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Flakstad in Norway Flakstad municipality coat of arms


178,1 km2

Flakstad Local Directory

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Flakstad municipality consists of Flakstad Island and the northern tip of Moskenes Island. The origin of the name Flakstad is debatable. It might derive from the word "flag", meaning "cliff". An older name for the island was "Vargfot", meaning "wolf's paw". The E10, officially named King Olav V's Road, passes through Flakstad on its way to Å. Most of the Flakstad habitation is to be found along the outer edge of Lofoten, facing the ocean, in fishing hamlets such as Ramberg and Fredvang. On the Vestfjord side, we find Sund, Skjelfjord, Nesland and Nusfjord. Flakstad muncipality has approximately 1.400 inhabitants and covers a area of 178,1 km2. Fishing and agriculture are the main sources of income for the municipality. Fish is brought to land at Fredvang, Nusfjord, Ramberg and Sund.

Most of the farmland stretches along the shores of Fredvang, on the northern tip of Moskenes Island, Vareid and the area around Flakstad Church. The local tourist information centre is situated between the parish of Flakstad and the village of Ramberg (about 2 km north of the centre). The municipality is divided in two by the strait of Sund, which at its narrowest, at Strømsnes between the islands Moskenes and Flakstad, is just wide enough for two fishing vessels to pass each other.

The administrative centre, Ramberg, has a library, a supermarket, a filling station and a garage. Furthermore, the municipality has good schools and services; Ramberg has catering all year round, and in the summer there is also catering at Nusfjord. There are remains of Stone Age settlements in Flakstad. Nusfjord and Sund have been referred to in documents as fishing villages, as far back as to the 16th century. The Church and the King were major landholders, but during the 19th century most of the King's land was sold to private parties, and the system involving village tradelords came into existence in fishing communities. When this system crumbled, new, modern fishing villages cropped up.

The distance from Ramberg to the nearest airport at Leknes, is 33 km, and there are 46 km to Stamsund, the nearest port of call for the Coastal Steamer. There are ferries to Bodø, Værøy and Røst from Moskenes, which is about 30 km from Ramberg. At Vikten, Ramberg and Sund, there are also well-established arts and crafts centres. Smeden, "the Blacksmith", at Sund, probably has the largest number of visitors, together with the glassblowing workshop at Vikten.

Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical Midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights. The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles.


Stockfish is unsalted fish, especially cod, dried by cold air and wind on wooden racks on the foreshore, called "hjell". The drying of food is the world´s oldest known preservation method, and dried fish has a storage life of several years. The method is cheap and effective in suitable climates; the work can be done by the fisherman and family, and the resulting product is easily transported to market. A temperature just above zero degrees Celsius, with little rain, is ideal. Too much frost will spoil the fish, as ice destroys the fibers in the fish. The climate in northern Norway is excellent for stockfish production. Due to the stable conditions, the stockfish produced in Lofoten is regarded as the best. The traditional cod harvest in Lofoten also takes place during the best drying time.


The administrative centre is located next to a lovely white beach facing the Arctic Ocean. Just outside the village we find the beautiful Flakstad Church, built out of wood in 1780, with its characteristic onion cupola. The altarpiece is older than the church, and the pulpit was painted by the master painter from Bergen, Godtfred Ezechiel.


Nusfjord on Flakstadøy island is one of the best preserved fishing villages in Norway and is Flakstad's most famous fishing village. During the European Architecture Conservation Year in 1975, Nusfjord was chosen as one of three pilot projects for the preservation of original construction customs in Norway. Here you will find an agglomeration of fishermen's huts, some of which are inhabited by fishermen during the winter season, and used by tourists in the summer. Michele Sarno runs a silversmith's in Nusfjord. There are fine hiking trails in the area.


The glassblowing cottage is a popular attraction for travellers. Åses keramikk (pottery) is also situated here. Sales of own production. A pebble beach looking out to the open sea.


A modern fishing village. The beginning of the Flakstad trail, a sign-posted footpath leading from Napp, past Storbåthallaren - a Stone Age settlement of some reknown - to the abandoned farming and fishing village of Østre Nesland.

The secret is now out about Storsandnes, a quiet little beach on the east side of Flakstadøy. Depending on the tides, Storsandnes can provide a good variety of shots, especially in the twilight of winter.


An old fishing hamlet. A fishing museum with a separate division for boat engines which can be started. Home of the smith from Sund, best known for his handmade representations of cormorants. Sund also has old buildings, but is better known for its blacksmith. Collectors from all over the world have come to purchase the beautiful cormorants fashioned out of iron by Hans Gjertsen.


An abandoned fishing and farming village with wellpreserved production buildings: a farm mill, a cookhouse, boat house, salmon smokehouse, etc. On the way to Nesland you pass Skjelfjord, which was a port of refuge for British warships during the Battle of Narvik in 1940.


This fishing village, situated on the northern part of Moskenesøy, is point of departure for hiking trails leading to Yttersida, "the Outside". In the area around Fredvang are picnic grounds, cabins for daytime hikers, and the neighbourhood cabin with sleeping facilities for overnighters. The "Draug Festival" takes places in July. Flakstad's one and only bakery is here.


Access to hiking trails along the lake Solbjørnvatnet.


On a sunny day, you may be surprised to see sunbathers and naked children playing on one of the beaches on the west side of Flakstadøya. It is much warmer in Lofoten than you might think.


The name Lofoten is often connected with the richest cod-fishing in the world. There is some farming, but fishing dominates as it has for hundreds of years. Lofoten's cod fishing season is between January and April. The original method was lines pulled in by hand from open boats, but today's modern fishing fleet employs more efficient fishing gear.