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A whale tale in the sea outside of Vesterålen A whale tale in the sea outside of 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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Farm at Hadselfjord
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Eagle safari
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Northern lights in Bø, Vesterålen
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Sørsand beach, Vesterålen
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Whale watching tour
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Reindeer in Sortland, Vesterålen
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Find activities and attractions

Explore the islands by foot, chase the northern lights or join a whale safari. Explore the archipelago yourself, or take a guided tour.

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Vesterålen.
Photo: Christer Gundersen/visitvesteralen.com
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Vesterålen.
Photo: Christer Gundersen/visitvesteralen.com

Getting here and around

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

  • Vesterålen road

    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.

    Norway has a human oriented traffic culture that puts pedestrians and cyclist first. Pedestrians who want to cross the street will expect you to slow down or stop, and cyclists might not always follow traffic regulations.

    There are daily buses from larger cities in Northern Norway to Sortland, the largest town in Vesterålen.

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  • Vesterålen boat

    By boat

    The Norwegian Coastal Voyage Hurtigruten, calls daily at Risøyhamn, Sortland, and Stokmarknes in Vesterålen.

    There is a year-round ferry service between Lødingen and Bognes, and between Melbu and Fiskebøl. In summer, there is also a ferry connection between Andenes and Gryllefjord.

    For travel to Lofoten, there’s a ferry connection between Melbu and Digermulen.

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  • Vesterålen plane

    By plane

    There are frequent and regular flights from all the major cities in Norway to Harstad/Narvik Airport, which is the closest airport to Vesterålen. Ann airport bus service takes you to Sortland in Vesterålen in about 2 hours.

    Other airports in Vesterålen are Stokmarknes Airport and Andøya Airport.

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