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Leknes,

Leknes (Gravdal) is a village in Vestvågøy municipality in the county of Nordland, located on Vestvågøy island which is part of the Lofoten Archipelago in northern Norway (north of the Arctic Circle). Leknes is one of the few towns in Lofoten which is not based upon fisheries and which does not have its town centre by the sea. Because of this, and because of its rapid growth in recent years, it does not have the same traditional wooden architecture as most other towns in Lofoten, and may thus not be regarded to be as picturesque as its neighbouring fishing villages. However, the natural surroundings are regarded to be among the most stunning in Norway, with mountains, peaks, cliffs and white sandy beaches. The town's harbour Leknes Havn is one of Norway's most important and visited harbours for cruise ships.
In Leknes, the sun (midnight sun) is above the horizon from May 26 to July 17, and in winter the sun does not rise from December 9 to January 4.

Shopping

There are several souvenir shops in the town selling knitted goods, postcards, souvenirs, jewellery, art and more. The local currency is Krone.

Cuisine

For lunch ashore, there are some good cafés. The obvious choice is fresh fish and seafood. A mixed fish and shellfish platter is popular at the typical fish restaurants.

Other Sites

The more than 100 years old Buksnes church, which was built in the year 1905 in Dragon Style, is the main tourist attraction.

Leknes,