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Vesterålen – kingdom of the whales

Visit the archipelago of Vesterålen, inhabited by whales, seals, and seabirds. Situated just north of the Lofoten Islands, this peaceful region has a strong fishing culture, lots of interesting art to explore, and a front row seat to the northern lights.

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In Vesterålen, you can see the ocean meet the mountains and the sky meet the horizon. It is a tale of winter light and wilderness – imagine seeing the northern lights on a beach under the endless sky.

Bø, Vesterålen
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Northern lights, Bø in Vesterålen
Northern lights in Bø, Vesterålen
Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen/ www.nordnorge.com
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Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen /www.nordnorge.com
Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen /www.nordnorge.com

Skiing and snowshoe activities

The striking snow-covered mountains in Vesterålen are inviting to off-piste and telemark skiers. The white peaks of Vesterålen are made for venturing off the beaten path and creating your own, and are popular destinations for those who want to ski in untouched nature.

If you prefer cross-country skiing or want to explore the landscape on snowshoes, you can choose between several well prepared tracks.

Northern lights and Sami Culture

The northern lights shine bright above Vesterålen and illuminates the polar nights. This natural phenomenon is difficult to catch on camera, but on a northern light safari, local guides will teach you how to freeze the moment.

A visit to a native Sami family to hear their interpretation of their culture, the polar night and the starry sky is also a must when you are in the region.

Northern lights offers

Winter whale safari

Whales are a main attraction in Vesterålen, and there are many opportunities for a once in a life-time meeting with these extraordinary creatures.

Explore Northern Norway on a winter whale safari with 100% whale guarantee. Whale safari Andenes offers tailor-made packages that include whale watching, northern lights observation, husky dog sledding, an introduction to Sami culture and more, as well as accommodation and transport.

Packages are available for both individuals and groups.

Prices from 975 NOK per person

Book your whale safari

See the northern lights over Vesterålen

  • By plane

    By plane

    There are direct flights from Oslo Gardemoen (OSL) with SAS and Norwegian to Harstad/Narvik Evenes airport (EVE).

    You can fly with Widerøe to smaller airports in Stokmarknes (SKN) and Andenes (ANX).

  • By boat

    By boat

    The Norwegian Coastal Express Hurtigruten is an option for travelling both northbound and southbound. In Vesterålen, Hurtigruten calls in Risøyhamn, Sortland and Stokmarknes.

    There is a year-round ferry service between Lødingen and Bognes, and between Melbu and Fiskebøl.

    Book a trip with Hurtigruten

  • By road

    By road

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

    The E10 connects Vesterålen to the E6 on the mainland. The islands of Vesterålen are linked by a number of bridges and tunnels.

Things to do

Where to stay

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.