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Two kayakers on the water close to Herøy in Helgeland, Northern Norway.
Kayaking at Herøy in Helgeland.
Photo: Jonas Berglund / Helgeland Reiseliv/Heroey
A person on a mountain top admiring the view of the UNESCO landscape of Vega in Helgeland, Northern Norway
Vega islands in Helgeland.
Photo: Øyvind Flatmo / www.visithelgeland.com/Vega
A person is skiing down a mountain side in Helgeland, Northern Norway
Alpine skiing in Helgeland.
Photo: Halvor Hilmersen

Thousands of unexplored islands, mountains with a wow-factor, world heritage, and a sun that never sets in summer. This, and more, await you in Helgeland.

In the southern part of Nordland lies the picturesque Helgeland. Here, you can explore tall mountains like the Seven Sisters or check out Torghatten, a rock formation with a hole through the middle! You can also relax at a beach or go island hopping with or without a bike. Or maybe by kayak? This coast is said to be one of the best places to paddle along the Norwegian coast!

The National Scenic Route Helgelandskysten is one of the most beautiful drives in the world, while the Vega Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also go on guided glacier walks on Svartisen, Norway’s second-largest glacier, or visit Lovund to see puffins.

You’ll find national parks in this area too, which are excellent for skiing and hiking. The Rabothytta cabin, a prime example of modern architecture in the mountains, is a popular destination at Mount Okstindan, 1,200 metres above sea level.

Helgeland has midnight sun or bright nights throughout the summer, even south of the Arctic circle. On clear winter nights, the northern lights might make an appearance.

Find more inspiration and information on Helgeland’s official website.

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Things to do in Helgeland

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Helgeland.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Helgeland offers.

Getting to Helgeland

Get in-depth travel information on Helgeland’s official website.
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Top attractions in Helgeland
Vegaøyan is an archipelago of 6500 islands, islets and skerries. The main island of this municipality is Vega; also Omnøy and Ylvingen have year-round… Read more
The Vega islands
It's only a 20 minute walk up to coastal Norway's most famous landmark. The 160 m long, 35 m high and 15 m wide hole through the Torghatten mountain… Read more
Torghatten mountain walk
The Seven Sisters form a majestic chain of peaks overlooking the shipping channel plied by the Hurtigruten. Thrusting their heads 1,000 metres above… Read more
The Seven Sisters mountain range
The spectacular Helgeland-steps are located on Øyfjellet, the beautiful town mountain of Mosjøen. To this date it consists of about 1800 steps. Read more
Helgelandstrappa (Helgeland-steps)
Svartisen is the second-largest glacier on mainland Norway, and 60 glacier tongues extend into the surrounding valleys. One of the most visited is… Read more
Svartisen glacier
Rødøy is located far north on the Helgeland coast, at the gateway to the “land of the midnight sun”. On the ferry crossing, you pass the Arctic Circle… Read more
The Rødøy lion - A majestic mountain hike
At the heart of Nordland County, in the geographic middle of Norway, is the friendly town of Mosjøen. Here you can join us on an exhilarating mountain… Read more
Mosjøen via ferrata - the first in Northern Norway
At the heart of Nordland County, in the geographic middle of Norway, is the friendly town of Mosjøen. On Storfjellet, right near Øyfjellet just… Read more
Mosjøen Zip-line
In the summer, when the sun barely sinks below the horizon, you can enjoy the sights of Helgeland around the clock, setting your own pace as you… Read more
Helgeland’s most beautiful cycling adventures
Based on the beautiful island of Tomma, Helgeland Kajakk offers kayaking courses, certification from NPF (Norwegian Kayaking and Canoeing… Read more
Helgeland Kajakk
Destinations in Northern Norway
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
The UNESCO-protected islands of Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
Vega Islands
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… Read more
Bodø
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
Go hiking in the mountains, explore the archipelago in a kayak or RIB, and join exciting cultural events. Harstad is the perfect base for a holiday in… Read more
Harstad
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
In Helgeland, you can paddle around the UNESCO-protected Vega islands and climb mountains like Torghatteen and The Seven Sisters. Or try the… Read more
Helgeland
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Narvik
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
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    • Helgeland train

      By train

      The Nordland Line 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 5 hours, while the trip to Mo i Rana takes 6 hours. Trains from Bodø take 3 hours to Mo i Rana, and 4 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.

      The famous Hurtigruten calls at Rørvik, Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, and Bodø twice a day.

      Ad: Hurtigruten – “The world’s most beautiful sea voyage”.

    • 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 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.

      Ad: Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia

    • Helgeland local

      Local travel

      Several buses run 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.

      Check out Travel Pass Nordland and travel with express boat, ferry, and bus for a seven days without extra cost!

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