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Whale safari, Nordland, Norway - Photo: visitnordland.no
Whale safari, Nordland, Norway Photo: visitnordland.no

What to do in Nordland

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

Nordland gives you the opportunity to see animals and birds in their true element. Join a photo safari to find sea eagles, seals, sperm whales or killer whales. There might also be an elk or a reindeer around the next turn.

The bird rocks at Røst, Lovund, Nykvåg and Bleiksøya are home to hundreds of thousands of puffins and other seabirds.

Two things you must not miss are a whale safari in Vesterålen and a sea eagle safari in Lofoten.


Ever since the 1400s Nordland has been famed throughout Europe for the abundance of its fish. With a quarter of Norway’s coastline - approximately 14,000 kilometres – it is obvious that conditions are good for sea fishing.

You can fish from shore with a rod or take a boat out among the skerries or out to the open sea. Nordland has many good salmon and sea trout rivers, that can offer exciting fishing.


If you want to walk on the islands of the skerries, along one of the many trails in the mountains or forests or to take a cultural heritage walk, all of these are possible in Nordland.

The contrasts between the high, majestic mountains and the broad coastline are perhaps some of the most fascinating Nordland’s nature can offer.


Despite its sometimes harsh nature and varied topography, Nordland has cycling routes to suit both the very fit and the somewhat more easy-going.

From the saddle of a bike you will be closer to nature and your experience will be more genuine. Decide for yourself how fast and how far you want to go and you can stop whenever you like.

You will find cycles for hire at many of the local tourist offices. Try island hopping by bike in Helgeland.

Artscape Nordland

Artscape Nordland is an international art collection comprising 33 works in as many municipalities. The collection was made between 1992 and 1998 when artists from all over the world made their contributions.

The works are permanently sited out in the varied and beautiful landscape – an art gallery without walls and roof – and with a floor area of 40,000 square kilometres.

"Footprints in the North"

Pieces of cultural heritage from each municipality provide a broad picture of the county’s people, nature and activities through ten thousand years. These “footprints” are marked with information signs, and many projects have organised walking trails in which interesting heritage items are signposted. Information material about each of the “footprints” may be purchased from the tourist offices. There is also a simple folder which gives a summary of the various "footprints".

Golfing under the midnight sun

When you look towards the green at the fifth hole, it is hard to concentrate. It is one o’clock in the morning, and you are being blinded by the midnight sun. A South-African was so enchanted by this that he had to leave the course. The feeling was just too strong.

Try Skjomen Golf Park 35 kilometres south of Narvik– a challenging 18-hole golf course. Lofoten Golf Links – a spectacular destination for golfing enthusiasts. Nearby Bodø you will find two golf courses.

Island hopping by sea kayak

With a coastline including more than 18,000 islands and a multitude of lakes, rivers and waterfalls, Nordland is paradise for kayakers and canoers. In this way, you can reach places that would otherwise be unapproachable. Sea paddling, river paddling and paddling on lakes are three different experiences, but each one of them poses physical challenges to suit your level of profiency. Read more on visitnordland.no

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Last updated:  2012-12-19
Helgeland in Nordland is well suited for hiking of all kinds and levels - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Innovasjon Norge
Helgeland in Nordland is well suited for hiking of all kinds and levels
In Lødingen in Nordland you'll find the sculpture
In Lødingen in Nordland you'll find the sculpture "The Eye in Stone" by Anish Kapoor (UK, 1998)

Interest:  Cycling, Fishing, Hiking, Wildlife safari, Arctic Norway, Coast and coastal culture

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Whale safari, Nordland, Norway - Photo: visitnordland.no

What to do in Nordland

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

What to do 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.

What to do in Helgeland

Go island hopping on a bike, paddle in a sea kayak, explore a cave or go hiking in the spectacular mountains dotted along Helgeland.

Hiking in Helgeland

Pack your walking boots and explore Helgeland on foot. Hiking options abound, whether you follow marked trails or make a foray into the wilderness.

What to do along Kystriksveien

The best place for fishing along Kystriksveien is Saltstraumen. Hiking and biking are other popular activities.

About 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 for Helgeland

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

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