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The city mountain "Klompen" in Namsos
The city mountain "Klompen" in Namsos.
Photo: Olav Breen
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The reconstruction city of Namsos

Namsos is the major town of commerce in the Namdal region, a rock and roll / cultural city with long standing traditions in the timber industry. The city has several shopping centres and a pleasant city centre with galleries and speciality shops.

Namsos is the largest city in Namdalen. It was in 1845 that the Parliament decided that a city would be built here. Today, Namsos is an important centre of commerce for all of Namdalen and parts of Helgeland. Namsos has burned down several times and in 1940, the city was bombed by the Nazis.  

Namsos is a typical reconstruction city on par with Steinkjer and Bodø, which form the start and end points of the coastal route - Kystriksveien. 

In Namsos you can visit Norway's only museum for steam-operated sawmills, Spillum Dampsag og Høvleri, which has been operating in the same way for 40 years. You should also visit Namsalsmuseet, the district museum for the whole Namdalen area, where the exhibitions include Norway's only historical collection of hospital equipment.

Attractions, activities and accommodation in Namsos

Attractions in Namsos
The Norwegian Sawmill museum, Spillum Dampsag & Høvleri, is one of 14 national technical industrial heritages. A visit will take you back to the 1800s… Read more
The Norwegian Sawmill museum
Namdalsmuseet is located in the centre of Namsos. The museum contains 24 houses and over 13 000 objects and photos, in different themes. Read more
The Art Museum Nord-Trøndelag is situated in Namsos, close to the centre of the city. Read more
Art Museum Nord-Trøndelag
Northern Europe’s largest swimming facility in the mountain. Here you can explore the various activities, without thinking about the weather, because… Read more
Oasen, swimming facility
At Namsos camping you will find cabins of all sizes, parking places for caravans/house trailers, and of course tent places. A 4 star campsite. Read more
Namsos camping
Stay at Norway’s first rock hotel and experience Rock City – a resource and visitor centre for professional music. Read more
Scandic Rock City Namsos
Activities and tours
Experience Norway's most exciting and spectacular island - Leka, beautiful Abelvær, and the protected fishing village of… Read more
Island hopping by bike in Mid-Norway
Visit the old fishing village Sør-Gjæslingan, a cultural heritage since 2010. In the summertime you may visit the islands by boat. Read more
Visit the fishing-village Sør Gjæslingan
Namsos Sykkelsenter rents out all types of bicycles in Namsos city centre. Rentals include a helmet, pump, bags and tool set. Additionally, trailers… Read more
Bike hire in Namsos -Namsos sykkelsenter
En express boat service between Namsos and Leka on the southern part of Kystriksveien. Read more
MS Foldafjord - boat route: Namsos-Leka.
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    Things to do in Namsos

    Booking and planning

    Sykling i Namsos



    Bike hire in Namsos

    Namsos Sykkelsenter rents out all types of bicycles in Namsos city centre. Rentals include a helmet, pump and tool set. Additionally, bicycle bags and trailers can be rented for an extra fee.

    Namsos Sykkelsenter drops off and picks up bicycles to Namsos airport, and can also do local drop-offs/pick-ups for a small fee.

    Book your bike here

    Rica Rock City Hotel in Namsos is the country’s only rock hotel.



    Sleep like a rock star

    Stay overnight at Norway's first rock hotel and explore Rock City, - a resource centre of professional music.

    The hotel has 96 guest rooms, restaurant and modern conference facilities with capacity up to 400 persons.

    Book your stay here.


    Namsos serves as the traffic hub connecting Fv17 and Fv769. There is a connection to Trondheim via ExpressBus, bus service to Steinkjer and Levanger with train connections to Trondheim. Regional airport serviced by Widerøe. Express boat service to Jøa, Abelvær, Rørvik and Leka.

    • Bus


      Regular bus service to Namsos from Trondheim/Steinkjer (Trønderekspressen). Northbound bus service via Grong to Brønnøysund. 

    • Boat

      Express Boat

      The boat MS Foldafjord takes you to the island Jøa, Abelvær, Rørvik and Leka. The most efficient way to travel to Rørvik/Leka and ideal if you are cycling. 

    • Air


      Regional airport serviced by Widerøe - connections to Trondheim and Rørvik.

      Namsos airport