Pack your walking boots, travel to Norway's most beautiful coastline and experience the magical, unforgettable scenery of the mountains of Helgeland. Using the friendly little coastal town of Brønnøysund as a base, we have created a hiking holiday package suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit.

Arrival in Brønnøysund the evening before, and overnight stay in hotel, motel or other accommodation.

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Day 1: Trip to Gullsvåg mountain on Vega

Express boat from Brønnøysund to Vega in the morning. Transport can be arranged on Vega to the starting point for the mountain hike. You can rent bikes in Brønnøysund and cycle from the ferry quay on Vega to the starting point, which takes around 45 minutes.

Gullsvåg mountain is 725 metres (2379 ft.) high, and there are amazing views in all directions from the summit. There are two starting points/trails up the mountain. The first is signposted from the road in Gullsvåg. This is the longest trail, but it is less steep. Signposting for the second trail starts just before the gondola lift up to Gullsvåg mountain. This trail is shorter, but the first half is extremely steep.

Both trails meet and become a single trail for the final part. There are a lot of loose stones here, but otherwise the surface is easily walkable. Take the same trail back, arriving in time to catch the express boat to Brønnøysund in the afternoon.

Distance: 6.1 km (3.8 miles) total.

Duration: About 3 hours walking and 1.5 hours cycling.

Difficulty level: Requires a reasonable level of fitness.

Equipment: We recommend good walking shoes and a small backpack.

Day 2: Torghatten in Brønnøysund

Take the bus from the town centre to Torget in the morning. The trip can also be taken as a scenic bicycle ride. The steepest section is up Brønnøysund Bridge, but the view from the top is well worth the effort.

Torghatten (258 metres/846 ft. high) is the mountain with a distinctive hole right through it. Many legends exist about how the hole came to be there, but geologists believe that it was created during the Ice Age. The walk up to Torghatten is a nice, straightforward stroll on a well-laid trail. At a relaxed pace, it takes about 30 minutes to reach the entrance of the hole, which is about 160 metres (524 ft.) long, 35 m (115 ft.) high and 15–20 m (50–65 ft.) wide. Walk right through the enormous hole and enjoy the spectacular view across the Helgeland coast.

If you want to make it a round trip, you can follow the path down the scree on the far side. Follow the birch forest and walk along the shoreline back to the car park. Take the bus or cycle back to the town centre.

Distance: About 12 km (7.5 miles) from the centre of Brønnøysund.

Duration: About 2.5 hours in total, including the bus. For the round trip extension, add another hour.

Difficulty level: Easy, but a little steep at the start. There may be small landslides.

Equipment: Nothing special, but good-quality footwear is recommended.

Day 3: Hike up Hornstinden in Vevelstad

Take the bus from Brønnøysund to Horn in the morning, then the ferry over to Andalsvågen and the bus about 500 metres (1600 ft.) to the starting point.

Hornstinden (885 metres/2903 ft. high) is in Vevelstad municipality, at the edge of the Lomsdal/Visten National Park, and has a good, clear trail that is well marked-out. The walk starts in Høyvika, about 500 metres (1600 ft.) from Andalsvågen ferry quay. From here, walk about 100 metres (330 ft.) from FV17 up a gravel road to the marked trail on the left-hand side. You will encounter some steep sections at the start, but then the gradient evens out as you approach the summit. The views are breathtaking all the way, and from the summit there is a panoramic view in all directions. Take the bus and ferry back to Brønnøysund in the afternoon.

Distance: About 9 km (3.8 miles) total.

Duration: About 6 hours + bus and ferry.

Difficulty level: Not particularly demanding, but a long walk.

Equipment: Walking shoes and a small backpack.

You can get more information about the hikes from Vega Tourist Information Centre, tel. +47 902 91 510 or email: post@visitvega.no. 

How to get to Brønnøysund:

  • Direct flights from Oslo, 1.5 hours (Widerøe), or from Trondheim Værnes, 45 minutes.
  • Train to Grong or Mosjøen and bus to Brønnøysund.
  • By car along FV17, or E6 to Grane and Tosenveien (FV76) to Brønnøysund.
  • The Hurtigruten boat calls at Brønnøysund twice a day.

Accommodation in Brønnøysund:

An overview of accommodation in the area can be found here

Bike rental:

Bikes can be rented from the Tourist Information Centre in Brønnøysund or online.

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Mount Torghatten in Brønnøysund, click to open in lightbox