Clusters upon clusters of fishing boats are patiently drifting just outside Svolvær in the north of Norway. No one is looking up at the dramatic mountains rising above them. Everyone’s attention is directed downwards, focusing on what they know to be lurking beneath the salty waves. Svolvær is located in the heart of Lofoten, an area that is not only known for its spectacular natural surroundings, but also for its remarkable history of fishing that goes back more than a thousand years. And the history continues. For two days every year, Svolvær is flooded with visitors from near and far as fishermen from 14 nations travel to the idyllic fishing village to take part in the traditional Codfishing World Championships.

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