You don’t expect to find a cultural hub in an old traditional fishing village in Norway. But at the end of a winding road on Lofoten you’ll find Nyksund. This village, with its colourful wooden buildings, used to be one of the biggest harbours in 1900, with 750 boats in the high season using the port. As time went by, bigger fishing boats were built and since these were unsuitable for the small harbour, the village slowly depopulated. In 1973 almost all the permanent residents had left, leaving Nyksund as a ghost town. But in 1980 the village was rediscovered and used for a youth art project and ever since artists have been breathing new life into the village. You’ll find art galleries, vintage shops, restaurants and cafes. And, with a beautiful wooden church on top of a hill, it is now a popular wedding destination too. Driving along the ocean to Nyksund is a must, but if you have the time (and suitable shoes) hike from Nyksund overland to Stø, which is the perfect starting point for a whale watching trip. But more about that next time!