Reine is a lovely village located about 300 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, in the heart of the Lofoten archipelago.
The quaint red and white fishermen´s huts dotting Reine´s shoreline have come to symbolise the beauty of the coast. With a population of only 314, the age-old way of life is preserved here, including a respect for nature and the benefits of “friluftsliv” – a healthy love of outdoor adventure.
The tradition of the iconic fishermen´s cabins, or rorbu, dates back to the 18th century. These were seasonal shelters with one end of the house on poles in the fjord, allowing easy access to boats. Today, most rorbu have been converted to provide lodging for visitors, but some retain their original purpose. In Reine, many local people still make their living from the sea and have passed on marine skills and traditions for generations.
But it is nature that dominates most in this part of Lofoten. Locals and visitors alike often stop to admire the play of light on the surrounding mountain walls, which shoot dramatically out of the fjord.
The dramatic landscape offers a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as biking, hiking and kayaking in summer, as well as fishing, sea rafting, and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Another attraction is the nearby fishing community of Å, less than 10 kilometers from Reine. Up until about 20 years ago, Å was a little-known village specializing in dried cod or stockfish. As visitors discovered the town, it has grown to include two attractions: the Lofoten Stockfish Museum and the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.
The history of Reine
While Reine´s history as a locally important village stretches back to 1747, fishermen have long been living here to take advantage of the world’s greatest cod harvest. The prime season is from January to April. Norwegian Arctic cod spawn during the winter, then set off on an amazing journey back to their place of birth after they mature. The journey begins in November-December, finally reaching Lofoten in enormous numbers in January, after a journey of some 800 kilometres.