Hopen is the ideal location for your Lofoten holiday. It lays right between Henningsvær and Kabelvåg, the two most iconic villages in Lofoten.
The building was constructed in 1946 as a fish processing plant and where one of the last additions to the commercial fishing in Hopen.
During the 1980`s Hopen Fisk (Hopen Fish) was established and with modern technology and more efficient procedures they quickly outcompeted the smaller factories in the bay. Our building had its last operative day somtime in 1988. Since then the building has been abandoned and kept empty until 2014 when Lofoten Apartments bought the property and renovated the house. Today it consists of three fully furnished vacation rental homes and offers visitors a modern standard in amazing surroundings.
A short walk from the house you will find Hopen Fisk, one of the last remaining factories in the area. They specialise in herring, halibut and whale. During the summer season they have a small retail shop selling fresh fish directly to consumers.
By car you can quickly access Henningsvær. Its a beautiful village on the south-west tip of Austvågøy island. the drive itself amazing and with clear weather you will see the whole Lofoten wall and the island chain streching almost 150km out to sea.
A short drive east and you enter Kabelvåg, its the oldest village in northern Norway and worth a visit. A few minutes further east you will get to Svolvær which is the main town on the island and offers a wide variety of shops, resturants and cafes.
Arriving by plane : Svolvær – 17km, Evenes – 175km, Leknes – 58km
Arriving by boat : Kabelvåg- 8km, Svolvær – 12km, Mosknes – 115km
Here in Lofoten we live beneath the Auroral Oval. This is a belt of light that encircles the geomagnetic poles, beneath which you have the best chance of seeing the colourful, flickering Northern Lights. They will often start low in the northern sky, moving higher up as the evening progresses.
Another good reason to come to the Lofoten Islands to view the Northern Lights is the temperature here, which is not too low due to the temperate Gulf Stream. If you want to take pictures of the auroras, your camera and batteries are better off when it is not too cold and when there is less snow.
The Aurora Borealis is visible on clear nights from late August untill April.
The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the local summer months in places north of the arctic circle or south of the antarctic circle, when the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Given fair weather, Lofoten has visible midnight sun between May 28th and July 14th.
Your best time for going on a whale safari would be from mid May until mid September. In our neighbour town Svolvær theres many businesses that do whale watching tours. Some even has whale guarantee.
Cod is the founder of Lofoten, and from early february until april the Atlantic Cod comes to Lofoten to spawn before returning further out to sea. This period attracts fishing enthusiast from all over the world. The annual cod fishing championship is held in Svolvær, just 10 minutes away, every year. Usually last week march/first week april.