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The northern lights in Vesterålen, Norway - Photo: Marten Bril
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The northern lights in Vesterålen, Norway Photo: Marten Bril

Winter in Vesterålen

Try deep sea fishing under the northern lights this winter. This is one of several exciting activities you can enjoy in the Vesterålen Islands.

Northern lights

Vesterålen is the ideal location for observing the northern lights, since the so-called aurora borealis oval runs along the coast of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark counties. In the centre of this oval are the Vesterålen islands. Breathtakingly beautiful colours shimmer across the sky and create a bewitching spectacle. Steep snow-covered mountains are reflected on the ocean surface, along with the sparkling colours from the heavens. Read more about the northern lights.

Skiing

The various summits facing the open ocean on the outer side of the islands of Vesterålen are certainly suitable for off piste skiing. If you are a dedicated telemark-, rando- or snowboard-enthusiast, you will see opportunities for rapid descents everywhere you turn in the mountains. Well prepared ski trails and ideal terrain make cross-country skiing one of winter's greatest activities. Åndstadblåheia ski lift is open throughout the winter season. This is also the venue for "The Great Blue Hipe" - an annual Big Jump contest for snowboarders and skiers.

Deep sea fishing

Several local operators offer deep-sea fishing trips. For centuries, Arctic cod has been the most valuable species of fish for the people of Northern Norway, and the winter cod fishery from January to April is the most important seasonal fishery in all of Norway. It is important to distinguish between coastal cod and "skrei". When the Arctic cod set out on their annual migration to spawn along the northern coast of Norway, the fish is called "skrei" – a word that actually means "to wander", from the Old Norse "skrida".

Sami culture

You can mingle with reindeer and enjoy Sami culture in the company of your host Inga Sámi Siida. This is a popular winter activity for local residents as well; you can participate in reindeer herding and spend the night in a Sami tent, the lavvo.

Whale safari

Go on a whale safari in the realm of sea eagles and seals, and try your luck at fishing on the same trip. And if you like fishing, there are many frozen lakes suitable for ice fishing.

Kayaking

Enjoy the Arctic winter landscape from a kayak. If you do not have your own, or are travelling light, you can hire a kayak with all the necessary equipment from one of the following:

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Last updated:  2012-12-20
Skiing in Vesterålen in Norway - Photo: Ragnhild Gundersen
Skiing in Vesterålen in Norway
Deep sea fishing in Vesterålen in Norway - Photo: timeoutevent.no
Deep sea fishing in Vesterålen in Norway
Experience the Sami culture in Vesterålen, Norway - Photo: Inga Sámi Siida
Experience the Sami culture in Vesterålen, Norway

Interest:  Skiing, Wildlife safari, The northern lights

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The northern lights in Vesterålen, Norway - Photo: Marten Bril

Winter in Vesterålen

Try deep sea fishing under the northern lights this winter. This is one of several exciting activities you can enjoy in the Vesterålen Islands.

Winter in Vesterålen

Source: Visitnorway

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What to do in Vesterålen

Vesterålen has a lot of opportunities, whether you want to explore the islands yourself or are more interested in guided trips and safaris.

Attractions in Vesterålen

Visit the Whale Centre in Andenes, the fishing village of Nyksund, Møysalen National Park and experience the narrow Trollfjord from a boat.

Whale Safari

- Whale, shouts the captain as he points eagerly in front of the ship. Full of anticipation we make our way to the gunnel and see the whale’s blow.

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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