Kabelvåg, Nordland in 1905. Kabelvåg is presumably Lofoten’s oldest, and has also been its largest fishing community. In 1905 Kabelvåg was an urban environment, the capital of Lofoten, and an important trade center. The Vågan church, the Lofoten Cathedral, was one of Norway’s largest wooden churches. With the motorization of coastal boats, the harbor was no longer serviceable, and Svolvær took over most of the boat traffic and expanded.