Brønnøysund is the southernmost city along the Helgeland Coast and in Nordland County, in addition to being the regional centre in Southern Helgeland. Many Norwegians associate the city of Brønnøysund with the Brønnøysund Business Registry.
Brønnøysund is a true coastal city and serves as a port of call for the Hurtigruten or Coastal Express ships, various other shipping traffic and a splendid guest harbour. It is not uncommon to encounter the southbound Hurtigruten ship when it stops here on any given afternoon.
As a regional centre, Brønnøysund also offers visitors a diverse selection of local shops. If you are looking for a special treat, we would highly recommend a visit to the Lokalmatbutikken (i.e. Local Food Shop).
The city is an excellent starting point for excursions to the island of Ylvingen (which was the filming location for the Norwegian TV series “Himmelblå” based on the BBC’s “Two Thousand Acres of Sky” series) and Vega with its UNESCO World Heritage Site. Brønnøy municipality is a part of the Trollfjell Geopark. Get more information about the geopark.
Torghatten, and its distinctive hole going clear through the mountain is widely known, both here in Norway and internationally. The saga tells us that it was the Horseman’s arrow (Hestmannen is the Norwegian name of the mountain) that created the hole, whereas geologists have ascertained that it was ice erosion that carved out the impressive hole. Nowadays, it is very easy to bike or drive to Torghatten from Brønnøysund.
With Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen as your starting point, you have access to a network of archipelagos consisting of more than 12,000 islands. 5-day toursuggestion starting in Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen.
Vega can be experienced as a day-trip with Brønnøysund as your starting point. The ferry departs from Horn, 10 km north of Brønnøysund. If you choose to bike, you can also take the express boat from Brønnøysund city centre.
Velfjord Rural Museum: Just east of Velfjord, about 30 km from Brønnøysund, lies Velfjord Rural Museum. Helgeland Museum has divisions in most of the municipalities along Kystriksveien.
Skarsåsen: The fortress at Skarsåsen is located just outside of Brønnøysund city centre near Fv17. The facility was constructed by the Nazis, who had an internment camp for Russian prisoners nearby during WWII (1941). There are bunkers, four canon emplacements with adjoining trenches, many defence positions and the remnants of 11 German barracks.
There are info boards in the area and you can view the remnants of the four canon emplacements. Skarsåsen was one among a number of fortresses which were built in order to guard the Norwegian coast. There were a total of three such military installations situated around Brønnøysund. One in Brønnøysund, one at Skarsåsen and one on Ylvingen (an island located between Brønnøysund and Vega).
There is a 5-km long waymarked trail going from Skarsåsen up to the peak of Tilremshatten. From there, you have an excellent view of the archipelago. The trip takes about 2 hours.
Widerøe has multiple, daily, non-stop flights from Oslo. There are also non-stop flights to Trondheim. Excellent flight connections to Bodø and other Helgeland cities, such as Namsos.
The Coastal Express (Hurtigruten) stops at Brønnøysund twice daily (southbound and northbound ships). You can travel by bus to Namsos and Sandnessjøen. There is also express boat service from Brønnøysund to Vega as well as a few times per week between Brønnøysund and Sandnessjøen.