There have been fisheries in Lofoten for thousands of year. Now Norways ruling Labour Party have taken the first step to open the sensitive waters off these islands to oil and gas exploration. Norway was for about hundred years ago one of the poorest countries in Europe. Since we found oil about 1970 we have become one of the richest. So oil is important for our economy. Now they want to look for more oil in this area, which is very popular among travellers. But some say the fisheries and the tourism in Lofoten are more important. At least more long lasting. The waters around the Lofoten islands are the spawning ground of the largest cod population in the world. So there is a big dispute going on. And this issue have created a big political conflict. Here are a few peaceful pictures from Lofoten and Vesterålen, and there are a few more in this photo gallery.
Vågan Church in Lofoten as also called the Lofoten Cathedral. This has been a church site since the 1100s, but this one was built in 1898. It is made of wood, and the church is the largest wooden building in Northern Norway.