Things to Do in Moskenes, Norway (with Map & Photos)

Moskenes is a commune in Nordland county in Norway. It is part of the Lofoten region. The administrative center of the commune is the village of Reine.

Moskenesoeya
Moskenesoeya

History


Moskenes was formed by secession from the commune of Flakstad on July 1, 1916. At that time, the commune had 1,306 inhabitants. On January 1, 1964, the two communes were reunited together, this time under the name of Moskenes. However, on January 1, 1976, Flakstad again became an independent commune.

Moskenesoeya
Moskenesoeya

Attractions


Moskenes is one of the most picturesque communes in Norway. The picturesque fishing villages of Hamnøy, Reine, Sørvogen, Moskenes, O and Tind are set against an impressive backdrop of jagged peaks overlooking the Vestfjord.

Between the southwestern tip of the Lofoten Range and the offshore island of Mosken is the tidal current Moskstraumen, known internationally as Maelstrom ( Maelström ), which is feared by all sailors. The isolated northwestern shore of the island contains interesting Stone Age rock art. Mount Hermannsdalstinden with a height of 1029 m is the highest in the commune.

Flakstadøya and Moskenesøya islands in Norway


Flakstadøya and Moskenesøya, are surprisingly good. Highway E-10 follows a rocky coast lined with tunnels and bridges to the port of Moskenes, halfway between Bodø and the "bird" islands of Værøy and Röst to the south. After about 6 kilometers, the highway ends with one of the most charming villages on the islands called "O" with a number of old buildings crammed between gray-green mountains and rough seas.

Moskenesoeya
Moskenesoeya

One family owns nice fishing houses by the harbour, a neighboring hostel, a bar and the only restaurant with very good sea food. Local buses run along the E-10 highway from Leknes to "O" 1-2 times a day from the end of June to the end of August and less often the rest of the time. However, their schedule does not always coincide with the schedule of ships from Moskenes and back. Therefore, if you are heading from the Moskenes pier to "O", walk 6 kilometers on foot or take a taxi.

Moskenesøya Map