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Northern lights over the Buksnesfjorden fjord in Vesterålen
Northern lights in Vesterålen.
Photo: Jens Andre M. Birkeland
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Enlightened experiences

Visit the archipelago of Vesterålen and explore the several winter activities on offer. 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 (aurora borealis).

The man from the sea in Vesterålen.
Photo: Ian Robins
Andøy, Vesterålen
A killer whale outside of Andøy.
Photo: Marten Bril
Bø, Vesterålen
Gaukvarøy, Vesterålen.
Photo: Marten Bril
Bø, Vesterålen
Northern lights over Vesterålen.
Photo: Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen / www.nordnorge.com
Winter in Vesterålen.
Photo: Toni Gjessing
Sea eagle in Vesterålen.
Photo: Marten Bril

Northern lights forecast

The NorwayLights app provides the best prediction for when to see the northern lights in the area.

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Getting here and around

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

  • 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 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 unique traffic culture, in the way that it might be the only country in the world where pedestrians cross roads without paying much attention, expecting cars to slow down or even stop. The same goes for cyclists – they use the roads, but often don’t follow traffic rules. There has been reported many dangerous situations and accidents between cars driven by tourists and cyclists and pedestrians. For many car tourists, it can be a new experience to share the roads with these groups.

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

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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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