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. Open from June 10 to August 15, daily in July, but closed on Mondays in June and August.
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.
The famous Torghatten mountain, with its distinctive hole all the way through, just has to be seen. Man seems very small when walking through this natural tunnel, which is 160 metres long, 35 metres high and 15-20 metres 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-prepared 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, and a spectacular new museum opened in October 2007. 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.
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.
Chiefdom at Sandnes
In the banqueting hall in the long house you can experience genuine Viking history, Viking food, competitions, fun and games. The long house is located on a historic site which has an important place in the unification of Norway as a realm. Open in from June to August, and by appointment the rest of the year.
This is one of the largest burial mounds in Northern Norway, about 35 metres in diametre and 5 metres high. The burial itself is estimated to have taken place in the early Iron Age or Age of Migrations. On top of Valhaugen stands Northern Europe's largest marble phallus, 89 centimetres high and 50 centimetres in diametre.
Dønnes Gård was Northern Norway's largest land estate, owning enormous tracts of land wielding considerable power. They were the first to acquire tractors in Norway, in 1908. Today, the main building and several other farm buildings have been restored and the estate offers accommodation and food to visitors.
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.
Dønnesfjellet mountain, which rises 127 metres above sea level, offers a spectacular view of the coast, from Vega in the south to Rødøy in the north, taking in most of the mountains included in the troll mountain myths. You can drive to the summit, where a restaurant is open during the summer season. If you want to reach the summit on foot, there is a three-kilometre long trail from Dønnes Gård.
The area around Sjøgata street in Mosjøen town centre 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 from where you can fish 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, Nordland's third largest attraction, is a majestic and picturesque waterfall with a 17-metre drop. The water volume here is a full 700 cubic metres per second. The Laksforsen Café offers a panoramic view of the waterfall. Location: By E6 in Grane, 13 kilometres north of Trofors and 30 kilometres south of Mosjøen.
The puffin island of Lovund
The island of Lovund is best known for its puffin colony, which 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.
Kirkhelleren - nature's cathedral
Kirkhelleren is the most impressive of all the caves of the island of Sanna. Traces of one of Norway's oldest settlements have been found here. Prehistoric finds such as bone remnants and tools confirm this. The cave was used as a burial site for 33 people in the 14th century. Kirkhelleren has cathedral-like acoustics and consequently is an important concert venue during the Træna Festival.
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