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Key facts about Helgeland

Helgeland is a large and majestic region covering 18,000 square kilometres in the southern part of the county of Nordland.

Geography

As a region Helgeland has 77,500 inhabitants and four towns: Brønnøysund, with 4,600 inhabitants; Sandnessjøen, with 5,700 inhabitants; Mosjøen, with 9,600 inhabitants; and Mo i Rana, with 18,100 inhabitants.

Mosjøen is the oldest town in Helgeland, while Mo i Rana is the largest.

There are 18 municipalities in the region:

  • Alstahaug (includes Sandnessjøen)
  • Bindal
  • Brønnøy (includes Brønnøysund)
  • Dønna
  • Grane
  • Hattfjelldal
  • Hemnes
  • Herøy
  • Leirfjord
  • Lurøy
  • Nesna
  • Rana (includes Mo i Rana)
  • Rødøy
  • Sømna
  • Træna
  • Vefsn (includes Mosjøen)
  • Vega
  • Vevelstad

Climate

From mid-June to late August there are normal summer temperatures, but the weather is changeable. Part of the charm of a visit to Helgeland is seeing it in all kinds of weather. Bring a warm sweater and a wind- and waterproof jacket/trousers.

The whole of Nordland County enjoys the midnight sun and sunlit nights from the end of April until the middle of August.

The northern lights (aurora borealis), meanwhile, can be seen in the night sky on dark, clear evenings from September to April.

People and history

People in Helgeland are hospitable, unpretentious, light-hearted and natural. Of old, this is a land of fishermen, farmers, egg and eiderdown gatherers, Arctic Sea skippers, merchants, lumberjacks, the Sami (Norway's indigenous population) and boat builders.

Boats are still being built, and the eiderdown gathering tradition is still alive. The Sami culture, centred around reindeer herding, remains vibrant, as do the agriculture and forestry industries. Other major industries are tourism, heavy industry, fisheries, aquaculture, offshore industry and a large retail industry.

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The coast of Helgeland is a good place to experience the midnight sun in the summer. - Photo: Liv Ask/ Mathis Ståle Mathisen
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Visit the UNESCO-protected Vega Islands, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life DH

Key facts about Helgeland

Helgeland is a large and majestic region covering 18,000 square kilometres in the southern part of the county of Nordland.

Key facts about Helgeland

Source: Visitnorway

About Helgeland

Tourist information for Helgeland

You will find four tourist information centers to help you plan your trip to the Helgeland Region.

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.

Tourist information in Bodø

The tourist information office in Bodø is open all year round, and provides information on what to see and do in the region.

Kery facts about Bodø

Bodø is the capital of the county of Nordland and is undergoing rapid growth. The town has a population of 47,000.

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