Bend it like a fisherman

Near the Norwegian hamlet of Henningsvær off the island of Austvågøya in the ­Lofoten Archipelago, there’s a soccer pitch set in spectacular surroundings.

© Ferdinand Stoehr

Henningsvær Idrettslag Stadium has no grandstand and no roof, just astroturf and floodlights. In fact, it’s a regular soccer pitch where amateurs play, except that it’s on a rocky island in the middle of the Norwegian Sea. As you dribble the ball across the heated green – remember, we’re talking north of the Arctic Circle – you’ll enjoy a dramatic panoramic view of dark waters and rocky outcrops but also notice an unmistakably fishy smell in the air emanating from racks hung with drying halibut at the edge of the pitch.