National Geographic : 1971 Jul
Cold quest for cod: Regular as the return of the winter sun, spawning cod begin migrating each January into Vest fjorden off the bleak Lofoten Islands. Simultaneously, fleets of fishing boats, many manned by part-time farmers, stream from the fjords to converge on the Arctic islands. For three months, in a ritual practiced since Viking times, thousands of fishermen haul up a lucrative harvest that today yields 140 million pounds of fish. Through driving snow and spumy sea, a fishing boat (right) churns toward the codbanks from Svolvaer, capital of the Lofoten group. Home from a numbing day, crew men of another boat unload their catch (lower right). Carrying net-marker buoys like carnival balloons, fisher men (below) ascend Svolvoer's main street, still slushy with mid-April snow.