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The Arctic Circle Centre in Nordland, Norway - Photo: Arctic Circle/Polarsirkelen Reiseliv
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The Arctic Circle Centre in Nordland, Norway Photo: Arctic Circle/Polarsirkelen Reiseliv

Attractions in Nordland

Cross the Arctic Circle, visit Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest maelstrom, and head out to the internationally acclaimed Lofoten Islands.

Saltstraumen - the world's strongest tidal current

The sound that connects the Saltenfjord and the Skjerstadfjord with the sea has one of the world’s strongest tidal currents. About 400 million cubic metres of water flows under the Saltstraumen Bridge four times a day. The water forms whirlpools with a diameter of up to 12 metres. Saltstraumen is an excellent place for fishing.

The Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle crosses Nordland at the Saltfjellet Mountain. Get your Arctic Circle certificate at the Arctic Circle Centre.

The legendary mountains of Nordland

Have you heard the tale of how the mountains of Nordland got such fascinating names? The legend tells stories about mountains such as Torghatten near Brønnøysund, De syv søstre (The Seven Sisters) near Sandnessjøen and Hestmannen in Lurøy.

The Vega Archipelago

The island of Vega and its surrounding islands were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004. The islands bear testimony to a distinctive frugal way of life based on fishing and the harvesting of the down of eider ducks. There are fishing villages, quays, warehouses, eider-houses (built for eider ducks to nest in), farming landscapes, lighthouses and beacons for you to visit on the Vega islands.

Footprints in the North    

Pieces of cultural heritage from each municipality combine to provide a broad picture of the county’s people, nature and activities through ten thousand years. The various items are selected pieces of a cultural whole and are open and accessible to the public.

These "footprints" are marked with information signs, and many projects have organised walking trails on which interesting heritage items are signposted. Information material about each of the "footprints" may be purchased from Nordland's tourist offices.

Artscape Nordland    

Who says you have to go to a city or a gallery, or visit other people’s indoor art collections, to enjoy sculptures? Art can also be admired outdoors.

Artscape Nordland is an international art collection where artists from 18 different countries delivered their contributions during the period from 1992 to 1998.

This unique collection of international outdoor sculptures can be found in beautiful and varied landscapes in no less than 33 municipalities around Nordland.

Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg in Lofoten

Experience the Viking Age as it really was! At Borg, archaeologists have discovered the largest house ever found from this era. It is the house of one of the most powerful chieftains in Northern Norway. The building is 83 meters long and has been reconstructed as a living museum with findings, reconstructions, exhibitions and domestic animals.

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Last updated:  2012-12-19
 - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Innovasjon Norge
 - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Innovasjon Norge

Interest:  Nature attractions, Buildings & Monuments, Arctic Norway, Coast and coastal culture, UNESCO

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The Arctic Circle Centre in Nordland, Norway - Photo: Arctic Circle/Polarsirkelen Reiseliv

Attractions in Nordland

Cross the Arctic Circle, visit Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest maelstrom, and head out to the internationally acclaimed Lofoten Islands.

Attractions in Nordland

Source: Visitnorway

Helgeland and Lofoten

The Torghatten Mountain, the bird island of Lovunden and the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park are among the attractions on this trip.

Tour suggestions in Nordland

Nordland gives you many possibilities for round trips or a longer stay in one place.

What to do in Nordland

Choose a whale safari in Vesterålen or a sea eagle safari in Lofoten when you are in Nordland.

About Nordland

Nordland

Nordland is known for wildlife safaris and stunning scenery. National Geographic Traveller has rated Lofoten among the best islands in the world.

Tourist information along Kystriksveien

The tourist information center in Steinkjer will help you book accommodation and plan a tailor-made itinerary for your trip along Kystriksveien.

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