The town of Sandnessjøen is situated roughly at the geographic centre of the magnificent Helgeland coast. It sits midway between mighty mountains and beautiful islands. Here you are near the Seven Sisters mountain range, the kayaking paradise of Herøy, the recreated Viking chieftain seat Sandnes, the museum that celebrates the 17th-century poet-priest Petter Dass, and the island of Dønna which is wonderful to explore on two wheels.
The town of Sandnessjøen lies along the Coastal Highway, Fv17, which is the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgeland. This coastal town has its own airport, and is a port of call for the Hurtigruten coastal steamers and numerous ferries and express boats.
For driving directions, see Google Maps
To plan your journey here by train (to Mosjøen, taking a bus from there), by bus or airplane, visit Entur.no.
- Levang (take the ferry to or from Nesna)
- Mo i Rana
Distances and driving times:
From Mosjøen: 64 km, 1 hour
From Mo i Rana: 109 km, 1 hour and 35 minutes
From Brønnøysund: 92 km, 2 hours and 30 minutes
From Bodø (highway E6 / Fv17): 337 km, 4 hours and 35 minutes / 364 km, 7 hours and 15 minutes
/ 364 km, 7 timer og 15 minutter
From Trondheim (E6/Fv.17): 451 km, 6 hours og 15 minutes
/ 477 km, 9 hours
Accommodation and dining
Sandnessjøen, Dønna and Herøy offer a wide selection of comfortable accommodation, good restaurants and friendly cafés
Highlights and adventures
You can visit impressive medieval churches, gain insights into the life and work of a celebrated 17th-centure poet-priest at the Petter Dass Museum, take an exciting RIB sea-rafting safari, go on boat trip to old fishing villages, hike to the summit of legendary mountains, and explore Dønna and Herøy by kayak or bicycle.
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Haugen Feriesenter – reasonable holiday accommodation on the coast
Haugen Feriesenter is a camping site in peaceful surroundings in an area that has a colourful cultural history.
The Petter Dass Museum at Alstahaug
At Alstahaug you will find a museum and a church that highlight centuries of the cultural and architectural history of Northern Norway. Moreover, the area is rich in cultural monuments and is a popular hiking area for both locals and tourists. The Petter Dass Museum and Alstahaug were chosen as Nordland County’s venues to celebrate the dawning of a new millennium.
Nordvika Old Trading Post, on Dønna
The old trading post at Nordvika is one of the oldest and most intact in all of Nordland County. The museum is beautifully situated between towering mountains on the island of Dønna, just a ferry ride from its nearest town, Sandnessjøen.
Herøy Bygdesamling – A rural museum
This rural museum, situated on the beautiful island of Herøy in Helgeland, documents the local culture and history. The museum consists of a compete farmstead, altogether seven buildings dating from the period 1745–1890, all of which are protected or listed as worthy of preservation.
Hotel Scandic Seven Sisters – Accomodation Sandnessjøen
As a guest, you will immediately realize why the Hotel Scandic Syv Søstre bears the name of the Seven Sisters mountains. The hotel enjoys a great view of these renowned mountains. A holiday base here is perfect for exploring the many island treasures of the Helgeland coast, including Dønna and its colourful history, the idyllic island of Herøy, and the Vega archipelago, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Seven Sisters – transport and guided hikes
We’ve made your Seven Sisters hike easier by offering a convenient bus service from the Sandnessjøen town centre directly to the trailheads, and back again. Parking is rather limited in the small parking lots at the Seven Sisters’ trailheads. By taking the direct shuttle bus you avoid this problem completely, so you can concentrate fully on your hike. You can also join one of our expert guides for guided summit hikes to the Seven Sisters (De syv søstre).
Restaurant Soprano – Wining and dining in Sandnessjøen
Restaurant Soprano offers a taste of Italy in rustic surroundings. During the summer, you can dine at an outdoor table, surrounded by trees, cobblestones and people strolling along the pleasant pedestrian street on which the cosy restaurant is situated.
Helgeland Opplevelser – Exciting adventures in Herøy
When you sign up for adventures with Helgeland Opplevelser, there is no chance you will get bored! Come summer or winter, and regardless of the season, exciting activities are on the menu. And if you prefer a calm and relaxing cruise amidst the islands, well, offer that as well.
Elfis Sjøstuer – An idyllic stay in rorbu cabins
Elfis Sjøstuer is beautifully situated by a small cove on the northern part of the island of Herøy. This is the place to come for a tranquil holiday in scenic surroundings. Guests enjoy a fine view that spans from the Seven Sisters mountains to the south and the peak called Dønnamannen to the north. Activities available include kayaking, fishing, hiking, cycling and island hopping.
Augustbryggo – Accommodation and dining in Herøy
Thousands of islands, smooth white rockfaces that slope into the sea – the magnificent scenery leaves a lasting impression on travellers who visit the island of Seløy, an island in Herøy municipality. The holiday facility of Augustbryggo welcomes you warmly, whether you arrive by boat, kayak, car or bike. Here you will find good lodgings and dining.
Offersøy Camping – Accommodation with boat and bike rental
With Offersøy Camping as your holiday base, you can easily explore the islands of your choice along the Helgeland coast. You can island hop by kayak, or by bringing your bicycle on the express boat or ferry so you can explore various islands on two wheels. Either way, it’s a delightful way to immerse yourself in the region’s rich cultural heritage and feel close to the magnificent landscape and natural elements.
Dønna Rorbuer Bøteriet – A charming restaurant and accommodation
Dønna Rorbuer Bøteriet, situated on the quay in beautiful surroundings on the island of Dønna, offers good dining in charming surroundings, accommodation and guided boat trips.
Brygga – Dønna
“Brygga” is nicely located in quiet surroundings on the north-eastern side of Dønna, 7 km from the ferry terminal at Bjørn. The wharf consists of 5 apartments of 60 square meters each located right next to the sea. They also offera a conference room, boathouse, grill, hot tub and a cabin (Rorbu).
Herøy Brygge – Accommodation in Herøy`s island kingdom
Herøy Brygge offers good accommodation in a wharf building situated in the village of Herøysundet on the beautiful island of Herøy. On the floor below your room, the restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and you are also welcome to enjoy your meal on the pier outside.
Dønnes Gård – Accommodation in historical surroundings
Dønnes Gård on the island of Dønna, offers a holiday stay in a former vicarage. The historical surroundings actually date back to the 13th century. Guests here can dine on traditional dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. To hear the colourful history, take a guided tour of the vicarage and the neighbouring medieval church.
Heidis Sjokoladedrøm – Divine handmade chocolate
Heidi always dreamed of becoming a chocolatier – and when you come to Dønna, you can taste the delectable results! Her handmade chocolate is imbued with the raw natural power of Helgeland and the exciting story of her dream come true. Heidi’s shop, situated right on the queue, may be one of the smallest chocolate shops in the world.
Sandnessjøen camping is located at Steiro along the Rv 17, 10 kilometers south of Sandnessjøen. Sandnessjøen Camping is just a short walk from the mountains De Syv Søstre and the local airport.
Tjøtta Gjestegård – Accommodation and dining in historical surroundings
At Tjøtta Gjestegård, you are invited to good dining and an overnight stay in historic surroundings. The old inn is conveniently situated near the ferry quay, and the ferry can take you to assorted attractions such as the Vega archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the coffee roaster Forvik Kaffebrenneri, and the famous petroglyph of a pre-historic skier at Tro.
Seløy Kystferie – Memorable coastal adventures
Seløy Kystferie invites you to explore the magnificent Helgeland coast by joining a RIB sea-rafting excursion or by taking a trip on a fishing boat. Their knowledgeable guides will enrich your experience with insight into the coastal culture and the harsh life of the fishermen and their families who have lived here for countless generations.
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.