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The lush Vega Islands on the Helgeland coast are protected as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Photo: Helgeland Reiseliv
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The lush Vega Islands on the Helgeland coast are protected as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site Photo: Helgeland Reiseliv

Attractions in Helgeland

A UNESCO World Heritage site, a Viking long house, a mountain with a hole through it, puffins and eider ducks are among the attractions in Helgeland.

Vega Archipelago World Heritage Area

Vega Archipelago World Heritage Area was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. The Vega Archipelago acquired this status mostly because of the unique interaction between the eider duck and the island population during the nesting season. To this day the local residents protect the nesting birds against all dangers and in return receive the precious eider down when the birds leave the nests.

The Eider Duck Museum

The Eider Duck Museum in Nes documents the unique tradition whereby eider ducks are kept as domestic animals. The museum provides insight into the eider duck landscape with its fascinating and colourful nesting architecture. The E-Huset (Eider House) also includes an exhibition on the World Heritage area and the photo exhibition entitled "Udi øyan" ("Out on the islands") by Helge A. Wold. In the old village shop you can buy souvenirs and local handicrafts.

The Seven Sisters mountain range

De syv søstre ("The Seven Sisters") is a mountain range on the island of Alsten. Marked trails lead up to each of the summits, as well as from one to the other. The views from the top are well worth the effort.

Torghatten

The famous Torghatten mountain, with its distinctive hole all the way through, has to be experienced. Man seems very small when walking through this natural tunnel, which is 160 meters long, 35 meters high and 15-20 meters wide. The hole was dug out in the mountain side by the sea thousands of years ago. The walk up to the hole along the well kept path takes about 30 minutes.

The Petter Dass Museum at Alstahaug

The museum dedicated to Petter Dass, a Lutheran clergyman and the foremost Norwegian poet of his generation, consists of several buildings from the 18th and 19th century, as well as a new museum building. The new building, designed by the famous Norwegian architect firm Snøhetta AS, contains exhibition spaces, a gift shop, café and library with an extensive selection of literature. The Petter Dass Museum is open year round with extended hours in summer.

Alstahaug Church

This Medieval church, built in the Romanesque style, was the main church in the parish of Petter Dass. There are guided tours of the church in the summer season, and by appointment for the rest of the year.

Dønnes Church

On the island Dønna, The Dønnes Church was built in the 12th century and contains many cultural treasures, including a 17th century mausoleum. This is the largest and best-kept mausoleum in Norway, and consists of 22 caskets containing the remains of the Tønder-Coldevin family.

Herøy Church - "Helgelands Cathedral"

Herøy Church, on the island Herøy, built of soapstone in the 12th century, is the only church north of Trondheim with an apse. Amongst its notable cultural treasures are the pulpit and altarpiece that date back to the 1760s.

Sjøgata Street in Mosjøen

The area around Sjøgata street in Mosjøen town center is historical. By building, living, shopping and working in Sjøgata street, people are making history there every day too, just as they did in the old days. Here you will find architectural gems and elegantly preserved buildings. Galleries, an authentic country store, restaurants and a beautiful hotel garden complete the picture. Architectural conservation work in Sjøgata has been honoured with a national architecture award, a national environmental award and St. Olav's Rose.

Laksforsen falls

Laksforsen, Nordland's third largest attraction, is a majestic and picturesque waterfall with a 17-meter drop. The water volume here is a full 700 cubic meters per second. The Laksforsen Café offers a panoramic view of the waterfall. It is situated by E6 in Grane, 13 kilometers north of Trofors and 30 kilometers south of Mosjøen.

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 mountain about 80 kilometers north of Mo i Rana. If you travel by sea, a globe on the island Vikingen marks your passage into this magical realm. Visit also the Arctic Circle Centre. This is a natural place to stop and rest and maybe eat in the cafe or buy some souvenirs.

The puffin island of Lovund

The island of Lovund is best known for its puffin colony and is home to around 200,000 birds. You can see the puffins on a tour to Lundeura. 14 April is the annual Lundkommar Day, celebrating the first sign of summer and the puffins' homecoming.

Artscape Nordland

An art project consisting of 34 sculptures by 34 artists, each of which is displayed in a different municipality, including 11 municipalities in Helgeland. For this project, titled Artscape Nordland, artists from all over the world were invited to create sculptures, which have been permanently installed at selected locations throughout the varied landscape of Nordland county.

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Last updated:  2014-10-14
On the coast of Helgeland lies Torghatten, the famous mountain with a hole right through - Photo: Ronny Lien
On the coast of Helgeland lies Torghatten, the famous mountain with a hole right through
Petter Dass was the most important poet of his generation, and has a museum in Sandnessjøen - Photo: Tore Schning Olsen - www.nordnorge.com
Petter Dass was the most important poet of his generation, and has a museum in Sandnessjøen
Alstahaug kirke is a medieval stone-built church - Photo: Fabrice Milochau - visithelgeland.com
Alstahaug kirke is a medieval stone-built church
Sjøgata Street in Mosjøen has earned several awards - Photo: Fabrice
Sjøgata Street in Mosjøen has earned several awards
There are hundreds of thousands of puffins on the island of Lovund in Northern Norway - Photo: Erlend Haarberg
There are hundreds of thousands of puffins on the island of Lovund in Northern Norway
In Leirfjord in Northern Norway you'll find the sculpture
In Leirfjord in Northern Norway you'll find the sculpture "Around"
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The lush Vega Islands on the Helgeland coast are protected as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Photo: Helgeland Reiseliv

Attractions in Helgeland

A UNESCO World Heritage site, a Viking long house, a mountain with a hole through it, puffins and eider ducks are among the attractions in Helgeland.

Attractions in Helgeland

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