The story of a fishing village
Because of the rich reservoir of fish in the ocean nearby, people began settling in Henningsvær in the 18th century. During the 19th century, the small town was established as one of the most important fishing villages in Norway. Henningsvær was on its largest around 1950 with a population of approx. 1000 people. Since then, streamlining of the fishing industry with larger boats and fewer fishermen have caused a decline in population. The last 30 years, the population has stabilized on approx. 450 people.
Fishing is still the most important industry here, and stock fish is the main export item. However, tourism has also become important, offering accommodation, food, and activities for guests from all over the world – year-round. Henningsvær today is a lively village, where entrepreneurship amongst its citizens has resulted in a wide variety of offers. Here you will find everything from art galleries to charming cafés to high-end hotels.