Lofoten Islands. Girl folk dress 1896

Lofoten Islands, Fischer girl costume, Norway

A Fischer girl from the Lofoten Islands, Norway 1896.

A Fischer girl from the Lofoten Islands, Norway 1896.

The Lofoten are an island group off the coast of Norway, comprising about 80 islands, including Austvågøya, Skrova, Gimsøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy, Moskenesøy, Værøy and Røst. The Norwegian district of Lofoten consists mainly of the island group.
The Lofoten Islands lie about 100 to 300 km north of the polar circle in the Atlantic, separated from the mainland by the Vestfjord. The name means “the lynx foot” of “ló”, old Norse for lynx, and “foten”, the foot. Lofot was the original name of the island of Vestvågøy.
Originally, they lived there from fishing and hunting. During the Viking Age, several settlements with chief courtyards formed. From the 14th century merchants from Bergen dominated the trade of fish.

Source: A Voyage to Viking-Land by Thomas Sedgwick Steele. Publisher: Estes and Lauriat, Boston 1896.


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