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.

bindal-museum Ketil Born / Helgeland Museum

A fine example of local boatbuilding traditions is bindalsfæringen, a four-oared wooden boat often outfitted with a square sail. You can also see other traditional boats of the Nordland region. There is also a small collection of Sámi objects that yield insights into the livelihoods and culture of these indigenous people of the Arctic.

A natural history theme that gets some well-deserved attention is the boreal rainforests. When we hear the word “rainforest” most of us immediately think of the tropics, but the fact is there are also rainforests along Norway’s humid and rainy coast. The flora in these areas includes species of lichen that are endangered.

The museum shop offers a large selection of books on various historical topics, mostly on Helgeland and the rest of Northern Norway.

bindal-museum Ketil Born / Helgeland Museum

Bindal Bygdetun – an open-air museum

One of the main houses at the rural museum is named after Hilda Busch, who last ran the farm until she died in 1981. Hilda was unmarried, had no children, and for most of her life managed to run the farm without electricity or running water. After Hilda died, her heirs decided to donate the farm to Bindal Municipality, complete with all furnishings and objects, under the condition that they establish an open-air museum here. Today the museum is managed under the auspices of Helgeland Museum.

bindal-museum Ketil Born / Helgeland Museum

At Vassås there is also a cultural heritage trail. The buildings are open part of the summer and on request. For groups, the museum would be happy to put together a special programme with lectures on assorted topics.

Bindal Bygdetun is situated at Gangstøveien 80 in Terråk (postal code 7980).

Spring / winter / autumn:

Mon-Thurs: 08: 00-15: 00
Friday: 08: 00-14: 00

  • Fly to Brønnøysund and go by car or bus to Bindal.
  • Car along FV17 (Kystriksveien) from Steinkjer.
  • Check https://entur.no/ for a more detailed description.

Thank you for respecting the local communities, and for helping us preserve the natural beauty of Helgeland!

Please:

  • Strive to leave no trace of your visit. Bring back all your rubbish, including used toilet paper, and discard it in the nearest rubbish bin.
  • Plan your toilet visits and use the opportunity when you pass a toilet. In the wilderness, make sure you are not a nuisance to others.
  • Respect the local wildlife. Keep a good distance from wildlife, livestock and birds. Keep your dog leashed.
  • Respect private property. Keep a respectful distance from houses and cabins.
  • Show good boating sense. Keep a good distance from shore and drive at a low speed, especially when you are close to anyone or anything on the water, including birds or animals. Avoid loud and disturbing engine noise.
  • Be aware that some islands and nature reserves are important nesting sites, and that going ashore is prohibited during the nesting season.
  • Follow the Norwegian Mountain Code (Fjellvettreglene). Plan your excursion according to the weather forecast, your skills and experience.
  • Join a guided excursion or consider hiring an experienced guide, especially when you don’t have sufficient experience or knowledge to guarantee a safe trip.

Welcome to Brønnøysund

The town, which sits on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islets, has excellent restaurants, charming cafés and a thriving coastal culture.

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