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Kystbyen Brønnøysund
Kystbyen Brønnøysund.
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Brønnøy and the city Brønnøysund

One of Norway’s best known landmarks is located just near the coastal city of Brønnøysund. Torghatten and its huge hole going clear through the mountain make for a fascinating experience. Regardless of whether you arrive by sea, land at the local airport or get here via local highways, you will inevitably spot this legendary mountain.

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.

Must-do experiences in Brønnøy

Dining experiences in Brønnøysund and Brønnøy

Did you know that Brønnøysund has Kystriksveien’s most exciting local food shop, one of Kystriksveien’s best restaurants, and one of the cosiest cafés along the Nordland coast?

Oversikt over attraksjoner, aktiviteter og overnatting i Brønnøysund

Attractions in Brønnøysund and Brønnøy
Torghatten, and its distinctive hole going clear through the mountain is widely known, both here in Norway and internationally. The saga tells us that… Read more
Torghatten – Norway’s best known mountain formation
Activities and tours
With Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen as your starting point, you have access to a network of archipelagos consisting of more than… Read more
Island hopping by bike at the Helgeland coast
Just beyond Brønnøysund lies the municipality and archipelago of Vega with its 6500 islands, islets and skerries. Most residents live on… Read more
Accommodation in Brønnøysund and Brønnøy
Food experiences in Brønnøysund
Don`t miss the only food, wine and herb farm in northern Norway! Read more
Hildurs Urterarium - Restaurant Sagastua
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    Brønnøysund as your base for excursions

    Brønnøysund is an excellent starting point for excursions to the region’s many attractions and destinations. If you choose to travel by bicycle, a trip to Vega and then on to Herøy/Dønna and Sandnessjøen is recommended. This round-trip excursion may also be combined with travel via the Coastal Express or Hurtigruten from Sandnessjøen to Brønnøysund if you become short on time.

    Island hopping by bike !

    Discover Vega from Brønnøysund

    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. 

    Accommodation in Brønnøysund and Brønnøy

    Statens Kartverk, Geovekst og kommuner - Geodata AS

    More on Brønnøysund

    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. 

    Transport to and from Brønnøysund

    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.