This Football Stadium in Henningsvær

May 1, 2017 6 comments

The Henningsvær Idrettslag Stadion in the small fishing village of Henningsvær, located on two small islands off Lofoten, in Norway, can hardly be called a stadium; it has got no stands—just a couple of meters of asphalt poured around the field—and is used only for amateur football. But its location is majestic.

The stadium is located on a rocky islet surrounded by stunning views consisting of dramatic mountains and jagged peaks, open sea and sheltered bays. The football pitch was laid by leveling the solid bedrock of the southernmost part of the Hellandsøya island, resulting in a very rough landscape, decorated by overwhelming number of racks for drying cod. Around the perimeter of the field is a strip of asphalt that serves both as the crowd stand and as car parking. The stadium’s tiny capacity seems sufficient since the village of Henningsvær has only about 500 inhabitants.


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The stadium itself has an artificial turf that is mostly used by members of the amateur club Henningsvær IL to train local kids. It has floodlights for evening games.


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Fish drying racks surrounding the stadium. Photo credit: unknown



  1. Amazing! It is wonderful! Did they ever loose the ball?

  2. Please don't start using titles such as "This Football Stadium in Henningsvær" with an unnecessary "this". It's very annoying.

    1. Is it possible the writer is an ESL (English as a Second Language) speaker? It is helpful if our mutual goal is global understanding of what is now the world's most important language (English) to point out what might, to native English speakers, seem to be a mistake; it's not necessary or friendly to accuse those who are struggling to learn this horribly complicated language, of being annoying. In that context, I hope it might be useful to the writer to suggest in this sentence: "it has got no stands" that 'got' is unnecessary; 'it has no stands' is clear and concise and rather more emphatic! Many native English speakers will reword a sentence to avoid the word 'got' whenever possible.

  3. Why would they play football on a soccer field?

    1. The word “soccer,” which is believed to have originated in Britain some 200 years ago, comes from the official name of the sport, “association football.” As other versions of the game evolved to include Rugby Football, it is believed the Brits adopted colloquialisms to distinguish each game.
      And yes, I did take your comment as a bit of light hearted trolling, but thought it best to hand out a little bit of knowledge/history too. :)

  4. How many balls end up in the sea? I don't see any fences.


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