jeremy Blandford, Viggo Berg Johansen and John Burnham play Vivaldi, Haydn, Bach and Pleyel.

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Millon Kroner Donation for SKREI

Million gift for SKREI from SpareBank1 Nord-Norge.

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Living on the Edge pre-project

The pre-project Living on the Edge is coming to an end. If you are a cultural institution or institute of marine research and are interested in a full project – feel free to contact us!

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Project Manager for SKREI

Museum Nord is pleased to announce that Jens-Henrik Andersen will be project manager for SKREI – a historical focus on the story of the cod.

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Cultural Heritage Days 2022

Bring your family and spend the Cultural Heritage Days 2022 at our museums. Here you will find an overview of events and programs.

SEASCAPE: Andrea Greenwood (UK)

Exhibition 14th – 30th October with the sculpture Seascape created by the British artist Andrea Greenwood.

Boat model of a five-rower

Boat model of a five-rower with hay/stick, ladle, boat hook and 13 oars.

Lofoten fishing days at the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum PROGRAM

Lofoten fishing days at the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum

Loki’s Day

Join us for a special celebration of Loki’s Day.

Make a necklace

Reproduction of collars with iron wire and beads from a Norwegian find from the 900s

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Revision of preservation plan for private archives

This week there has been a working meeting in connection with the revision of the conservation plan for private archives in Nordland.

Coastal Day in Storvågan

Velcome to a special event celebrating coastal culture. The Lofoten Museum, Lofoten Aquarium, Espolin Gallery and Vågan Kystlag invite you to a day filled with activities for big and small! Free admission!

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SKREI receives NOK 2 million from Nordic Last og Buss

The largest single contribution from a local business to date. – I am touched and quite humbled when I see that SKREI means so much to so many in the region, says museum director Geir Are Johansen in connection with the presentation of a symbolic check this week.   

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The Museums of the Norwegian Coastal Administration publishes a book about breakwaters

The Museums of the Norwegian Coastal Administration publishes a book about breakwaters. The book “Molo” takes the reader on a journey along the entire Norwegian coast.

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Landscape architects and basic tests of the ground

There are many tasks to be solved before SKREI can open in 2026. Among these is landscape planning – i.e. what the landscape around SKREI and now especially the Otolith should look like. What can we preserve of trees, rocks and landscape formations? Landscape architects and sample excavation are important tools.

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MFA aspirants visited SKREI and SRC

The MFA aspirants visited SKREI and Skrei Research Center (SRC) on 4 September.

HelloViking 2023

Ready for a terrifying day with the Vikings? Come dressed in costumes and celebrate HalloViking with us.

Learn to make candles

This Saturday you can learn how to make candles!
Hope to see you!

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Museum Nord has now received the visible proof of certification as an Eco-Lighthouse. Museum Nord has units in Lofoten and Ofoten that have previously been certified. By being certified within the Eco-Lighthouse head office model.

Jól on Lofotr

In Norse times, Jól was the celebration of Midwinter Day on January 12, 21 days after the winter solstice.
We brighten up the atmosphere and invite young and old to Jól. There will be storytelling time, music and songs in the longhouse.

Høstvekka 2024

We are setting up a Viking stand 6 and 7. September, come and visit us during the Høstvekka in Leknes! There will be exciting activities for both young and old!

Lecture on lighthouses at the Espolin Gallery

Lecture about local lighthouses by Kristine Moltu from the Museums of the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverkmusea) Hear about the life and history of the lighthouses at Vestfjorden!

Family Sunday at the Lofoten Museum

Welcome to Family Sunday! Join us on an exciting treasure hunt at Lofotmuseet. 

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Craftsmen’s seminar

Craftsmen in Museum Nord gathered this week for a seminar at the Neptun Herring Oil Factory.

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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Exhibition opening at the Espolin gallery

The artist Thor Erdahl is this summer’s guest exhibitor at the Espolin Gallery! Welcome to the exhibition opening on Saturday 26 June at 14.00.

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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.

Culture After Dark

Art galleries in Kabelvåg are open late the evening of December 1st. Visit The Espolin Gallery, Lofoten Glass, Rundt & Rundt Redesign and Lille Kabelvåg Art Gallery and Museum for a unique art experience.

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Easter with Vikings 2022

The Vikings look forward to visits from families and children during the Easter holidays

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1000 stories

Immerse yourself in stories small and large from our museums, ranging from boat graves from the Viking Age to the construction of the Ofotbanen railway, and potato setting.

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Lofotr Viking Festival 3–7 August 2022

On 3–7 August 2022, the annual Viking Festival is finally held at the Lofotr Viking Museum again. This year’s theme is trade and cultural exchange, and there are Vikings from many countries coming to Borg in Lofoten.

Cultural heritage days at the Lofoten Museum

Two days of courses and demonstrations on crafts and traditional food!

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The Lofoten Museum is closed

Due to a comprehensive upgrade of the electrical systems in the historic buildings, the Lofoten Museum will be closed for a longer period starting November 1st 2022.

Catheter from Fygle

The catheter is part of the artefact collection of Fygle Museum. Exhibited in the classroom.

Cinnamon Roll Day in Å 2023

Cinnamon Roll Day in Å 2023

Yggdrasil theme

Imagine Yggdrasil’s nine worlds of paint and collages

Braiding with sling sticks

Join us and braid hair bands, book bindings, or bracelets.

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New additions to the farm

At Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg, new additions have been made. Take a look!

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Development of Lofotr Viking Museum

Sometimes it’s nice to get an outside look at how to start development, what are we doing well and what can be improved. Lucy Harland brings that perspective to the table.

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Creative Exhibition Workshop

SKREI’s exhibition group met this week for a creative workshop in Storvågan to continue working on a selection of objects and key people for the exhibition concept.

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Sparebankstiftelsen DNB supports sKrei

The DNB Savings Bank Foundation supports SKREI with millions of dollars. This is a recognition, says the director of Museum Nord.

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Cultural Heritage Days in Storvågan

On the occasion of the Cultural Heritage Days, the Lofoten Museum will demonstrate traditional local Norwegian bread baked thanks to “new Norwegians” who attend VIO school in Svolvær.

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Food culture and traditions at the Lofoten Museum

In the Cultural Heritage Days, the Lofoten Museum has collaborated with our well-known and beloved “Bakstekjærring”, Anne Røde, invited students from VIO in Svolvær to a day of baking.

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Staff gathering 2023

Museum Nord’s staff gathering 2023 took place at Stokmarknes from 18 to 19 October.

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Hosts for one day at Lofotr Viking Museum

The bachelor students in archaeology at UiT visited Lofotr Viking Museum during the autumn holiday (9-12 October), and their goal was to work together to develop an outreach programme.

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Advent activities at the museums

Get into the Christmas spirit with the museums! Here you will find an overview of large and small activities over the next few weeks.

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New manager of Lofotr Næringsdrift AS

We have the pleasure of welcoming Rørvik Wilhelmsson to the team as the new CEO of Lofotr Næringsdrift AS.

Museum Nord 20th anniversary: Midsummer’s Eve celebration

Museum Nord celebrates its 20th anniversary! There will be celebrations with a concert and food on midsummers Eve in the boathouse area at Lofotr!
There will be served various drinks, sour cream porridge and of course there will be a large bonfire.

Lecture at Gallery Espolin about Anna Boberg

Karen Angelshaug lectures about the Swedish painter Anna Boberg (1864-1935) at the Espolin Gallery.


Welcome to Coast Day! The Lofoten Aquarium, Lofoten Museum and Gallery Espolin invite you to family activities throughout the museum area!

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Sunshine at the museums

There are many traditions on how to welcome the sun back after dark. Join us for a little round of sunshine at our museums!

Lofoten War Memorial Museum

The largest exhibition of rare uniforms and artifacts from World War II in Norway. Unique historic snapshots. Personal and engaging.

The Museum Café

Delicious baked goods, fresh, from the old stone oven. Fill your stomach with goodies as the senses take in the story in the fishing village at the end of the road.

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New Home Page

Welcome to Museum Nord’s new website.

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Lofotr Viking Festival 2022

We are pleased to announce that there will be a Viking Festival on 3-7 August in 2022.

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Living on the edge project

Living on the Edge will look at ecological shifts in the North Atlantic over time. The pre-project is funded by the NPA.

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What happens this weekend?

There are several events and exhibitions waiting to visit this weekend!

How did the building practice change at Borg?

An analysis of four selected houses at Borg, Vestvågøy from the Iron Age to the High Middle Ages.


Art exhibition September 3.–October 2. Gallery Espolin is one of several exhibition venues during this year’s art biennial LIAF – Lofoten International Art Festival. LIAF 2022 is curated by the duo Francesco Urbano Ragazzi and is titled Fantasmagoriana.

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SKREI Research Center

SKREI Research Center (SRC) is a three-year project to create an infrastructure that coordinates international, interdisciplinary research and knowledge about topics related to the Arctic cod.


The hand grinder was used to grind oats and barley.

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Visit the museums during the winter holidays

The museums are ready to give you and your family a pleasant experience during the winter holidays.

Learn to beat drums

Join us and beat the drum in a Viking concert


Create your own hnefatafl board game

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COD fishing with Abid Raja

Museum Nord has been visited by parliamentary representative Abid Raja and Vågan Venstre for an update on the status of the SKREI project

Sail and row Viking ships

To feel that the ship is propelled by the sail, or to touch a hold yourself at the oars is an experience for the whole family.

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Museums’ stories about SKREI: 10 museums talk about skrei on exhibition

From 13 to 14 April, Museum Nord gathered several museums working with coastal culture and fisheries for a symposium in Kabelvåg and Henningsvær.

Recycling workshop – Make a doll out of your “pairless” sock!

Do you have socks without a pair? We’ll show you how to recycle your pairless socks and make something fun. Bring your socks and we’ll take care of the rest!

You can attend the workshop by purchasing a museum ticket. 

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Materials for reuse from former våganheimen

Old Våganheimen will be demolished in connection with the start-up of SKREI. On this occasion, Skrei Eiendom wants to give stakeholders in the local community the opportunity to reuse some of the materials from the buildings that will be demolished.

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Skrei Research Centre welcomes the Nigerian senator

The Skrei Research Center welcomed Senator Abiola Peter Makinde from Nigeria.

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Large interest in recycled materials

The demolition on the site of the Otolith is underway. Photo: Museum Nord.

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From 27 – 29 October, Galleri Espolin collaborated with Lofoten Art Galleries and arranged an exhibition in Venice, as an important part of the event Arena Querini.

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Borderless collaboration

Museum Nord participates in the Arctic European Tourism Cluster – a cross-border project on regenerative, sustainable tourism.

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Record visits to Old Fashioned Christmas in Å!

Record visits to Old Fashioned Christmas in Å! We had a special guest, the famous and beloved bear Bjørnis together with the Fire Brigade

Needle binding workshop

There will be a workshop at the Viking Museum. Do you want to learn how to make, for example, socks, mittens and hats from the Viking Age?
Now is your chance! Stop by the museum on the United Nations World Day for Creativity and Innovation.

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.

Start of the season at the Lofoten Aquarium

February 4th is the first day the Lofoten Aquarium is open this year! New otter at the Lofoten Aquarium needs a name. Visit us and submit your name suggestion.

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The season starts in Storvågan – Exposed because of bad weather!

After a long winter period with Christmas celebrations and New Year celebrations well called off, the doors are opened for all our guests who have been waiting to visit us in Storvågan. Welcome to Espolin Gallery, the Lofoten Aquarium and the Lofoten Museum!

Meet our seals

Seal feeding is on the programme twice a day at the Lofoten Aquarium.

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Summer museums 2021

Museum summer! From Andenes to Å and inwards towards Narvik you will find us and the good stories. Welcome!

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Rainy weather = Museum weather

Take the opportunity to explore our museums.

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Summer job at lofotr viking museum 2022

Lofotr Viking Museum seeks new employees for summer season 2022

Vágar, middle age town and an urban fishing village in Lofoten

Manuscript for Nordland County Encyclopedia and Håløygminne April 2022 by Reidar Bertelsen.

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Activities for children

Our museums have various offers and activities for children and families with children this summer. Here are some tips for you who are with the family on vacation.


Art exhibition June 11th–August 14th. This summer, Galleri Espolin presents graphic works by John Savio (1902–1938) alongside Kaare Espolin Johnson’s works.

Production of Viking clothing at Lofotr Viking Museum

Learn to make Viking clothes for cloth doll Åsa. Saturday 24. September. The museum is open from 11:00 to 16:00. Welcome.

Trio d’Amore plays Bach and sons

Trio d’Amore returns to The Espolin Gallery to play an autumn concert, this time with a program by Bach and sons.

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Experience history digitally

Did you know that we have several digital offerings from our museums? Here we have collected some suggestions for digital material that you can delve into.

Engegård, Svendsrud and Haugen trio

The trio plays classical music, old dance and folk music side by side. Welcome to a concert at the Espolin Gallery!

Stick bread

Make bread Viking-wise!

Lofotr Viking Festival 2023

5-day experience with match shows, toys, concerts, market and much more

Axe throwing and bow & arrow shooting

How accurate are you? Come try axe throwing and arrow & archery this summer.

Today’s hot Viking soup

Over the fire in the guild hall/residential section, soup simmers in the large pot. A meal experience for the whole family.

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Nice visit to Lofoten War Memorial Museum

Lofoten War Memorial Museum has had a nice visit from Martine Linge. She is the granddaughter of Martin Linge, who is one of Norway’s most famous personalities from World War II.

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New exhibition about the world’s largest cold-water coral reef

For many, corals are associated with South Sea islands and palm trees. But there are also coral reefs along the coast of Norway. This is what the audience learns in the new exhibition of the Lofoten Aquarium.

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The Manor house temporarily closed

The manor house at the Lofoten Museum is temporarily closed from 1 September 2023.

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Joint meeting of the museums in Nordland

From 21 to 22 September, Helgeland Museum, Nordland Museum and Museum Nord gathered for the annual joint meeting of the museums in Nordland. New this year is that the Árran Julevsáme guovdásj/Lule Sami Center, the Norwegian Aviation Museum and the Narvik Centre also participated.