The beautiful coastal town Brønnøysund is situated in the southern part of Helgeland, more or less midway between the southern and northern tips of Norway. The town, which sits on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islets, has excellent restaurants, charming cafés and a thriving coastal culture. Nearby highlights and attractions include Torghatten, the mountain with a hole through it, the lush island of Sømna, and the Vega archipelago, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Area. Depending on your preference, you can explore the sheltered waters by kayak or explore the open landscape by bicycle.
For driving directions see Google Maps
To plan your journey here by train, bus or plane, please visit EnTur.no
Distances and driving times:
From Mosjøen: 158 km, 2 hours and 30 minutes
From Sandnessjøen: 92 km, 2 hours and 40 minutes
From Mo i Rana: 243 km, 3 hours and 40 minutes
From Trondheim: 373 km, 6 hours
From Bodø: 470 km, 6 hours and 35 minutes
Accommodation and dining
Brønnøysund offer a wide selection of comfortable accommodation, good restaurants and friendly cafés
Highlights and adventures
Visiting Torghatten, the famous mountain with a hole in it, is a must. Enjoy a walk around Brønnøysund, and explore the nearby islands by cycling or by kayaking the surrounding waters.
Bindal Museum and the old croft at Vassås
Bindal Museum at Terråk documents local forestry, boatbuilding and other wood-working traditions. It contrasts past and present practices. The museum also includes Bindal Bygdetun, an open-air museum at an authentic old croft at Vassås, 2.5 km north of Terråk.
Hildurs Urterarium – Accommodation
Stay in newly renovated and cozy rooms at Hildurs Urterarium outside Brønnøysund. Here you are met by pleasant hosts in homely and good surroundings.
SVANG Restaurant & Wine Bar – In the heart of Brønnøysund
Svang’s menu highlights local ingredients, and the cosy venue is ideal for occasions large and small. In addition to good dining, Svang offers snacks, wine and other refreshments.
Kayaking the waters around Ylvingen
Based on the island of Ylvingen, Himmelblå Brygge offers introductory and more advanced kayaking courses, kayak rentals, and guided kayaking trips on the nearby waters. Their beautiful island is situated just south of Vega.
Torghatten Camping – Fishing, dining and much more
Torghatten Camping is idyllically situated at the foot of the legendary mountain Torghatten. Accommodation offered here includes high-standard cabins and apartments. There are spots to pitch your tent and electrical hook-ups for your caravan or camper. The restaurant here is known for excellent dining.
KRED Pub & Café in Brønnøysund
This is the most popular venue for local musicians as well as established artists. The pub has a big-city feel to it, and when you’re hungry, the chef offers tasty dishes. KRED is also popular as a stand-up stage, the place to watch the football game, and for its Quiz Evenings.
Vevelstad Bygdetun – A folk museum
Vevelstad Bygdetun is a beautiful folk museum situated by the handsome Vevelstad church. There are exhibitions on 19th-century textiles and porcelain, an old well-equipped carpentry workshop, and several elegant traditional Nordland boats with a fascinating history.
Norwegian Aquaculture Centre – A salmon success story
The Norwegian Aquaculture Centre is beautifully situated by Toftsundet. The actual fish farm is reached by a gangway from the shore. This is the place to learn more about the fascinating life cycle of salmon, and the pioneering work that made Norwegian aquaculture such an international success.
Torgarhaugen Gjestegård (Guesthouse)
Torgarhaugen Gjestegård is beautifully situated at the foot of Torghatten, the legendary mountain with a hole through it. It offers rooms that are comfortable, bright and cheerful, letting in sunlight from every directions. Here you can relax and just enjoy, taking time to enjoy the tranquillity, the sight and sounds of your natural surrounding, a good cup of coffee and home-baked cake.
Consider a stay at Beverly’s Hill, situated right on the sea in beautiful surroundings!Here you can really feel the energy of the natural elements, and enjoy the summer sun all evening. You can go fishing, take a boat trip, hike the mountains, go bicycling or kayaking, and relax with sweet dreams in your cosy rooms.
The Brønnøy and Velfjord districts share an ancient history of fishing and farming, as well as a proud indigenous Sámi culture. You can gain many cultural insights by visiting the exhibitions in the old supermarket at Minnetun, as well as in the goahti (reconstructed turf hut) near here.
Velfjordferie – A holiday stay for guests who love fishing!
Velfjordferie is beautifully situated by the fjord, with great fishing spots and hiking trails nearby! The area lies just south of the Arctic Circle, which means you have daylight virtually round-the-clock, from mid-May to the end of July. Fishing is especially popular at “night”, when the wind dies down and the sea often is calm as a mirror.
Sømna Bygdetun – An open-air museum
Sømna Bygdetun highlights how the lives of fishermen-farmers and their families changed in the course of the years 1800–1950.
Brønnøysund Overnatting – Accommodation in the heart of town
Did you know there is cosy accommodation available within walking distance of the airport as well as the heart of Brønnøysund? It’s ideally situated with its proximity to good outdoor recreation areas, as well as the many excellent cafés and restaurants in this coastal town.
Sailing trips to Vega, Lånan and Torghatten
You are invited on an unforgettable sailing trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Area of the islands of Vega and the eider duck nesting site, Lånan, that for many generations has been protected by the islanders. Or choose a voyage to the legendary mountain with a hole through it, Torghatten.
Corner Hotel – Hotel in the center of Brønnøysund, a coastal town in the middle of Norway! Corner Hotel offers affordable accommodation in close proximity to Norway’s perhaps most beautiful coastal stretch. Vega world herritage area is only a 25 minute boat ride away. The motel is perfect for those who want adventure and activity when visiting Helgeland.
Thon Hotel Brønnøysund
Thon Hotel Brønnøysund is situated in the heart of this coastal town in southern Helgeland. The hotel offers attractive new rooms, a restaurant with à la carte dining, and plenty of free parking for guests.
Norwegian Aquaculture Centre – Rorbu cabins by the sea
When you travel the scenic Helgeland coast, you are at the heart of one of Norway’s most important industries: aquaculture. And the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre is right on the water at Toftsundet, in the middle of the country’s salmon farming industry. Here you can observe every phase of the salmon’s life up close. A gangway takes you to the centre’s salmon pens. Nearby are the rorbu, the traditional fishermen’s cabins, as well as a building that houses a historic exhibition and the centre’s restaurant.
Tailored boat trips with Sea Adventure Helgeland
How would you like a cruise along the Helgeland coast, designed to show you and your friends the very best the scenic region has to offer? Or how about a shuttle boat that quickly takes you where you want, exactly when you want? Sea Adventure Helgeland offers you boat trips tailored to your needs and wishes.
Hildurs Urterarium – Culinary adventures
Hildurs Urterarium is far more than a restaurant. It is a lush oasis imbued with life and personality, offering guests a respite from their busy lives and a unique dining experience shared with friends or family. Restaurant Sagastuen and the old parlour have an ambience that gives visitors a taste of bygone times.
Himmelblå Brygge: Dining and accommodation at Ylvingen
To Norwegians, Himmelblå Brygge and the island of Ylvingen is well known from a popular TV programme. Fortunately, all visitors are welcome to dine and enjoy an overnight stay here. Some of the accommodation is unusual and the scenic surroundings are magnificent. And for young and old, Himmelblå Brygge offers lots of activities and great adventures!
Skogmo Family Camping
Skogmo Family Camping is idyllic situated in tranquil surroundings 12 km south of Brønnøysund. It offers a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere well away from the city, where children can play freely and safely.
Seil Norge – Sailing adventures on the Helgeland coast
We invite you on a sailing adventure along Norway’s most spectacular coast. Sail from island to island with veteran sailors – experience adventures, see and learn. Come with us as we ride the wind, exploring fjords and islands, we’ll hike mountain summits and more! We offer you “A change of perspective.”