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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.

Farm at Hadselfjord
Bård Løken/nordnorge.com
Øyvind Wold/visitvesteralen.com
Eagle safari
Marten Bril/visitvesteralen.com
Northern lights in Bø, Vesterålen
Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen/nordnorge.com
Sørsand beach, Vesterålen
Odd-Eirik Einarsen/ www.askr.no
Whale safari Vesterålen
Whale watching tour
Marten Bril/visitvesteralen.com
Reindeer in Sortland, Vesterålen
Magnus Ström/www.nordnorge.com

Find activities and attractions

Explore the islands by foot, chase the northern lights or join a whale safari. Vesterålen has a lot of opportunities, whether you want to explore
the archipelago yourself, or you are more interested in guided trips.

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

Where to stay in Vesterålen

Food and drink in Vesterålen

Getting here and around

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

  • By 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. From Harstad/Narvik Airport there is an airport bus service to Sortland in Vesterålen. The journey takes around two hours.

    Stokmarkes Airport and Andøya Airport are also located in Vesterålen.

  • By 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.

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

  • By boat

    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.

Weather icon white Seasons and climate

  • Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Vesterålen has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Greenland.
  • The coastal climate in Vesterålen makes the winters mild and the summers relatively cool.
  • January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of -1°C.
  • July and August are warmest with an average temperature of 12°C.
  • May and June are the driest months, with an average 40 mm of rainfall.
  • October is the wettest month. 
  • Strong winds can occur in late autumn and winter. 
  • Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.

Vesterålen also offers …

There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.


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