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Kabelvag

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Aquariums · Churches · Historic Sites
Kabelvåg is a village in the municipality of Vågan in Nordland county, Norway. It is located on the southern shore of the island of Austvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago. Kabelvåg lies about to the southwest of the town of Svolvær, the administrative centre of Vågan municipality. The 1.18km2 village has a population (2013) of 1,733. The population density is.The village was founded as "Vågan" in the early 12th century by King Øystein Magnusson, who built a church and a fishermen's hostel there. According to the Heimskringla, there was something resembling a town there several centuries earlier — the first known town in North Norway, known as "Vågar".There are several attractions in Kabelvåg: the Lofoten Museum, Lofoten Aquarium, and Espolin Gallery. Vågan Church (also known as the Lofoten Cathedral) is located in Kabelvåg. The European route E10 highway runs through the village.HistoryThe oldest traces of settlement in Kabelvåg are from the later stone age. Though there are traces of human activity as far back as the earlier stone age. While modern day Vågan municipality was generally evenly populated in the stone age there are only sparse traces of settlements in the area now known as Kabelvåg during the Iron age.
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