The fishing village Nyksund

Visit this beautiful old fishing village at the outside of Vesterålen, in the municipality of Øksnes


NYKSUND was one of the largest fishing villages in Vesterålen around the turn of the previous century. In 1900, the place had 127 permanent residents, but during the winter fishing season, the population increased by several hundred. During one year there were some 750 visiting fishermen using Nyksund as a port for their open Nordland boats. However, the advent of larger fishing boats made the harbour unsuitably narrow, and the village was gradually depopulated. In 1973, the school was closed, and two years later, the last permanent residents moved away. Almost all of the residents of Nyksund moved to Myre, helped by government relocation subsidies. 

Nyksund is distinguished from other fishing villages by its special architecture. During the 1980s, the ghost town by the open ocean awakened with new life, first through an interna-tional youth project, and later as a result of active culture and tourism development. Today the village has many permanent residents who operate art galleries, overnight facilities, restaurants and cafés, as well as ocean-based activities.

The last portion of the road before Nyksund is an experience in itself; it winds alongside vertical mountain walls on the one side, and the open ocean far below on the other. We might also mention that the old gravel road represents a timeline, including preserved traces of human settlement dating all the way back to the Iron Age. Along the 9-km-long road, you can enjoy the view of fish-drying racks by the Hulderstein, Sami gravesites in Kråknesura, the monument raised to the memory of local sea rescue hero Torstein Reinholdsen, and Sami dwelling features and graves at Skåltofta and Rødneset.