Are you ready to travel? This summer might be the ideal time to escape the heat and visit a charming town above the Arctic Circle. A series of island-hopping bridges connect the tiny fishing village of Henningsvær to the Norwegian mainland by road. Situated in northern Norway, the geography juts far out into the Atlantic Ocean. The village itself resides on a cluster of small islands that together form a natural harbor ideal for fishing boats.
Between the mountains and the ocean, the scenery surrounding this idyllic village is stunning. Additionally, its quaintness and simple fishing village architecture also help make tourism a big part of the local economy. Popular things to do in the summer include hiking, climbing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that it’s also possible to charter a boat for a little deep sea fishing. The permanent population is a bit above 500 residents, all of whom are nuts about football (soccer), the most popular sport in the world outside of the US.
Henningsvær became world famous for their football pitch (soccer field) after aerial drone footage of the village and its unique sports venue went viral, and a couple of commercials have been filmed there since then. It’s not the home of a professional football club, and it’s not even a full size regulation pitch, but the island it’s on makes it feel bigger than it is. And the view and backdrop… you have to see it too appreciate it, so check out the vids.
“THE GREATEST PITCH IN THE WORLD?” (9:40)
“Henningsvaer football field” (3:12)