History

Lofoten fishing, rorbua and Henningsvær all have unique stories, but they would not be the same without each other. Henningsvær’s first registered residents came in 1567.

About 250 years later, the fish market began to grow, eventually becoming commercial. In the latter half of the 19th century, Henningsvær developed into one of the most important fishing villages in Norway. The best Lofoten fishing ever was in 1947, when a whopping 147,000 tonnes of skrei were caught.

This year there were approx. 10,000 fishermen in the small fishing village of Henningsvær. The fishermen lived in rorbuer, a small cabin that has its roots as far back as the 12th century. The oldest rorbu that we know of had dirt floors and a fireplace in the middle of the floor. Before that time, the fishermen had to seek shelter under their boats.

Every year around February, the spawning-ready cod, also known as skrei, moves into the Vestfjorden on the inside of Lofoten to spawn.

The tradition of rorbue as housing for fishermen in Lofoten and Vesterålen has its roots far back in time.

In the latter half of the 19th century, Henningsvær developed into one of Norway’s most important fishing villages