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The Vega archipelago, situated off the Helgeland coast, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. You should also pay a visit to the Svartisen glacier and the Arctic Circle, and hike in mountains like the Seven Sisters.
Whether you're going on a trip with your family, partner, or friends, you'll find plenty of things to do here.
The Nordlandsbanen railway is named one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys by Lonely Planet and runs from Trondheim to Bodø. The train journey from Trondheim to Mosjøen takes about five hours, whilst the trip to Mo i Rana takes six hours. Trains from Bodø take three hours to Mo i Rana, and four hours to Mosjøen.
The E6 runs the length of Helgeland and is the most direct route northwards.
If you want to drive the scenic route, choose the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten (“the Coastal Route”, Rv17) which stretches from Steinkjer to Bodø. Note that this road includes several ferry crossing.
You can also reach the Helgeland Coast via Tosenvegen (Fv76), Mosjøen (Fv 78) or Mo i Rana (E12).
Several express boats and ferries take you between the destinations at the Helgeland Coast. Find out more at Helgeland’s official website.
The famous Hurtigruten calls at Rørvik, Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, and Bodø twice a day.
There are frequent bus services between the coast of Helgeland and many inland destinations.
Several buses runs between the larger destinations in Helgeland.
A number of ferries and express boats are ready to transport you between the destinations along the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten (Rv17) and to and from the islands off the coast.
Find out more at Helgeland’s official website.
There are direct flights from Oslo to Brønnøysund and Sandnessjøen.
There are also direct flights from Trondheim and Bodø to Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Mosjøen, and Mo i Rana.
Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Helgeland has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude.
January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of 1°C on the coast and -8°C inland. July and August are warmest with an average temperature of 13°C.
You can experience midnight sun and northern lights at Helgeland, even though the area lies south of the Arctic Circle.
The weather can change quickly in the mountain areas, so read up on safety in the mountains.
Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.
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Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.