The Nyksund Vesteralen Ghost Village – Back to the Future

Nyksund-Versteralen, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. Kodak Ektar | ©

If you want to revive deserted areas today, you talk about them in social media under the keyword Lost Place. It will not be long before people will come here and populate the place again. After all, a little attention has brought the former ghost village Nyksund on the Vesteralen in northern Norway back to life. We were currently here.

Get up, knock on the dust, turn the crown – Nyksund on the Vesteralen

The classic Norwegian tourists usually pick one attraction after the other, the Lofoten are definitely one of them. Not on the list is usually the abandoned fishing village Nyksund on the Vesteralen, with its varied history and the slow way back to life. We have found our way here and met people who have (re) discovered Nyksund for themselves.

They have taken to this lonely village of Nyksund, in the polar climate, and have motivated other people to come back in this enchanted but also inhospitable area. Today, about 15 residents feel at home here and share Nyksund with about 40 day tourists. But Nyksund is also in the future something for individualists and not for the classic Crusaders, the knipsend in masses with their selfi tripod here run through and thus scare the soul of this unique former fishing village Nyksund.

On the road to Nyksund / Vesteralen

Nyksund-Versterålen, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. Kodak Ektar | ©

Nyksund-Versterålen, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. Kodak Ektar | ©

On our big tour through Norway we planned the Vesteralen, north of the Lofoten. But which places will we visit? Even with a three-month tour, we have a full schedule and so it is also here to decide.

Nyksund is not at the top of the guidebooks, and when I look at the big map, I understand that quickly. Because Nyksund is located far away from the main street of the Vesteralen to Andenes, the northernmost point of the archipelago.

Even the way over the Vesteralen to Nyksund is a great destination. The provisionally maintained path leads along the spectacular coastline with its numerous skerries. Thrill is guaranteed .. Time and again we discover on the horizon the snow covered mountains.

Vesterålen, Nyksund, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

Vesterålen, Nyksund, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | ©

Only a curve and another piece along the abyss, as opens the view of this lonely pearl, on this abandoned fishing village of the Vesteralen. We get out and listen to these Arctic sounds, a mixture of seagull song, wind and waves. Even if we live by the sea, such sounds are only available on a relaxation CD or here, in this magical place Nyksund. Ice cold, the stormy Arctic wind blows mercilessly in June in the face.

The thermometer rarely rises above ten degrees Celsius. About half a kilometer from Nyksund is over, then it only helps to park his car in the stony parking lot and walk to the small town Nyksund. As mentioned, some RV drivers feel overwhelmed with this fact and turn right back.

Arrived in Nyksund

Nyksund-Versterålen, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. Kodak Ektar | ©

Nyksund-Versterålen, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. Kodak Ektar | ©

In the small center of Nyksund with its narrow paths is sawn and drilled. Even in the most abandoned building, we discover life. Between the apparent ruins small bistros, galleries and hostels open their doors, in the small boat harbor is put back to store for fishing. On the buildings of Nyksund, the history of the former inhabitants is told on boards with signs,

The wind slows down slowly, the last days we had experienced the wind strength 10 udn on the Vesteralen. We had to keep the open roof of our Bulli closed. We can not imagine what people expect here in winter. Or is it? The attraction is to be here even in the most violent season, to understand why people left this place, but not without admiring that they were right here at home and becoming more and more of them.

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