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Man with headlamp looking at the northern lights during winter in Helgeland
Northern lights over Helgeland.
Photo: Simon Fossheim
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Cross the Arctic Circle and get access to Helgeland’s thousands of islands and fairy tale-like mountain formations at the coast, and pristine snowsure wilderness further inland. Combine this with northern lights and powdery peaks, and you are in for a magical winter experience.

Northern lights over Rana in Helgeland
Northern lights over Mo i Rana.
Photo: Jan Inge Larsen / Helgeland Reiseliv AS
Støtt brygge, Helgeland
Sunset at Støtt brygge in Helgeland.
Photo: Vegard Kristiansen
Meløy, Helgeland
winter wonderland in Meløy in Helgeland.
Photo: Thomas Kleiven
Northern lights over Helgeland.
Photo: Jan Roald Eriksen
Mountain view in Helgeland.
Photo: Simon Fossheim

Northern lights forecast

The NorwayLights app provides the best prediction for when to see the northern lights in the area.

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Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information on Helgeland’s official website.

  • Helgeland train

    By train

    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.

  • Helgeland bus

    By bus

    There are frequent bus services between the coast of Helgeland and many inland destinations.

  • Helgeland boat

    By boat

    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.

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  • Helgeland car

    By car

    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).

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  • Helgeland local

    Local travel Helgeland

    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.

  • Helgeland plane

    By plane

    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.

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