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Vesterålen Vesterålen
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In the kingdom of the whales

The archipelago of Vesterålen is a place characterized by contrasts, from white beaches and idyllic farmlands, to craggy mountain peaks rising from the sea.

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Møysalen National Park, Vesterålen
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Orca by Andøy, Vesterålen
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Northern lights, Bø in Vesterålen
Bø, Vesterålen
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Where to stay

Food and drink

Getting here and around

By plane:
  • There are frequent and regular flights from all the major cities in Norway to Harstad/Narvik Airport, which is the closest airport. From Harstad/Narvik Airport there is an airport bus service to Sortland in Vesterålen. The journey takes around two hours.
  • Stokmarkes Airport and Andenes Airport are also located in Vesterålen. 
By road:
  • Vesterålen is connected to the mainland and the E6 with two-lane highways. Several bridges and tunnels link the island group of Vesterålen together.
  • There are daily buses from larger cities in Northern-Norway to Sortland, the largest town in Vesterålen.
By boat:
  • Both northbound and southbound, Hurtigruten, The Norwegian Coastal Voyage, calls daily at Risøyhamn, Sortland and Stokmarknes in Vesterålen.
  • There is a year-round ferry service between Lødingen and Bognes, as well as  between Melbu and Fiskebøl. In summer, there is also a ferry connection between Andesnes and Gryllefjord.
  • For travel into Lofoten, there are ferry connections from Melbu and Digermulen.

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