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This is where the North begins

The southernmost municipality in Nordland is Bindal – on the border to Nord-Trøndelag. Heilhornet Mountain, at 1,058 metres above sea level, was always a good navigational aid for seafarers who were sailing in toward the boat-building region of Bindal, where the hidden gold was found in the timber resources of the local forests. And this is still the case to this very day.

The Bindalsfaering boat is still being built in the traditional way. Visitors can experience this first-hand at the Helgeland Museum’s division at Terråk. Each summer, the boats adorn the Bindal Fjord during the annual Nordland boat regatta.

Bindal is a diverse area with its fjords, rich salmon rivers and lofty mountain peaks. Seafarers often navigated by “The Norwegian Ram”, as they referred to the majestic Heilhornet Mountain.

Kvannlitind is even higher at 1,095 metres, and it was below these mountains the polar explorer, Otto Sverdrup, author, Arvid Sveli and all the other “Bindalingers” started on life’s journey. If you want to experience the fjords, we recommend some sightseeing and round-trip excursions with local express boats departing from Terråk city centre. And Bindal is also a popular area for salmon fishing enthusiasts.

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Set aside time to enjoy a walk up to a mountaintop in Bindal (Photo: Erlend Haarberg)

Hiking

Set aside time to enjoy a walk up to a mountaintop in Bindal. Try out the local residents’ “Top Ten”. These trails are well marked. If you just feeling like getting out and enjoying the countryside, there are easier routes that also provide excellent views of fjords and mountains. Recommended routes include Muligen and Stil River from Terråk city centre and Blåfjellet Mountain, which is situated toward Horstad Fjord, which is in the western part of the municipality. 

Take a ride on the local passenger boat 

Sightseeing with the express boat, M/S Ørtind. This is a round-trip with the local express boat. Daily departures at 2:15 pm from Terråk except on Saturday and Sunday. The boat trip lasts about 2.5 hours. Departure time on Saturdays is at 3:50 pm with a trip duration of about 1 hour. 

 

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