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Svolvaer a city and administrative center of the municipality in Nordland Nordland. It is located in the Lofoten Islands on the southeast side of Austvågøy out over the fjord. Svolvaer town has 4230 inhabitants (2012). Together Svolvær and Kabelvåg located 3 kilometers south, a roughly continuous settlement of about 6000 inhabitants.
Lofoten fishery has traditionally formed the basis of Svolvær existence. Svolvaer is today Lofoten’s largest fishing village with a versatile fishing industry and also the most important commercial center in Lofoten.
Svolvaer is an important communication center with King Olav road (E 10) and has a large port with coastal freight routes and local boats, and express to Vesterålen, Narvik and Bodø.The place’s and port of call for Hurtigruten Bergen – Kirkenes.
Svolvaer is a good base from which to experience the epic nature of Lofoten with beaches, seas and mountains. But Svolvær and Kabelvåg also offers excellent cultural and artistic opportunities and attracts many artists. At Coastal Voyage quay square is Lofoten Culture as has a full program of concerts and performances throughout the year. In Kabelvåg is Nordland Art and Film School and several galleries and museums. North Norwegian Artist Centre located in Svolvaer. Singers and songwriters Kari and Lars Bremnes coming from the city.
Svolvaer Airport is at Helle, ca. 6 km east of Svolvaer.