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.
Situated by the Arctic Circle, Helgeland is an uncrowded winter destination where you can enjoy local life and food from the region, plenty of outdoor adventures, and the incredible winter light of the north.
Many consider Helgeland one of the best places in Norway for sea kayaking, also in the winter. The thousands of islands, reefs, and bays are not only pleasing to the eye, they also create sheltered waters in winter. If you want more speed, join a guided RIB tour and hunt for the magical light further out at sea.
The contrasts between steep mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea and the snow-clad wilderness further inland make Helgeland a varied region. With a professional guide, you can enjoy the area just as the locals do: skiing on powder towards a delicious lunch by the campfire.
Food traditions in the region are strong. The easy access to fresh fish and local goods ensure that you’ll get a memorable meal at the end of your adventurous day. Watch the fishermen as they set out to sea or go ice fishing on a lake on the mainland to catch your own dinner.
There are plenty of ways to get to Helgeland and around, and the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten is one of the most popular road trips in Norway.
Find more inspiration on Helgeland’s official website.
The NorwayLights app provides the best prediction for when to see the northern lights in the area.
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.
There are frequent bus services between the coast of Helgeland and many inland destinations.
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.
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 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.
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