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Stamsund is a fishing village located on the southern side of the island of Vestvågøy in Lofoten. The village is located about 12 kilometres east of the town of Leknes. Stamsund has a rich cultural life with two free theatre groups, Nordland puppet theatre, and many artists, such as Scott Thoe and Ulf M. Stamsund Church is located in this village and it serves the whole Stamsund region.

The Hurtigruten (Coastal Steamer) service stops twice a day at the Stamsund port, southbound from Svolvær and northbound from Bodø. Stamsund is a popular tourist destination, with the traditional fishermen´s shacks, called Rorbuer, being especially popular. There are, however, several accommodations options for tourists.

There is a ski resort in Stamsund, which is usually open between January and March, although it opens earlier if weather conditions allow it. As Stamsund is surrounded by mountains, hiking is very popular. In the area surrounding Stamsund, there are also several lakes in which one can fish. Sea fishing is also a popular choice, and boats may be hired. The midnight sun during the summer months and the northern light during the winter months attract a lot of tourists.

Stamsund pays host to the annual Stamsund International Theater Festival, where performers and enthusiasts gather every spring to enjoy a week of festivities. The festival has grown into a relatively large institution, and attracts visitors from all over the world.

Stamsund is an important fishing area and the largest base for Lofoten trawl fishing. Two of the most important companies in Stamsund are Havfisk and J.M. Johansen A/S. Lofoten trawl fishing is the largest trawling industry in Northern Norway. J.M. Johansen is a traditional company which today works with fillet production.

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