People from all over the world come to Værøy to experience the raw nature and authentic Nordic culture.
Positioned just north of the Arctic Circle, the beautiful island is one of the last in the Lofoten mountain ridge, stretching far out in the ocean.
The name “Værøy” means “Weather Island”, reflecting the extreme weather conditions. In summer it bathes in the endless rays of the midnight sun, while during the winter months the sky is lit up by the colorful flickering of the northern lights.
Stretching the length of the island, high mountains soar up from crystal clear waters and sandy beaches to 450 m high peaks. The island has two reserves with flourishing birdlife. This is home to the Eurasian sea eagle and one of the world’s largest puffin colonies.
The earliest settlements on the island date all the way back to the Stone Age. There are findings of settlements and cave paintings dating back over 3000 years.
Today, there are 750 residents on the island, of which 89% work in or for services related to the fishing industry. The waters around these islands are extremely rich with fish, and cod that is hung up to dry is a local specialty. During the island’s golden age it was an important trade hub inhabited by around 1600 people.
People who come here leave with a deeper relationship to nature, and a profound feeling of having reconnected with the elements and raw forces of the island.