Life in Lofoten is challenging and beautiful. Framed by snow-capped mountains that plummet into the wild Norwegian sea, our islands are at the mercy of ferocious storms and bitter temperatures. But we’re also blessed by some of nature’s rarest phenomena: the Aurora Borealis and the midnight sun.
Lofoten’s original settlements were built around Norway’s oldest export – Skrei, or Arctic cod. Our unique ocean forms the perfect habitat for the world’s largest cod fishery (as well as its largest cold water coral reef) because its arctic waters are fed by the warm gulf stream. As well as milder temperatures, the stream brings a wealth of diverse nutrients and minerals, which create a rich and varied underwater ecosystem.
Nappstraumen is a strait that connects Vestfjorden to the Norwegian Sea, after passing right by our doorstep in Napp. This fast-flowing water is crystal-clean, nutrient-rich, and provides optimal growth conditions for seaweed and kelp. It’s here that we harvest, paying close attention to nature’s signals to ensure that our relationship with the ocean continues to be sustainable and low impact.
There are around 12,000 different species of seaweed in the world, and nearly 500 of them can be found growing in Norway. Here at Lofoten Seaweed, we focus on six: winged kelp, sugar kelp, oarweed, truffle seaweed, dulse and nori. You can read more about them here.