There are many reasons to visit Helgeland, “Northern Norway’s hidden coastal gem.” You can read about some of them here. And the timing has never been better than now! Here’s why:

Norway is more affordable than ever before

Two kayakers on a trip on a summer evening in the archipelago in the Herøy Islands Kristoffer Møllevik / Visit Helgeland

With the Norwegian Krone at historically low levels against the Euro and Dollar, visiting Norway is more affordable than ever. That’s good news for our international visitors. Travelers from Eurozone countries will find their money goes about 10% further, and those from the USA will enjoy nearly 25% more value for their dollars compared to just a few years ago. This favorable exchange rate means more value for your money, giving you the opportunity to extend your stay and experience more of what Helgeland and Northern Norway have to offer.

There’s more going on than ever before

The Nordland boat regatta in Bindal on a summer day Emilie Solbakken / Visit Helgeland

With Bodø and the Nordland region being the European Capital of Culture in 2024, there have never been more events happening! This year of cultural happenings is already underway, but there are still almost 1,000 different events scheduled around the region, with more to come.

Unique concerts will be held atop mountains, deep within caves, and at the bottoms of wild canyons. Theaters will host performances in fields, community centers, and cultural halls alike. There are music festivals, art and museum exhibitions, and celebrations of local and international food culture, trends, and traditions everywhere. If you’re the type of traveler who loves to immerse yourself in local culture and get to know a place well, you won’t want to miss Helgeland in 2024!

Cooler climates are more popular than ever before

Kristoffer Møllevik / Visit Helgeland

The Arctic Circle cuts through the northern parts of Helgeland. This is where the Arctic begins. We marvel at the Northern Lights in autumn and winter, and we enjoy the midnight sun and never-ending daylight in the middle of summer. And while we can have warm summer days, it never gets uncomfortably hot. Even on sunny days in the middle of July, the temperature is usually just around 18 to 25 degrees Celsius.

That’s plenty warm for most of us, and a welcome change from the mid-summer temperatures we’ve seen in Europe lately. Another benefit of Helgeland is the region’s diverse landscape and thus diverse climate. You’ll always find cooler temperatures out on the coast, or up in the mountains. On the other hand, if the weather is looking a bit too chilly, you can head for the warmer fjords, valleys, and mountain slopes further inland.

It’s easier to get here than ever before

Two women traveling with the Summer route NEX1 fast boat along the Helgeland coast Simon Fossheim

There are many ways to get to Helgeland, and the easiest place to start is Bodø. You can take the express boat from Bodø, fly or come by train from Bodø, and you can travel with the coastal express cruise ships from Hurtigruten and Havila from Bodø. In 2024, there is a brand new flight route that will take you straight from Helsinki to Bodø. Easy as that! And considering that Bodø is the region’s “capital” of the European Capital of Culture, it’s the perfect place to begin your Helgeland holiday. How about spending a few days in the city, and then traveling south along the world-famous Helgeland coast?

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