The town of Mo i Rana lies very near the Arctic Circle, where the “Land of the Midnight Sun” begins. This is the largest town in the Helgeland region. It is also worth noting that Mo i Rana lies just outside the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park. The town’s history spans from its early days as a trading post, to an era as an industrial powerhouse centred around its ironworks, to its present role as a modern mini metropolis. Mo i Rana’s many offerings include excellent restaurants and cafés, a vibrant theatre and a lively music scene, an interactive science museum, charming shops and large shopping centres, and so much more.
Mo i Rana has an airport and a train station, and the town is conveniently situated along highway E6.
The town has scheduled bus services to Mosjøen, Tonnes, Nesna and Sandnessjøen.
Distance and driving time by car:
From Mosjøen: 87 km, 1 hour and 15 minutes
From Sandnessjøen: 109 km, 1 hour and 35 minutes
From Brønnøysund: 243 km, 3 hours and 30 minutes
From Bodø: 228 km, 3 hours and 10 minutes
From Trondheim: 474 km, 6 hours and 45 minutes
Accommodation and dining
Highlights and adventures
Visitors should take the time to explore the spectacular landscape around Mo i Rana. But be sure to also investigate the attractions of the town centre, such as the science museum, Vitensenteret Nordland, and the Rana Museum.
Explore Mo i Rana
A stay at Straumen Farm
Straumen Farm offers friendly hospitality and scenic surroundings. Guests can stay in the cosy Grandma’s House (Bestemorstua) or in one of the geodesic domes that are tucked away in our forest.
Kayaking courses, guided kayaking trips and kayak rentals in Mo i Rana
You can join a guided kayaking excursion on the beautiful lake of Langvatnet. Helgeland Kajakk also offers kayak rental and courses designed to help you master good techniques and enjoy safe kayaking adventures
Summer temptations – To Elise from Marius
This summer, when dining at one of the best restaurants in Northern Norway, you can enjoy your meal at an outdoor table.
Nordland National Park Centre – fine art and natural history
There is much to learn about the amazing wilderness and national parks of Nordland County – and the exhibitions at the Nordland National Park Centre aim to inspire this and much more. The centre offers something for the whole family, with exciting activities for young and old, such as walking the trails in the beautiful surroundings.
Rana Museum, Stenneset open-air Museum and Bredek Mountain Farm
Rana municipality has a fascinating and varied history, which the exhibitions at MOment, the new museum in Mo i Rana’s town centre, reveal in the form of a multi-sensory experience. In addition, at Stenneset open-air museum you can stroll amongst 20 historic buildings, while the mountain farm at Brenek is a popular hiking destination.
Plura Valley in Rana – A divers paradise!
Many experienced divers consider Plura Valley to offer world-class diving. Their facility offers everything you need for a perfect diving holiday. Moreover, they are situated right by the entrance of the underwater cave, Pluragrotta.
Vitensenter Nordland – A science center for the whole family
At Mo i Rana’s science centre, Vitensenter Nordland, you can experiment, explore, and learn about the natural world, technology and mathematics. The interactive exhibition encourages you to touch and be active, not just to see. And the centre offers activities for the whole family.
Nordland Theatre – Magical Moments
Nordland Theatre offers magical moments that may leave a lifelong impression. The theatre is situated right in the centre of Mo i Rana. This is regularly the venue for new and exciting performances, with the Winter Light Festival (Vinterlysfestivalen); the highlight of the year.
Sure Hotel by Best Western Ole Tobias
Sure Hotel by Best Western Ole Tobias offers accommodation in the town centre of Mo i Rana. The hotel is decorated with details from Norway’s railway history. Breakfast is served in “Spisevogna” (the Dining Car).
Korgen Camping – An idyll by the Røssåga River
Korgen Camping is idyllically situated on the river Røssåga, which since time immemorial has provided excellent salmon fishing. The campsite offers a tranquil family-friendly holiday stay. Situated midway between the towns of Mosjøen and Mo i Rana, the site is secluded from highway E6.
Storli Camping and Aernie – Accommodation and a sámi experience
Aernie offers a culinary and cultural experience that highlights the Sámi heritage. Accommodation options include spending the night in a luxurious traditional tent (goahti), or staying in a cabin, caravan, camper or a conventional tent. Aerni and Storli Camping are situated by highway E6, a 20-minute drive north of the town of Mo i Rana.
Bimbo Veikro – Food and accommodation
Bimbo Veikro offers hearty homemade fare and reasonable accommodation near the town of Mo i Rana.
Park 22 – Food and culture in the heart of Mo i Rana
Park 22 houses The Lounge, a café where you can enjoy a good meal, and Byscena (the town’s “Main Stage”) where you can experience the performances of local, national and international artists.
Clarion Collection Hotel Helma
The Clarion Collection Hotel Helma is centrally situated in the town Mo i Rana. The hotel offers accommodation designed to make you feel right at home. Its location is conveniently near the shops, the theatre, the science centre Vitensenter Nordland, and the town’s attractive Fjord Promenade. Breakfast, afternoon coffee and a hot supper are always included in the price.
Mo Gjestegård – guesthouse
Mo Gjestegård offers cosy accommodation that make you feel right at home in the town centre of Mo i Rana. Within walking distance are restaurants, shops and attractions such as the science museum Vitensenter Nordland, the harbour with its Merman statue, and cultural arenas such as Nordland Theatre and Park 22.
Scandic Meyergården Hotel – Dine and stay in Mo i Rana
Scandic Meyergården Hotel is situated in Mo i Rana’s town centre. Its restaurant features a menu based on locally sourced ingredients. Whether you are with your family, friends or colleagues, this hotel is an ideal place to stay. It’s close to premier hiking destinations such as Rabothytta cabin and Marmorslottet (the Marble Castle).
To Elise from Marius – From farm to table
In the village of Utskarpen, between Mo i Rana and Nesna, Elise and Marius established a culinary attraction that is drawing a steady stream of foodies. They offer a dining experience where every dish is made from ingredients fresh from the farm and pasture. They also offer accommodation – charming rooms in a countryside setting.
Setergrotta – An adventure inside the mountain!
In Setergrotta you can experience the mountain from the inside! A visit to this cave, situated near the town of Mo i Rana, is suitable for the entire family, and individuals as well as groups. Guided tours are given several times a day, every day throughout the summer.
Røssvoll Camping offers peaceful surroundings by the Ranelva river, about 13 km north of the town of Mo i Rana. The campsite is a short distance away from attractions such as the Svartisen glacier, Grønligrotta cave, and the naturally-sculpted marble formations called Marmorslottet. If you head into town, the entire family can enjoy a visit to Vitensenter Nordland, a science museum that explores nature, technology and mathematics.
Grønligrotta Cave near Mo i Rana
Grønligrotta, with its network of passages and beautiful limestone formations, has long been one of the most visited caves in Scandinavia. Electric lighting allows you to more fully appreciate it this natural wonder, which ice and water took 700,000 years to sculpt.
Krokstrand Fjellpark – Accommodation, food and a climbing park!
With holiday accommodation at Krokstrand, young and old can take the challenge in the “High & Low Climbing Park”, play mini-golf, hike the mountains or go fishing. Hunting in the nearby wilderness is also available. Rent a room or an entire holiday home, and dine on delicious home-cooked meals in the café.
Helgeland Kayak – Guided kayak trips
With Helgeland Kayak you can go on guided tours, attend courses or rent a kayak and go out on your own. If you prefer to stay ashore, you can join a guided hike in the mountains. Helgeland Kayak is based in Mo i Rana and on the island of Tomma outside Nesna.
Yttervik Camping, situated in idyllic surroundings by the Ranfjord, offers accommodation a short distance from Mo i Rana’s town centre. The campsite and the surrounding area is well suited for varied activities for the whole family.
Experience all of Helgeland with Helgeland Travel Service
Helgeland Travel Service (HTS) will gladly take you on a tour to Helgeland’s many attractions. Whether we explore the coast or inland tracts, on a clear summer day or a day with mist and rain, all of our excursions will show you the magnificent landscape of Helgeland.