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Nykan, outside of the fishing village of Hovden, Bø in Norway - Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo
Nykan, outside of the fishing village of Hovden, Bø in Norway Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo

Tour suggestions in Vesterålen

Go hiking in the footsteps of the Norwegian Queen Sonja, feed the reindeers of the Samis or explore old fishing villages by bike.

Øksnes Vestbygd – Nyksund – Stø

From Myre or Skjellfjord you can take the speed shuttle boat through Øksnes Vestbygd. Take a stop in Skipnes and Tinden. Here you find accommodation, culture and old history. The boat trip (included the stops) takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The fishing villages of Nyksund and Stø are both situated approximately 15 kilometres north of Myre (a 20-minute drive). Dronningruta (the Queen’s Route) is a marked hiking trail about 15 kilometres long between these fishing villages.

This is the route that the Norwegian Queen Sonja enjoyed so much in 1994, and which was thereafter called the Queen's Route. The trail can be completed as a round trip (6 - 7 hours) starting and ending at either Stø or Nyksund. Both villages are popular vantage points for viewing the midnight sun.

Lødingen Vestbygd: Lødingen – Øksneshamn (approximately 63 kilometres, a 1-hour drive)

If you arrive in Lødingen by ferry, you will find shops, cafés and overnight accommodation in the centre of the town. To get to Lødingen Vestbygd, drive via the Kåringen intersection (on the road E10) to Kanstad Bridge.

The trip along the road 837 through Lødingen Vestbygd has beautiful scenery. The road is mostly by the seaside.

The little side trip through Erikstad to Svensgam is recommended. Back on the main road you should take a detour out to Rinøya, which is an old fishing community.

If you need accommodation or you would like to go on a guided fishing trip, you should drive down to Offersøy, where you also find a café and a fish restaurant. Svællingen with its 400 small islands is a beautiful area to go paddling. At Husstad you will find "Eye in stone", Artscape Nordland. The road ends at Øksneshamn, from Øksneshamn it is possible to go west only by boat. 

Hadseløya Island and the Eidsfjord: Melbu - Eidsfjord - Frøskeland (approximately 78 kilometres, a 1-hour and 40-minute drive)

From Melbu you follow the road 881 west around the Hadsel Island, across the Hadsel bridge and onto the road 885 along the Eidsfjord to Frøskeland.

The first stop on your trip around the Hadsel Island should be the beach at Taen, where you will find a resting area and a privy. The art installation Ræk IV is also situated here. In Stokmarknes you will find different museums, shops, restaurants, accommodation and galleries.

When driving the road 885, you should stop and have a break by the Painter's Rock at Fleinnes. If you have brought fishing equipment, Eidsfjord is the place to try your fishing luck. On the opposite side of the Eidsfjord, you can view the mountain Ræka.

Møysalen Mountain (1,265 above sea level, a 9-hour hiking trip)

Towering in the centre of Møysalen National Park is Møysalen, the mountain that was selected by the Norwegian outdoor magazine Ute as "Norway's most beautiful natural attraction". There are guided treks to the peak, which is 1,262 metres above sea level, making it the tallest mountain on the island of Hinnøya.

The trek up to the peak of Møysalen from the Lonkanfjord is a wild experience that takes you through a fantastic coastal alpine landscape. The reward is a panoramic view from the top. On a clear day one can see more than 20 different mountain peaks in 20 different municipalities, and if you are lucky, you can even see Kebnekaise Mountain in Sweden.

The guided treks to Møysalen take 8 to 9 hours, including the shuttle boat trip that lasts 30 minutes. The trip begins at Hennes, located innermost in the Hadselfjord basin. The trip is suitable for hikers in normally good physical condition. If you choose to go on your own the walk should take around 4 hours and 30 minutes one way.

Andøya's westside Sortland – Risøyhamn – Bleik – Andenes (approximately 112 kilometres, a 2-hour drive) 

This part of Vesterålen has been selected as Vesterålen's contribution to Norway's National Tourist Routes project, mainly because of its varied natural surroundings. Tall mountains, long sandy beaches and a spectacular panorama of the open ocean.

Take a boat trip to the island of Bleiksøya, the nesting ground for more than 150.000 puffins or visit the beautiful Bleikstranda, one of the longest beaches in Norway (2.5 kilometres).

Just before you get to Andenes, you will pass the Andøya Rocket Range, where space researchers come from all over the world study the northern lights. In Andenes you will find the Northern Lights Centre down at on the harbour, along with the Whale Centre.

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Last updated:  2012-12-20
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Nykan, outside of the fishing village of Hovden, Bø in Norway - Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo

Tour suggestions in Vesterålen

Go hiking in the footsteps of the Norwegian Queen Sonja, feed the reindeers of the Samis or explore old fishing villages by bike.

Tour suggestions in Vesterålen

Source: Visitnorway


Andøya National Tourist Route

Enjoy a scenic drive on Vesterålen in Northern Norway. This coastal road on Andøya Island is characterised by the open sea and long, white beaches.

About Vesterålen

Key facts about Vesterålen

Some of the country's richest fishing grounds are located in Vesterålen.

Tourist information for Vesterålen

The tourist information for Vesterålen, situated in Sortland, is open all year round. There are also local tourist offices in each municipality.

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