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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Destinations to Visit in Norway 2015
The Seven Sisters
Helgeland – an island hopper’s paradise in Norway You would be forgiven for thinking that holiday activities such as island hopping and kayaking are reserved for warmer destinations, but right below the Arctic Circle you can find a stunning coastline and flourishing archipelago perfect for these pursuits.
periences. During the summer you can even paddle during the night as it stays light around the clock. That’s something to be experienced.”
By Julie Lindén | Photos: Helgeland Reiseliv
The Helgeland region, situated in Nordland County, is the southernmost district in Northern Norway. Encompassing a variety of uniquely shaped mountains, islets and archipelagos as well as one of the country’s most striking and inviting coastal areas, this region is definitely one of adventures. “Those of us who work in tourism in the region are always told how beautiful Helgeland is,” says Gunn Johansen, regional manager for Mosjøen at Visit Helgeland. “Here you can make your way from the coast to the inland without having to travel far, which allows you to experience everything from hiking in the high mountains to fishing along the coast – and everything in between. Helgeland consists of about 13,000 islands, islets and skerries, and our mountain for-
mations are some of the world’s most spectacular. There are quite a few things to do while here!” The mountains truly have it at Helgeland, displaying some of the country’s most peculiar and mighty shapes. Torghatten, a granite mountain pierced by a hole, is a grand and famous example, and so are The Seven Sisters – a chain of seven pointy mountains rising majestically above the horizon. One of the best ways to experience the varied nature Helgeland has to offer is from the kayak, as Johansen explains: “At Helgeland we have several qualified paddling experts who guide you to the archipelago – the narrow fjords, grand mountains and thousands of islets give such a wonderful variety of ex-
Yet, it is island hopping that the region is most famous for. Always close to nature, the hopping can be combined with bicycle and boat trips, as many islands are served by ferries and express boats. Several of the islands have an intriguing history, and some have even made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List – including the Vega archipelago. Islands including Lovund, where 200,000 puffins nest, and Dønna, noted for its lush nature, offer a wildlife without comparison. Træna, Herøy and Sandnessjøen are also worth a visit – perfectly completing your visit to Norway’s hotspot for grand adventures. Welcome to Helgeland! For more information, please visit: www.visithelgeland.com
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