The Seven Sisters range, Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, Børgefjell National Park, Lomsdal-Visten National Park, Heilhornet and Oksskolten summits are just some of the most famous mountains in Helgeland, every one of them offering a fantastic experience of the great outdoors.
The Seven Sisters mountain range
The Seven Sisters mountain range, with its characteristic seven summits, lies on Alstenøya Island in Alstahaug municipality. Marked trails lead you to every summit, with fairly easy hiking terrain. The summits can be scaled one at a time or all in the same hike. An average hiker should set aside at least one full day for all the summits.
The renowned Mount Torghatten, pierced all the way through by a distinctive hole, has to be seen to be belived. You might feel very small indeed as you walk through the 160 meter long, 15-20 meter wide and 35 meter tall hole. Follow the signs from Brønnøysund for 12 kilometers to the trail's starting point.
Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park
Saltfjellet/Svartisen National Park has the most varied landscape of all the national parks in Norway, with a number of valleys and mountains offering a variety of hiking experiences. Storvollen, just south of the Arctic Circle, is a good starting point for hikes in the area, with easily accessible valleys such as Stormdalen and Tespdalen nearby. Tespdalen offers especially good fishing all the way up past the Arctic Circle. After passing the waterfalls, the landscape opens up into the wide open high plains of Saltfjellet.
Børgefjell National Park
Børgefjell National Park is one of Norway's oldest and largest parks, covering 1,447 square kilometers. This is the realm of the polar fox and the mountain trout, and a hike in these mountains will offer great outdoor experiences. The park is best suited for experienced mountain hikers, even if the terrain is fairly easy. There are several paths into the park, the most used are from Oksvollen in Harvassdalen and Simskardet in Grane.
The Kjensvasshytta cabin is the ideal starting point for hiking Oksskolten, the highest mountain in Northern Norway, 1,916 meters above sea level. The cabin lies about an hour's drive from the mountain cabin known as Umbukta Fjellstue. It takes about four hours to hike to the summit. You can also start from Umbukta and follow a marked trail to Kjensvasshytta and further.
The Nordland County Route
The Nordland County Route is a continuous trail through Nordland, providing a sample of all that the county's landscape has to offer. The route is 570 kilometers long, with the northernmost point at Bjørnefjell in Narvik and the southernmost at Harvasstua in Hattfjelldal.
Lomsdal-Visten National Park
Lomsdal-Visten National Park is a lush, quiet and beautiful retreat that will appeal to travellers seeking peace and quiet. This is true wilderness, where tent, map and compass are absolute requirements. Here you will find plenty of hiking options and good fishing.
The Heilhornet mountain in Bindal reaches 1,058 meters above sea level, providing a great vista towards the Børgefjell massif in the east, Namdalen to the south, and the Seven Sisters range in the north. A marked trail shows the way to the summit, and the hike takes two to four hours depending on how quickly you choose to ascend.
In addition, there are countless other hiking opportunities in Helgeland. Contact the various tourist offices for further suggestions.
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