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Svinøya is the oldest inhabited part of Svolvær. The first trading company was established here in 1828. The fish trade during the Lofoten fishing season was the life nerve of the trade centre's existence, and the fishermen who came from far and wide to take part in the fishing trips lived in shacks on Svinøya and the surrounding islands. In 1842 there were 84 shacks here, where 284 captains and their crews stayed. The Lofoten fishermen lived in crowded conditions, with 8 to 16 men sharing each shack. Today 24 of the original shacks have been restored to a high standard, with well-equipped kitchens and modern bathrooms, but great care has been taken to preserve the old atmosphere. The restaurant "Børsen Spiseri" offers Arctic specialities at the old wharf. The meals at "Børsen Spiseri" are based on local raw materials, and are a journey through the area's cultural history. At the same wharf you can also see Svolvær's first shop. The old "Krambua" has been preserved with its original shelves and counter, and exhibits a selection of authentic old items. Svinøya can also offer conference facilities with a capacity of up to 150 people, as well as various other activities such as fishing tours, ocean safaris and bicycle and boat rentals.
Gunnar Bergsv. 2, Svolvær. Follow E10 to Svolvær.
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March 1-Sept 20: daily 5 pm-11 pm. Jan 20-March 1 & Sept 20-Dec 17:Mon-Sun 4 pm-11 pm. Reception: year-round, 8 am-4 pm.
| Telephone:||76 06 99 30 / 76 06 99 31|
| Fax:||76 07 48 98|
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