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Map of Helgeland.........................................................2 Helgeland – getting here............................................ 4 National Tourist route................................................ 6 Tourist Information Offices........................................ 9 Island-hopping by bicycle........................................ 10 Hiking in the Helgeland.............................................16 The legend of the Helgeland mountains...................19 The National Park of Helgeland............................... 20 Island-hopping by kayak...........................................22 Fishing in Helgeland................................................. 24 The taste of Helgeland.............................................. 26 Top 10 natural attractions.........................................27 Bindal........................................................................ 28 Sømna....................................................................... 29 Brønnøysund ............................................................ 30 Artscape Nordland.....................................................33 Vega .......................................................................... 34 Vevelstad .................................................................. 36 Guest Harbours..........................................................37 Sandnessjøen............................................................ 38 Dønna ....................................................................... 42 Herøy ........................................................................ 44 Leirfjord.................................................................... 46 Nesna........................................................................ 47 Lurøy......................................................................... 48 Boden Træna........................................................................ 50 Rødøy.........................................................................51 Meløy..........................................................................52 Hattfjelldal................................................................ 54 Grane......................................................................... 56 Mosjøen..................................................................... 58 Hemnes..................................................................... 62 Mo i Rana.................................................................. 64 Practical Information............................................... 70 Events 2017...............................................................73 Published by: Helgeland Reiseliv AS. We cannot accept responsibility for any errors or changes made after printing.

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Gällivare Helgeland is the southernmost part of Nordland County. The long coast of this region consists of a myriad of magnificent islands, some of which are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The best known peaks are are the Mountain Torghatten on the coast. Inland, mountains rise almost 2000 metres above sea level. The Arctic Circle cuts through our region; when you pass 66 degrees latitude you enter the land of the midnight sun. Welcome!

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Nordfjorden i Rødøy | foto Stefan Barth

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HELGELAND – GETTING HERE

DISTANCE TABLE HELGELAND E6

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Bodø Stokkvågen

230 km 578 km

Nesna

296 km 512 km

Sandnessjøen

329 km 361 km

Brønnøysund

342 km 424 km

Mo i Rana

231 km 478 km

Mosjøen

318 km 392 km

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

Hurtigrute | Photo Orsoyla Haarberg

Trondheim

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

FERRIES 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 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

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 BUS TRANSPORT

TRANSPORT

POLAR TOURS

HERTZ BILUTLEIE

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. +47 75 56 30 00 www.polartours.no

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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

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

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):

Route 23-731 Route 18-167 Route 18-411 Route 18-159 Route 18-191 Route 18-172 Route 18-151

www.torghatten-nord.no www.torghatten-nord.no www.torghatten-nord.no www.tts.no www.boreal.no www.boreal.no www.tts.no

Route 18-344 www.boreal.no Route 18-192 www.boreal.no Route 18-335 www.boreal.no Route 18-171 www.boreal.no Route 18-181 www.boreal.no Route 18-158 www.tts.no Route 18-162 www.tts.no Route 18-152 www.tts.no Route 18-153 www.tts.no Route 18-115 www.tts.no

BUSES

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 Brønnøysund – Sandnessjøen: Route 23-704

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.

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NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTE HELGELAND National Tourist Route Helgeland, which is connected by six ferries, offers a wealth of contrasts as it passes through a verdant cultural landscape interspersed with craggy peaks, glaciers, sweeping coastlines and swirling ocean currents. Many remarkable natural phenomena are found along this route. In the south you will pass the peaks of the Seven Sisters and the Torghatten mountain with it`s characteristic hole; in the north you can see the Svartisen glacier and the world’s strongest tidal current, the Saltstraumen. The coast of Helgeland is characterised by a unique archipelago of more than 14 000 islands and islets. Long fjords break up the coastline; innermost in the

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fjords are industrial communities based on hydropower generation.

HELLÅGA:

Make a stop and try your hand as an angler at Hellåga. This scenic rest area on the banks of the Sjona fjord offers plenty of opportunities for recreational activities. A flight of steps takes you safely down to the water’s edge. From the comfort of robust benches you can enjoy the view across the fjord. Hellåga also has a dump station for motorhomes.

JEKTVIK:

The waiting room at Jektvik ferry quay is built of semi-transparent materials with a fibreglass skin. In the dark season, the service building lights up like a Chinese lantern for travellers arriving at Jektvik by ferry or car.

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Aldersundet, Lurøy | Photo Jan Inge Larsen

STORVIK:

At Storvika bay, a charming stone-vault bridge has been erected to link the rest area to the long sandy beach just below. This rest area has a sanistation for motorhomes and a separate stop/rest area for heavy vehicles.

GODØYSTRAUMEN:

Rest area and information centre where you can read about the four tidal currents Godøystraumen, Saltstraumen, Åselistraumen and Kjellingstraumen.

BRASET:

Holm

OTHER STOPS along this route include Grønsvik coastal fort, Kilboghamn, Forøy, Holand, Reppen rest area and Kleivhalsen viewpoint. The National Tourist Route Helgeland (Fv17) between Holm and Godøystraumen is 433 km long, with a scenic detour to Torghatten, a famous mountain beyond Brønnøysund. Several roads connect the tourist route to Euroroute 6, making it easy to alternate between them.

Enjoy the panoramic view from Braset towards the Engabreen glacier and the Holandsfjord.

Lovund | foto Steinar Skaar Statens vegvesen

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TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES

–A GEOLOGICAL FAIRYTALE THROUGH MILLIONS OF YEARS

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.

● Activities

& challenges ● Thrills & myths ● Science

MOSJØEN: 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 devel­ opment, spreading of knowledge and geotourism. Here visitors can experience how the geology forms

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

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

MO I RANA:

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

Transport by land, sea and air

Tourist information Brønnøysund | Photo Iselin Straum

For further information on attractions, activities and accommodation in Helgeland, please contact any of our Tourist Information Offices.

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LOCAL OFFICES BINDAL

www.torghatten.no 8

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

Timetables: www.177.no or tel 177

v/Bindal kommune Servicetorget, Oldervikv. 5, NO-7980 Terråk. +47 75 03 25 00. Open year round.

SØMNA

v/Sømna kommune Servicetorget, Kystvn. 84 A, NO-8920 Sømna. +47 75 01 50 00. Open year round.

LURØY

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

HATTFJELLDAL

v/Coop Hattfjelldal, Ol Johansv. 1, NO-8690 Hattfjelldal, +47 75 18 54 00. Open year round.

VEGA

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

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ISLANDS-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

Bike hire may be done online at www.visithelgeland.com. Bicycle hire is also available at Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna and Ørnes. Price: nok 245 per day, all necessary equipment included. For express boat and ferry schedules, please visit www.177nordland.no Here are a few suggested tours, estimated to take 3–6 days. For additional tips, we invite you to download our informative brochure Bicycling in Helgeland at visithelgeland.com/en/brochures

ROUTE 1: BRØNNØYSUND-TORGHATTEN-VEGA 3 days. Total distance: 70–80 km

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 p. 31 or 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 p. 31, visitvega.no or 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 p. 31 or visithelgeland.com

ROUTE 2: DØNNA–HERØY–SANDNESSJØEN

3 days. Total distance: ca 120 km 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 1: Sandnessjøen – Dønna – Herøy (ca 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: Augustbryggo, Seløy Kystferie or see visithelgeland.com

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Day 4: Aldersund – Træna (5 km + boat) Enjoy the bicycle ride from Aldersund to Stokkvågen, before taking the express boat to Træna, the oldest fishing village in Norway. Visit the island of Sanna and the cave Kirkhelleren. From Mount Gompen, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Helgeland coast. Accommodation: Træna Gjestegård or Træna Rorbuferie. Day 5: Træna – Flostrand (20 km + boat) Explore Træna on two wheels. Be sure to include a visit to Petter Dass Chapel on Husøy, where Northern Norway’s most famous poet used to preach in the 18th century. After returning to Stokkvågen in the afternoon, continue riding to Flostrand, in the direction of Mo i Rana. Accommodation: Tent. Day 6: Flostrand – Mo i Rana ( ca 60 km) The final leg of our journey takes us to the town of Mo i Rana. Attractions include the old quarter and marina of Moholmen, and the rest of the town offers concerts, pubs and shopping opportunities. Accommodation: Many options, see page 65-66.

ROUTE 4: NESNA – LOVUND – TRÆNA

Three days. Total distance: 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.

Tomma, Nesna | Photo CH/Helgeland Reiseliv

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 p. 39 or 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

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Helgeland | Photo CH/Helgeland Reiseliv

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.

ROUTE 3: FROM HAIRPIN BENDS TO THE OUTERMOST ISLANDS

6 days. Total distance: 160 km (distances are approximate) This bicycle journey through Northern Helgeland features mountain passes with hairpin bends, caves, sandy white beaches and the midnight sun. Day 1: Mo i Rana – Melfjordbotn (40 km) Cycle along Highway E6 from Mo i Rana and take the turnoff toward Melfjordbotn. The ride across the Melfjellet mountains and down to the fjord hamlet, is

Helgeland’s equivalent of Trollstigen (the Troll Ladder) in Romsdal. Along the way, consider a two-hour detour to one of the fascinating caves Grønligrotta, Setergrotta or Marmorslottet. Accommodation: Tent. Day 2: Melfjordbotn – Rødøy (25 km + boat) The express boat down the fjord to Kilboghamn is a fantastic one-hour journey. From the quay in Kilboghamn you cycle 21 km to Tonnes, and take another express boat to Rødøy, passing the Arctic Circle monument on Vikingen island. Accommodation: See page 51. Day 3: Rødøy – Aldersund (21 km) Rise to the challenge! Climb to the peak of Rødøyløva or rent a kayak and explore the beautiful islands and islets before returning to Tonnes in the afternoon. The express boat takes you to Aldersund. Accommodation: See page 48.

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 Rorbuhotell 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. 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 on Træna: Træna Rorbuferie. Accommodation in Sandnessjøen: See p. 39 or see visithelgeland.com

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BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

FLY & BIKE IN HELGELAND

Let us transport your baggage while you explore on two wheels. Our offer covers Cycle Route 11 – Brønnøysund, Vega, Herøy, Dønna, Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund – and the period between 1 June and 1 September.

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.

For details and booking, please visit www.visithelgeland.com

In the summer, Helgeland enjoys daylight almost around the clock. It’s an exotic adventure to cycle the scenic landscape at midnight, while the sky is still shining! The locals often enjoy a mountain hike, a cycling adventure or a kayaking excursion when it’s the middle of the night in southerly latitudes. We guarantee that’s an unforgettable experience!

Biking | Photo Torfinn Sund

PhFoto: oto: Liv Liv Ask Ask && Mathis Mathis S. S. Mathisen Mathisen

Seize the opportunity to visit one of the cultural festivals, market days or boating festivals, lively towns and villages, and dining with a view – and of course Helgeland’s many sights and attractions. Order your Fly & Bike holiday at www.wideroe.no/Flybilletter/FlyandBike or www.visithelgeland.com. You will find many suggested cycling routes at visithelgeland.com/top-10-bike-rides

Explore Helgeland’s magnificent scenery at your own chosen pace, savouring the tranquility and the fresh sea air. Download our brochure on cycling Helgeland from www.visithelgeland.com, or request a complimentary copy by sending us an email at post@visithelgeland.com. 14

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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 challenge the 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

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. 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: Vega Opplevelsesferie or see visithelgeland.com Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6.3 km Level of difficulty: Somewhat demanding 16

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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: Accommodation: See p. 31 or visithelgeland.com. (Torghatten Camping offers guided tours up to Torghatten, on request). Duration: About 30 minutes Level of difficulty: Relatively easy, but the ascent is steep.

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 page 51 or visithelgeland.com Duration: About 2 hours Level of difficulty: Somewhat demanding

ROUTE 5: 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 Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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Torghatten Mountain | Photo Bård Løken

View to The Seven Sisters Mountain Range | Photo Erlend Grønning

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: Krokstrand Kafé & Overnatting Duration: 8–10 hours Distance: 26–27 km each way Level of difficulty: Demanding

ROUTE 6: 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 15 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)! 18

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Kjensvasshytta is also an ideal base for hikes to Oksskolten (1916 m), the highest mountain in Northern Norway. Accommodation: See p.63or visithelgeland.com Period: June – September Terrain: Moderate

ROUTE 7: 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 trail 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.

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 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, which offers accommodation in a cabin and a log-built house.

Accommodation: See page 59-60 Duration: 3 hours, round trip. Distance: 3.2 km each way Level of difficulty: Medium

Between Krutvatn and Garsmark the trail passes through gentle terrain, past lakes that teem with fish. Tverelvnes Farm in Garsmark also offers accommodation in a cabin or house. For more detailed information on this hike, please visit www. stekvasselv.com or www.hemnesturistforening.no

ROUTE 8: EXPLORING THE BORDER TRACTS ALONG THE NORDLAND ROUTE

Duration: 5–6 days Level of difficulty: Relatively easy

Hestmannen | Photo Terje Rakke Nordic Life/Helgeland Reiseliv

THE LEGEND OF HOW THE HELGELAND MOUNTAINS CAME TO BE According to an often-told legend, the hole through Torhatten was made by an arrow from the Horseman. “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 Sømnafjellene stood and watched her lonely, frenzied flight. As golden clouds signalled approaching dawn, the King saw the thwarted suitor lay an arrow on his bow. The moment the arrow left the bow-string, the King cast his hat into the air, saving the Maiden’s life. The King’s hat fell at Torgar, and with the sun’s first rays all were turned to stone.”

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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. 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 self-service 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. The eastern areas offer small game hunting, including plentiful ptarmigan; moose hunters will head for the heart of the national park. The westernmost areas of Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park are dominated by high mountains, deep fjords and glaciers. Maps and hiking suggestions are available at the Tourist Information Office in Mo i Rana.

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 LomsdalVisten National Park. Also bear in mind that much of the bedrock is gneiss, which absorbs very little water, and that the water flow in the streams and rivers may vary greatly. During heavy rains and the snow-melt, the rivers may become dangerously high. For many excellent hiking suggestions and to download GPS way-marks, 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/. 20

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BØRGEFJELL/BYRKIJE NATIONAL PARK 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. Børgefjell National Park is best suited for experienced outdoorsmen. 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! Three traditional gateways to Børgefjell National Park are: from Tomasvatnet lake near Majavatn (about 2 km from highway E6), from Simskardet in the valley of Fiplingdal, and From Harvassdalen in Susendal near Øyum, Oksvollen or Storvollen. Maps of the national park may be purchased at the Tourist Information Office in Mosjøen.

IMPORTANT RULES IN ALL NORWEGIAN NATIONAL PARKS • Stop wherever you want, and camp for the night if you wish. But tidy up afterwards and take your rubbish home. • Feel free to go wherever you want, on foot or on skis. Anything with an engine is basically banned. • You may light a fire, but remember the general ban on fires in woodland between 15 April and 15 September. Show consideration when you gather firewood. Never leave a burning campfire. • You may pick berries, mushrooms and common plants for your own use. • Show consideration for cultural heritage sites, vegetation and animal life. • Fishing and hunting are allowed, provided it’s in season and you have a fishing or hunting licence. Never take live fish from one river or lake to another. Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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Tomma, Nesna | Photo CH/Helgeland Reiseliv

Tomma, Nesna | Photo CH/Helgeland Reiseliv

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.

ISLAND-HOPPING BY KAYAK

Description Tomma: Take the ferry from Nesna to Tomma. Launch your kayak in the cove by the quay – and start exploring! Head south and follow Alsøya, before turning westward in the lee of Storøya. After passing Husby you can set a course between Store Hjartøya and Litle Hjartøya, a detour that is well worth your while. Be mindful that when you round the southwestern shore of Tomma you’re entering unsheltered waters. Regardless of your chosen route, there are plenty of great spots to rest and relax on the shore.

2. OFFERSØY AND TJØTTA

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 22

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– 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 9

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. 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. Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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FISHING IN HELGELAND

Helgeland is probably best known for its sea fishing, but inland are 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!

SEA FISHING

With its deep fjords, magnificent island-dotted coastline, and offshore fishing banks, Helgeland is a paradise for any eager fisherman. Amongst the excellent fishing spots are currents, shallows, and the deeper parts of the sea. There are excellent fishing spots on the Finneidfjord, Vistenfjord and other fjords of Helgeland, where you can fish for cod, pollock and sea trout year round, while mackerel, wolfish, redfish and haddock are more seasonal.

FRESHWATER FISHING

The lakes and rivers of Helgeland offer many excellent angling opportunities – from Børgefjell National Park in the south to Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park in the northernmost part of our region. There are large lakes, hidden lakes and mountain lakes far above the treeline, and you’re sure to enjoy the trout and mountain char prepared over the campfire. Vefsn, Grane and Hattfjelldal alone have at least 2000 lakes within an hour’s walk from the road. Plathe’s Properties in Bindal is known for its large trout. Further north there is excellent fishing in lakes along Highway E12 near the Swedish border. On Tverrvatnet and Raudvatnet lakes, you may borrow a boat free-of-charge from Statskog – and beyond Raudvatnet there are additional lakes with excellent fishing. Umskartjønna is accessible for anglers in wheelchairs. Following Highway E6 northbound, you will discover a wealth of fishing opportunities, including Blereken, as well as the areas from Reinforsen and up toward Saltfjellet.

SALMON AND TROUT

fishing adventures, even though there are currently some limitations on salmon fishing, since various rivers have been treated with rotenone in order to eliminate a salmon parasite. Røssåga river in the Municipality of Hemnes is renowned for excellent trout and salmon fishing. Fishing licences are sold at Korgen Camping. Susna river in Hattfjelldal also offers great trout fishing, as does the section of the Vefsna river above Laksforsen falls. 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.ranaelva. no and www.plahte.no.

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. For rules and regulations at sea, minimum sizes, catch export quotas and other limitations, please visit www.dirnat.no

FISHING MAPS

Fishing and hunting maps for Helgeland may be purchased at any Tourist Information Office in our region.

WHERE TO GO FOR FISHING ADVENTURES

Our website lists the companies in Helgeland that will help make your angling dream an unforgettable fishing adventure! www.visithelgeland.com

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TOP 10 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

THE TASTE OF HELGELAND 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. Stews, soups and choice cuts of meat are sourced from deer, reindeer, moose and lamb. One awardwinning 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 and fjellbrød (“mountain 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, the northernmost coffee roasters in the world, and even locally produced wines.

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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.

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.

LAKSFORSEN FALLS

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

REMARKABLE CAVES

Just north of the town Mo i Rana, you will find the amazing caves Grønligrotta and Setergrotta. The former is Scandinavia’s most renowned limestone cave and is beautifully illuminated. In Setergrotta, narrow passages lead to enormous mountain halls, white marble and strange limestone formations.

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.

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The Arctic circle | Photo Terje Rakke Nordic Life/Helgeland Reiseliv

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Vassås in Bindal | Photo Erlend Haarberg

Berg, Sømna | Photo Magnar Solbakk

SØMNA

BINDAL

– Norway´s geographical centre

– The gateway to Helgeland Bindal, the southernmost municipality in Helgeland, is beautifully situated on the coast — but you are never far away from the mountains and forest wilderness. Terråk and Bindalseidet are the main population centres.

DINING

Bindal offers cultural heritage trails to grave mounds and monuments dating back to the Viking Age and earlier. The cruciform Vassås church, built in 1733, is well worth a visit. So is a walk up Heilhornet (1058) – and there are lots of other exciting hiking destinations. For relaxed exploration, join an excursion on the express boat MS Ørtind, stopping at villages along the fjords and on the islands. • Rødøy • Træna

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS HELGELAND MUSEUM BINDAL

Exhibitions on boatbuilding, lumber industries, forestry and the rain forests of the north. Café and museum shop. Also visit the authentic old croft at Bindal bygdetun, with its summer exhibitions and a café. www.helgelandmuseum.no +47 915 19 849 28

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For further information, please visit bindal.kommune.no/servicetorget or contact the Tourist Information Office in Brønnøysund. (See p.9.)

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna •

Bindal

Sømna is known as the granary of northern Norway. Archaeological finds reveal the history of this fertile region from the early Iron Age and later periods. The municipal centre is Vik. Head for the mountains on well-marked trails, explore Sømna’s idyllic landscape on two wheels, or go boating and fishing amongst some of Norway’s most beautiful islands and islets. The water from St. Olav’s Spring in Vennesund is said to have healing powers. Also worth a visit is the large woodbuilt Sømna church, from 1876, and the rural museum in Vik. For further information, please visit somna.kommune.no/servicetorget or contact the Tourist Information Office in Brønnøysund. (See p.9.)

SØMNA KRO & GJESTEGÅRD

Rooms with bath, TV. Cosy restaurant. Conference facilities. This inn is situated in the heart of Vik village. Kirkeveien 2, NO-8920 Sømna. +47 75 02 94 60. somnakro.no post@somnakro.no | Rooms/beds: 39/6 Prices from nok 770.

• Træna

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal Vega • Brønnøysund • Sømna • Grane • Bindal

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS SØMNA BYGDETUN

A folk museum highlighting local culture, and the life of farmers, fishermen and their families during the period 1800– 1950. Café and an exciting museum shop. Tel. +47 469 22 991 helgelandmuseum.no/somna

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Hurtigruten Coastal Steamers | Photo Orsoyla Haarberg

BRØNNØYSUND – The seaside town in Helgeland

Brønnøysund is a lively and charming town with an attractive guest harbour. It is also the regional centre of southern Helgeland, with daily calls by the Hurtigruten coastal steamers, direct flights to Oslo, and excellent bus and express boat services. Be sure to visit the area’s most renowned attraction, Mount Torghatten, which is pierced by a distinctive hole. Enjoy a stroll along the harbour in Brønnøysund, choose your bicycling adventure, go kayaking or join a salty excursion

in a speedy RIB. Just 40 minutes from Brønnøysund is Nøstvik church, built in 1674, one of the oldest wooden churches in northern Norway. For more information on the many sights, attractions and adventures, please visit the Tourist Information Office in the town centre.

• Træna

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal Vega Sømna •

• Brønnøysund • Grane

• Bindal

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”Around” in Leirfjord | Photo Erlend Haarberg

ACCOMMODATION

DINING

VELFJORD CAMPING OG HYTTER

HILDURS URTERARIUM

Our guests may enjoy fishing, kayaking and hiking from our well-equipped cabins. A perfect base for exploring the Helgeland coast, Lomsdal-Visten National Park and Børgefjell National Park. Guided walks and kayak trips available. +47 901 74 350 / 917 87 021 info@velfjorden.no

TOSBOTN CAMPING

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 mhermann1995@gmail.com

CORNER MOTELL

Reasonably-priced accommodation in the heart of Brønnøysund. Comfortable beds and homemade breakfast. Perfect for your Helgeland adventures. Storgata 76, Brønnøysund. +47 948 18 179 post@cornermotell.no | cornermotell.no

DINING SCHRØDER STUE

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

LOKALMATBUTIKKEN

A local culinary attraction! This grocer’s selection consists exclusively of local Norwegian food – and there’s an intimate café where you can enjoy a bite. Situated in the heart of Brønnøysund, open year round. +47 469 17 271 | lokalmatbutikken.no.

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“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.

Restaurant Sagastua: Experience the pleasure of dining in our unique family restaurant. Reservations. Herb garden and summer café: Simple dishes served 10–17 daily, 24 June – 14 August. Tilrem, Brønnøysund. +47 75 02 52 12. hildurs.no

“OPUS FOR HEAVEN AND EARTH”, VEVELSTAD

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.

“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.

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS NORSK HAVBRUKSSENTER

The Norwegian Aquaculture Centre at Toft has an exciting exhibition with an aquarium, a 360-degree video experience, historical and cultural exhibits. Guided tours of the aquaculture facility. Café and souvenir shop. +47 919 02 616 | Join us on Facebook. www.havbrukssenter.no

“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.

“THE INNER FOLLOWS THE OUTER”, RØDØY

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).

NEVERNES HARBOUR

Helgeland’s centre for coastal culture. Gallery, exciting exhibitions, collection of wartime memorabilia. Playground. Nine-hole minigolf. Summer hours: 1–4pm Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sun. +47 75 02 19 10 | neverneshavn.no

ARTSCAPE NORDLAND

VELFJORD MUSEUM

Visit Velfjord Museum! Exhibitions, activities and café – year round, in our new fjordside building in Hommelstø. During the summer, our collection of centuriesold buildings is open, containing many old objects. post@helgelandmuseum.no +47 75 11 01 75

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. “HAIKU BATHTUB”, SØMNA

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

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

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

“AROUND”, LEIRFJORD

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.

“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 River 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.

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Eidem, Vega | Photo Arnt Øyvind Flatmo

Nes, Vega. | Photo Rita Johansen

VEGA

– A World Heritage treasure

The wild, beautiful and friendly World Heritage Area of Vegaøyan is an archipelago that counts roughly 6500 islands, islets and skerries. The livelihood of the thriving local community is based on fishing, fish-farming, agriculture and tourism. UNESCO named Vegaøyan a World Heritage Area due to the islands’ striking scenery and cultural traditions. In a wharfside building in the village of Nes, you will find the world’s only Eider Duck Museum (E-huset). The fascinating exhibition documents the islanders’ unique tradition and their role as guardians of the migratory birds that nest on Vega. For more information on the World Heritage Area, please see the ad on the back cover of this guide.

ACCOMMODATION VEGA KRO OG MOTELL AS

Welcome to Vega Kro & Motel at Risbakkveien 6, Gladstad. We offer 7 double rooms with shower and wc. You can prepare breakfast in our shared kitchen. Online booking: vegakroogmotell.no post@vegakroogmotell.no +47 401 75 574

E-HUSET MUSEUM

The world’s only eider duck museum is situated in an old wharf building on Vega, where the whole archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a fascinating guided tour about the islanders who are guardians of the eider duck, providing us with the world’s warmest down. Addr. Nes, +47 984 20 584. facebook.com/Ehuset/ 34

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

Naturally, Vega has much more to offer visitors. How about joining a moose safari, a culinary adventure at the shoreline, guided archaeological and biological field trips, going kayaking or sailing in a traditional Nordland boat, visiting the coastal farm Vega Kystgård, hiking the trails or cycling the lightly traf• Rødøy ficked roads? Take a boat trip to the World • Træna Heritage Area or visit Ylvingen, the island • Lurøy of “Skyblue” and a beautiful destination • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • with opportunities for great hiking and Herøy • Sandnessjøen • rewarding bicycle excursions. • Hemnes For further information, please visit the Tourist Information Office in Vega or Brønnøysund (see p. 9).

• Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal

• Vega Sømna •

• Brønnøysund • Grane

• Bindal

DINING SPISESTEDET HIMMELBLÅ

Mario welcomes you to fine dining near the open sea, in his beautifully-situated restaurant on Ylvingen island. +47 484 64 253 marioyali1987@gmail.com

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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Mosjøen | Photo Helgeland Reiseliv

GUEST HARBOURS BINDAL Helstad Guest Harbour, +47 75 03 24 47.

Guest Spaces: 3 | Position: N65 07.070 E012 29.613

SØMNA Berg Marina, +47 480 76 968.

Guest Spaces: 30 | Position: N65 22.166 EO12 11.494. Vennesund Camping, +47 75 02 73 75. Guest Spaces: 10 | Position: N65 12.971 EO12 02.394

BRØNNØYSUND Brønnøysund Guest Harbour, +47 75 01 20 70

/ 975 40 518. Guest Spaces: 30 | Position: N65 28.419 EO12 12.484.

VEGA Igerøy Guest Harbour, +47 950 57 494.

Guest Spaces: 16 | Position: N65 40.570 EO12 07.670. Nes Guest Harbour, +47 906 02 723. Guest Spaces: 8

VEVELSTAD Nordvika Guest Harbour, +47 992 91 903 / 995 49 952. Guest Spaces: 9 | Position: N65 42.976 EO12 27.898

SANDNESSJØEN Sandnessjøen Guest Harbour, +47 75 07 57 00.

VEVELSTAD – Small but lively

Guest Spaces: 40-50 | Position: N66 01.330 E012 37.653

HERØY Herøysundet Marina, +47 900 59 750.

Guest Spaces: 20 | Position N65 58.687 E012 17.035

DØNNA Solfjellsjøen Guest Harbour, +47 415 22 670. Guest Spaces: 9 | Position N66 06.629 E012 28.953

Helgeland Museum avd Vevelstad | Photo Torhild Haugann

LEIRFJORD Leinesodden Marina, +47 469 46 557.

On the coast, Vevelstad has many cultural monuments; the first residents arrived in the Stone Age. The magnificent wilderness is a source of pride – half the municipality lies in Lomsdal-Visten National Park. Vevelstad is a 45-minute journey from the regional centre Brønnøysund. In Vevelstad you can marvel at 4000-year-old petroglyphs, go kayaking on the fjord, follow well-marked wilderness trails, hike up Høyholmstindan, enjoy

great fishing and hunting, and go on boating excursions. The beautiful Vevelstad church, built in 1796, and the folk museum in Vevelstad are well worth a visit. For further information, please visit the Tourist Information Office in Brønnøysund (see p. 9).

• Træna

Guest Spaces: 4 | Position N66 02.007 E012 39.877

• Rødøy

NESNA Nesna Guest Harbour, +47 913 92 223.

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes Vevelstad • Mosjøen • • • Hattfjelldal Vega

Guest Spaces: 20 | Position: N66 12.069 E013 00.985

LURØY Lurøy Guest Harbour, +47 974 60 129. Guest Spaces: 30 | Position: 66 25 04 52 N 12 50 28 96 Ø TRÆNA Træna Guest Harbour, +47 75 09 52 73. Guest Spaces: 10 | Position: N66 29.589 E012 04.791

• Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna

RØDØY Klokkergården Marina, +47 75 09 73 33. Guest Spaces: 33 | Position: N66 39.940 E013 03.400

• Bindal

ACCOMMODATION/ DINING

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

HANDELSSTEDET FORVIK

VEVELSTAD MUSEUM

A coffee roaster with integrity and charm. Coffee shop, sale of whole beans and ground coffee. Rooms to rent, camping and restaurant in the summer season (mid-June to mid-August). The roaster is open year round. +47 984 84 000 post@handelsstedetforvik.no 36

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

MOSJØEN Mosjøen Pålgarden Marina, +47 909 59 093. Guest Spaces: 6 | Position: N65 51.251 EO13 11 551 Sjøgata Guest Harbour, +47 75 17 23 94 / 920 44 937. Guest Spaces: 10 | Position: N65 50.239 EO13 11.166

Visit our Helgeland rock and mineral collection, and see the exhibition room of Trollfjell Geopark. Our museum shop has an exciting selection for young and old. Season: mid May to early September +47 950 64 695 helgelandmuseum.no/vevelstad

HEMNES Marina Hemnesberget, +47 911 64 189. Guest Spaces: 14 | Position: N66 13.390 E013 36.540 RANA Mo i Rana Guest Harbour, +47 75 13 47 00.

Guest Spaces: 20 | Position: N66 19.087 E014 07.820

Hestmannen | foto Terje Rakke Nordic Life/Helgeland Reiseliv

Hauknes Marina, +47 907 88 202. Guest Spaces: 15 Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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SANDNESSJØEN – Gateway to the Helgeland coast

Sandnessjøen is situated in the Municipality of Alstahaug, a municipality that has a long and colourful history. Chieftain Hårek of Tjøtta, Eyvind the Bard, Sigrid of Sandnes and the poet Petter Dass all hail from Alstahaug. Sandnessjøen became a transportation hub for the entire region in 1899, when a steamer company set up offices here. Today there are direct flights to Oslo, daily calls by the Hurtigruten coastal steamer, scheduled buses, and ferries and express boats to many destinations. The municipality is renowned for its large moose population – out in the countryside you may well sight one of these huge mammals at dusk. Consider a boat trip to the islands near Sandnessjøen, a visit to De syv søstre (The Seven Sisters mountain), kayaking, sailing, or a fast-paced excursion in a RIB raft. You’ve come to the right place!

Kvasstinden | photo OrsolyaHaarberg

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

SCANDIC HOTEL SYV SØSTRE

CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL KYSTEN

A hotel offering modern comfort, meals made with local food, and a great view of the fjord and mountains. Situated next to Kulturbadet swimming pools. scandichotels.no syvsostre@scandichotels.com +47 75 06 50 00

Centrally situated by the harbour in Sandnessjøen, a short distance from Kulturbadet pool and other facilities. Only 10 km to Sandnessjøen Airport. Magnificent view of the fjord and mountains. Close to your outdoor adventures! Tel. +47 400 00 091 cc.kysten@choice.no | www.choice.no

SANDNESSJØEN CAMPING

OFFERSØY CAMPING

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 75 04 54 40 / +47 975 62 050 post@ssj.no | www.ssj.no 38

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

Alstahaugtunet | Photo Hans Petter Sørensen, www.faroutfocus.no

For further information, please visit the Tourist Information Office in Sandnessjøen (see p. 9).

• Træna

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • • Hattfjelldal Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane Sømna • • Bindal

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. kystferie.no | post@kystferie.no, +47 917 05 564 Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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ACCOMMODATION SANDNESSJØEN OVERNATTING

Inexpensive accommodation in the heart of Sandnessjøen. Self-service kitchen and TV lounge on every floor. Free WiFi, coffee and tea. Laundry room. Parking.

HELGELAND

– magic realm of festivals!

+47 469 04 743 sandnessjoenovernatting.no post@sandnessjoenovernatting.no

DINING

WELCOME TO

KULTURBADET SANDNESSJØEN

SWIMMING POOL • CINEMA LIBRARY • GALLERY The facility also has a Tourist Information Office, a cultural school and other offices. Its adjacent to Hotel Scandic Syv Søstre. There is a bus stop right outside. The express boat terminal and ferry quay are just 100 m away, and Hurtigruten coastal steamers are situated right across the road. For opening hours, please see our website. You will also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Kulturbadet Sandnessjøen Torolvsgate 10, 8800 Sandnessjøen Tel: +47 75 07 55 55 www.kulturbadet.no

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Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

MARGRETHES KAFÉ

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. petterdass.no +47 75 11 01 50.

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS PETTER DASS MUSEUM

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. +47 75 11 01 50 | petterdass.no petter.dass@helgelandmuseum.no

ARCTIC CIRCLE SAIL CHARTER

Explore the coast of Helgeland in our 44foot sailboat. The elegant Jeanneau SO439 is equipped with all amenities. Weekend excursions, day trips and sailing courses. Base: Sandnessjøen. Facebook: arctic circle sail charter Morten: +47 478 06 375 | www.acsc.no

TØMMERVIKA OPPLEVELSESSENTER Be inspired and re-energise on the scenic islands of Helgeland. Explore the coastal culture with a guided kayak trip. Courses in sea kayaking. 18-hole football golf course. Guided walks and summit hikes with guide. +47 951 31 445 | helgelandguide.no post@helgelandguide.no

Træna festival | Photo Bjørn Tourist office, +47 75 Moholdt 01 80 00

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View from the Mountain Dønnamannen | Photo levgodt.net

DØNNA Dønna has a proud history, dramatic scenery and a rich fauna. The lush island of Løkta, northeast of the main island Dønna, is perfect for exploring on two wheels, and it has fine beaches. Dønna has ferry services to Sandnessjøen, and a bridge connects it to Herøy. Be sure to visit Valhaugen, one of the largest burial mounds in northern Norway. It is topped by a marble phallus, a fertility symbol from the Migration Period (400–600 CE). Other key attractions include the 12th-century Dønnes church, containing one of Norway’s best• Rødøy kept mausoleums. Nearby is a cultural • Træna heritage trail up Dønnesfjell (127 m). For • Lurøy a grander view, hike the marked trail from • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Breivika or Teigstad to the top of DønnaHerøy • Sandnessjøen • mannen (858 m). The Tourist Information Office in Sandnessjøen will gladly provide you with more information on Dønna. (See p. 9.)

• Vega

• Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal

• Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

BRYGGA DØNNA

DØNNA RORBUER BØTERIET

VANDVEFERIE STORSKJÆRET

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

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

Holiday cabins available on scenic Vandve, an island just beyond Dønna. Eight beds total. Welcome to a fishing and kayaking paradise in the magnificent archipelago of Helgeland. Boat and bicycle hire. +47 996 46 731 | vandveferie.no j-haus@online.no

Dønnamannen Mountain 42 Tourist office, +47 75| Photo 01 80levgodt.net 00

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. Tel. +47 911 39 966 | boteriet@yahoo.no boteriet.com

NORDVIKA GAMLE HANDELSSTED

For centuries, Nordvika was an important trading post – today it houses Dønna Museum. The main building dates from the early 1700s. Krambua, the old store, is now a Husfliden handicrafts shop. Open: 11am – 4pm daily, 12 June – 7 August +47 940 36 357 helgelandmuseum.no Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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HERØY

ACCOMMODATION ELFIS SJØSTUER

– A world of opportunities The coastal municipality of Herøy comprises 2400 islands, islets and skerries. The main inhabited islands are linked by bridges. To reach the island municipality of Herøy, take the ferry from Søvik, situated 10 km from Sandnessjøen. Or take the ferry from Sandnessjøen, via Dønna and the Åkviksund Bridge.

Åkviksundet | Photo Johanne Dahl Tysnes

The seemingly countless islands of Herøy offer an incredible setting for holiday adventures, with ever-changing views of The Seven Sisters, Dønnamannen, Lovund and Vega. The fishing opportunities are legendary, the islands have a varied fauna and are a paradise for bird-watching and bicycling. Make sure to include a visit to 12th-century Herøy church, often referred to as Helgeland’s Cathedral. The Tourist Information Office in Sandnessjøen will gladly provide you with more information on Herøy. (See p. 9.) Herøy | Photo Fabrice Milochau

• Træna

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

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

HELGELAND’S BESTCOASTAL ADVENTURES

Guided RIB excursions amongst the islands – kayak and rowboat hire – hiking – comfortable accommodation. Facebook: Seløy Kystferie trond@seloykystferie.no +47 473 66 087 / +47 993 40 557

HERØY BRYGGE

A hotel beautifully situated by the sea and Herøysundet. Single and double rooms. Restaurant specialising in seafood. Fully licensed. Friendly guest harbour. +47 970 20 447 / +47 75 05 93 10. post@heroybrygge.no

DINING

Marine Harvest Region Nord

– contributes to a thriving local community.

AUGUSTBRYGGO & RESTAURANT KAIKANTEN

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

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS HELGELAND MUSEUM, HERØY

This museum is beautifully situated by Herøysundet, adjacent to Herøy’s medieval church. Guided tours of the exhibitions and the church. 8850 Herøy +47 75 06 80 28 | +47 977 333 70 helgelandmuseum.no 44

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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Helgeland Bridge | Photo Fabrice Miloachau

LEIRFJORD

Tomma, Nesna | Photo Terje Rakke NordicLife Helgeland Reiseliv

NESNA

– Highlighting culture and the pursuit of knowledge This municipality, situated at the heart of the coast of Helgeland, comprises the scenic islands of Hugla, Handnesøya and Tomma. Nesna enjoys excellent communications with the entire region. Whether your stay is long or short, our municipality has a long tradition of hospitality. Nesna tempts visitors with well-marked trails, great fishing, and unforgettable kayaking and boating adventures – and the terrain seems tailor-made for a bicycle holiday! For further information, please contact the Tourist Information Office in Mo i Rana. (See p. 9).

Leirfjord municipality extends from the coast to high inland mountains, and embraces magnificent fjords. The lush and varied landscape offers great outdoor adventures, winter as well as summer. ACCOMMODATION BARDAL CAMPING

Beautiful campsite in Leirfjord, by the mouth of Bardalselva river. One of scenic Helgeland’s tranquil gems, with excellent fishing and hiking. Boat rentals. Service facility, kiosk and playground. 8897 Bardal, +47 400 42 897 bardalcamping@gmail.com bardalcamping.no

KVITNESET CAMPING

Camping with a magnificent fjord panorama. Cabins, campers, caravans and tents. Boat hire. Hiking, fishing, kayaking and bicycling. Laundry facilities. +47 75 04 95 95 / +47 997 28 301 kvitneset.no | re-eilif@online.no.

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Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

Leirfjord is situated just 5 km north of Sandnessjøen. The impressive Helgeland Bridge spans the 1065 metres between Alstaug and Leirfjord. The municipality offers excellent fishing and has a large moose population. If you are lucky, you may spot one of these huge, majestic beasts as you hike the many marked trails of Leirfjord. For further information, please contact the Tourist Information Office in Sandnessjøen. (See p. 9).

• Træna

• Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

ACCOMMODATION

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

HAVBLIKK CAMPING

HAV OG FRITID

Large camping site with cabins, rooms and holiday apartments, open year round. Largest waterslide in Northern Norway, playground, bicycle, boat and kayak rentals, wifi. Very family friendly. +47 75 05 65 40 | havblikknesna.no post@havblikknesna.no Situated in Nesna.

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

LEIRFJORD MUSEUM

HELGELAND KAJAKK

Bergh Wharf is situated at Leland. This old wharf building has its original interiors from the 1900s intact. Varied exhibitions, merchandise for sale. Wangbrygga in Bardal has a museum, and a café with dishes prepared from local ingredients. +47 957 84 168 helgelandmuseum.no/leirfjord

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega

• Træna

On the beautiful island of Tomma, we offer kayaking courses, sea-kayak rental, and guided excursions near Tomma and Mo i Rana. Join us for an enriching experience in Helgeland’s kayaking paradise! +47 951 73 987 | helgelandkajakk.no helgelandkajakk@gmail.com

Fully equipped sea kayak rentals. Courses and instruction. Kayak excursion for beginners as well as advanced kayakers. Regular and tailored excursions. +47 915 94 340 | havogfritid.no Nordvollvegen 7, 8700 Nesna

NESNA MUSEUM

Photo Helgeland Museum

Nesna Museum Zahlhuset has exhibitions on coastal culture, farming, trade, handicrafts and household traditions. The old school from 1823 exhibits school history. Havnevegen 1, 8700 Nesna. +47 75 11 01 88. nesna@helgelandmuseum.no www.helgelandmuseum.no

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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ACCOMMODATION ALDERSUND MOTELL OG CAMPING Rooms. Fully-renovated, attractive cabins in Aldersundet, 20 km south of Kilboghamn. Scenic surroundings. Fully licensed café. Free wifi.

MAGICAL HOLIDAY

+47 905 77 720 booking@aldersundcamp.no aldersundcamp.no

LOVUND RORBUHOTELL

Stay, sleep, eat and drink. Situated out at sea beyond the Helgeland coast, Lovund is one of Norway’s most thriving island communities. Come and experience Lovund’s fantastic scenery, fascinating coastal culture and the lively local community! +47 75 09 20 30 post@lovund.no | lovund.no

RÅDHUSPLASSEN OVERNATTING

LURØY The municipality of Lurøy, situated just south of the Arctic Circle, counts 1372 islands and islets. The National Tourist Route Helgeland (FV17) winds along the coast of the mainland. A large globe on the tiny island of Vikingen, just north of Tonnes, indicates to vessels that they are passing the Arctic Circle. There are ferry and express boat services from Stokkvågen to the islands of Lurøy, as well as daily express boat services between Lurøy and the towns of Sandnessjøen and Bodø.

For further information, please contact the Tourist Information Office in Mo i Rana. (See p. 9).

• Træna

• Rødøy • Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana

Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

+47 905 77 720 booking@aldersundcamp.no aldersundcamp.no

DINING EMAUS PUB & SPISERI

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. +47 991 18 764 | emauspub.no

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

OSCARBRYGGA

LURØY RORBUER

GRØNSVIK KYSTFORT

Rorbu cabins and wharfside rooms that enjoy a great view of Hestmannen mountain and the sailing lane. Restaurant featuring seafood in the summer. NO-8750 Tonnes. | +47 75 09 11 99. post@oscarbrygga.no, oscarbrygga.no 48

The key attractions in scenic Lurøy are Lurøy Farm and Renaissance Gardens, the Coastal Museum, the Coastal Culture Centre, Lurøy church, the Arctic Circle Monument – and last but not least the island of Lovund and its 200,000-strong puffin colony. If you go kayaking, you will appreciate the islands of Sleneset, and throughout Lurøy there is great hiking and bicycling.

Rooms. Fully-renovated, attractive cabins in Aldersundet, 20 km south of Kilboghamn. Scenic surroundings. Fully licensed café. Free wifi.

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

Well-equipped rorbu cabins, high standard. Great wilderness adventures. Grocery next door. Onøy, 8766 Lurøy +47 976 47 886 luroyrorbu.com

www.spirenett.no

Aldersundet, Lurøy | Photo Thorsten Brönner

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.

German world war II fortress. Open 11/620/8. Mon–Fri 11am–5 pm. Sat noon–5 pm. Admission: adults nok 50, children under 16 years free. Guided tours may be booked in advance. Grønsvik, NO-8735 Stokkvågen, +47 75 11 01 85 / 415 20 801 helgelandmuseum.no

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

Please contact us for details and to book your holiday. Mob. +47 977 46 145

post@visithelgeland.eu www.visithelgeland.eu

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RØDØY – The coastal people on the Arctic Circle

Rødøy is a municipality in northern Helgeland and the gateway to the realm of the midnight sun. As a matter of fact, while taking the ferry from Kilboghavn or the express boat from the mainland, you pass the Arctic Circle and are treated to a tour of the nearby waters. Take the time to explore the scenic Nordfjord, which extends into Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, view glass art at Solheimsvolden, visit Selsøyvik Old Trading Post and Rødøy church, built in 1884 – and hike up Rødøyløva (440 m) for an unforgettable panorama. For further information, please contact the Tourist Information Office in Mo i Rana. (See p. 9).

• Træna

Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS FALCH GAMLE HANDELSSTED

Exhibition on the recent fishery history of Helgeland. Situated on the scenic Tjongsfjorden, just 300 m from Rv17. The museum has regular opening hours during the summer season.

Træna | foto Terje Rakke Nordic Life/Helgeland Reiseliv

TRÆNA

–Norway’s oldest fishing community Far out at sea lies the Municipality of Træna, Norway’s oldest fishing community. The main island of Træna is renowned for its annual musical festival. To get to Træna, board the express boat from Sandnessjøen or Stokkvågen, or take the ferry from Stokkvågen. ACCOMMODATION

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

TRÆNA RORBUFERIE

TRÆNA MUSEUM

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 50

Key attractions are the Petter Dass Chapel, built in memory of the 17th century poet-priest, Træna church, and the cave Kirkhelleren, a popular venue for concerts during the Træna Festival. The island of Sanna, with its characteristic mountains Trænstaven and Gompen, is also well worth a visit. For further information, please contact the Tourist Information Office in Mo i Rana. (See p. 9).

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

The museum offers a glimpse of daily life through 100 years. See a magical golden ring, one of Norway’s oldest fish hooks, and varying exhibitions. Træna Museum is situated in a traditional Nordland house on Husøy. +47 415 59 104 helgelandmuseum.no/traena

• Træna

Rødøy | Photo Terje Rakke Nordic Life/Helgeland Reiseliv

+47 920 49 698 rodoy@helgelandmuseum.no

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

SKJÆRGÅRDSRO OVERNATTING

POLARCAMP

Situated at Gjessøy in Rødøy. +47 478 65 971

+47 75 09 71 86 | polarcamp.no

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

Rorbu fisherman’s cabins. Café with simple fare. Bar. Nordland house with four bedrooms totalling 10 beds. Fully equipped, self-catering. Marked trails, sandy beaches.

KORSVIKSTUA

Four-bedroom holiday house on Rødøy. Nicely furnished. Boat hire. Magnificent surroundings, with islets and great fishing opportunities. Kayaking, hiking, cycling. Perfect for a family holiday. Photo Hans Petter Sørensen www.faroutfocus.no

+47 412 42 885 | FB: Korsvikstua inger.lise.martinsen@hotmail.com

Cabins, electrical hook-ups for caravans and campers, and tent sites. On the water with an excellent view, marked trails. Partly handicap accessible. Boat hire. Good fishing. Eagle, whale and seal safaris available.

BASECAMP HELGELAND

Bed & breakfast | Idyllically situated at Sørfjorden in Rødøy Municipality, just 50 m from the fjord, and surrounded by mountains. 7 rooms, 24 beds. Refurbished in 2016. Sports hall, and outdoor football pitch. +47 478 78 605 | basecamphelgeland.no post@basecamphelgeland.no Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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Øyriket is the Norwegian name for Helgeland’s island realm – which counts at least 24,000 islands, islets and skerries. Considered perhaps the world’s most beautiful, this archipelago is surrounded by shallow waters and amazing mountains.

MELØY Meløy is the northernmost municipality in Helgeland, with southern boundaries to Rana and Rødøy. The main population centre is Ørnes, which has 1900 residents.

As the Scandinavian Ice Cap retreated at the end of the last ice age, the land, relieved of its massive burden, began to rise, lifting a myriad of islands above the sea. These islands are surrounded by some of the largest strand-flats in the world. Thousands of years ago, people settled the islands, harvesting land and sea, and learned to live in harmony with nature’s fierce rhythms. Vegaøyan is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site where traditions are preserved for future generations.

Photo Magnar Solbakk

Ask for Kystriksveien travel guide at your nearest tourist information, or you may order it on: www.travel-shop.no

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

By kayak and bicycle, you are invited to silently explore this amazing island landscape – one of the most beautiful in the world.

Kystriksveien Steinkjer - Bodø. The coastal road.

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Meløy offers great hiking, wilderness adventures – and much more! For further information, please visit www.visitmeloy.no.

MELØY ADVENTURE

A mere stone’s throw from the Coastal Highway Fv17. Contact Meløy Adventure, and we’ll let you know the wealth of holiday adventures we can provide for your group. Bolga | foto EDbilde v/Magne Myrvoll

+47 915 40 866 post@meloyadventure.no

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

GLOMFJORD OVERNATTING

STØTT BRYGGE

+47 915 40 866 booking@meloyadventure.no

We invite you to stay in our rorbu – a traditional fisherman’s cabin dating from the early 1800s! Guest harbour with all the facilities you need. Hiking, swimming and fishing. Our restaurant specialises in fresh seafood. NO-8159 Støtt in Meløy. +47 400 21 212 | stott.no

FURØY CAMPING

BOLGA BRYGGE

Charming rooms and affordable rates! Free WiFi. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Charging station for Tesla cars. Double nok 690. Two nights nok 1200. Holiday apartment nok 1500 per night.

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, NO-8178 Halsa, +47 941 91 315 | post@furoycamp.no furoycamp.no

Five rorbu of high standard in Bolga harbour. Marina, guest harbour, grocery with postal services, fitness centre, pub/ café (fully licensed), summer concerts, boat repair facilities with slipway, kayak and boat hire. +47 979 51 239 post@bolgabrygge.no | bolga.no Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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Lake Bessvatnet | Photo Valmar Valdmann

HATTFJELLDAL

ACCOMMODATION VESTERBUKT FERIEHYTTER

Our holiday cabins are situated just 200 m from Røssvatnet, Norway’s secondlargest lake. The perfect place to relax, and to enjoy the beautiful surrounding wilderness. Situated 15 km from Hattfjelldal.

– The highlander realm

+47 993 96 853. Vesterbukt.no

TVERELVNES GÅRD

Rent a fully-equipped cabin or the traditional house (“gammelstuo”). Self-catering. Fish the nearby lakes and hike the beautiful mountains. Great skiing and dog-sledding in the winter. Snowmobile trails. Situated 20 km from Hattfjelldal village centre. +47 75 18 41 14 / 995 63 522. visithelgeland.com

DINING GRYTESELV FJELLGÅRD – PORTEN TIL HATTFJELLDAL

Organic farm. Private dining for 4–12 GUESTS. Farm shop featuring delicacies from the forests and farm. Workshop, design and refurbishment services. +47 75 18 58 66 gryteselvfjellgard.com

COOP HATTFJELLDAL

Enjoy a good meal in our pleasant café. Coop has everything you need in groceries, a well-stocked deli, Hiking equipment etc. Postal services, Internet, lottery tickets, tools and materials etc. Free wifi. Situated in the heart of Hattfjelldal.

This municipality, one of Norway’s largest, owes its name to the distinctive mountaintop Hatten (the Hat). Hattfjelldal has a significant Sámi population, and the handicrafts of the indigenous people and the local folk music traditions are treasured. The municipality’s main villages are Hattfjelldal, Susendal and Varntresk. Hattfjelldal is situated on Rv73, about 30 min from Trofors. This beautiful mountainous municipality has more lakes than residents, including Norway’s second-largest lake, Røssvatn. Popular hiking destinations include Hatten (1128 m), and for experienced adventurers the wilderness of 54

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Børgefjell National Park. Be sure to see “The Elf Castle”, a sculpture in the heart of the village, visit the Samí cultural centre Saemien Sijte, and Hattfjelldal church built in 1868. For further information, please inquire at the Coop Market in Hattfjelldal, or at the Mosjøen Tourist Information Office. (See p.9.)

• Træna

+47 75 18 54 00.

• Rødøy • Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega

THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE

• Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

Photo Terje Rakke NordicLife Helgeland Reiseliv

Learn about the life and history of the mountain people in Hattfjelldal. Guiding and cultural walks available on request. See the photos and collections of the sheriff’s house in the village centre, by appointment. +47 456 18 350 / 75 18 58 54 helgelandmuseum.no Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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The Laksforsen waterfall | Photo Cindy-Lou Dale

GRANE

ACCOMMODATION

Stavassgården Farm | Photo Carl Norberg

SVENNINGDAL CAMPING

A modern camping facility in beautiful natural surroundings, situated by hwy E6 just 10 km south of Trofors. New service facilities. Wifi. Fully equipped cabins, and rooms with shower. Good fishing lakes and hiking trails nearby. +47 995 41 830. svenningdal-camping.no

– Gateway to northern Norway

DINING LAKSFORSEN TOURIST CAFÈ

See the raging waters of perhaps the most beautiful waterfall in Europe. Our restaurant offers traditional homemade Norwegian dishes and a stunning view! Find exciting gifts in our shop. laksforsen.no +47 75 18 21 82 / +47 414 72 424

TRIXIE RESTAURANT & BAR

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.

COOP GRANE

Grocery store with deli featuring fresh fish, salads, lunches, hot dishes and local specialities from Helgeland. Camping equipment, gifts and other articles sold. Our store also has a café and post office. Trofors village centre, +47 75 18 22 10

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Grane offers amazing wilderness adventures. Here you can explore Børgefjell National Park to the east and Lomsdal–Visten National Park to the west. The main villages are Majavatn, Fiplingdal, Svenningdal, Trofors and Grane. Highway E6 and the Nordland Railway cuts through the municipality.

offers amazing river rafting, many miles of good hiking trails, for instance to Stavassgården – a restored mountain farm at the edge of Lomsdal-Visten National Park. Also be sure to visit Laksforsen, perhaps one of the most beautiful falls in Europe.

Anglers will take delight in the great fishing spots in Grane. There are excellent information boards and facilities that are ideal for families. The area also

For further information, please contact the Tourist Information Office in Mosjøen. (See p. 9).

Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

• Træna

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega • Brønnøysund • • Sømna Grane • Bindal

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

LAKSFORS GALLERI/MUSEUM

GRANE BYGDETUN

Visit Helgeland Museum’s fascinating exhibition at Laksforsen Tourist Café, focusing on how local people have used the Vefsna river as a resource through the ages. Another exhibition is a “guided tour” through Børgefjell and Lomsdal-Visten National Parks. +47 911 79 802.

A collection of 18th and 19th century farm houses. Nearby, there is a popular recreation area with picnic tables by the river. +47 911 79 802 helgelandmuseum.no grane@helgelandmuseum.no

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MOSJØEN

– Town in the heart of Norway

Mosjøen is the oldest town in the Helgeland region – and here you will find concerts, art exhibitions and many other cultural offerings year round. 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. 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. As you explore Mosjøen you will discover museums and galleries, the town park from 1905, the waterpark, cinema, bowling and golf – and beautiful landscapes to hike and cycle. For further information, please contact the Tourist Information Office in Mosjøen town centre. (See p. 9.)

• Træna

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Leirfjord • Dønna • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane Sømna • • Bindal

ACCOMMODATION FRU HAUGANS HOTEL

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! Booking: fruhaugans.no

BRYGGEN GJESTEHUS

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. Skjervgt. 5. | +47 418 46 755 bryggengjestehus.no 58

The historical Street in Mosjøen | Photo Lars Erik Martinsen Tourist office,Sjøgata +47 75 01 80 00

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ACCOMMODATION

DINING

LYNGENGÅRDEN HOTELL SKARET

RESTAURANT ELLENSTUEN

A hotel with comfortable rooms, evening meals, wifi. Our friendly staff do their utmost to make your stay enjoyable. Open years round. Vollanveien 15 | +47 75 17 48 00. hotellskaret.no | booking@hotellskaret.no facebook.com/hotellskaret

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS MOMENTS YOU REMEMBER

We invite you to experience the magnificent and varied scenery of Helgeland. We offer excursions to Øyfjellgrotta cave, Børgefjell, Lomsdal-Visten National Park, the Okstindane range and Rabothytta cabin, the Seven Sisters, Torghatten and more. naturligehelgeland.no +47 989 01 249 / 957 43 930.

VEFSN MUSEUM

Visit our museum on the historic street of Sjøgata, and see the rural collections at Dolstad. Exhibitions, events and activities year round. Sjøgata 31b/Austerbygdveien 1, 8656 Mosjøen, +47 75 11 01 21. helgelandmuseum.no/Vefsn

NORSK FLID HUSFLIDEN MOSJØEN – HANDICRAFTS Wide selection of knitwear, yarn, embroideries, local folk costumes (bunad), jewellery, textiles and quilting supplies. Handicraft items in glass, ceramic and wood. Strandgaten 36, +47 75 17 19 44. norskflid.no/mosjoen.

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

KULTURVERKSTEDET – CULTURAL WORKSHOP AND GALLERY

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

LOKALN PUB

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. Find us on Facebook.

GILLES CAFE

A friendly café and cultural venue, situated in Mosjøen’s oldest neighbourhood. Concerts and pub evenings throughout the year. Delicious dinner menu, light dishes and desserts. Bountiful lunch buffet on weekdays, 11am–5pm. Fully licensed. Sjøgata 6. | +47 75 17 54 54 | gillescafe.no

SNEPPEN GASTROPUB

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. 60

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Mosjøen | Photo Rune Lund Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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Lapphella, Hemnesberget Marina | Photo Fabrice Milochau

ACCOMMODATION KORGEN CAMPING

Savour the tranquil beauty of Korgen Camping, magnificently situated by Røssåga, one of the best salmon rivers in Helgeland. Korgauren 5, 8646 Korgen +47 473 74 978 post@korgen-camping.no Season: year round

DINING KORGFJELLET FJELLSTUE

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. Open all year. +47 75 17 01 50 post@korgfjellet.no | korgfjellet.no

KORGEN VERTSHUS

Rabothytta cabin in Okstindan | Photo Fabrice Milochau

Rooms for rent. Situated by highway E6, in Korgen, 50 km north of Mosjøen. Private bathroom, TV. Two rooms are designed for handicapped guests. Short distances to Okstindbreen glacier, Røssvatn lake, and Stormyrbassenget. +47 75 19 72 00 | korgen-vertshus.no

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS KLEMETSPELET – A HISTORICAL PLAY

HEMNES

– Calm seas and eternal ice In the beautiful Municipality of Hemnes, you’re never far from the fjord. Be sure to visit the DNT cabin Rabothytta, which is dramatically situated at 1200 metres, on the very edge of the Okstindbreen glacier. The cabin enjoys a stunning view of the glacier, as well as the Okstindan mountain range and its ruling summit Oksskolten (1916 m), the highest mountain in Northern Norway. 62

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Avid anglers may try to catch a salmon in the Røssåga river. The village of Hemnesberget, a favourite amongst artists and boaters, hosts the annual HemnesJazz, and the Boat and Fjord Festival. An excellent alternative to the busy highway E6 is the Wilderness Road, from the village of Korgen to Majavatn lake, or the Old E6 Highway across Korgfjellet. From the summit lodge at 550 m, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Okstindan range. There is a Tourist Information Office at Circle K in Korgen.

• Træna

• Rødøy

• Lurøy • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane • Sømna • Bindal

A magical outdoor theatrical performance, in beautiful setting in Leirskardalen. It is about “a stranger” who enters our culture from a more ancient one. This stage production, which won an international award for its scenography, was the subject of a TV documentary. Also, experience the recreation of a historical market. Klemetspelet.no

HEMNES MUSEUM

Gain insights into coastal culture at Hemnesberget, farm life at Bjerka, or local cooking and baking traditions in the 300-year-old cookhouse in Leirskardalen. Open during the summer. +47 75 19 70 62 / 414 71 503. hemnes@helgelandmuseum.no helgelandmuseum.no

www.gullblom.com

GALLERIKAFE OG GULLSMED Håndverk og lokalmat

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MO I RANA – The Arctic Circle town

Svartisen glacier | Photo CH/Helgeland Reiseliv

The town of Mo i Rana is situated just below the Arctic Circle, at the head of the Ranfjord. Mo i Rana, Helgeland’s most populous town and centre of trade, is surrounded by magnificent scenery. The town’s cultural offerings include the Nordland Theatre, numerous festivals, and varied concerts.

Arctic Circle Centre at Saltfjellet. Go for a glacier walk on Svartisen, hike SaltfjelletSvartisen National Park, visit a waterpark, explore caves, and visit a geological marvel: a “marble castle” carved by natural forces.

Key attractions include Moholmen, where the town was first established, the 10-metre granite sculpture “Ocean Man”, Klokkerhagen river park, and the

For further information, please contact Tourist Information in Mo i Rana town centre. (See p.9.)

• Træna

Lurøy• • Nesna • Mo i Rana Dønna • Leirfjord • Herøy • Sandnessjøen • • Hemnes • Mosjøen • Vevelstad • Hattfjelldal • Vega • Brønnøysund • Grane Sømna • • Bindal

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Moholmen | Photo CH/Helgeland Reiseliv Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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Marmorslottet, Rana | Photo CH/Helgeland Reiseliv

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

YTTERVIK CAMPING

BIMBO VEIKRO

+47 909 87 355 | ranjas@online.no yttervikcamping.no

SCANDIC MEYERGÅRDEN

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

BABETTES HOTELL

+47 75 15 10 01 bimbo.no | facebook.com/bimboveikro

SKOGLY CAMPING

Friendly camping, approx. 30 km from Mo i Rana. An ideal base for excursion to Svartisen glacier, the Arctic Circle, Grønnligrotta cave, and “marmorslottet” in Rana. Cabins, holiday apartments, electrical hook-ups for caravans and campers, and tent sites. +47 976 67 468 Facebook: Skogly Overnatting

DINING GUSTO

Restaurant featuring and exciting Mediterranean menu. Lunch and dinner. Excellent variety of tapas dishes. Beer and wine. Takeaway pizza, or eat it here. Welcome! +47 75 15 00 75 lisbet.myrheim@hotmail.no

STORLI CAMPING

Situated on highway E6, near the Arctic Circle Raceway, about 20 km north of Mo i Rana. Cabins with simple standard. Enjoy fishing in the Ranelva river. +47 906 18 921 annsaete@online.no

RØSSVOLL CAMPING

Cabins, electrical hook-ups for caravans and campers. Each cabin has four beds, kitchen and bathroom. Free wifi. Beautifully situated by the Ranelva river, km north of Mo i Rana. +47 458 12 112 else.sperstad@online.no

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TE

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25 rooms, all with flat-screen TV, private bath and wc. Three family rooms with private kitchen (2–6 persons). Hotel bar, restaurant, ice cream counter, fast-food menu, facilities for private parties. All guests receive a discount in Babette’s Restaurant! +47 75 15 22 11 | cafer@babettes.no

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.

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

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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

SETERGROTTA CAVE

HELGELAND MUSEUM AVD RANA

+47 75 16 60 02 | tove.rakvaag@msn.com

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. setergrotta.no. +47 959 74 497

SVARTISKIOSKEN

THE SVARTISEN BOAT

ARCTIC EVENTS

KROKSTRAND KAFÉ OG OVERNATTING

Camping and café. Service facilities, including kitchen. Café featuring a breakfast buffet, daily special and homemade cakes. Situated on highway E6, 18 km south of the Arctic Circle.

The kiosk situated on the quay on Svartisvatnet lake offers coffee prepared over a fire, waffles, hot dogs, kamkake, ice cream, chocolates and soft drinks. Drop by for refreshments, a bite to eat and good conversation. Røvassdalen, 8615 Skonseng +47 464 16 205 | 10 June – 31 Aug. svartiskiosken.no

Join an excursion to Austerdalsisen, a glacier tongue extending from Svartisen. Situated 34 km north of Mo i Rana. Our 20-minute boat trip and a 3 km walk takes you up to the glacier’s edge! Season: mid-June through August. visithelgeland.com

Rana Museum has cultural and natural history exhibits, an art gallery and a museum shop. We invite you to also visit Bredek mountain farm and Stenneset Museum. Fritjof Nansensgt. 22, 8624 Mo i Rana. Tel. +47 75 11 01 33. rana@helgelandmuseum.no helgelandmuseum.no

Join us for a guided glacier walk on Okstindbreen, the “roof of Northern Norway”, or on Austerdalsisen, an arm of Svartisen glacier. We offer safe, majestic glacier adventures! +47 992 68 193 (Jan Inge Rødahl, Rana) tomrerjaninge@gmail.com visithelgeland.com Tourist office, +47 75 01 80 00

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HOTEL Elias blix gate 5 8624 Mo i Rana

Babettes Hotel Mo i Rana - rom fra 695,- inkl. frokost

The best value in town!

Nyrenovert hotell midt i sentrum av Mo i Rana. Gratis parkering og WiFi. Vi tilbyr også langtidsutleie av rom med eget kjøkken og tilgang til vaskerom. Alle våre gjester får 15% rabatt ved Babettes fastfood og Babettes Restaurant, en kort spasertur unna hotellet. Kontakt oss på telefon 75 15 22 11 eller 91 62 99 72, e-post cafer@babettes.no

Søndre gate 5, 8624 Mo i Rana | Tel. +47 75 12 10 50 | post@fjorgaarden.no | www.fjordgaarden.no

On holiday in Helgeland?

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

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

We guarantee you a magnificent adventure!

Situated 20 km north of Mo i Rana

Website: www.gronligrotta.no E-Mail: gronligrotta@online.no Tel.: +47 75 13 25 86 +47 47 23 38 58

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See underground waterfalls, kettle pots, impressive stalactites and fantastic rock formations sculpted by natural forces through the aeons.

AMFI Mo i Rana is the largest shopping centre in Helgeland, offering more than 50 shops, cafés and restaurants. Kids will enjoy the 250 m2 indoor play centre. Situated in the heart of Mo i Rana. Open weekdays until 7pm, Saturdays until 4pm.

...where friends meet!

The largest shopping centre in Helgeland


Træna | Photo Terje Rakke, Nordic Life Helgeland Reiseliv

Rødøy | Photo Terje Rakke, Nordic Life Helgeland Reiseliv

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

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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.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

During the summer holiday season (June–September), you can exchange currencies (US dollars, Euro and British Pounds) at the Tourist Information Offices in Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Mosjøen and Mo i Rana. NB. Please note that there are no banks between Trondheim and Bodø offering currency exchange.

SEPTIC TANK DRAINAGE FOR COACHES AND CAMPERS

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. Meløy: By the Tourist Information Office

BOOK YOUR HELGELAND ADVENTURE AT WWW.VISITHELGELAND.COM

CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRIC CARS

Mosjøen: Mosjøen town centre, free charging of Teslas and other cars. Mosjøen Hotel, overnight charging nok 80. Mo i Rana: Charging station at Amfi Meyer shopping centre. Leirfjord: Charging station at Napoli Restaurant, Leland

ACTIVITIES

ACCOMMODATION

PACKAGE TOURS

Brønnøysund: By the Statoil Station in the town centre. Turistinformasjon, +47 75 01 80 00

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EVENTS CALENDAR 2017 FEBRUARY

3–4 Sjøgata live Music Festival Mosjøen | sjogatalive.no 10 Sigridkongressen Sandnessjøen | sigridkongressen.no 11 Youth Festival Vik i Sømna | somna.kommune.no 11–17 Winter Light Festival Mo i Rana | vinterlys.no

12–15 Roots Festival Brønnøysund | rootsfestivalen.no 14–23 Vega Festival V ega | vega.kommune.no 24–30 Velfjord Fair Velfjord | velfjord.no 28–29 Jubileumsrevy Velfjordrevyen Gimle i Hommelstø Juli Summer Fair Sømna | somna.kommune.no

MARCH

AUGUST

2–4 Baking Festival Mo i Rana | bakeribygget.no 10–11 «Rød Snø» Music Festival Mo i Rana | rodsno.no

APRIL

8 Cross-country ski race Mo i Rana | blaavegenlopet.no 26–29 City Skisprint Mosjøen bysprinten.no

MAY

5–7 Boat Fair Sandnessjøen | baatmessa.no 19–21 Dance Weekend at Gimle Velfjord i Brønnøy hilstadil.no

JUNE

9–11 Vårslæppe Sleneset, Sleneset båtforening | +47 970 68 141. 10 Alstahaug Marathon Sandnessjøen tjotta.net/alstahaug-maraton.com 16–18 ACR Sommertreff og baneløp Mo i Rana | acr.no 18 Stennes Fair Mo i Rana | helgelandmuseum.no 22–25 Torghatt Festival Brønnøysund | bmkor.no 22–25 Herøy Fair Herøy | heroydagan.no 23–24 Hane Fair Mosjøen | generatoras.no 23–25 Kippermo Cup Mosjøen | kippermocupen.no Juni Nordland Boat Regatta Terråk i Bindal | terrakil.no 30–1 Hemnes Boat & Fjord Festival Hemnesberget fjordfestival.hemnes.net

JULY

3–9 Toppenkurset/International Summer Academy & Festival of Music | Mosjøen 5–8 Gilles Garden Music Festival Mosjøen | gilles.no 6–9 Træna Festival Træna | trena.net 7–8 Bjørn Market Day | bjornsmartnan.no | Dønna 8 Town Celebrations in Mosjøen Mosjøen facebook/sjøgato Mosjøen - der vi møtes 8–15 Galleria Art Festival Mosjøen | galleria.no 72 office, +47 75 01 80 00 FromTourist the Roots Festival in Brønnøysund | Photo Dagfinn Torgersen

2–6 Summer Rock at Nesna facebook.com/sommerrock/ 3–5 Hemnes Jazz Festival Hemnesberget | hemnesjazz.no 10–13 Bobiltreff – A national meet-up for RV enthusiasts Mosjøen | bobiltreff.no 18–19 Verket Music Festival Mo i Rana | Verketfestival.no 18–20 Torghatten Market Brønnøysund | torghattmessen.no 25–27 Klemetspelet historical play Hemnes | klemetspelet.no

SEPTEMBER

Sept Goveko Hattfjelldal | Hattfjelldal Sept Tour de Fram Sømna 14–16 World Crab Fishing Championship Sandnessjøen | vmikrabbefiske.no/ 15–17 Dance weekend at Gimle Velfjord i Brønnøy | hilstadil.no Sept Dalbotn Market Sømna Sømna 21–24 ”Tiendebytte” Classic Music Festival Mosjøen tiendebytte.no 21–25 Musikk- og operafest i Tiendebytte Mosjøen tiendebytte.no

OCTOBER

Oct Sømna Fair Sømna Sømna somnahornmusikk.no 5–7 October Festival Brønnøysund | oktoberfest.nu 20–22 Smeltedigelen Music Festival Mo i Rana Smeltedigelen.no

NOVEMBER 25– 26

«Christmas in Mosjøen» Mosjøen «Christmas Market» | Trofors helgelandmuseum.no

DECSEMBER

2 Christmas Market in historical Sjøgata Street Mosjøen | helgelandmuseum.no Dec «Christmas in Mosjøen» Mosjøen

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Svartisen glacier | Photo CH/Helgeland Reiseliv

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– with care and 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 migrating ducks, especially during the nesting (15 April to 31 July) and the moulting season (July–August). But you’re welcome to visit on a slow boat, and provided your dog is on a leash. Come visit us! Here you are almost as free as a bird.

Vega Tourist Information Tel: +47 75 03 53 88 post@visitvega.no visitvega.no Stiftelsen Vegaøyan Verdensarv Tel: +47 75 03 55 03 post@verdensarvvega.no verdensarvvega.no Vega verneområdestyre Nesveien 92, NO-8980 Vega Tel: +47 950 52 394 fmnojwi@fylkesmannen.no nasjonalparkstyre.no/Vega

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