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TRAVEL GUIDE 2019

HELGELAND


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CONTENTS WELCOME TO HELGELAND

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ISLAND-HOPPING BY BICYCLE

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TOP NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

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HIKING IN HELGELAND

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THE NATIONAL PARK OF HELGELAND

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ISLAND-HOPPING BY KAYAK

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FISHING IN HELGELAND

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INTENSE ADVENTURES

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TIPS FOR FAMILIES

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WINTER IN HELGELAND

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HERITAGE & HISTORY

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ARTSCAPE NORDLAND

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THE LEGEND OF HELGELAND MOUNTAINS

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TOURING SUGGESTIONS

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THE TASTE OF HELGELAND

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MAP OF HELGELAND

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ACOMMODATION 32 Træna © Terje Rakke NordicLife Helgeland Reiseliv

WELCOME TO HELGELAND – MAGIC AND REAL

EVENTS 2019

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BRØNNØYSUND

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BINDAL, SØMNA, BRØNNØY, VEGA OG VEVELSTAD

SANDNESSJØEN

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ALSTAHAUG, HERØY, DØNNA OG LEIRFJORD

MOSJØEN

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VEFSN, GRANE OG HATTFJELLDAL

MO I RANA

A journey through an unknown landscape is quite special, whether you are on your own, with your partner, with family or friends. Gliding along on a bicycle, with the sun in your face and the smells of summer in your nose, your hair flying in the wind and laughter in your heart – that’s pure joy! HAPPINESS IS A HOLIDAY IN HELGELAND

Perhaps nowhere else in the world does the landscape feel as wide, and the heavens so close, as when you are kayaking on the Helgeland coast. Here are thousands of islands, islets and skerries – that too is joy. To sit on a mountaintop high above the tree-line, with the trout you caught grilling over the bonfire, and the scent of freshly brewed coffee – that’s pure joy. And not to forget our four towns. They have friendly hotels and good restaurants, where the chefs proudly prepare dishes with local ingre-

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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HELGELAND – GETTING HERE

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SCHEDULE INFORMATION HELGELAND

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TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES

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dients. And of course there are museums and galleries, handicraft shops, varied shopping opportunities, and much to see and experience. Helgeland has a rich cultural scene. Throughout the summer and part of the autumn, you can attend exciting festivals, concerts and other cultural events, boat races and sport events. And last but not least, the people have a long tradition of extending a friendly welcome to travellers. The best advice we can give you is to explore the region at your own pace – immersing yourself in all that is Helgeland. See you soon!

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NESNA, LURØY, TRÆNA, RØDØY, MELØY, HEMNES OG RANA

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ISLAND-HOPPING BY BICYCLE In the summer, when the sun barely sinks below the horizon, you can enjoy the sights of Helgeland around the clock, setting your own pace as you explore on two wheels. The light is magical, and you may stop exactly where you wish to savour the beautiful scenery. The warm glow of the midnight sky and the deep silence cannot be described, only experienced!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

ROUTE 2: DØNNA–HERØY–SANDNESSJØEN

Bike hire may be done online at www.visithelgeland.com. Bicycle hire is also available at Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna and Ørnes. Price: nok 275 per day, all necessary equipment included. For timetables and more routes please visit the transport companies websites: www.torghatten-nord.no, www.boreal.no and www.tts.no.

3 days. Total distance: ca 120 km

For additional suggestions, please download our cycling brochure. You may book your cycling package at visithelgeland.com.

Day 1: Sandnessjøen – Dønna – Herøy (approx. 73 km) Take the morning ferry from Sandnessjøen to Dønna. After a 26 km bicycle ride, you can visit Dønnes Farm and Dønnes church, and hike to the top of Dønnesfjellet for a magnificent panorama. When you’re ready to continue, cross the Åkviksund Bridge via Bjørn to Seløy, a distance of 48 km. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com

ROUTE 1: BRØNNØYSUND – TORGHATTEN – VEGA

3 days. Total distance: 70–80 km

Experience the “mountain with a hole in it”. Explore great hiking trails and pristine beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and culinary delights. Day 1: Brønnøysund – Torghatten (30 km round trip) Cross the elegant Brønnøysund Bridge, and continue cycling towards Torghatten. The 30-minute walk up to the famous hole through this mountain requires sturdy footwear. Also visit the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre, where you can see fish-farming up close. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com Day 2: Brønnøysund – Vega (30-40 km) From Brønnøysund, head along Fv17 towards Horn (14 km), then take the ferry to Vega (Igerøy). On the way, consider a stop at Hildurs Urterarium, a unique herb farm and one of the most dining experiences in Northern Norway. From Rørøy on Vega, ride towards Nes (16 km) to visit E-Huset, the world’s only museum devoted to eider ducks, and the gate to Vega World Heritage Site. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com Day 3: Vega – Brønnøysund Take your time at the World Heritage exhibition. Then cycle to Vega Havhotell for a culinary adventure (reservations recommended), or rent a kayak and explore the beautiful archipelago. For cyclists, Vega is a paradise with a hundred kilometres of peaceful roads that lead to scenic highlights, beautiful hiking trails, and good swimming spots. The express boat from Rørøy to Brønnøysund leaves late in the afternoon. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com

This excursion offers scenic country roads, white sand beaches, great birdwatching, beautiful churches, changing views of the Seven Sisters peaks – and so much more.

Day 2: Seløy Kystferie – Sandnessjøen (approx. 20 km) Join us for a RIB boating adventure on the open seas! How about a photo safari or one of the other activities we offer? Head towards Flostad ferry quay, situated approx. 14 km from Seløy. Your journey passes long sandy beaches and sheltered coves, with extended views of the Seven Sisters peaks (De syv søstre), and the ocean. Be sure to visit Herøy Church, popularly called the Helgeland Cathedral, and Herøy Rural Museum, before taking the ferry to Søvik. For accommodation, head to Sandnessjøen Camping, 5 km north in the direction of Sandnessjøen and the airport, or to Offersøy Camping, 15 km south towards Tjøtta. Other accommodation: See visithelgeland.com Day 3: Offersøy – Sandnessjøen (30-35 km) From Søvik there is a trail to the summit of Stortind, the northernmost peak of the range known as De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters). Søvik is also the trailhead for all seven peaks. Cycling from Offersøy, you’ll pass Alstahaugtunet, the Petter Dass Museum and Alstahaug Church; after another 5 km, the road to De syv søstre will be on your right. You might also consider a hike up Vettfjellet, 2.5 hours return, or the long circuit up the ridge and back via Søvikskaret, which is also a 2.5 hour trip. About 1 km before Sandnessjøen, you’ll pass Sandnes, the old Viking chieftain seat. The town of Sandnessjøen offers shopping, dining and art galleries.

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ROUTE 3: MOSJØEN (OR TROFORS) – HUSVIKA – TJØTTA - SANDNESSJØEN

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3 days. Total distance: 72 km (from Mosjøen) + ferry and express boat (2 hours). If you wish to start from Trofors (You must bring a bicycle, as there is no bike hire at Trofors), allow an extra day with an overnight stay in Mosjøen. Follow Highway E6 northwards for 7.7 km to the town of Grane. Then take the turnoff across the bridge over the Vefsna river, continuing into Mosjøen on a good unpaved road, Vestersidvegen. Distance: 35.8 km, of which the last 15 km are paved. Day 1: Mosjøen – Hundåla – Husvika (Bicycles may be rented in Mosjøen.) The day starts with a pleasant ferry ride from Mosjøen to Hundåla. For ferry schedules, please visit 177nordland.no, see route 18-211. The bike ride from the Hundåla ferry quay to Vestvågan is on a good unpaved road. Follow Fv46 about 11 km to the junction, then following the signs towards Vestvågan, another 4.6 km. The ferry to Tjøtta departs from Husvika, about 16 km from Vestvågan. Husvika has a good picnic area with a great view of the fjord, where you can pitch a tent. Day 2: Husvika – Tjøtta – Sandnessjøen From Husvika take the scheduled express boat to Tjøtta, which departs at 9:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with arrival in Tjøtta at 10:30. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the express boat calls at Husvika on request. Telephone the boat in advance, +47 414 07 345 or 992 83 252. From Tjøtta you can cycle the beautiful Coastal Highway Fv17 into Sandnessjøen, about 40 km. En route we recommend visiting Alstahaug Church and the Petter Dass Museum, which celebrates Northern Norway’s beloved 17th-century poet-priest. Your cycling route along the seven sisters offers many fine views of this mountain range. A hike up one of these seven peaks is very rewarding. On arrival in Sandnessjøen you have many options a celebratory meal and comfortable accommodation. The town also has exciting cultural offerings and varied shopping opportunities. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com. From Sandnessjøen, take the bus back to Mosjøen.

ROUTE 4: NESNA – LOVUND – TRÆNA

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Take the express boat from Nesna and enjoy “island hopping” between Helgeland’s outermost islands. Below is a suggested itinerary for a trip from Nesna, to Lovund and Træna, that you can start on a Wednesday or Friday. Day 1: Nesna Arriving in Nesna (a one-hour drive from Mo i Rana or Mosjøen), enjoy an overnight stay in a cabin, room or holiday apartment at Havblikk Camping. Havblikk has pleasant hosts, good food, and offers activities that make for pleasant days and evenings. Day 2: Nesna – Lovund The express boat departs Nesna at 11:30, arriving Lovund at 13:05. Lovund Hotell is situated just 700 m from the quay. Enjoy a day at the puffin colony, and a visit to the Coastal Culture Museum. Eager hikers ascending Lovundfjellet (623 m) are rewarded with a magnificent view of the Helgeland coast.

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Day 3: Lovund – Træna – Nesna/Sandnessjøen After a morning on Lovund, take the 13:05 express boat to Træna, the oldest fishing village in Norway. Attractions include the Petter Dass Chapel at Husøy, where Northern Norway’s most famous poet used to preach in the 18th century, the Lovers’ Path, Kirkehelleren cave on the island of Sanna – and lots of little roads that are ideal for cycling. At 18:55 the express boat leaves for Onøy. Transfer to the Nordland Express, returning you to Nesna at 21:15 or arriving Sandnessjøen at 21:45. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com

FLY & BIKE ON HELGELAND

For your Helgeland summer holiday, combine flying and bicycling. When you land at Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen, we’ll have your bicycle waiting! Then choose your direction and start your holiday. You can return your bicycle at either airport. Order your Fly & Bike holiday at www.visithelgeland.com or www.wideroe.no/Flybilletter/FlyandBike You will find many suggested cycling routes at visithelgeland.com

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BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Let us transport your baggage while you explore on two wheels. Our offer covers Cycle Route: Brønnøysund, Vega, Herøy, Dønna, Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund – and the period between 1 June and 1 September. For details and booking, please visit www.visithelgeland.com

TOP NATURAL ATTRACTIONS TORGHATTEN – THE MOUNTAIN OF LEGENDS

The renowned Mount Torghatten is pierced all the way through by a distinctive hole. You might feel very small, indeed, as you walk through the 160-metre long, 12–27 metre wide and 25–75 metre tall hole.

THE SEVEN SISTERS

Follow the footsteps of Norway’s Queen Sonja and hike up one or several “sisters” – your reward is an unforgettable view! The panorama tells you why Helgeland is called “the realm of a thousand islands”.

THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

To pass the Arctic Circle – 66 degrees latitude – is to enter Arctic Norway and the land of the midnight sun. Driving northward on Highway E6, you cross the Arctic Circle on Saltfjellet. If you travel by sea, a globe on the island of Vikingen marks your passage into this magical realm.

VEGA WORLD HERITAGE AREA

Vegaøyan was awarded a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004 for the islanders’ unique and ancient tradition as guardians of the migrating eider ducks that nest here. After a new generation of young birds leave, the islanders collect the eider down, which is used to make the world’s best down duvets.

HEILHORNET AND THE HEILHORN MASSIF

The summit of Heilhornet (1058 m) in Bindal is easily accessible from the Coastal Highway, Fv17. The well-marked trail is a six–seven hour round trip hike at a moderate pace. Panoramic view. Free fishing in all lakes on the Heilhorn massif.

LAKSFORSEN FALLS

Laksforsen falls is one of the most popular naturalattractions in Nordland County. Every second, 700 m3 of water plummets down the 17-metre-high waterfall.

REMARKABLE CAVES

Two easily accessible caves, Grønligrotta and Setergrotta, are situated just north of the town of Mo i Rana. Lighting is installed in the first of these. Near the town of Mosjøen is a third cave, Øyfjellgrotta, where a visit requires a bit of planning. But all three caves are exciting attractions for the whole family.

LOVUND – REALM OF THE PUFFIN

Far out at sea lies the island of Lovund, nesting site for Norway’s largest puffin colony. The sight of the puffins returning in the evening is unforgettable.

DØNNAMANNEN

Mount Dønnamannen (858 m) seems almost human, with its unmistakeable profile of an upward turned face. Well-marked trails lead you up to the summit.

OKSSKOLTEN

Oksskolten (1916 m) is the highest peak in Northern Norway. It is part of the Okstindan range and is situated in Hemnes Municipality. There are four popular gateways to this mountain realm, and hikers have four DNT cabins available.

KIRKEHELLEREN ON TRÆNA

This cathedral-sized natural shelter on the island of Sanna has a fascinating history. Archaeological finds reveal that it was used as a dwelling more than 9000 years ago. During the Træna Festival, Kirkehelleren is used as a concert venue.

SVARTISEN GLACIER

Svartisen is the second-largest glacier on mainland Norway, and 60 glacier tongues extend into the surrounding valleys. One of the most visited is Austerdalsisen. Join an excursion that takes you by boat across Svartisvatnet lake, or take the shuttle boat across the Holandsfjord. Both boat rides are followed by a 3 km hike up to the glacier’s edge. visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

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Måsvasstjønnan, Tosen i Grane / Brønnøy © Jan Inge Larsen

ROUTE 1: THE SEVEN SISTERS AT ALSTAHAUG

While those who are looking for an extreme challenge may aspire to ascend each of the Seven Sisters on the same day, most people are content to climb one or two of the summits at a time. There is waymarking up to each top, as well as between them. To reach Botnkrona (1072 m) and Grytfoten (1019 m), drive 4 km southbound along highway Fv17 from Sandnessjøen, take the turnoff at Nymoen and continue another 4 km to the parking lot. An additional one-kilometre walk along the same road takes you to the head of the trail to Skjæringen (1037 m) and Tvillingene (The Twins: 945 and 980 m). If you wish to climb Kvasstinden (1010 m) or Breitinden (910 m), drive highway Fv17 southbound for 18 km to Søvikskaret, where there is parking. A map showing all the trails to the Seven Sisters is available at the Sandnessjøen Tourist Information Office.

HIKING IN HELGELAND Put on your boots and get ready for fantastic outdoor adventures in Helgeland! This magnificent region offers great hiking, from relaxed strolls to excursions that will challengethe most experienced outdoorsmen. Below are a few of our favourites. For additional suggestions, please visit www.ut.no, www.turbok.org or www.visithelgeland.com

Accommodation: Offersøy Camping or Sandnessjøen Camping. Duration, seven-peak hike: 12–15 hours Distance: about 20 km Level of difficulty: Very demanding

ROUTE 2: GULLSVÅGFJELLET ON VEGA

The summit of Gullsvågfjellet (725 m) offers a stunning 360-degree panorama. There are two popular trails up the mountain. The easier and longer hike starts from the road at Gullsvåg. The shorter hike, the first half of which climbs very steeply, starts near the cable car – which of course is the effortless way to reach the top. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6.3 km Level of difficulty: Somewhat demanding

ROUTE 3: MOUNT TORGHATTEN NEAR BRØNNØYSUND

The renowned Mount Torghatten, pierced all the way through by a distinctive hole, has to be seen to be believed! You might feel very small, indeed, as you walk through the 160-metre long, 15–20 metre wide and 35 metre tall hole – and you may marvel at the powerful forces of nature that dug this tunnel. Follow the signs from Brønnøysund for 12 km to the trail’s starting point. There is also a worthwhile trail that circles Torghatten. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com Duration: About 30 minutes Level of difficulty: Relatively easy, but the ascent is steep. Dønna © Terje Rakke NordicLife Helgeland Reiseliv

HELP US PRESERVE HELGELAND’S NATURAL TREASURES • Never leave your rubbish behind. If you brought something, be sure to take it back with you • Don’t light a fire when it’s dry and windy. Campfires are forbidden between 15 May and 15 September. • Avoid disturbing the birdlife. Removing eggs from nests is strictly forbidden. • Be considerate of cultural monuments, and don’t harm plants or trees. • R espect private property. You may pitch a tent in o utfields, but stay at least 150 metres away from houses and cabins that are in use. • Motorised vehicles are forbidden in the wilderness and outfields. • You may pick berries, mushrooms and ordinary plants for your own use. • Fishing or hunting requires that you buy a license. • Never release fish caught from one stream into another. • Dogs must be kept on a leash.

ROUTE 4: RØDØYLØVA

The island of Rødøy, in the northern part of the Helgeland coast, has a famous rock formation that resembles a lion. The top of Rødøyløva (443 m) offers an incredible view that spans from the jagged Lofoten Islands to the north, to the Vega archipelago to the south. Start your hike to the summit from the ferry quay at Smiholmen or from Klokkergården and follow the good path. Accommodation: See rodoy.kommune.no Duration: About 2 hours Level of difficulty: Somewhat demanding

ROUTE 5: MOUNT HEILHORNET – THE HEILHORN MASSIF

At 1058 metres, Heilhornet is the highest mountain in southern Helgeland. At a moderate pace, the scenic summit hike takes between five and seven hours. Hikers should be experienced and in good physical shape. Sturdy footwear strongly recommended. Heilhornet rises high above its neighbouring peaks, and its summit rewards hikers with a breathtaking view. In clear weather, you can see all the way into Sweden to the east, into Trøndelag county to the south, as well as a myriad of islands along the Helgeland coast. Parking / Start Point: There is marked parking along Fv17, just 7 km north of the FV17/ 802 junction to Rørvik (Kjelleidet). If you are coming from the north, from the Holm ferry quay you drive 17.8 km. Heilhornet can also be reached from Bindalseidet. Accommodation: See www.bindal.kommune.no/turistinformation Duration: 6–7 hours Degree of difficulty: Fairly demanding

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ROUTE 6: FROM TESPDALEN TO SALTFJELLSTUA CABIN

Tespdalen is a beautiful valley in Saltfjellet-Svartisen, which is one of Norway’s most varied National Parks. Your starting point is Storvoll School, about 27 km north of Storforshei. Cross the bridge over the Ranelva river, then turn left, following the trail up the valley along the eastern side of the Tespa river, until you reach Tespvatnet lake. The trail continues over the Lappflytterskardet pass and then down the hillside to Krukkistua cabin. If you wish, you can follow the marked trail northwards, past Steinstua cabin to Saltfjellstua, a cabin situated at 610 m. The cabins are operated by Rana Turistforening. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com Duration: 8–10 hours Distance: 26–27 km each way Level of difficulty: Demanding

ROUTE 7: OKSTINDAN AND RABOTHYTTA CABIN

DNT cabin no. 500, Rabothytta, is dramatically situated at 1200 metres on the very edge of the Okstindbreen glacier, in the Okstindan mountain range. Short hike (1.5–2 hours): From highway E6, take the exit toward Korgen and drive 13 km into the valley of Leirskardalen, continuing 5 km on the steep and narrow gravel road. From the parking lot (650 m) follow the 5 km marked trail past Steinbua to Rabothytta. The terrain is somewhat demanding. Longer hike (3–4 hours): Follow highway E12, exit at Umbukta and drive to Umskaret, following the gravel road for 40 km until you reach Kjensvasshytta cabin. Continue on foot, following the marked trail for 10 km. NB Use caution when crossing the glacial river (there is no bridge)! Kjensvasshytta is also an ideal base for hikes to Oksskolten

Experience the Lomsdal-Visten National Park A unique Helgeland wilderness

(1916 m), the highest mountain in Northern Norway. More information at https://htf.dnt.no. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com Period: June – September Level of difficulty: Moderate

ROUTE 8: A HIKE UP ØYFJELLVARDEN This popular mountain hike takes you to the peak of Øyfjellvarden, which offers a magnificent panorama of Mosjøen and the town’s scenic surroundings. Drive across the bridge to Øyøra, just beyond the town centre and its parks. A marked Sherpatrail leads past crags and boulderfields up to Trongskardet. The trail now levels off until you again start ascending northwards. Be mindful of the precipice on your right. Above the treeline the trail almost seems to disappear. You should see the cairn when you’re within 200–300 metres of the summit. Accommodation: See visithelgeland.com Duration: 3 hours, round trip. Distance: 3.2 km each way Level of difficulty: Medium

ROUTE 9: EXPLORING THE BORDER TRACTS ALONG THE NORDLAND ROUTE

The Nordland Route is a 570 kilometre long trail through the full length of Nordland county. We suggest you start at Umbukta mountain lodge near highway E12 in Rana, and hike to Tverelvnes in Garsmark in Hattfjelldal. This route heads in a southwesterly direction, passing between Akersvatnet lake and Øver-Uman, to Austre Kjensvatn lake and Kjensvasshytta cabin. Your hike continues eastward, to the north of Okstindan, to Gressvasshytta cabin. Then follow the hillside to the east of Spjeltfjelldalen Nature Reservation. Stekvasselv Farm, situated 2 km west of Granheim, offers accommodation and meals (with prior reservations). From Nord-Røssvatn lake, the trail passes across Tjetterskardet, descending to the municipal road 2 km east of Sivertgården Farm. Between Krutvatn and Garsmark the trail passes through gentle terrain, past lakes that teem with fish. Duration: 5–6 days Level of difficulty: Relatively easy

Inner Visten in Vevelstad

FLY & HIKE HELGELAND Nevernes havn and Storbørja in Brønnøy

Stavassgården farm in Grane

Fjellgården farm in Skjørlægda in Vefsn

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Fly to a local airport – and hike the magnificent wilderness of Helgeland. Widerøe Airlines offers flights to Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Mosjøen and Mo i Rana. From these airports, great hiking trails are only a short drive away. In Brønnøysund, visit Torghatten (the mountain with a hole in it), climb one of the Seven Sisters in Sandnessjøen, Øyfjellet in Mosjøen or Okstindan in Hemnes. For a wealth of other hiking suggestions, please visithelgeland.com/vandring

THE NATIONAL PARKS OF HELGELAND The Helgeland region has three national parks; Saltfjellet-Svartisen, Lomsdal-Visten and Børgefjell. SALTFJELLET-SVARTISEN NATIONAL PARK

The pristine wilderness and varied landscapes of Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park offer a paradise for the eager adventurer. Svartisen, the second largest glacier on mainland Norway, covers a fifth of the national park. On your hikes, you may discover some of the many Sámi cultural monuments.

For many excellent hiking suggestions and to download GPS waymarks, please visit Turkart Helgeland (http://www.turkarthelgeland. no/). For an overview of mountain huts and information on fishing in the national park, see http://lomsdalvisten.wordpress.com/.

The national park has an extensive network of marked trails, including one that follows the old telegraph line between Rana and Saltdal. Along the trails are a number unmanned cabins and selfservice mountain huts. Anglers will find excellent fishing opportunities for trout and char in the mountain lakes of Saltfjellet. In addition, there are four major salmon rivers originating in the national park, including Ranaelva river. Maps and hiking suggestions are available at the Tourist Information Office in Mo i Rana.

Børgefjell National Park is a magnificent mountain wilderness, covering 1447 km2. The west is dominated by tall mountains, deep valleys and numerous lakes. In the shadowy lower reaches, you may encounter patches of snow and ice that never melt. The dramatic southern areas have raging rivers and waterfalls, whereas the gently eastern tracts are dominated by rounded mountains and heathlands. The highest mountain is Kvigtind, 1699 m. You need several days if you really wish to experience the grandeur and tranquillity of Børgefjell National Park. Bear in mind that you may need a full day to reach the park’s interior, and another to get back. Be sure to bring warm clothes and raingear, and proper equipment to face changeable weather conditions. Although much of the terrain is easily accessible, especially the valleys, you will not find the huts or lodges, marked trails or bridges you may be accustomed to in less remote national parks. Experience and a good map and compass are absolutely crucial! Maps of the national park may be purchased at the Tourist Information Office in Mosjøen.

LOMSDAL–VISTEN NATIONAL PARK NJAARKEN VAARJELIMMIEDAJVE

Lomsdal-Visten National Park is an incredibly varied wilderness, ranging from fjords to vast forests and towering mountains. While there are some trails at the outskirts of the national park, you will have to find your own way in the high-mountain terrain. There are some mountain huts, but in most areas you will need your own tent. The national park covers parts of four municipalities: Vefsn, Grane, Brønnøy and Vevelstad. Map and compass are an absolute must in Lomsdal-Visten National Park.

BØRGEFJELL/BYRKIJE NATIONAL PARK

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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

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TØMMERVIKA OPPLEVELSESSENTER ALSTAHAUG Be inspired and re-energise on the scenic islands of Helgeland. Guided kayak trips (1-5 days). Courses in sea kayaking. 18-hole football golf course. Activity and adventure programmes at sea and on land for groups. +47 951 31 445 | helgelandguide.no post@helgelandguide.no

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HELGELAND KAJAKK / NESNA On the fabulous island of Tomma near Nesna, Helgeland Kajakk rents out sea kayaks with complete equipment. Guided trips for beginners as well as experienced kayakers. Kayaking courses offered, which earn participants the “våtkort” certification of the Norwegian Canoe & Kayaking Association (NPF). Get in touch with great experiences in beautiful nature! helgelandkajakk@gmail.com www.helgelandkajakk.no | + 47 951 73 987

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HAV OG FRITID / NESNA Fully equipped sea kayak rentals. Courses and instruction. Kayak excursion for beginners as well as advanced kayakers. Pre-planned or tailored tours offered up and down the Helgeland coast. +47 915 94 340 | havogfritid.no Nordvollvegen 7, 8700 Nesna I16

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ISLAND – HOPPING BY KAYAK The Helgeland coast, with its tens of thousands of islands, islets and reefs, is considered one of Norway’s premier regions for sea kayaking.We invite you to explore narrow fjords, majestic mountains and the countless islands offshore. Find your own sheltered inlet, walk a beach washed by clean seas, spend a night in a traditional cabin by the sea, and restore your strength eating delicious traditional fare – let it all be part of your adventure! Here are some suggested kayaking excursions. For additional recommendations, please contact one of the Tourist Information Offices in Helgeland, see page 59.

1. NESNAØYENE

The Nesna islands, which comprise Tomma, Hugla and Handnesøya, are a kayaking paradise. There are ferries and boat services between the islands. Experienced sea kayakers may consider making the crossing from Nesna. The waters around Tomma are especially well suited for kayaking adventures. Here you’ll find beautiful beaches, good campsites and plenty of fresh water.

Description Tomma: Take the ferry from Nesna to Tomma. About 10 km from the ferry quay is Tomsvika, a cove sheltered by many islets. The area offers a great kayaking experience for beginners, and is also a fine point of departure for longer excursions to Sleneset and Lovund. There is plenty of parking; kayak rental is available, and you can sign up for guided excursions. We recommend a kayak journey between Lille and Store Hjartøya, and from there you can continue up the western shore of Tomma to Finnvika. Be mindful that you are quite exposed to the sea as you round the southwestern point of the island. Whatever destination and route you choose, the beautiful shoreline offers fine places to take a break. If you brought your own kayak, or have rented one at Nesna, you can start kayaking immediately upon arrival – right from the ferry quay.

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Set a southerly course along Alsøya and then turn west towards Husby and Tomsvika.

2. OFFERSØY AND TJØTTA

The area is sheltered and easy to access. Situated along the Coastal Highway (FV17), these places are ideal starting points for longer kayak expeditions along the Helgeland coast. Description: Park by the bridge that connects Offersøy and Tjøtta, where you can easily launch your kayak. The eastern shore is usually sheltered, and you may enjoy excursions over to Rødøya or Bærøya, or explore the Vefsnfjord. If you stay to the left of the bridge, you pass the fjord and can head toward Hestøy og Blomsøy; there you will find many large and small islands, and waters that are great for beginners.

3. VEGA

The Vega archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Area situated in the southern reaches of Helgeland, offers many kayaking adventures. You can even head for the same destination one day after the other, by a new route. Should you yearn for a more challenging adventure, the open sea is never far away.

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Description Igerøy – Søla – Nes: Take the ferry from Horn near Brønnøysund to Igerøy on Vega. You can park your car on the quay and launch your kayak there. Follow the shore through the narrow sounds, enjoying the dramatic surroundings. After a few hours you’ll reach Søla, an uninhabited island 12 nautical miles west of Vega, which is part of the Hysvær/Søla Nature Reserve. Be extra careful if you light a fire. Continue your kayaking toward Nes on Vega; although most of this six-hour journey is in sheltered waters, you must be prepared for stretches of open sea, which can be challenging. Accommodation in a charming rorbu (book in advance), or pitch a tent. Allow plenty of time for the return journey to Igerøy, perhaps spending a night on one of the islands en route. Alternatively hire land-based transport from Nes to Igerøy.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Lovund, Sleneset, Lurøy and Rødøy are also excellent for kayaking. And in the interior of Helgeland, you can enjoy great rafting on the Susna, Eiteråga, Fiplingsdalselva and other rivers.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

The Helgeland coast offers magnificent opportunities for kayaking – but be mindful that weather conditions can change suddenly. Never set out on a kayak trip without proper instruction and experience. Sign up for one of the sea kayaking courses offered by professionals. Please see visithelgeland.com for more information. For express boat and ferry schedules to attractive kayaking areas, please visit www.177nordland.no Essential kayaking equipment includes an adjustable light-weight paddle, a wet-suit or kayaking jacket, lifejacket, spray deck, water pump, and waterproof equipment bags. Drysuits are strongly recommended in cold weather and when you are crossing open sea.

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ACCOMMODATION KVITNESET CAMPING / LEIRFJORD Camping with a magnificent fjord panorama. Cabins, campers and caravans. Fishing, hiking and bicycling. Laundry facilities. +47 997 28 301 kvitneset.no | re-eilif@online.no H18

OFFERSØY CAMPING / ALSTAHAUG Cabins of various sizes, 19–45 m², most with fully equipped kitchen and a terrace overlooking the sea. Excellent fishing and hiking, also ideal for island hopping and exploring our coastal culture. +47 483 44 641 / +47 917 05 564 kystferie.no | booking@kystferie.no F20 © Antonio Pradillo Carrasco

FISHING ADVENTURES IN HELGELAND Helgeland is probably best known for its sea fishing, but inland has rivers and lakes that will impress even the most spoiled angler. Try your luck in secluded rivers, or in lakes where the only sound to be heard is the wind gently rustling the trees. And don’t be astonished when your dream of the big one comes true – for we have large fish aplenty!

FRESHWATER FISHING

From Børgefjell National Park and the tracts of Børgefjellet to the south, to Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park in the north, Helgeland offers many opportunities for great freshwater fishing. Eager anglers may choose between secluded woodland ponds, crystal-clear rivers, large lakes, and tarns high above the tree line. Børgefjell National Park has many streams, rivers and lakes. Trout abound in just about all of them. The large, tasty trout here is renowned – this is paradise for anglers. Norway’s second largest lake, Røssvatnet, spanning Hattfjelldal and Hemnes municipalities, offers excellent fishing for char. Good fish-ing can also be found in Hattfjelldal’s other 1600 lakes; inquire at the Tourist Information Office. Some of the best fishing lakes of

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Lomsdal-Visten National Park are in Grane municipality: Elgviddevatnet, Jordbruvatnet and Gåsvatnet, to name but a few. Lomsdal–Visten spans municipalities: Grane, Brønnøy, Vevelstad and Vefsn – and throughout the national park you will find excellent fishing spots. A map of Lomsdal-Visten National Park is available for purchase at the Tourist Information Office in Mosjøen or Brønnøysund. Farther north along highway E6 in Rana, and towards the Swedish border, are numerous lakes that offer good fishing, for instance beyond Raudvatnet. Umskartjønna tarn is accessible for fishing by wheelchair users. The scenic Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park has great fishing for trout and char in many lakes. Please contact the Tourist Information Office in Mo i Rana for maps and detailed information.

SALMON AND TROUT

Røssåga river in the Municipality of Hemnes is renowned for excellent trout and salmon fishing. Fishing licences are sold at Korgen Camping. The Susna river in Hattfjelldal has good trout fishing. The Vefsna river now allows limited salmon fishing, as does the Fusta river where you can also fish for char, trout and sea-trout. Fishing cards can be bought via the online app, GoMap. Also in the river Åbjøravassdraget in Bindal you may fish for salmon and trout. Plathe’s Properties is known for offering fishing adventures in magnificent wilderness well off the beaten path. More information on www.korgen-camping.no, www.vefsna.com and www. plahte.no.

SEA FISHING

Helgeland is the Land of the Arctic Circle. From mid-May to early August, the region enjoys daylight around the clock. The sea is usually more calm at night – so that’s the perfect time to go deep sea fishing! And there are many great fishing spots, whether you are fishing from the shore, or from a boat amidst the islands. Commercial trawlers shy away from the fjords because they have such variable depth – meaning recreational fishermen have the fjords almost to themselves. Everyone is welcome to freely fish the sea with a rod or handheld fishing gear.

A large catch is surprisingly common, so make sure you don’t haul up more fish than you can eat. The most common fish species caught are cod, saithe, redfish, haddock, pollack, wolffish and halibut. The great fishing spots are far too numerous to list. Worth special mention is the cost immediately south of the town of Sandnessjøen, which is always teeming with cod, saithe, haddock, herring, wolffish and flounder. The waters next to Sundøybrua bridge in Leirfjord is great for catching cod and saithe. By the outlet of the Leirelva and Ranelva rivers, you might have excellent luck trawling for salmon, sea-trout and char. Bindal is known for fine sea-trout fishing. The Velfjord in Brønnøy, its seven fjord arms, and the Tosenfjord are ideal for deep-sea fishing.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Before you fish for salmon in the rivers, you pay your fishing fee and disinfect your fishing gear. For further information and the dates for various fishing seasons, please visit www.inatur.no, www. dirnat.no or www.statskog.no. Fishing and hunting maps for Helgeland may be purchased at any Tourist Information Office in our region. For rules and regulations at sea, minimum sizes, catch export quotas and other limitations, please visit www.dirnat.no

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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

HELGELAND’S BEST COASTAL ADVENTURES / HERØY – – – –

VIA FERRATA & ZIPLINE / MOSJØEN We invite you to climb the via ferrata to the top of Øyfjellet. Then glide down the 700-metre zip-line, soaring high across the Vefsna river! No climbing experience necessary.

Guided RIB excursions amongst the Islands kayak and rowboat hire hiking comfortable accommodation.

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RAFTING IN AUSTERVEFSNA / GRANE

SETERGROTTA CAVE / RANA

The whitewater rafting on the Austervefsna is among the best in all of Europe! You can chose between a half-day trip, a full-day trip with lunch, and an exciting overnight rafting. We also offer family rafting for families with children age 6-14, and kayak lessons on the river for all levels.

Experience one of the most impressive caves in Norway! Take the guided tour, equipped with helmet and headlamp – see the enormous mountain halls, narrow marble passages and the subterranean river. Situated 22 km north of Mo I Rana, exit from highway E6.

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INTENSE ADVENTURES!

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• Daily guided glacier walks • Midnight treks 15 June – 31 July

Join a sea-rafting adventure on the scenic Helgeland coast, or go rafting through foaming river rapids! Another exotic adventure is a guided glacier walk on Svartisen or Okstindbreen. If you are experienced, you and your well-equipped friends can hike the glacier without a guide.

Please contact us with questions and booking! Mail: booking@meloyadventure.no Tel: 0047 915 40 866

We have the mountain wilderness, and summits that reward your climb with a breath-taking panorama!

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Starting at a height of 70 metres, you can soar 700 metres across the Vefsna river on the zip-line. Or you can climb up to a bird’s-eye view on Norway’s northernmost via ferrata.

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A TREK ON THE SVARTISEN GLACIER!

Do you yearn for adventure – to speed across the waves, or to soar high? Then Helgeland is just the place for you!

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TIPS FOR FAMILIES

WINTER IN HELGELAND

A family holiday should be relaxing, as well as fun and adventurous. Here are some tips to make sure your whole family will be satisfied. For additional suggestions, please see visithelgeland. com or contact us at post@visithelgeland.com.

Helgeland is often beautiful during the winter. Imagine cross-country skiing through a pristine wilderness, with a snack and a thermos of hot chocolate in your rucksack. Perhaps you’re on a mountaintop savouring the view and sausages grilled on the fire. Or maybe you are testing your luck at ice-fishing.

ISLAND-HOPPING BY BICYCLE

The islands and coast of Helgeland are perfect for cycling holidays. In the summer, when you have daylight around the clock, young and old have the opportunity to really savour the scenic tranquillity.

VISIT THE EIDER DUCKS ELI AND EMRIK

On Lånan, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega islands, you can meet Eli and Emrik and many other eider ducks. Join us for a boat trip to the islands where they nest, And visit the E-House, the only eider duck museum in the world!

ENCHANTED MOUNTAINS

Helgeland invites hikers to explore the Seven Sisters, or climb Torghatten, the famous mountain with a hole all the way through. You can read more about the legend of how these mountains came to be on p. 23.

UNDERWATER NATUR PATH

The Vega archipelago even has an underwater nature path! As you solve a series of riddles, you discover the contents of new treasure chests. Snorkelling equipment and wet suits are available for rent.

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THE FAIRYTALE FOREST IN RØDØY

Take the trip into the magic fairytale forest, and let the adventure unfold as you walk and read. Perhaps you will reach the place where the troll lives?

BÆDI & BØRDI

Download the travel app, Bædi & Børdi, and get to know these two funny, weird and childlike Norwegian characters.

TROLLVAR NATURE PARK IN MOSJØEN

The nature park just outside Mosjøen offers excitement and challenges for young and old, with activities during the summer as well as winter.

FUN DOWN ON THE FARM

On Sæterstad farm in Hattfjelldal, you really get to know the animals as well as the farmers. Other fun activities on the farm are fishing, hiking and canoeing.

EXPLORING CAVES

Helgeland has three exciting caves that beckon to be explored – perfect for all but the youngest kids. Grønligrotta and Setergrotta in Mo i Rana are both easily accessible, while Øyfjellgrotten in Mosjøen requires a bit of planning.

Do you like adrenalin-filled skiing and don’t mind the uphills? Then randonnée skiing is just the thing for you! The French word randonnée means “long walk or journey” – in other words, ski touring – and Helgeland is the perfect setting for that. Prepare your skis and climb the mountains, and then speed downhill with your pulse racing. Just make sure you have appropriate equipment. Perhaps you are eager to see the dance of the Northern Lights? With luck, you may see this amazing celestial spectacle on clear evenings between ca. 21 September and ca. 21 March. The curtains of greenish light dancing across the starry sky are an unforgettable sight! How about snowmobiling? Helgeland has miles and miles of trails where you can speed from forested hills to mountains and the great plateaux.

And after a day of wintry fun, you can relax with refreshments and a hot meal in one of Helgeland’s many restaurants – and then perhaps an evening concert or an art exhibit. Check out the complete events calendar at visithelgeland.com. There are tempting festivals, concerts and other events throughout the year.

ACTIVITIES ADVENTURES IN HELGELAND We offer activities for individuals and groups, summer as well as winter. Skiing, dog-sledding, hiking, kayaking and cycling. Take the via ferrata and zip-line challenges in Mosjøen! +47 989 01 249 / 957 43 930 post@naturligehelgeland.no naturligehelgeland.no

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HERITAGE & HISTORY

ARTSCAPE NORDLAND

Helgeland has many attractions, some of them quite unusual. Here are old trading posts, the historic town centre of Mosjøen, three medieval churches, a chapel that commemorates the 17th-century poet-priest Petter Dass, the world’s only eider duck museum, Northern Europe’s largest marble phallus, a sauna with a magnificent view of the Trænfjord, the Arctic Circle Centre, impressive sculptures placed in the landscape, exhibitions of paintings and handmade glass, handicrafts and more. Visitors and locals can enjoy 15 cultural festivals, countless concerts, performances at Nordland Theatre, and many other events. Come, see, listen, open your senses and enrich yourself!

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SJØGATA – THE HISTORIC TOWN CENTRE

GALLERI SJØHOLT / HERØY

Sjøgata (Shore Street) is the oldest part of Mosjøen, with well-kept 19th-century wooden houses. This fascinating neighbourhood has many galleries and shops, cafés and restaurants, inns, boathouses and guest harbours. post@visithelgeland.com

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NORSK HAVBRUKSSENTER BRØNNØYSUND

PETTER DASS MUSEUM ALSTAHAUG

Experience fish farming at close quarters! The visitors’ centre at Toft also has an aquarium, indoor exhibitions on aquaculture and local history, and offers guided tours of the facilities. Café with a menu featuring seafood. Souvenir shop. Accommodation. Open year round. +47 75 57 75 00 | havbrukssenter.no

At historic Alstahaug, Petter Dass Museum celebrates renowned 17th-century poet and vicar Petter Dass (1647–1707). Fascinating architecture and a rewarding cultural experience in scenic surroundings. Open year round. petter.dass@helgelandmuseum.no +47 75 11 01 50 | petterdass.no

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“STEINAR THE MONKFISH” / BRØNNØYSUND

The Franco-Swedish sculptor Erik Dietman created this landscape installation of a 70-metre long stone fish. It is situated in the sound near Brønnøysund town centre.

“A NEW CONVERSATION” / VEGA

This three-part sculpture by Finnish artist Kain Tapper stands in Grimsøysundet, a sound northwest of the island Grimsøy, near the Igerøy ferry quay.

“THE ELF CASTLE” / HATTFJELLDAL

This sculpture by Icelandic artist Hreinn Fridfinnsson, in the heart of the village, is made of aluminium, granite and crystal.

“THREE FLAMES”/ MOSJØEN

This artwork by Icelandic artist Hulda Hàkon conjures three fires, with flames made of painted stainless steel. The sculpture is situated in the Vefsna Park, just outside the town centre.

“THE OCEAN MAN” / MO I RANA

English sculptor Anthony Gromley’s ten-metre high granite figure watches over the town from its post in the Ransfjord. It is also visible to approaching boats and ship traffic. Read more about the works of art at www.skulpturlandskap.no. The website also describes the other 24 artworks that are part of Artscape Nordland.

“HOUSE OF WINDS” / ALSTAHAUG

This five-metre-high sculpture by Norwegian artist Sissel Tolaas incorporates twelve propellers and is executed in reinforced concrete. It is situated near Helgeland Bridge, just outside Sandnessjøen town centre.

Havmannen («the ocean man») / Mo i Rana © CH/Helgeland Reiseliv

”WHILE YOU WEIGHT 1976-2009” / DØNNA

This horizontal sculpture by Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles consists of a large circle, situated at Snekkevik, a cove about 26 km north of the Bjørn ferry quay.

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This steel sculpture by Norwegian artist Per Inge Bjørlo is situated by Storsanden on Rødøy, at the foot of the mountain called Rødøyløva (the Red Island Lion)

”A PROSE, A SONG, A POEM LOOK YONDER” / TRÆNA

The longhouse and farm of Northern Norway’s most powerful Viking chieftain has been recreated at Sandnes, a short walk from Sandnessjøen. Guided tours are available. This authentic Viking venue may be booked for banquets and celebrations.

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This sculpture by Irish artist Dorothy Cross consists of three parts, each of which is imbued with many associations. It is placed in Vennesund.

This sculpture by Norwegian artist Oddvar I.N. consists of a polished circle almost ten metres in diameter, ground into the mountainside just above the highway on Høyholm.

HØVDINGSETET AT SANDNES SANDNESSJØEN

Welcome to a charming house filled with colourful artworks, knitwear and textiles, silver jewellery, leather and furs.

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This gallery exhibits oil paintings by Inger Meyer as well as several guest artists. Outside there is a playground with small soccer pitch. Free entrance. No regular opening hours, but you are welcome to call in advance. +47 917 76 622. inger.meyer@gmail.com Inger Meyer Art og Galleri Sjøholt.

“HAIKU BATHTUB” / SØMNA

“OPUS FOR HEAVEN AND EARTH” / VEVELSTAD

The beautiful Nordland bunad from Vefsn, shown in the photo, is produced and sold in Mosjøen and Mo i Rana.

ACTIVITIES

This fascinating art project comprises 36 sculptures by 36 artists, each of which is displayed in a different municipality, including eleven municipalities in Helgeland. Artists from all over the world were invited to create these sculptures, which have been permanently installed at selected locations throughout the beautiful and varied landscape of Nordland County.

– a sculpture by Zambian artist Anawana Haloba, situated on Husøy.

“AROUND” / LEIRFJORD G18

This sculpture by Brazilian artist Waltercio Caldas contemplates the distances between our houses – balancing our need for privacy with our desire for social contact. It stands 10 km from the Highway Fv17 intersection, towards Fagervika.

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The Plastic that Killed the Whale

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THE LEGEND OF HOW THE HELGELAND MOUNTAINS CAME TO BE

This plastic tubing caused constipation and the painful death of a large Minke Whale. Learn more about the whale’s story at our natural history exhibitions in Rana Museum in Mo. Altogether, Helgeland Museum has 18 museums throughout Helgeland.

According to an often-told legend, the hole through Torghatten was made by an arrow from the Horseman.

Visit us in all municipalities in Helgeland. www.helgelandmuseum.no

“One evening the Horseman witnessed The Seven Sisters and the Maiden of Leka bathing in the sea near the island of Landego. Filled with passion for the Maiden of Leka, he decided to steal her away at midnight. In full armour and with a cape over his shoulders he galloped south. When the maidens saw him coming they fled, until exhausted they threw themselves to the ground near Alstahaug. The Maiden of Leka continued southward, as the King of the Sømnafjell stood and watched her lonely, frenzied flight. As golden clouds signalled approaching dawn, the King saw the thwarted suitor nock and arrow to his bow. The moment the arrow left the bow-

string, the King cast his hat into the air, saving the Maiden who was able to escape into Northern Trøndelag. The pierced hat fell down and became Torghatten. Spring nights are short in Nordland – and at this very moment the sun rose above the horizon and lit up the coast. All the trolls turned to stone where they stood, and there they will stand until the end of days: the Maiden of Leka (Lekamøya), Torghatten at Brønnøysund, the Seven Sisters at Alsten near Sandnessjøen, the Horseman (Hestmannen) of Lurøy – situated right on the Arctic Circle – and the Lion of Rødøy (Rødøyløva). visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

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Worthwhile excursions from Mo i Rana include walking on the Svartisen glacier, a visit to “the marble castle”, and a tour of the caves. The town has many shopping opportunities. When you’re ready, take the Coastal Highway Fv17 across the Sjonfjellet pass, stopping at the viewpoint for a panorama of Helgeland’s coast and islands. Continue to Nesna, which offers additional nature adventures. From Nesna you can take the ferry to the island of Lovund and the Træna archipelago. We also suggest a visit to the beautiful island of Tomma, just outside Nesna. ITINERARY: Mosjøen – Korgfjellet – Hemnes – Rana – Nesna. Distance: 160 km. visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

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Continue the trip along the Wilderness Road, Rv806, enjoying beautiful views and scenery all the way to Korgen. Then continue south on highway E6 via Drevja to Sandnessjøen. After you have settled into the coastal town, we suggest you don your hiking boots and explore the Seven Sisters, a beautiful mountain range. The Petter Dass Museum at Alstahaug celebrates Northern Norway’s beloved 17th-century poet-priest – and on your way, there is a good chance you may spot a moose. From Sandnessjøen you can take boat trips to the beautiful archipelago – or how about “island hopping” with bike or kayak? ITINERARY: Hattfjelldal – Korgen – Sandnessjøen via Drevja. Distance: about 145 km.

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The trip starts in the town of Mosjøen (see Route 2). Head south on highway E6 to Grane, and new adventures. The first stop is Laksforsen, an impressive 17-metre-high waterfall. From nearby Trofors, Arvidsjaur we also suggest a rafting adventure on the Auster-Vefsna river. Continue south on E6 to Brenna, taking the turnoff onto Fv76 towards Brønnøysund. Allow time for a stop at Nevernes harbour, which has a centre celebrating Helgeland’s coastal culture. Piteå In Brønnøysund, a must-see is Torghatten, the famous mountain with a hole through it. Your itinerary should also include a stroll through Brønnøysund’s old town centre, and a visit to the Aquaculture Center at Toft. To reach Vega, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take the ferry from Horn. Vega’s E-House Museum documents the ancient local practice of building protective houses for the eider duck and harvesting its valuable down after the hatchlings leave the nest. You may also be tempted to go on a boat trip and perhaps a fishing excursion, or enjoy the tranquillity of kayaking, hiking or cycling on your own. Detours: Consider a visit to the island of Ylvingen, or Vevelstad with its old trading post and compact old hamlet. ITINERARY: Mosjøen – Grane – Brønnøysund – Vega. Distance: 190 km (to Nes) + Ferry. visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

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SCHRØDER STUE / BRØNNØYSUND

MARGRETHES KAFÈ ALSTAHAUG

Our skilled chefs invite you to a gourmet meal prepared from choice local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. The restaurant is situated on the 2. floor of Thon Hotel Brønnøysund, in Sømnaveien 98. +47 75 00 89 00 Thonhotels.no/bronnoysund

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Stews, soups and choice cuts of meat are sourced from deer, reindeer, moose and lamb. One award-winning delicacy is salted and fermented char; the local salmon is delicious as sushi, or baked, poached or fried. Trout prepared with herbs is unforgettable. Enjoy lefse, kamkaka and fjellbrød (special local bread). Chefs prepare the shellfish such as mussel, shrimp and crab, and the freshest fish, into tasty dishes, and the herbs used are all locally grown. A good meal deserves a good pint or a fine wine, followed by coffee. At last count, Helgeland had three certified aquavit bars, two microbreweries, a coffee roaster with integrity and charm and even locally produced wines. Bon appétit!

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AUGUSTBRYGGO OG RESTAURANT KAIKANTEN / HERØY

Restaurant Sagastua: Dine happily in our cosy family restaurant. Reservations advised, at least one day in advance Herb garden with a summer café and shop: 20 June – 15 August. Open daily 12am–5pm every day. +47 75 02 52 12 Tilrem, Brønnøysund | hildurs.no

Exhibition centre and conference facility with capacity for 50 persons. Restaurant featuring seafood and traditional dishes. Café with homemade cakes and pastries. +47 75 05 99 01 / +47 476 21 805 info.augustbryggo@gmail.com augustbryggo.no

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+47 474 78 920. Situated on the town square, in the heart of Mosjøen.

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GILLES CAFE / MOSJØEN A friendly cultural café in old Mosjøen, with pub nights and concerts year round. Full dinners, light dishes and desserts. Buffet Monday through Sunday. Sushi & tapas buffet Wednesday 6–10pm. Fully licensed. Sjøgata 6, +47 75 17 54 54 | gillescafe.no E18

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KORGFJELLET FJELLSTUE / HEMNES

Our lunch and dinner menu features hearty dishes based on local ingredients. The kitchen is open 11am–10pm Monday through Saturday, and 1–10pm on Sunday. Live music every weekend, football games shown on our big screen. Conference facilities and a venue for private parties. +47 948 24 190 | cafekred.no Storgata 61, Brønnøysund

Local traditional dishes made with the very best local ingredients. Your chef and host will ensure a unique and memorable dining experience.

This lodge, perched on the top of Korgfjellet pass, is reached by taking a detour from highway E6. Panorama of the Okstindan mountains. Accommodation available in attractive rooms and cabins. Marked hiking trails, and cross-country ski tracks in the winter. Hearty home cooking. Pizza and kamkake (a traditional bread) baked in a wood-fired oven. Welcome! +47 75 17 01 50 | korgfjellet.no

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GOMA / BRØNNØYSUND

Helgeland’s exciting history is reflected in its culinary traditions. The region has numerous restaurants that offer menus based on the best local ingredients, resulting in memorable dining experiences.

SNEPPEN GASTROPUB / MOSJØEN Enjoy a hearty meal from our varied lunch and dinner menu. Pleasant surroundings. Open from 9:00, Mon–Sat. For detailed info, check us out on Facebook, or inquire by email. andreas@cafebaren.com

Our café at the Petter Dass Museum offers hearty traditional dishes and refreshments, in a beautiful building and magnificent natural setting. Visit historical Alstahaug, and the mediaeval church.

In the heart of Storgata, the main street of Brønnøysund, is our cosy modern café. Goma features homemade food, soups, pasta, burgers, salads, dinner specials and tempting cakes. Great selection of beers, wines and drinks. Art exhibitions and concerts.

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TRIXIE RESTAURANT & BAR TROFORS

AURORA RESTAURANT & LIVE SCENE / NESNA

Welcome to our cosy restaurant, conveniently situated in Grane by highway E6. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor tables. Pizza and kebab. Takeaway. Open 11–22:00.

Creative dishes based on good local ingredients. With our “Nesna-meets-the-world fusion”, Aurora aims to be one of Helgeland’s best restaurants! Live music and performances.

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RESTAURANT ELLEN / MOSJØEN

STENNESET MAT & VIN / MO I RANA Welcome to a cultural experience in historic surroundings. Stenneset offers memorable dining with excellent service. We take pride in using local organic produce, carefully paired with wine and refreshments.

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In Northern Norway’s oldest hotel (in Mosjøen), built in 1794, the legendary chef prepares traditional Norwegian dishes with a continental twist, from the very best local ingredients. Enjoy fine dining and the view of our gardens, as guests have done for 220 years. Booking: fruhaugans.no + 47 75 11 41 00

HANDELSSTEDET FORVIK VEVELSTAD Rooms with a historical ambience. Restaurant featuring the flavours of Helgeland, and a coffee roaster with integrity and charm. Experience the coastal culture! +47 984 84 000 handelsstedetforvik.no

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SANDMO GÅRDSBAKERI / VEGA

KULTURVERKSTEDET / MOSJØEN

EMAUS PUB & SPISERI / LURØY

At Kjul you will find Sandmo farm bakery. In the summer our café serves homemade food in a friendly atmosphere. Open 2–28 July, 12–4pm Tues–Sun. Welcome! See visitvega.no for more information.

This distinctive building on Sjøgata comprises cultural workshops, a gallery featuring artists of Northern Norway, and a café that serves hearty traditional dishes. Free lunch concerts every Friday. Guest house for rent.

Visit our charming and cosy restaurant, with its surprising details – both with regards to our menu and the interior. We proudly serve dishes based on local incredients and beverages from the finest suppliers in Helgeland. A satisfying experience is guaranteed.

+47 990 39 388 | sandmogard.no Sandmo Gårdsbakeri

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Soprano has a cosy, rustic ambience in the old post office, that dates from 1923. Here is everything you need for a great evening with family or friends. On the menu you will find delicious dishes and varied drinks.

+47 75 17 27 60 kulturverkstedet.net

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LOKALN PUB / MOSJØEN

AERNIE / RANA Welcome to a distinctive dining in scenic surroundings, 20 km north of Mo i Rana. Aernie features homemade fare based on local ingredients and Sami traditions. For a unique experience, dine in our large new earthen hut. Café open in the summer and by appointment. +47 906 18 921 AernieOpplevelser

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BLOMSTERBUA MAT OG VIN MOSJØEN

Named after the majestic Seven Sisters mountain range, this restaurant offers an authentic taste of Helgeland – dishes based on local ingredients, a friendly and casual atmosphere, and works by local artists on the walls. +47 75 06 50 00 | restaurantsyvsostre.no syvsostre@scandichotels.com

A beautifully decorated restaurant at Sjøgata 29. A richly-varied lunch menu, and an evening menu that features many exciting pizzas. Choose «Tapas for 2» to savour the very best of our menu. The great beer selection, fine wine list and tasty cocktails give you additional reasons to pay us a visit. +47 906 63 696

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A popular, pleasant pub situated on the historic Sjøgata in Mosjøen. Friendly bartenders, join us for a good pint. Occasional sing-along. The nearby Garasjepuben often features live bands or karaoke. +47 928 21 611 LokalnPub

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STØTT BRYGGE / MELØY Stylish accommodation at the old trading post. Fine guest harbour with all amenities. Seafood restaurant with impressive menu. Hiking, kayaking, summit hikes, deep-sea fishing, boat rentals, swimmings and more. Fisheries Museum. I21

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GUESTHOUSE AND ROOM

SØMNA KRO & GJESTEGÅRD VIK, SØMNA

VEVELSTAD GJESTEGÅRD VEVELSTAD

An affordable inn at Vik, near trunk road Fv17, with 39 rooms with private baths. A cosy restaurant. The perfect base for your hiking and cycling adventures.

Vevelstad Gård is one of the old estates in the municipality, and it is imbued with centuries of history. Today our inn proudly serves homemade food that highlights local traditions, and offers guests comfortable beds in friendly and historic surroundings. +47 416 85 299 / 918 35 508 post@vevelstadgard.no | vevelstadgard.no

N-Kirkevn.2, 8920 Sømna | +47 75 02 94 60 somnakro.no | post@somnakro.no

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CORNER HOTEL / BRØNNØYSUND

DET ROMANTISKE HUSET / HERØY

Reasonably-priced accommodation in the heart of Brønnøysund. Comfortable beds and homemade breakfast. Perfect for your Helgeland adventures.

This is a cosy alternative to a hotel. Experience Herøy, renowned as the most magnificent island on the Helgeland coast. New suites and double rooms with comfortable beds, bath, kitchen and balcony.

N-Storgata 76, Brønnøysund. +47 948 18 179 post@cornermotell.no | cornermotell.no

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SCANDIC SYV SØSTRE SANDNESSJØEN

FJELLSTUO OVERNATTING HATTFJELLDAL

A centrally and idyllically situated hotel on the Helgeland coast. Hike the nearby majestic mountains, or indulge yourself at Kulturbadet! Modern tasteful rooms. Wake up refreshed ready for new adventures on your Helgeland holiday! +47 75 06 50 00 | syvsostre@scandichotels.com scandichotels.no/syvsostre

Fjellstuo, in the heart of Hattfjelldal, offers lodgings in modern new rooms. Buffet breakfast included. Café with dinner menu and light dishes. Free parking and wi-fi. Great hiking opportunities nearby. +47 903 69 941 | fjellstuo@gmail.com. fjellstuoovernatting.

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FRU HAUGANS HOTEL / MOSJØEN

Booking: fruhaugans.no | +47 75 11 41 00

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Helgeland offers accommodation for every taste and wallet. And although there is daylight around the clock during the summer, we are confident you’ll get a good night’s sleep. The towns and certain islands have good hotels with all amenities. You may also rent a private room or a rorbu cabin, or check into an inn or a motel. Yet another option is a farm holiday. If you prefer a simpler alternative, you can pitch a tent or park your caravan at one of the campsites. Many of these also offer simple and well-equipped cabins, rooms and holiday apartments. For a comprehensive list of accommodation options, please see visithelgeland.com.

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• Lurøy • Nesna

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• Mo i Rana

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• Mosjøen • Vega

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Beautifully situated on the fjord, this hotel offers rooms decorated by the artist Yvonne Rosten. Great opportunities for mountain hikes, cycling, fishing and sea excursions.

Inexpensive accommodation in the heart of Sandnessjøen. Self-service kitchen and TV lounge on every floor. Free WiFi, coffee and tea. Laundry room. Parking. +47 469 04 743 (8 am – 11 pm) sandnessjoenovernatting.no post@sandnessjoenovernatting.no

Booking, +47 75 13 40 00 meyergarden@meyergarden.no meyergarden.no

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BRYGGEN GJESTEHUS / MOSJØEN

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BIMBO VEIKRO / MO I RANA A pleasant inn situated on highway E6, north of Mo i Rana. Our café serves hearty home-cooked meals, reasonably priced. 6 rooms available, with satellite TV, private bathroom and wc.

110 double rooms. Conference facilities for 100 people. Room rates include breakfast and an evening buffet. O15

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LOVUND HOTELL / LOVUND

TRÆNA OVERNATTING / TRÆNA

Lovund, one of Norway’s most thriving island communities, is situated off the Helgeland coast. Take time to savour some of the best dining in the region. Hotel rooms and rorbu cabins enjoy great views of the sea and sunsets. Varied scenery and many opportunities for excursions. Lovund is renowned for its pioneering spirit and strong business community. +47 75 09 20 30 | post@lovund.no | lovund.no

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Stay in the old town hall of Norway’s oldest fishing village. Eight rooms (four with private baths), and two two-storey apartments. A beautiful view over the island, great hiking opportunities, and many cultural opportunities. Free parking and wi-fi. Situated just 250 meters from the quay and food shop. +47 918 12 679 | trenaovernatting.no booking@trenaovernatting.no

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Three fully-equipped holiday apartments, high standard. Our charming wharf building, built in 1842, is beautifully situated by the Vefsna river, in the heart of Mosjøen.

CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL HELMA / MO I RANA

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+47 466 74 200 | knut.gjestegard@gmail.com Tjøtta Gjestegård 2019

SANDNESSJØEN OVERNATTING SANDNESSJØEN

Welcome to Nordland’s largest hotel, in Mo i Rana.. N- Fr.Nansensgata 48, NO-8622 Mo i Rana.

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Welcome to a venerable 19th-century inn in a pastoral setting with a Viking history. Beautifully situated right near the Tjøtta ferry quay, the museum and medieval church.

MILEPERLEN GALLERIHOTELL HEMNES

+47 971 76 824 | mileperlen.com mileperlen@gmail.com

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TJØTTA GJESTEGÅRD ALSTAHAUG

The oldest hotel in Northern Norway is beautifully situated by the Vefsna river. Accommodation in traditionally decorated rooms. Restaurant featuring dishes based on the very best local ingredients. Our guests have been admiring the view and relaxing in our beautiful gardens since 1794!

SWEET DREAMS IN HELGELAND!

Check out the details on our website. detromantiskehuset.no booking@detromantiskehuset.no | +47 941 50 812

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RØSSVOLL CAMPING / RANA Cabins, electrical hook-ups for caravans and campers. Each cabin has four beds, kitchen and bathroom. Free wifi. Beautifully situated by the Ranelva river, 10 km north of Mo i Rana.

+47 979 83 276 post@rorbuferien.no rorbuferien.no

Hallveien 98, +47 959 26 362 post@holmcamping.no | holmcamping.no D29

Rorbu cabins, island-hopping, fishing, bicycling and mountain hikes. This is the place for your Helgeland holiday! Our rorbu and wharf are situated in an area with excellent fishing and an amazing bird life. F17

+47 750 27 375 / +47 416 16 230 info@vennesund.no | vennesund.no

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The family camping is situated in idyllic tranquil surroundings 12 km south of Brønnøysund. Sheltered barbecue hut. Great hiking right outside your door. The cabins vary from simple and without plumbing to larger cabins with bathrooms. +47 909 57 521 | skogmofamiliecamping.no

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Rorbu cabins and wharfside rooms that enjoy a great view of Hestmannen mountain and the sailing lane. Restaurant featuring seafood in the summer.

Camping by the sea, just 10 km south of Sandnessjøen town centre. Cabins with or without shower and wc. Electrical hookups for caravans and campers. Tent sites. Wastewater disposal. Kitchen and sanitary facilities. Boat hire. +47 975 62 050 post@ssj.no | ssj.no

Kvarøy Sjøhus offers unforgettable holidays by the Arctic Circle. Each of our five modern rorbu cabins has three bedrooms and six beds. Your panorama at breakfast includes the distinctive mountain Hestmannen and the sea – a catch is almost guaranteed. Savour the tranquillity, enjoy boating and kayaking, and swim at white beaches where you can walk in the sunset.

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HAVBLIKK CAMPING / NESNA Spacious year-round camping, hotel-standard cabins, holiday apartments and rooms. The longest waterslide in Northern Norway, playground. Boat, kayak and bicycle rental. WiFi. Very child friendly. I12

+47 75 05 65 40 havblikknesna.no | post@havblikknesna.no I16

LURØY RORBUER / LURØY Well-equipped rorbu cabins, high standard. Great wilderness adventures. Grocery next door.

YTTERVIK CAMPING / RANA

NO-Onøy, 8766 Lurøy +47 976 47 886 luroyrorbu.com H14

Yttervik Camping offers cabins, holiday apartments and campsite for caravans. Magnificently situated on the Ranfjord, 16 km south of Mo i Rana. Excellent fishing. +47 909 87 355 | ranjas@online.no yttervikcamping.no

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MAGICAL HOLIDAY

Tosbotn Camping is situated at the head of the beautiful Tosenfjord. 26 km from hwy E6 and 75 km from Brønnøysund. Tosbotn is the perfect base for your outdoor adventures. Rental cabins, caravan spots, boat hire, and fishing in the nearby lakes. +47 993 88 330 | tosbotn-camping.no mhermann1955@gmail.com

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NIKOLAISEN BRYGGA / LEIRFJORD

NO-8750 Tonnes. | +47 75 09 11 99. post@oscarbrygga.no, oscarbrygga.no

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SKOGMO FAMILIECAMPING BRØNNØYSUND

Luxurious cabin and apartments right on the seashore – perfect for a holiday by the sea and mountains. Quay, barbecue, boat, opportunities for many rewarding activities. Savour tranquil, scenic surroundings.

Brygga is situated in magnificent surroundings in Bardal in Leirfjord municipality. Guests are able to fish right from their balcony, and there are excellent hiking trails in the surrounding area. Brygga offers a two-bedroom apartment (5 beds), as well as three double rooms with bath, all of high standard. TV and wi-fi is included. +47 992 35 630 | liiren@icloud.com nikolaisenbryggapavakrehelgeland

Sjøgata / Mosjøen © Terje Rakke Nordic Life/Helgeland Reiseliv

Campsite with rorbu and cabins in pleasant surroundings in Vennesund. Great fishing and hiking. Boat rental. New service facility.

Bøteriet (the old fishnet-mending workshop) has been refurbished into a charming holiday centre. Rooms, rorbu, holiday apartments, restaurant, outdoor tables, guest pier, boat hires. Situated on the idyllic Åkerøya.

+47 959 15 202 / 454 47 295 elfis.no | elfis8850@gmail.com

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DØNNA RORBUER BØTERIET / DØNNA

+47 415 25 371 / +47 75 05 49 20 / +47 911 39 966 boteriet.com | boteriet@yahoo.no

FURØY CAMPING / MELØY

HOLM CAMPING / BINDAL

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Welcome to the beautiful Furøy Camping, situated near Fv17 and the Furøy ferry quay. Rental cabins, campsite for tents and caravans. Short drive to Svartisen and Glomfjordfjellet. Boat hire and nature trails. Furøy 6, 8178 Halsa, +47 941 91 315 post@furoycamp.no | furoycamp.no

This campsite is a great base for fishing, walks, summit hikes and other adventures. Varied wildlife. Rent a room or a cabin, bring your caravan or tent. Free wi-fi. Beach, grill area, fully-licensed café.

BRYGGA DØNNA / DØNNA

brygga.com | post@brygga.com +47 993 12 784 / +47 907 81 366

+47 458 12 112 | else.sperstad@online.no D12

CAMPING

TOFT RORBU / BRØNNØYSUND A rorbu cabin right on the waterfront at Toftsundet, 7 km from Brønnøysund town centre. Great holiday base for cycling and kayaking. Large balcony facing the sea, 4 beds. An annex with 3 additional beds is available. Toft, 8909 Brønnøysund +47 907 35 208 / +47 969 71 508 arild.larsen@yahoo.no

TRÆNA RORBUFERIE / TRÆNA Spend your holiday in rorbu cabins that enjoy a magnificent view of the island of Træna. Great opportunities for excursions to Trænstaven and Sanna.

www.spirendesign.no

Modern fishermen’s cabins, situated seaside 6 km from Brønnøysund town centre, towards Torghatten. Four beds, kitchen and private bathroom. TV and free wi-fi. Next door, experience the fascinating Norwegian Aquaculture Centre. +47 75 57 75 00 | post@havbrukssenter.no havbrukssenter.no/overnatting

CAMPING

Inner Kvarøy is a sheltered scenic gem on the Helgeland coast, and it’s easy to get here.

Tel: +47 977 46 145 post@visithelgeland.eu | www.visithelgeland.eu

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ACTIVITIES

Verket music festival / Mo i Rana © Bjørn Leirvik

SENTRUM SCENE HELGELAND SANDNESSJØEN Sentrum Scene Helgeland is situated in the town’s historic cinema, built in 1927. Today, the old cinema houses a nightclub and bar, has a live stage and film viewings, and offers catering. We can offer tailored events to your need. +47 489 99 081 | gmkinon@gmail.com Gammelkinon

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VERKET MUSIC FESTIVAL / RANA On 23–24 August, this festival in Mo i Rana celebrates its 11th year. Memorable concerts and a great atmosphere in scenic surroundings, near the city centre. Don’t miss Helgeland’s festival finale! For details, please visit verket.no O15

Hamnesjazz / Hemnesberget © Fabrice Milochau

EVENTS CALENDAR 2019 JANUARY

MAY

28 - 1.2 «LYTT PÅ NYTT» CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL / MOSJØEN Vefsn-ensemblet

10 - 12 BOAT FAIR / SANDNESSJØEN | båtmessa.no

FEBRUARY 1

SIGRIDKONGRESSEN / SANDNESSJØEN | sigridkongressen.no

18 - 19 DØNNESROSEN – A HISTORICAL PLAY / DØNNA Dønnesrosen

1 - 16 KORGEN SUMMER FESTIVAL / KORGEN

9 - 15 WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL / MO I RANA | nordlandteater.no/vinterlys

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14 - 17 WINTER FESTIVAL «TA TRÆNA MED STORM» / TRÆNA tenktraena.no/vinterfestival

Medio GRANE FAIR / TROFORS | grane.kommune.no

MARCH CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RACE / MO I RANA | blaavegenlopet.no

22 - 24 KNITTING FESTIVAL / FRU HAUGANS HOTEL / MOSJØEN Strikkefestival Mosjøen 2019 30

VÅRPUSSEN – A DANCE GALLA / DØNNA vårpussen Dansegalla

30 - 31 CONCERT WITH YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM HELGELAND MOSJØEN Vefsn-ensemblet

APRIL

ALSTAHAUG MARATHON / SANDNESSJØEN | tjotta.net

20 - 23 TORGHATT FESTIVAL / BRØNNØYSUND Torghattfestivalen 21 - 23 KIPPERMO CUP / MOSJØEN | kippermocupen.no 27 - 30 HERØY FAIR / HERØY | heroydagan.no 28 - 29 HATTFJELLDAL FAIR / HATTFJELLDAL hattfjelldal-kommune.no 28 - 30 HEMNES BOAT & FJORD FESTIVAL / HEMNESBERGET fjordfestival.hemnes.net 28 - 30 NORDLAND BOAT REGATTA / TERRÅK, BINDAL nordlandsregattaen Ultimo WILD SALMON CAMP / EITERSTRAUM, VEFSN

30 mar - 7 apr BLEIKVASSLI WINTER FESTIVAL / HEMNES 14

RETURN OF THE PUFFIN! / LOVUND Lundkommardagen 2019

26 - 28 «BYSPRINTEN» – CITY SKI SPRINT / MOSJØEN | bysprinten.no 27

«VÅRYR» – A CELEBRATION OF SPRING / HEMNESBERGET

Ultimo SPRING CELEBRATIONS IN BRØNNØY / BRØNNØYSUND Vår iBrønnøy 36

visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

«BYFEST» – TOWN CELEBRATIONS IN HISTORIC SJØGATA MOSJØEN sjøgata Mosjøen - der vi møtes

11 - 14 TRÆNA FESTIVAL / TRÆNA | trena.net 17 - 20 ROOTS FESTIVAL / BRØNNØYSUND | rootsfestivalen.no

JUNE

1 - 2 SJØGATA LIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL / MOSJØEN | sjogatalive.no

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12 - 21 VEGA FESTIVAL / VEGA | vega.kommune.no 18 - 21 «UTFLYTTERSTEVNET» – LEIRFJORD FESTIVAL / LEIRFJORD UL Fram Leirfjord

WORLD CRAB FISHING CHAMPIONSHIP / SANDNESSJØEN vmikrabbefiske.no

19 - 22 «TIENDEBYTTE» A HISTORICAL MARKET / MOSJØEN tiendebytte.no 19 - 22 MUSIC AND OPERA FEST IN TIENDEBYTTE / MOSJØEN tiendebytte.no

OCTOBER

25 - 27 SJARKEN COASTAL FESTIVAL / DØNNA | sjarken.no

18 - 19 DIAMOND DAYS / SANDNESSJØEN | www.aonf.no

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SUMMER CONCERTS IN BRYGFJELDDALEN FURULUND GÅRD, HEMNES

AUGUST 1-4

HEMNES JAZZ FESTIVAL / HEMNESBERGET | hemnesjazz.no

9 - 10

HAVNA MUSIC FESTIVAL / SANDNESSJØEN | havnafestivalen.no

9.-10. VEGA CHALLENGE 2019 / VEGA | vegachallenge.no 10 - 11 «KAMKAKE» FESTIVAL / BLEIKVASSLI, HEMNES Ultimo TORGHATTEN MARKET / BRØNNØYSUND | bilfotball.no 23 - 24 VERKET MUSIC FESTIVAL / MO I RANA | verketfestival.no

JULY 29.6 - 6 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY & FESTIVAL OF MUSIC MOSJØEN

30 - 1.9 AGRICULTURAL FAIR – HORVA 2019 / SANDNESSJØEN horva.no

29.6 - 6 «BYFESTVEKO» – A WEEK OF CELEBRATIONS IN MOSJØEN ByfestVeko

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20 - 21 MEDIEVAL DAYS / BJERKA, HEMNES

23 - 25 KLEMETSPELET – A HISTORICAL PLAY LEIRSKARDDALEN, HEMNES

29.6 - 6 GALLERIA ART FESTIVAL / MOSJØEN | galleria.no

12 - 15 AUTUMN MARKET / SANDNESSJØEN | www.aonf.no

SEPTEMBER 6 - 7

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OKTOBERFEST IN THE VIKING LONGHOUSE SANDNESSJØEN | www.torolvstein.no

NOVEMBER 24 - 25 «JUL PÅ BERGET» – CHRISTMAS MARKET IN HEMNESBERGET HEMNESBERGET Jul på Berget

DECEMBER 6 - 8

CHRISTMAS MARKET IN HISTORICAL SJØGATA STREET MOSJØEN Jul i Sjøgato

Primo CHRISTMAS MARKET IN GRANE / TROFORS www.helgelandmuseum.no/Grane Medio CHRISTMAS MARKET IN BRØNNNØY / BRØNNØYSUND Jul iBrønnøy DEC

«JULEBYEN MOSJØEN» - CHRISTMAS IN MOSJØEN MOSJØEN Helgeland Event

THE SIGRID EVENT – GEOCACHING / SANDNESSJØEN Sigrideventet visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

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DINING

ACCOMMODATION

SCHRØDER STUE / BRØNNØYSUND

SØMNA KRO & GJESTEGÅRD VIK, SØMNA

Our skilled chefs invite you to a gourmet meal prepared from choice local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. The restaurant is situated on the 2. floor of Thon Hotel Brønnøysund, in Sømnaveien 98. +47 75 00 89 00 thonhotels.no/bronnoysund

An affordable inn at Vik, near trunk road Fv17, with 39 rooms with private baths. A cosy restaurant. The perfect base for your hiking and cycling adventures. D25

HILDURS URTERARIUM BRØNNØYSUND Restaurant Sagastua: Dine happily in our cosy family restaurant. Reservations advised, at least one day in advance Herb garden with a summer café and shop: 20 June – 15 August. Open daily 12am–5pm every day. +47 75 02 52 12 Tilrem, Brønnøysund | hildurs.no

CORNER HOTEL / BRØNNØYSUND

N-Storgata 76, Brønnøysund. E24

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• Rødøy

BINDAL, SØMNA, BRØNNØY, VEGA OG VEVELSTAD

Lovund •

• Lurøy • Nesna

Brønnøysund, an idyllic modern little town, is the regional centre of southern Helgeland. The town offers a wide range of services and enjoys excellent communications – the Hurtigruten steamers call daily, and there are direct flights to Oslo. For centuries Brønnøysund has been one of the region’s key ports, and has excellent guest harbours. Today it is the perfect holiday base for exploring the Helgeland archipelago, which consists of over ten thousand islands, islets and skerries. To the south is Torghatten, the legendary mountain with its distinctive hole all the way through. To the west lies a World Heritage Site: the Vega islands rise from the shallow coastal seafloor. The VEGA archipelago was chosen as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site due to its unique culture as well as its amazing scenery. At Nes you can visit the eider duck museum and learn about the islanders’ tradition of protecting these migrating birds. Boat tours invite you to further explore the archipelago and its unique heritage. See visitvega.no for more information.

• Dønna

• Mo i Rana

• Leirfjord

• Herøy • Sandnessjøen

• Hemnes

• Mosjøen • Vega • Vevelstad

• Hattfjelldal

• Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna

• Bindal

Also consider a visit to Velfjord and the coastal culture centre of Nevernes, and Nøstvik church built in 1674.

BINDAL, SØMNA AND VEVELSTAD are hosts for a Nordland boat race. Here are also burial mounds and other cultural monuments, and a spring reputed to have healing powers. In this magnificent scenery you can kayak the fjord, ascend mountain summits, go fishing and hunting. Please see visithelgeland.com for further information.

TOFT RORBU / BRØNNØYSUND A rorbu cabin right on the waterfront at Toftsundet, 7 km from Brønnøysund town centre. Great holiday base for cycling and kayaking. Large balcony facing the sea, 4 beds. An annex with 3 additional beds is available.

+47 990 39 388 | sandmogard.no Sandmo Gårdsbakeri

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The family camping is situated in idyllic tranquil surroundings 12 km south of Brønnøysund. Sheltered barbecue hut. Great hiking right outside your door. The cabins vary from simple and without plumbing to larger cabins with bathrooms. C23

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TOSBOTN CAMPING / BRØNNØY Tosbotn Camping is situated at the head of the beautiful Tosenfjord. 26 km from hwy E6 and 75 km from Brønnøysund. Tosbotn is the perfect base for your outdoor adventures. Rental cabins, caravan spots, boat hire, and fishing in the nearby lakes.

Rooms with a historical ambience. Restaurant featuring the flavours of Helgeland, and a coffee roaster with integrity and charm. Experience the coastal culture! +47 984 84 000 handelsstedetforvik.no

+47 907 35 208 / +47 979 61 508. arild.larsen@yahoo.no

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SKOGMO FAMILIECAMPING BRØNNØYSUND

HANDELSSTEDET FORVIK VEVELSTAD

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+47 993 88 330 | tosbotn-camping.no mhermann1955@gmail.com

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VEVELSTAD GJESTEGÅRD VEVELSTAD

HOLM CAMPING / BINDAL

Vevelstad Gård is one of the old estates in the municipality, and it is imbued with centuries of history. Today our inn proudly serves homemade food that highlights local traditions, and offers guests comfortable beds in friendly and historic surroundings. +47 416 85 299 / 918 35 508 post@vevelstadgard.no | vevelstadgard.no

This campsite is a great base for fishing, walks, summit hikes and other adventures. Varied wildlife. Rent a room or a cabin, bring your caravan or tent. Free wi-fi. Beach, grill area, fully-licensed café. Hallveien 98, +47 959 26 362 post@holmcamping.no | holmcamping.no D29

NORSK HAVBRUKSSENTER BRØNNØYSUND

Campsite with rorbu and cabins in pleasant surroundings in Vennesund. Great fishing and hiking. Boat rental. New service facility.

Experience fish farming at close quarters! The visitors’ centre at Toft also has an aquarium, indoor exhibitions on aquaculture and local history, and offers guided tours of the facilities. Café with a menu featuring seafood. Souvenir shop. Accommodation. Open year round. +47 75 57 75 00 | havbrukssenter.no

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VENNESUND BRYGGE OG CAMPING SØMNA

+47 750 27 375 / +47 416 16 230 info@vennesund.no | vennesund.no 38

Modern fishermen’s cabins, situated seaside 6 km from Brønnøysund town centre, towards Torghatten. Four beds, kitchen and private bathroom. TV and free wi-fi. Next door, experience the fascinating Norwegian Aquaculture Centre. +47 75 57 75 00 | post@havbrukssenter.no havbrukssenter.no/overnatting

GOMA / BRØNNØYSUND

At Kjul you will find Sandmo farm bakery. In the summer our café serves homemade food in a friendly atmosphere. Open 2–28 July, 12–4pm Tues–Sun. Welcome! See visitvega.no for more information.

• Træna

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NORSK HAVBRUKSSENTER BRØNNØYSUND

SANDMO GÅRDSBAKERI / VEGA

BRØNNØYSUND

+47 948 18 179 post@cornermotell.no | cornermotell.no

In the heart of Storgata, the main street of Brønnøysund, is our cosy modern café. Goma features homemade food, soups, pasta, burgers, salads, dinner specials and tempting cakes. Great selection of beers, wines and drinks. Art exhibitions and concerts. +47 990 27 092

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Reasonably-priced accommodation in the heart of Brønnøysund. Comfortable beds and homemade breakfast. Perfect for your Helgeland adventures.

CAFÉ KRED / BRØNNØYSUND Our lunch and dinner menu features hearty dishes based on local ingredients. The kitchen is open 11am–10pm Monday through Saturday, and 1–10pm on Sunday. Live music every weekend, football games shown on our big screen. Conference facilities and a venue for private parties. +47 948 24 190 | cafekred.no Storgata 61, Brønnøysund

N-Kirkevn.2, 8920 Sømna | +47 75 02 94 60 somnakro.no | post@somnakro.no

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Vega © Terje Rakke NordicLife Helgeland Reiseliv Torghatten / Brønnøysund © Terje Rakke NordicLife Helgeland Reiseliv

A GEOLOGICAL FAIRYTALE THROUGH MILLIONS OF YEARS

The geology in Trollfjell Geopark offers exciting stories from Earth history; oceans form and disappear, continents collide, lofty mountain chains build up and break down, and ice ages erode and deposit debris. A geopark is an area with a geological natural heritage of international importance where efforts are focused on sustainable development, spreading of knowledge and geotourism. Here visitors can experience how the geology forms the basis for the local landscape, biological diversity, cultural heritage and settlement. Trollfjell Geopark comprises the municipalities of Brønnøy, Vega, Vevelstad, Sømna, Bindal and Leka.

www.trollfjellgeopark.no

Transport by land, sea and air

www.torghatten.no

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Timetables www.177.no or tel 177

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DINING

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SOPRANO / SANDNESSJØEN

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Soprano has a cosy, rustic ambience in the old post office, that dates from 1923. Here is everything you need for a great evening with family or friends. On the menu you will find delicious dishes and varied drinks.

+47 483 44 641 / +47 917 05 564 kystferie.no | booking@kystferie.no

+47 407 00 006 | post@restaurant-soprano.no RestauranteSoprano

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RESTAURANT SYV SØSTRE SANDNESSJØEN

TJØTTA GJESTEGÅRD ALSTAHAUG

Named after the majestic Seven Sisters mountain range, this restaurant offers an authentic taste of Helgeland – dishes based on local ingredients, a friendly and casual atmosphere, and works by local artists on the walls. +47 75 06 50 00 | restaurantsyvsostre.no syvsostre@scandichotels.com

Welcome to a venerable 19th-century inn in a pastoral setting with a Viking history. Beautifully situated right near the Tjøtta ferry quay, the museum and medieval church. G18

MARGRETHES KAFÈ ALSTAHAUG

+47 75 11 01 50 | petterdass.no

• Meløy • Rødøy • Træna

ALSTAHAUG, HERØY, DØNNA AND LEIRFJORD

Lovund •

• Lurøy • Nesna

Sandnessjøen in Alstahaug municipality is renowned for its majestic mountain range, the Seven Sisters (De syv søstre). But it is also a great base for kayaking and for boat trips in the beautiful archipelago, as well as «island-hopping» with a bicycle. The municipality has a long and interesting history. Important historical figures include the 10th-century bard Øyvind Finnson Skaldespiller. His son Hårek of Tjøtta became one of the most powerful chieftains in Northern Norway. Other notables include Sigrid of Sandnes, and the 17th-century poet-priest Petter Dass. Alstahaug has a large moose population and chances for spotting the huge animal are high. Attractions include the Petter Dass Museum, the Alstahaugtunet complex, the 12th-century Alstahaug church, an old Viking chieftain seat, and Tjøtta International War Cemetery. The town offers numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities. Sandnessjøen has excellent connections by airplane and bus, as well as by the Hurtigruta (coastal steamers), ferries and express boats.

HERØY, DØNNA AND LEIRFJORD

From Søvik, 12 km south of Sandnessjøen, you can take a ferry to Flostad on Herøy. The island offers many outdoor adventures and stunning views of the Seven Sisters range, Dønnamannen mountain and the Vega archipelago. The island is a paradise for kayaking and cycling. Attractions include the 12th-century Herøy church, Herøy rural museum, and

• Dønna

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• Herøy • Sandnessjøen

• Vevelstad

visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

ELFIS SJØSTUER / HERØY

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• Sømna

• Bindal

the Etcetera botanical centre. When you’re ready, continue your journey across Åkviksund Bridge to Dønna. From Sandnessjøen you can take the ferry to Bjørn on Dønna. Dønna is a large and scenic island, hilly and with a varied wildlife. Attractions include the old Nordvika trading post, Valhaugen burial mound which is topped by Northern Europe’s largest marble phallus, Dønnes church with Norway’s best-preserved mausoleum, and Dønnesfjellet with its magnificent view spanning from Vega in the south, to Lovund and Træna in the north. The elegant Helgeland Bridge connects Alstenøya and Leirfjord. In Leirfjord you will find beautiful mountains, forests and scenic fjords. There are excellent hiking trails, and great fishing opportunities in the rivers, lakes and fjords.

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BRYGGA DØNNA / DØNNA

+47 415 13 425 dag@trekalver.no | trekalver.no

brygga.com | post@brygga.com +47 993 12 784 / +47 907 81 366 F17

ACCOMMODATION

• Grane

+47 959 15 202 / +47 454 47 295 elfis.no | elfis8850@gmail.com

Rorbu cabins, island-hopping, fishing, bicycling and mountain hikes. This is the place for your Helgeland holiday! Our rorbu and wharf are situated in an area with excellent fishing and an amazing bird life.

Bøteriet (the old fishnet-mending workshop) has been refurbished into a charming holiday centre. Rooms, rorbu, holiday apartments, restaurant, outdoor tables, guest pier, boat hires. Situated on the idyllic Åkerøya.

SCANDIC SYV SØSTRE SANDNESSJØEN A centrally and idyllically situated hotel on the Helgeland coast. Hike the nearby majestic mountains, or indulge yourself at Kulturbadet! Modern tasteful rooms. Wake up refreshed ready for new adventures on your Helgeland holiday! +47 75 06 50 00 | syvsostre@scandichotels.com scandichotels.no/syvsostre

+47 415 25 371 / +47 75 05 49 20 / +47 911 39 966 boteriet.com | boteriet@yahoo.no G18

KVITNESET CAMPING / LEIRFJORD

+47 997 28 301 kvitneset.no | re-eilif@online.no H18 G18

NIKOLAISEN BRYGGA / LEIRFJORD Brygga is situated in magnificent surroundings in Bardal in Leirfjord municipality. Guests are able to fish right from their balcony, and there are excellent hiking trails in the surrounding area. Brygga offers a two-bedroom apartment (5 beds), as well as three double rooms with bath, all of high standard. TV and wi-fi is included. +47 992 35 630 | liiren@icloud.com nikolaisenbryggapavakrehelgeland

SANDNESSJØEN CAMPING ALSTAHAUG Camping by the sea, just 10 km south of Sandnessjøen town centre. Cabins with or without shower and wc. Electrical hookups for caravans and campers. Tent sites. Wastewater disposal. Kitchen and sanitary facilities. Boat hire. +47 975 62 050 post@ssj.no | ssj.no

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Camping with a magnificent fjord panorama. Cabins, campers and caravans. Fishing, hiking and bicycling. Laundry facilities.

SANDNESSJØEN OVERNATTING SANDNESSJØEN Inexpensive accommodation in the heart of Sandnessjøen. Self-service kitchen and TV lounge on every floor. Free WiFi, coffee and tea. Laundry room. Parking. +47 469 04 743 (8 am – 11 pm) sandnessjoenovernatting.no post@sandnessjoenovernatting.no

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DØNNA RORBUER BØTERIET / DØNNA

• Hattfjelldal

• Brønnøysund

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Luxurious cabin and apartments right on the seashore – perfect for a holiday by the sea and mountains. Quay, barbecue, boat, opportunities for many rewarding activities. Savour tranquil, scenic surroundings.

Local traditional dishes made with the very best local ingredients. Your chef and host will ensure a unique and memorable dining experience.

• Hemnes

• Mosjøen • Vega

Check out the details on our website. detromantiskehuset.no booking@detromantiskehuset.no | +47 941 50 812

3 KALVER / DØNNA

• Leirfjord

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• Mo i Rana

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AUGUSTBRYGGO OG RESTAURANT KAIKANTEN / HERØY Exhibition centre and conference facility with capacity for 50 persons. Restaurant featuring seafood and traditional dishes. Café with homemade cakes and pastries. +47 75 05 99 01 / +47 476 21 805 info.augustbryggo@gmail.com augustbryggo.no

+47 466 74 200 | knut.gjestegard@gmail.com Tjøtta Gjestegård 2019

This is a cosy alternative to a hotel. Experience Herøy, renowned as the most magnificent island on the Helgeland coast. New suites and double rooms with comfortable beds, bath, kitchen and balcony.

Our café at the Petter Dass Museum offers hearty traditional dishes and refreshments, in a beautiful building and magnificent natural setting. Visit historical Alstahaug, and the mediaeval church.

SANDNESSJØEN

OFFERSØY CAMPING / ALSTAHAUG Cabins of various sizes, 19–45 m², most with fully equipped kitchen and a terrace overlooking the sea. Excellent fishing and hiking, also ideal for island hopping and exploring our coastal culture.

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Dønnesfjellet © Terje Rakke Nordic Life/visithelgeland.com

WHEN YOU WANT

TO SEE

EVERYTHING

BEAUTIFUL

HELGELAND HAS TO OFFER ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS SENTRUM SCENE HELGELAND SANDNESSJØEN Sentrum Scene Helgeland is situated in the town’s historic cinema, built in 1927. Today, the old cinema houses a nightclub and bar, has a live stage and film viewings, and offers catering. We can offer tailored events to your need. +47 489 99 081 | gmkinon@gmail.com Gammelkinon

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With ten boats of various sizes, we offer everything from sightseeing and fishing trips, to shuttle services and charter tours. We’ll gladly tailor a boating experience anywhere along the Helgeland coast, including varied adventures, accommodation and dining. Please contact us for a detailed offer. Welcome aboard!

HØVDINGSETET AT SANDNES SANDNESSJØEN The longhouse and farm of Northern Norway’s most powerful Viking chieftain has been recreated at Sandnes, a short walk from Sandnessjøen. Guided tours are available. This authentic Viking venue may be booked for banquets and celebrations. +47 970 44 000 | torolvstein.no

VISIT THE ISLANDS OF HELGELAND!

+47 98 20 55 96

TOUR TRANSPORTATION

Tel +47 991 66 522 (manned 24/7) post@lovundskyss.no | lovundskyss.no

by coach or minibus +47 416 11 709

www.helgelandtransportservice.no | post@helgelandtransportservice.no

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PETTER DASS MUSEUM ALSTAHAUG At historic Alstahaug, Petter Dass Museum celebrates renowned 17th-century poet and vicar Petter Dass (1647–1707). Fascinating architecture and a rewarding cultural experience in scenic surroundings. Open year round. petter.dass@helgelandmuseum.no +47 75 11 01 50 | petterdass.no

The scenic route

Explore the coastal route (road 17) from Steinkjer to Bodø. Much of the journey is a part of Norwegian Scenic Routes. Practical information on ferry time tables, accommodation and what to see & do is found in our free travel guide or you may visit our web site; www.kystriksveien.no We also offer tailormade tours for you. You may drive your own car, go by bike or public transportation. Kystriksveien is for slow travel - allow yourself time.

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TØMMERVIKA OPPLEVELSESSENTER ALSTAHAUG Be inspired and re-energise on the scenic islands of Helgeland. Guided kayak trips (1-5 days). Courses in sea kayaking. 18-hole football golf course. Activity and adventure programmes at sea and on land for groups. +47 951 31 445 | helgelandguide.no post@helgelandguide.no

KYSTRIKSVEIEN

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HELGELAND’S BEST COASTAL ADVENTURES / HERØY – – – –

Guided RIB excursions amongst the Islands kayak and rowboat hire hiking comfortable accommodation.

Seløy Kystferie | trond@seloykystferie.no +47 473 66 087 / +47 993 40 557

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Welcome to Amfi Skansen – a modern new shopping centre in the heart of Sandnessjøen, with 24 shops, restaurants and more.

spirendesign.no

GALLERI SJØHOLT / HERØY This gallery exhibits oil paintings by Inger Meyer as well as several guest artists. Outside there is a playground with small soccer pitch. Free entrance. No regular opening hours, but you are welcome to call in advance. +47 917 76 622. inger.meyer@gmail.com Inger Meyer Art og Galleri Sjøholt.

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GILLES CAFE / MOSJØEN A friendly cultural café in old Mosjøen, with pub nights and concerts year round. Full dinners, light dishes and desserts. Buffet Monday through Sunday. Sushi & tapas buffet Wednesday 6–10pm. Fully licensed. Sjøgata 6, +47 75 17 54 54 | gillescafe.no I21

SNEPPEN GASTROPUB / MOSJØEN Enjoy a hearty meal from our varied lunch and dinner menu. Pleasant surroundings. Open from 9:00, Mon–Sat. For detailed info, check us out on Facebook, or inquire by email. andreas@cafebaren.com +47 474 78 920. Situated on the town square, in the heart of Mosjøen.

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TRIXIE RESTAURANT & BAR TROFORS Welcome to our cosy restaurant, conveniently situated in Grane by highway E6. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor tables. Pizza and kebab. Takeaway. Open 11–22:00. +47 75 18 13 90. Find us on Facebook.

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ACCOMMODATION FRU HAUGANS HOTEL / MOSJØEN The oldest hotel in Northern Norway is beautifully situated by the Vefsna river. Accommodation in traditionally decorated rooms. Restaurant featuring dishes based on the very best local ingredients. Our guests have been admiring the view and relaxing in our beautiful gardens since 1794!

MOSJØEN

• Rødøy • Træna

VEFSN, GRANE AND HATTFJELLDAL

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• Lurøy • Nesna

Mosjøen is the oldest town in the Helgeland region – and here you will find concerts, festivals and performances throughout the year. Øyfjellet (818 m) towers above the town; hike to the top for an amazing panorama! Mosjøen is a transport hub, with an airport, railway services, several guest harbours, and bus services to coastal and inland destinations.

• Dønna

• Mo i Rana

• Leirfjord

• Herøy • Sandnessjøen

• Hemnes

• Mosjøen • Vega

• Vevelstad

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DINING

• Meløy

RESTAURANT ELLEN / MOSJØEN

BRYGGEN GJESTEHUS / MOSJØEN

In Northern Norway’s oldest hotel (in Mosjøen), built in 1794, the legendary chef prepares traditional Norwegian dishes with a continental twist, from the very best local ingredients. Enjoy fine dining and the view of our gardens, as guests have done for 220 years. Booking: fruhaugans.no + 47 75 11 41 00

Three fully-equipped holiday apartments, high standard. Our charming wharf building, built in 1842, is beautifully situated by the Vefsna river, in the heart of Mosjøen. Adr. Skjervgt. 5. | +47 418 46 755 bryggengjestehus.no I21

LOKALN PUB / MOSJØEN

• Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna

FJELLSTUO OVERNATTING HATTFJELLDAL

A popular, pleasant pub situated on the historic Sjøgata in Mosjøen. Friendly bartenders, join us for a good pint. Occasional sing-along. The nearby Garasjepuben often features live bands or karaoke. +47 928 21 611 LokalnPub

HATTFJELLDAL

is a beautiful mountainous municipality located on trunk road Rv73, about 30 minutes drive from Trofors along highway E6. The area is known for its handicrafts and folk music traditions, and its strong Sami heritage. Hattfjelldal offers excellent fishing, including in Norway’s

second largest lake, Røssvatn. Visitors can enjoy farm holidays, hiking and summit trips. Also worth a visit is the House of the Mountain People, the local church built in 1868, and the sculpture The «Elf Castle» (Alveborg).

GRANE

offers amazing wilderness adventures – you can explore the Børgefjell National Park to the east and Lomsdal-Visten National Park to the west. There are many great fishing spots on the Vefsna river and its tributaries. The eastern branch of the river Vefsna is perfect for rafting. Grane also has fine hiking trails. Be sure to visit Laksforsen, perhaps one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe. For further information, please see visithelgeland.com.

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A beautifully decorated restaurant at Sjøgata 29. A richly-varied lunch menu, and an evening menu that features many exciting pizzas. Choose «Tapas for 2» to savour the very best of our menu. The great beer selection, fine wine list and tasty cocktails give you additional reasons to pay us a visit. +47 906 63 696

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Fjellstuo, in the heart of Hattfjelldal, offers lodgings in modern new rooms. Buffet breakfast included. Café with dinner menu and light dishes. Free parking and wi-fi. Great hiking opportunities nearby. +47 903 69 941 | fjellstuo@gmail.com. fjellstuoovernatting.

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BLOMSTERBUA MAT OG VIN MOSJØEN

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KULTURVERKSTEDET / MOSJØEN This distinctive building on Sjøgata comprises cultural workshops, a gallery featuring artists of Northern Norway, and a café that serves hearty traditional dishes. Free lunch concerts every Friday. Guest house for rent. +47 75 17 27 60 kulturverkstedet.net

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• Bindal

The historical town centre is Sjøgata street. Today, the area’s beautifully preserved 19th-century buildings are treasured as an essential part of the town’s pulsating life and character. Visit museums and galleries, the town park from 1905, go bowling and golfing. Mosjøen also has a town beach, a via ferrata and a zipline, a Sherpa Path and other hiking trails. The town is known for its many cafès, pubs and restaurants, and varied shops.

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AT THE TOWN SQUARE IN THE MIDDLE OF SJØGATA

VIA FERRATA & ZIPLINE / MOSJØEN We invite you to climb the via ferrata to the top of Øyfjellet. Then glide down the 700-metre zip-line, soaring high across the Vefsna river! No climbing experience necessary.

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ADVENTURES IN HELGELAND We offer activities for individuals and groups, summer as well as winter. Skiing, dog-sledding, hiking, kayaking and cycling. Take the via ferrata and zip-line challenges in Mosjøen! +47 989 01 249 / 957 43 930 post@naturligehelgeland.no naturligehelgeland.no

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SJØGATA – THE HISTORIC TOWN CENTRE

The expression ranges from the purely figurative to more or less abstract compositions, shapes and landscapes – characterized by an impression of a certain rawness and random coincidences in the finished painting. Things looks similar, but not quite...

Sjøgata (Shore Street) is the oldest part of Mosjøen, with well-kept 19th-century wooden houses. This fascinating neighbourhood has many galleries and shops, cafés and restaurants, inns, boathouses and guest harbours. post@visithelgeland.com

Galleri SOS exhibits works by Stig-Ove Sivertsen. He works mainly in watercolors, but are also into acrylics and mixed media.

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RAFTING IN AUSTERVEFSNA / GRANE

Mon - fri: 10.00 - 16.00 Sat: 10.00 - 15.00

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The whitewater rafting on the Austervefsna is among the best in all of Europe! You can chose between a half-day trip, a full-day trip with lunch, and an exciting overnight rafting. We also offer family rafting for families with children age 6-14, and kayak lessons on the river for all levels. Rivernorth.no mail@rivernorth.no

Sivertsen lives and works in Mosjoen and has over the years exhibited his works at venues both in Norway and abroad.

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DINING STENNESET MAT & VIN / MO I RANA

BIMBO VEIKRO / MO I RANA

Welcome to a cultural experience in historic surroundings. Stenneset offers memorable dining with excellent service. We take pride in using local organic produce, carefully paired with wine and refreshments.

A pleasant inn situated on highway E6, north of Mo i Rana. Our café serves hearty home-cooked meals, reasonably priced. 6 rooms available, with satellite TV, private bathroom and wc.

Sommerrestaurant +47 476 16 890 post@stenneset.no | stenneset.no

MO I RANA

• Meløy

NESNA, LURØY, TRÆNA, RØDØY, MELØY, HEMNES OG RANA

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Mo i Rana, the largest town in Helgeland, is situated in scenic surroundings just below the Arctic Circle. Cultural offerings include a rich variation of concerts, numerous festivals, and performances at the Nordland Theatre. Shopping opportunities are many and varied.

• Lurøy • Nesna

• Dønna

• Mo i Rana

• Leirfjord

• Herøy • Sandnessjøen

• Hemnes

• Mosjøen • Vega

• Vevelstad

• Hattfjelldal

• Brønnøysund

Highlights include Moholmen, which is the oldest part of town, the sculpture “Ocean Man”, the Klokkerhagen river park, and the Arctic Circle Centre on Saltfjellet. You can enjoy the town’s waterworld, visit the natural rock formations called the Marble Castle, take a cave tour, hike the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, and even hike the glacier. In HEMNES you can hike from DNT lodge to lodge in the Okstindan range, visit their striking Rabothytta cabin – and even climb Oksskolten (1906 m). Røssåga river tempts anglers with its huge salmon. The road over Korgfjellet pass offers beautiful panoramas. At Hemnesberget you can go boating, experience lively festivals, and see the works of fine artists.

NESNA, situated at the heart of the Helgeland coast, invites you to

mountain adventures, and to explore scenic islands and the sea. Nesna has many hiking trails, roads ideal for cycling, excellent fishing, and fine opportunities for kayaking and boating.

LURØY is situated just south of the Arctic Circle. To get here, take the

ferry or express boat from Stokkvågen, or the Nex express boat that sails from Bodø to Helgeland and back. Two highlights are the puffin colony on Lovund and the Renaissance gardens at Lurøygården. Lurøy offers great kayaking, cycling and hiking.

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• Bindal

TRÆNA is Norway’s oldest fishing community and hosts a popular

music festival. Be sure to visit Kirkhelleren cave and the Petter Dass Chapel, built to honour a 17th-century poet-priest. Go on amazing hikes, and enjoy a sauna with a view of the Trænfjord. To get to Træna, take the ferry from Stokkvågen, or the express boat from Sandnessjøen, Stokkvågen or Nesna. In RØDØY you can take boats ride into the scenic Nordfjord, visit the magical fairytale forest and visit Rødøy church. For an amazing view, hike to the summit of Rødøyløva (the Rødøy Lion), 440 m. Getting here is easy: take the ferry from Kilboghamn, or the Nex express boat that sails between Bodø and Helgeland.

MELØY is the northernmost municipality on the Helgeland coast. Adventures available here include glacier walks, dog-sledding, exploring caves – and climbing all 1129 steps of Fykantrappa! For more information, please visit visithelgeland.com.

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AERNIE / RANA

YTTERVIK CAMPING / RANA

Welcome to a distinctive dining in scenic surroundings, 20 km north of Mo i Rana. Aernie features homemade fare based on local ingredients and Sami traditions. For a unique experience, dine in our large new earthen hut. Café open in the summer and by appointment. +47 906 18 921 AernieOpplevelser

Yttervik Camping offers cabins, holiday apartments and campsite for caravans. Magnificently situated on the Ranfjord, 16 km south of Mo i Rana. Excellent fishing. P14

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KORGFJELLET FJELLSTUE / HEMNES

RØSSVOLL CAMPING / RANA

This lodge, perched on the top of Korgfjellet pass, is reached by taking a detour from highway E6. Panorama of the Okstindan mountains. Accommodation available in attractive rooms and cabins. Marked hiking trails, and cross-country ski tracks in the winter. Hearty home cooking. Pizza and kamkake (a traditional bread) baked in a wood-fired oven. Welcome! +47 75 17 01 50 | korgfjellet.no

Cabins, electrical hook-ups for caravans and campers. Each cabin has four beds, kitchen and bathroom. Free wifi. Beautifully situated by the Ranelva river, 10 km north of Mo i Rana.

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AURORA RESTAURANT & LIVE SCENE / NESNA

MILEPERLEN GALLERIHOTELL HEMNES

Creative dishes based on good local ingredients. With our “Nesna-meets-the-world fusion”, Aurora aims to be one of Helgeland’s best restaurants! Live music and performances.

Beautifully situated on the fjord, this hotel offers rooms decorated by the artist Yvonne Rosten. Great opportunities for mountain hikes, cycling, fishing and sea excursions.

+47 75 05 65 40 havblikknesna.no | post@havblikknesna.no

• Rødøy

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EMAUS PUB & SPISERI / LURØY

HAVBLIKK CAMPING / NESNA

Visit our charming and cosy restaurant, with its surprising details – both with regards to our menu and the interior. We proudly serve dishes based on local incredients and beverages from the finest suppliers in Helgeland. A satisfying experience is guaranteed.

Spacious year-round camping, hotel-standard cabins, holiday apartments and rooms. The longest waterslide in Northern Norway, playground. Boat, kayak and bicycle rental. WiFi. Very child friendly. +47 75 05 65 40 havblikknesna.no | post@havblikknesna.no

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LOVUND HOTELL / LOVUND

Stylish accommodation at the old trading post. Fine guest harbour with all amenities. Seafood restaurant with impressive menu. Hiking, kayaking, summit hikes, deep-sea fishing, boat rentals, swimmings and more. Fisheries Museum.

Lovund, one of Norway’s most thriving island communities, is situated off the Helgeland coast. Take time to savour some of the best dining in the region. Hotel rooms and rorbu cabins enjoy great views of the sea and sunsets. Varied scenery and many opportunities for excursions. Lovund is renowned for its pioneering spirit and strong business community. +47 75 09 20 30 | post@lovund.no | lovund.no

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OSCARBRYGGA / LURØY

SCANDIC MEYERGÅRDEN MO I RANA

Rorbu cabins and wharfside rooms that enjoy a great view of Hestmannen mountain and the sailing lane. Restaurant featuring seafood in the summer.

Welcome to Nordland’s largest hotel, in Mo i Rana.. N- Fr.Nansensgata 48, NO-8622 Mo i Rana. Booking, +47 75 13 40 00 meyergarden@meyergarden.no meyergarden.no

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LURØY RORBUER / LURØY Well-equipped rorbu cabins, high standard. Great wilderness adventures. Grocery next door.

CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL HELMA / MO I RANA 110 double rooms. Conference facilities for 100 people. Room rates include breakfast and an evening buffet. +47 78 10 11 80

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THE ARCTIC CIRCLE CENTRE 66˚33’N

TRÆNA RORBUFERIE / TRÆNA Spend your holiday in rorbu cabins that enjoy a magnificent view of the island of Træna. Great opportunities for excursions to Trænstaven and Sanna. +47 979 83 276. post@rorbuferien.no rorbuferien.no

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TRÆNA OVERNATTING / TRÆNA Stay in the old town hall of Norway’s oldest fishing village. Eight rooms (four with private baths), and two two-storey apartments. A beautiful view over the island, great hiking opportunities, and many cultural opportunities. Free parking and wi-fi. Situated just 250 meters from the quay and food shop. +47 918 12 679 | trenaovernatting.no booking@trenaovernatting.no

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EXPERIENCE SVARTISEN GLACIER THE SECOND-LARGEST GLACIER IN MAINLAND NORWAY!

On the high moors of Saltfjellet, you cross the Arctic Circle into the Land of the Midnight Sun. The Arctic Circle Centre on Highway E6 welcomes you with a large souvenir shop, a restaurant serving localdishes, and Wi-Fi.

The glacier arm Austerdalsisen is accessible by a 20-minute boat ride across Svartisen Lake.

Departures daily. A 3-km walk takes you up to the edge of the glacier. Sturdy footwear recommended.

Open 1 May – 31 October For details and opening hours, please visit www.polarsirkelsenteret.no

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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS SETERGROTTA CAVE / RANA Experience one of the most impressive caves in Norway! Take the guided tour, equipped with helmet and headlamp – see the enormous mountain halls, narrow marble passages and the subterranean river. Situated 22 km north of Mo I Rana, exit from highway E6. +47 959 74 497 | setergrotta.no

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HELGELAND KAJAKK / NESNA On the fabulous island of Tomma near Nesna, Helgeland Kajakk rents out sea kayaks with complete equipment. Guided trips for beginners as well as experienced kayakers. Kayaking courses offered, which earn participants the “våtkort” certification of the Norwegian Canoe & Kayaking Association (NPF). Get in touch with great experiences in beautiful nature! helgelandkajakk@gmail.com www.helgelandkajakk.no | + 47 951 73 987

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HAV OG FRITID / NESNA Fully equipped sea kayak rentals. Courses and instruction. Kayak excursion for beginners as well as advanced kayakers. Pre-planned or tailored tours offered up and down the Helgeland coast. +47 915 94 340 | havogfritid.no Nordvollvegen 7, 8700 Nesna

For additional information: +47 909 35 528 / 75 01 80 00 nilslomahaug@gmail.com / visithelgeland.com

Season: from mid June to the end of August Guided glacier walks are available on request.

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On 23–24 August, this festival in Mo i Rana celebrates its 11th year. Memorable concerts and a great atmosphere in scenic surroundings, near the city centre. Don’t miss Helgeland’s festival finale! For details, please visit verket.no

Location: 35 km north of the town of Mo i Rana 66º49’19’’N / 14º19’49’’Ø

ON HOLIDAY IN HELGELAND? AMFI Mo i Rana is the largest shopping centre in Helgeland, offering more than 50 shops, cafés and restaurants. Situated in the heart of Mo i Rana.

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JOIN A STUNNING 45-MINUTE TOUR OF ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST VISITED CAVES IN SCANDINAVIA.

See underground waterfalls, kettle pots, impressive stalactites and fantastic rock formations sculpted by natural forces through the aeons. We guarantee you a magnificent adventure!

Opening hours: Tours daily, 10 June – 31 Aug.

Website: www.gronligrotta.no E-Mail: gronligrotta@online.no

Situated 20 km north of Mo i Rana

Tel.: +47 75 13 25 86 +47 47 23 38 58

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Welcome to the beautiful Furøy Camping, situated near Fv17 and the Furøy ferry quay. Rental cabins, campsite for tents and caravans. Short drive to Svartisen and Glomfjordfjellet. Boat hire and nature trails. Furøy 6, 8178 Halsa, +47 941 91 315 post@furoycamp.no | furoycamp.no

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POLAR TOURS A tour operator specialising in incoming travellers to Salten and Helgeland, offering a wide range of guided tours throughout the region. Polar Tours also designs and carries out tours throughout Norway. Activities for individuals and groups. polartours.no | +47 75 56 30 00

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› Accommodation: Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the sea – and the convenience of being walking distance from the town centre.

› Events and private parties: Tailored to your needs › Conference facilities: Well-equipped meeting rooms Free Wi-Fi, free parking. Welcome!

Tlf: 751 21 050 ❙ Søndre gate 5, 8624 Mo i Rana ❙ post@fjordgaarden.no ❙ www.fjordgaarden.no ❙ Følg oss på Facebook!

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Fire: 110. Police: 112. Emergency medical help: 113. The emergency helpline centres assess the situation and arrange the necessary assistance.

ROADS AND TRAFFIC:

Dial 175 at any time for information about mountain passes, distances, road conditions and traffic in Northern Norway. From abroad: +47 23 23 78 63.

SCHEDULE INFORMATION FOR NORDLAND COUNTY

Tel. 177 (From outside Nordland, please call tel. +47 75 77 24 10.) For schedule information, you can also visit www.177nordland.no

CURRENCY

Payment cards are widely used in Norway, and most shops accept credit cards such as American Express, Diners, Eurocard, Visa and Mastercard. Foreign debit cards are rarely accepted. Cards must have a chip or code. We recommend you use an ATM to withdraw Norwegian currency instead. NB. Please note that there are no banks between Trondheim and Bodø offering currency exchange.

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SEPTIC TANK DRAINAGE FOR COACHES AND CAMPERS

Brønnøysund: By the Circle K Station in the town centre. Sandnessjøen: By the Shell Station at Sandnes, about 2 km from the town centre Mosjøen: By the Shell Station at Halsøy, just north of town. Mo i Rana: By Highway E6 just south of the town centre. Vevelstad: At Steinmo Bobilparkering. Holand in Meløy: By the Tourist Information Office

CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRIC CARS

Brønnøysund: In Brønnøysund town centre, by Amfi shopping centre. Mosjøen: By Fru Haugans Hotel in town centre, free charging of Teslas and other cars. Hattfjelldal: In Hattfjelldal centre by the Fjellfolkets Hus. Korgen: By the Circle K Station and Coop Korgen. Mo i Rana: Charging station at Amfi Meyer shopping centre (not Tesla). Leirfjord: Charging station at Napoli Restaurant, Leland. facebook.com/visithelgeland

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SCHEDULE INFORMATION HELGELAND For timetables and more routes please visit the transport companies websites: www.torghatten-nord.no, www.boreal.no and www.tts.no.

EXPRESS BOATS

Nordlandsekspressen Sandnessjøen – Bodø Forvik – Vistnessteder Tonnes – Rødøy Sandnessjøen – Brønnøysund Sandnessjøen – Sleneset – Lovund – Træna Sandnessjøen – Herøy – Vega (Kirkøy) Brønnøysund – Vega (Rørøy)

FERRIES

Stokkvågen – Onøy – Sleneset – Lovund Stokkvågen – Træna Nesna – Levang Søvik (Sandnessjøen) – Herøy (Flostad) Sandnessjøen – Dønna (Bjørn) Tjøtta – Vega (Igerøy) Tjøtta – Forvik Horn – Ylvingen – Vega (Igerøy) Horn – Andalsvågen Vennesund (Sømna) – Holm (Bindal) Kilboghamn – Jektvik

HELGELAND – GETTING HERE BY CAR

If you’re coming northward on highway E6, you’ll enter the traditional realm of Helgeland approximately 300 km north of Trondheim. There are several alternative routes. One of them is the Wilderness Road (Rv73/Fv806), an inland route that takes you from Majavatn lake in the south to Korgen in the north. Another is the Coastal Highway (Fv17) from Steinkjer to Bodø. If you are travelling north on highway E6 this summer, there is a scenic alternative to the Korgfjell Tunnel: drive across the gorgeous Korgfjellet pass, 555 m. If you are travelling from Sweden, you can drive the Sagavegen (Saga Road Rv804/Fv296), Krutfjellvegen (Krutfjell Road Rv73) or Blåvegen (the Blue Road E12). You can reach the magnificent Helgeland coast by way of the Coastal Highway (Fv17), Tosenveien (Fv76), via the town of Mosjøen (Fv78), or via the town of Mo i Rana (E12).

BY AIR

Widerøe offers direct flights from Trondheim and Bodø to Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Mosjøen and Mo i Rana. Other direct flights include Oslo–Brønnøysund. Oslo–Sandnessjøen, Oslo-Mosjøen and Oslo-Mo i Rana. www.wideroe.no

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BUSES

BY TRAIN

The Nordland Railway extends from Trondheim to Bodø. The train journey from Trondheim to Mosjøen takes about five hours, while the trip to Mo i Rana takes six hours. Trains from Bodø take three hours to Mo i Rana, and four hours to Mosjøen. For schedules and reservations, please visit www.nsb.no

HURTIGRUTEN COASTAL STEAMERS

Hurtigruten vessels call twice daily at Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen and Nesna. www.hurtigruten.no

BY FERRY AND EXPRESS BOAT

Ferries and express boats are ready to take you to beautiful islands along the Helgeland coast. For schedule information, please see p. 57 or visit 177nordland.no.

Timetables for buses can be found on www.177nordland.no Mosjøen – Sandnessjøen Route 23-705 Mosjøen – Brønnøysund Route 23-703 Mo i Rana – Stokkvågen-Tonnes Route 18-341 Mo i Rana – Sandnessjøen Route 18-321 Mo I Rana – Mosjøen Route 23-721 Brønnøysund – Sandnessjøen Route 23-704 Brønnøysund – Grong/Namsos Route 23-701

DISTANCE TABLE HELGELAND

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SCHEDULE INFORMATION FOR NORDLAND COUNTY

Tel. 177 (From outside Nordland, please call tel. +47 75 77 24 10.) For schedule information, you can also visit www.177nordland.no

Brønnøysund

POLAR TOURS

E6 230 km 578 km

BY BUS

There are frequent bus services between the coast of Helgeland and inland destinations.

TRANSPORT

FV17 Stokkvågen

329 km 361 km

USEFUL INFORMATION

All public transport in Norway use the same template: 1 = Monday X = except 2 = Tuesday / = will not stop 3 = Wednesday - = will stop but no time given 4 = Thursday x = will stop on request 5 = Friday D = daily 6 = Saturday 7 = Sunday Example: DX57 = Daily except Friday and Sunday.

BODØ Mo i Rana Korgen Mosjøen Trofors

231 km 478 km 318 km 392 km

A tour operator specialising in incoming travellers to Salten and Helgeland, offering a wide range of guided tours throughout the region. Polar Tours also designs and carries out tours throughout Norway. Activities for individuals and groups. polartours.no | +47 75 56 30 00 O15

HERTZ BILUTLEIE

Majavatn

MOSJØEN | +47 982 05 595 hertz.mosjoen@hertz.no MO I RANA | +47 982 05 599 hertz.moirana@hertz.no SANDNESSJØEN | +47 982 05 596 hertz.sandessjoen@hertz.no BRØNNØYSUND | +47 982 05 597 hertz.bronnoysund@hertz.no

342 km 424 km

Bindal TRONDHEIM

visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

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BYRAA byraabodo.no

Tourist information / Brønnøysund © Iselin Straum

EXPLORE HELGELAND

The waters and myriad of islands along the Helgeland coast provide the perfect opportunity for great kayaking adventures. You choose how many islands you wish to visit – we’ll provide the transport. Welcome to a memorable voyage!

TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES REGIONAL OFFICES BRØNNØYSUND:

Sømnaveien 92, NO-8900 Brønnøysund. bronnoysund@visithelgeland.com +47 75 01 80 00. Open year round.

SANDNESSJØEN:

Torolv Kveldulvsonsgt. 10, NO-8800 Sandnessjøen. sandnessjoen@visithelgeland.com +47 75 01 80 00. Open year round.

MOSJØEN:

MAY ALSO BE PURCHASED WITH THE APP BILLETT NORDLAND

Sjøgata 2, NO-8656 Mosjøen. mosjoen@visithelgeland.com +47 75 01 80 00. Open year round.

MO I RANA:

Travel Pass Nordland gives you seven days of unlimited travel in Nordland, by express boat and bus, for only nok 990. Children under 15, nok 495. (Ferries are not included.) Buy your Travel Pass Nordland at the Tourist Information Office, on our buses or boats, or with our app Billett Nordland. Plan your itinerary by visiting 177nordland.no.

#travelpassnordland

Read more on 177nordland.no/travelpass

LOCAL OFFICES BINDAL

v/Serviceavdelingen, Oldervikvn.5, NO-7980 Terråk +47 75 03 25 00 | Open year round.

HATTFJELLDAL

v/Fjellfolkets hus, Hattfjelldalsvollen 1, NO-8690 Hattfjelldal +47 456 18 350 / +47 75 18 48 00 | Open year round.

VEGA

Gladstad, NO-8980 Vega +47 75 03 53 88 / 479 07 132 | post@visitvega.no Open during the summer

LURØY

v/Grønsvik kystfort, NO-8735 Stokkvågen, +47 75 11 01 85 | luroy@helgelandmuseum.no Open: 11/6 – 20/8.

HEMNES/OKSTINDAN

Ole Tobias Olsens gate 1, NO-8602 Mo i Rana. mo@visithelgeland.com +47 75 01 80 00. Open year round.

Circle K v/E6, Korgen., +47 75 01 80 00 | post@visithelgeland.com Open during the summer

For opening hours, please visit www.visithelgeland.com

v/Træna kommune +47 404 41 692 | tenktraena.no turistkontor@trana.kommune.no Open: 15/6 – 15/8

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TRÆNA

visithelgeland.com | +47 75 01 80 00

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Welcome to Vega Arhcipelago World Heritage site - with care and a good conscience Come explore Vega and our island realm. Vegaøyan was awarded a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004, all thanks to the eider ducks. The islanders honour their ancient tradition of protecting the eiders and harvesting eider down from April to July. You’re welcome to visit the islands on a slow boat, and provided your dog is on a leash. Welcome to Vega! HE S IN T 019 OPEN 2 G OF SPRIN

VEGA WORLD HERITAGE CENTER

THE CROFTER’S FARM ON STORE EMÅRSØY

LÅNAN - THE LARGEST NESTING COLONY IN VEGA

Welcome to the Vega World Heritage Centre and the exhibition “Vega – Wild and Beautiful”. A fascinating experience with exciting activities. Café, gift shop and Tourist Information Office.

We invite you to visit the island Store Emårsøy where you can step back in time and get a glimpse of what a crofter’s life on a tiny island was like. Please contact Visit Vega to request a visit.

Meet the tenders of Lånan’s eider duck colony, gain insights into this old tradition – and how the world’s warmest down is harvested! Please contact Visit Vega to request a visit.

Visit Vega Tel. +47 75 03 53 88 post@visitvega.no www.visitvega.no

Vega Verdensarvsenter Tel. +47 941 35 162 senter@verdensarvvega.no www.verdensarvvega.no

Stiftelsen Vegaøyan Verdensarv Tel. +47 75 03 55 03 post@verdensarvvega.no www.verdensarvvega.no

Vega Verneområdestyre Tel. +47 950 52 394 fmnojwi@fylkesmannen.no www.nasjonalparkstyre.no/vega

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