Eider ducks, luxurious down and the bird guardians of Lånan
The largest eider duck nesting site on the Helgeland coast is situated in the Vega World Heritage area. You can join us on a visit to the island of Lånan, where the nesting eider ducks and their bird guardians have a trusting and mutually beneficial relationship.
A unique heritage
Each year the bird guardians prepare the nesting huts and seaweed nests for the arrival of the eider ducks. And the guardians protect the nesting ducks from predators such as eagles, otters and mink. When the eider and their hatchlings leave, the bird guardians can harvest their reward from the nests: the world’s finest down! Visitors who come to Vega in June or July have the privilege of witnessing this fascinating interaction.
The islanders are proud of their cultural heritage and they welcome you to experience this ancient tradition. It’s a unique and unforgettable experience.
This amazing interaction between the birds and the islanders, a tradition that dates back to the Stone Age, is the reason why Vega gained status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The UNESCO recognition is also a tribute to women’s contributions – for they are the ones who since time immemorial have taken on the role as bird guardians, caring for the eider ducks, and collecting and cleaning the down. In addition the women tended the farms and the fields, while men were out at sea fishing.
Even today the bird guardians continue to fulfil their role as caretakers for the nesting eider ducks.
The bird guardians
Every April, the bird guardian head out to Lånan to prepare the nests for the eider ducks. And all through May and June, which is the nesting season, the bird guardians host up to a thousand birds, protecting them from danger. The female eider duck is a bird with personality, and the bird guardians make sure she has plenty of choice; at Lånan she can choose to nest in a single-nest hut, one of the little “townhouses”, a collective, or in the high-density “favela”. Given such good care, the eider ducks return to nest at Lånan year after year – leaving behind their valuable down, and giving lucky visitors an unforgettable experience.
The treasured down
As mentioned, after the eider ducks and their offspring have left the nesting site, the bird guardians collect and clean the eider down. It is a time-consuming process and everything must be done by hand. The quality of the eider down in incomparable. For this reason, eider-down duvets and down-filled mittens were in times past treasured gifts to royalty, while today they are sold as exclusive products to discerning customers throughout the world.
When you visit the bird guardians of Lånan, you can gain insights into this and more.
A special safari – in July every year
By the beginning of July, most of the eider ducks have left Lånan and people can once again walk the island freely. Upon arrival you will be greeted by some of the bird guardians, and like a good friend they will take you up to the main house. This will give you a peek into the daily life of the islanders. In the barn is a must-see exhibition, and either here or outside if the weather is good, you will be served coffee and the traditional lefse.
When: throughout July.
Be a bird guardian during the nesting season!
During the month of June, when the eider ducks are nesting at Lånan, access to the island of Lånan is restricted. Between 500 and a thousand eider ducks will be brooding on their eggs or feeding their hatchlings, in nests outside or in the distinctive nesting huts. The bird guardians must be forever watchful, so this is an incredible way to form a very special bond with the eider ducks. For accommodation on the island Lånan, please check on www.lanan.no.
When: throughout June.
8980 Vega, Norge
To get to Lånan you have to go by boat. Book a trip with Lovundskyss from Vega or Sandnessjøen (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in July), or your own shuttle boat from Gardsøy on Vega. See the order link.
If you travel to Lånan in June, and want to be a bird watcher with the Lånan people, you can spend the night on the island. Read more about this opportunity at www.lanan.no.
Takk for at du hjelper oss med å ta vare på naturen og lokalsamfunnene på Helgeland.
Takk for at du:
- Praktiserer sporløs ferdsel, og tar med avfall og toalettpapir tilbake til nærmeste søppeldunk.
- Planlegger toalettbesøk, slik at du får gjort det du må der det ikke er til sjenanse for andre.
- Respekterer det lokale dyrelivet, holder hunden i bånd og holder god avstand til både ville og tamme dyr og fugler.
- Respekterer privat eiendom, og holder avstand til private hus og hytter.
- Viser godt båt-vett, holder god avstand til land, lav fart nært andre på vannet, inkludert dyr og fugler, og unngår unødig kjøring som skaper forstyrrende motorstøy.
- Respekterer ferdsels- og ilandstigningsforbudet i sjøfuglereservatene i hekketiden.
- Følger fjellvettreglene, og planlegger turer etter evne og erfaring.
- Leier en erfaren guide på turene der du selv ikke har kunnskapen eller erfaringen som trengs for en trygg tur.
Andre ting i nærheten
Skillevollen Alpine Center
Skillevollen Alpine Center is part of a larger winter activity center in Mo i Rana. Take the family skiing on the alpine slopes, the cross-country trail or on the ice rink in winter.
Kjemsåsen ski resort
With slopes catering to all levels, Kjemsåsen Alpine Center is the perfect destination for families looking for a fun and adventurous ski experience. Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned skier, or a future alpinist, Kjemsåsen has something for everyone. Let the kids learn on the gentle children’s slope, while older beginners enjoy the rolling green run and the seasoned skiers test their skills on the challenging red and black run.
A ski trek in the Børgefjell National Park
Put on your skis and join us for a truly challenging wilderness adventure. We invite you on a very special cross-country ski expedition in the Børgefjell National Park!
A guided ice fishing trip with Hi North
Hi North knows where you’ll find the lakes that offer the best fishing in Helgeland. All you have to bring is warm winter clothes, patience and a positive attitude; combined with our expert guide’s detailed local knowledge, a good catch is almost guaranteed!
Hunting the Northern Lights at Støtt
Do you yearn for a truly magical winter adventure, and a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Between September and May, Støtt invites you to see the amazing celestial display of the Northern Lights! In addition, you will surely appreciate the subtle winter colours of our beautiful island realm.
A weekend of high adventure on the lofty peaks!
The picturesque Meløy Alps offers some of the wildest off-piste skiing in Northern Norway!
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.
Base Camp Vega – kayaking, climbing and accommodation
At Base Camp Vega you can stay in mini-cabins whose unique design is inspired by the little huts the islanders build for the thousands of eider ducks that nest in the Vega archipelago every year. We also offer good spots where you can pitch your tent. Base Camp Vega is situated right by the Vega Stairs and the Ravnfloget Via Ferrata, and the sheltered waters nearby are perfect for kayaking.
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.
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.
A glacier trek on Svartisen
Join us for an exotic adventure: a guided glacier trek on Engabreen. The experienced guides from Meløy Adventure will ensure that this is a safe and unforgettable adventure.
RIB sea rafting trips with Meløy Adventure
You are invited to join Meløy Adventure on a RIB sea-rafting adventure to the island of Rødøya and Rødøyløva (443 m). Other great options include a sea-rafting safari to explore the scenic Nordfjord, the spectacular island of Træna, or a visit to the remote island of Myken with a tour of its whiskey distillery. These excursions start from Ørnes in Meløy municipality – but for your convenience you can request to be picked up elsewhere en route.
Guided RIB sea-rafting trips with Seløy Kystferie
You are invited to join a memorable RIB trip sea-rafting adventure amongst the islands and islets of Helgeland. Feel the powerful forces of the open sea, visit picturesque fishing villages, listen to stories about the tough life of the fisherman-farmer families, and gain fascinating insights into the colourful coastal culture and heritage.
Bike rental in Brønnøysund
Situated in the centre of Brønnøysund, the Tourist Information office offers bicycle rental, as well as all the equipment you need for short bike rides or long cycling adventures.
Skolo – an architectural gem in Herøy
The beautiful renovation of Seløy’s old school has been described in an article in The Norwegian Review of Architecture. Today, travellers can find accommodation here, drink quality coffee, eat pizza, browse books and by artworks in the shop – and enjoy the panoramic view of The Seven Sisters mountains
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.
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.
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.
Toppen Panorama Mosjøen – in tranquil surroundings
Toppen Panorama, a hotel in Mosjøen that is open during the summer, offers a panoramic view of both this coastal town and the nearby fjord. Guests here enjoy tranquillity and scenic surroundings, and yet are only a few minutes’ drive away from the centre of Mosjøen
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.
An exciting half-day rafting adventure at Trofors with RiverNorth
RiverNorth’s most popular excursion is the Half-Day Rafting Adventure. You get to challenge big waves – and see if you’re brave enough to dive from a cliff!
SUP – flow with the river, with RiverNorth
Join us, get on your Standup Paddleboard (SUP), and enjoy a fantastic trip on the gently flowing river. For most people, paddle-boarding is a completely new adventure, and a novel way to experience scenic surroundings.
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.
Visit the recreated Viking chiefdom seat in Sandnessjøen
You are invited to an authentic Viking experience! Bring your family or friends and see the clothes and customs, partake in activities, and enjoy a Viking banquet. The chieftain at Sandnes was a power to be reckoned with in northern Norway during the Viking era (approx. 793–1066). This chieftain’s seat is mentioned in the saga about Egil Skallagrímsson, which tells of politics and power struggles, of trade and daily life at Sandnes, and of the people who lived here.
Helgeland Havhus – exclusive sea house
Many places can offer you seaside accommodation – Helgeland Havhus actually offers you a holiday home right on the sea! Treat yourself to a very special holiday, where the salty fragrance of the sea, and the sound of waves and seabirds are natural ingredients.
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.
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.
Fiskebruket Restaurant – A dining adventure at Myken
You will find Fiskebruket Restaurant on an island situated far from the mainland. With brunch and dinner prepared from freshly-caught seafood and produce and meat supplied by local farms, the chef offers a world-class culinary experience.
Dønnesfjellstua – Dining on a mountain top overlooking the Helgeland coast!
You are invited to enjoy an incredible 360-degree panorama, while dining on dishes made with locally-produced ingredients. Dønnesfjellet is only 128 metres high, but the view is magnificent.
Winter dream at Støtt
Do you dream of going from the hustle of the big city to “winter world” where the polar lights and the northern lights create magic? Visit the island Støtt and be close to nature, culture and history.
Grønsvik coastal fortress, Lurøy
If you want to see an unusual attraction and gain insights into World War II history, we recommend a visit to the old German coastal fortress at Grønsvik, which is now a museum. As you walk from the attractive parking lot and picnic area, you enter a dark chapter of European history.
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.
The Zahl building and the old sexton's residence in Nesna
The main facility of the Nesna Museum is the building that once housed the business of the local Zahl family. This large and stately commercial building, which dates from 1907 and has Swiss-style decorations, has been expanded both in width and towards the rear. Nesna is amongst other things known for “Nesnalobben”, and an exhibition in the museum is dedicated to this footwear.
Accommodation at Glomfjord Overnatting
Meløy is a beautiful area for a wide range of holiday activities, year round. With a comfortable base at Glomfjord Overnatting, you have easy access to adventures on the sea and in the mountains.
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.
Merete Mattson, goldsmith
At her gallery, Merete Mattson, offers beautiful handmade jewellery inspired by the natural landscape of Northern Norway. Her gallery workshop is situated by the fjord in village of Hemnesberget.
Hemnes open-air museum
Hemnes Bygdetun consists of a beautifully situated farm that can be just glimpsed from highway E6. The farm has a 500 year history, so its buildings and collections offer many insights into how our ancestors, both rich and poor, lived.
Træna Museum documents the this archipelago’s history going back to the Stone Age. Some of the archaeological discoveries displayed date back at least 9000 years. For this reason, Træna can rightfully call itself “the oldest fishing community in Norway”.
Falch Old Trading Post, Rødøy
Falch Old Trading is beautifully situated on the Tjongsfjord, and it’s just a short detour from the Coastal Highway, Fv17. This trading post has provided many functions through the years: a fish plant, cod liver oil production, fishnet production, country store, doctor’s offices and pharmacy.
Bolga Brygge – Sleep to the soothing sound of waves
Bolga Brygge offers comfortable accommodation and good dining. Guest can enjoy fishing, kayaking the sheltered waters nearby, and hiking up a mountain that offers an amazing panorama of a large section of Helgeland.
Kvarøy Sjøhus – A holiday stay in rorbu cabin
When you choose a holiday stay in a modern rorbu cabin at Kvarøy Sjøhus, you have the most beautiful destination on the Helgeland coast within easy reach. A boat or kayak opens up wonderful opportunities for adventure.
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.
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.
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).
The Træna archipelago is surrounded by the open sea. Træna Rorbuferie is situated on Husøya, the most populated of these islands. Here, amidst magnificent scenic surroundings, you have a golden opportunity to experience the thriving coastal culture of a vibrant island community.
Træna overnatting (Accommodation)
If you visit Husøya, the main island in the Træna archipelago, consider staying at the cosy little hotel called Træna Overnatting. Træna is a vibrant community, and here you will find good dining as well as strikingly beautiful scenery.
The Romantic House on Herøy
Det Romantiske Huset (“the Romantic House”) offers charming accommodation in tranquil surroundings by the sea, on Herøy on the Helgeland coast. The panorama is magnificent, spanning from the Seven Sisters mountains in the south to the peak called Dønnamannen in the north. Holiday adventures available here include kayaking, RIB sea rafting excursions, fishing, hiking, cycling and island hopping.
3 Kalver – Hearty dining at a farm restaurant
The farm restaurant called 3 Kalver (Three Calves), situated on the island of Dønna, offers satisfying dining in distinctive surroundings. The menu proudly features dishes based on quality local ingredients.
Hattfjelldal Hotell – GoExtreme
This hotel, located just outside the village centre, enjoys a fantastic view of Hattfjelldal, a picturesque community in the mountains of Helgeland.
Korgfjellet Fjellstue Lodge
At the top of Korgfjellet pass, midway between the towns of Mo i Rana and Mosjøen, is Korgfjellet Fjellstue, a lodge that offers hearty meals. Tired travellers will be pleased to find good options for an overnight stay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Eider ducks, luxurious down and the bird guardians of Lånan
The largest eider duck nesting site on the Helgeland coast is situated in the Vega World Heritage area. You can join us on a visit to the island of Lånan, where the nesting eider ducks and their bird guardians have a trusting and mutually beneficial relationship.
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.
Plahtes Eiendommer – Fishing, hunting and wilderness adventures
Welcome to fishing, hunting and wilderness adventures on one of the largest private estates in Norway. Plahtes Eiendommer covers 650 km2 of magnificent wilderness in southern Helgeland. Plahtes takes great pride in its environmentally conscious management of its wilderness, as well as the cabins, boats and other facilities that ensure our guests a truly memorable wilderness adventure.
Halibudskole Vandve – A holiday home with boat rental and a nearby glasblowers workshop
Halibutskole Vandve offers a holiday stay where you’ll have some really great fishing opportunities. Guests who appreciate the arts and creative crafts will be pleased to know that a glassblower has a workshop nearby.
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.
Kvitneset Camping – Rorbu cabins and boat rentals in scenic surroundings
Kvitneset Camping in Leirfjord municipality offers accommodation in scenic surroundings by a secluded fjord. Guests enjoy a beautiful view of the fjord and the Seven Sisters mountains.
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.
Lovund Skyss – Guided boat trips along the Helgeland coast
Lovund Skyss offers excursions to hidden gems as well as popular destinations along the Helgeland coast. Join them for memorable journeys amongst the myriad of islands, islets and skerries along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.
Galleri Stokland in Mosjøen
In a charming wooden house from 1852, on Sjøgata street in the historic heart of Mosjøen, you will find Galleri Stokland. On display are colourful artworks, knitwear, glass and ceramics by creative local craftsmen and artists.
HTS Mosjøen – charter tours throughout Nordland
HTS Mosjøen offers charter tours in comfortable buses with experienced drivers. With a base in the town of Mosjøen, HTS offers tailored scenic tours throughout Nordland County.
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.
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 Saltfjellet national park.
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.
Mosjøen Hotel is a cosy little hotel conveniently situated along highway E6, just 1.5 km from the Mosjøen town centre. Being within easy reach of many sights and attractions, it is an excellent base for day excursions along the coast and into the inland wilderness.
Gilles Café & Music
This café is located in No. 6 on the historic Sjøgata street in Mosjøen, in a long row of well-maintained wooden houses that date back to the 18th and 19th century.
In Hattfjelldal it is Fjellfolkets Hus (House of the mountain people) which is the museums home base. Here you’ll find great exhibitions and disseminations services about the place. In the house there is also a Tourist Information Office, a café, accommodation and place for meetings and events.
Nature-based experiences with Hi North
Hi North is a total supplier of different experiences throughout Helgeland, and is more than happy to tailor your trip to your wishes. Experience the spectacular nature that awaits you in Helgeland!
In 1885, Ellen Haugan acquired a reputation for good food and excellent service. Today the family-run hotel that carries her name is renowned for a menu that combines the very best ingredients of Northern Norway with culinary impulses from throughout the world.
At Vefsna Lodge you will find Emmas Kammers (Emma’s Chamber), a restaurant that offers delicious homemade meals for groups of 6–30 people.
Blomsterbua Food & Wine in Mosjøen
On Sjøgata, the historic street in the heart of Mosjøen, you will find Blomsterbua Food & Wine. This cosy and beautifully decorated restaurant is suitable for every occasion.
Jacobsenbrygga and the folk museum in Mosjøen
The Vefsn Museum has numerous exhibitions at several locations in and around the town of Mosjøen. These focus on everything from rural life and urban history, to weapons smuggling and the work of the Norwegian resistance during Nazi Germany’s World War II occupation. You can also join a guided tour of the historical street Sjøgata, which is lined with 19th-century houses.
Tipperary actually consists of three different establishments in a restaurant house that stands on a pleasant pedestrian street in the heart of Mosjøen.
Laksforsen – Generations of tratidional food
Laksforsen is situated in Grane by highway E6, with a breathtaking panoramic view of a beautiful waterfall.
Kulturverkstedet Mosjøen – A cultural workshop
The cultural workshop in the old town, Sjøgata in Mosjøen, is a unique environment where past and present blend together.
Welcome to Helgeland and welcome to Aspnes Camping, beautifully situated by Fustvatnet lake, 13 km north of the town of Mosjøen.
Laksforsen nature and cultural gallery tells the history of the Salmon River Vefsna, specifically its use and recreation close to one of Norway’s most fantastic waterfalls. You’ll find the gallery in the lower floor of Laksforsen café, approximately 30 km south of Mosjøen and approximately 8 km north of Trofors in Grane.
Trollvar Nature Park
Trollvar Nature Park is beautifully situated between three rivers, about 7 km from Mosjøen town centre. One of the highlights is the Troll Seat, where a troll is said to have waited for more than a hundred years for a bowl of sour-cream porridge, but in vain.
Are you looking for a unique experience? An experience where nature and culture meet and leaves an impression in all your senses? Then you should take a trip to Sæterstad Gård, beautifully situated 400 meters above sea level at the foot of Krutfjellet in Hattfjelldal, an area that has been populated by Sami, Swedes and Norwegians for many centuries.
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.
Øyfjellgrotta – A cave adventure near Mosjøen
Øyfjellgrotta is a 500 meter long limestone cave in a mountain that towers over the scenic town of Mosjøen. The experienced guides of Hi North invite you to book an unforgettable tour of the cave.
Oscarbrygga – Accommodation and dining
OscarBrygga at Tonnes offers accommodation in rorbu cabins or wharf rooms, right on the shore. From your balcony you can enjoy the sunset or the glow of the midnight sun, to the soothing sound of the surf. Dining is offered in a refurbished old wharf building rich in ambience.
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.
Guest Houses in the historic area in Mosjøen
Visitors are welcome to stay in one of the historic houses on Sjøgata street. The apartments offered are furnished in the old style but fully-equipped. Renting accommodation here will give you a good feel for a time that was less hurried – while enjoying all the comforts and amenities we have come to expect today.
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.
An exciting family rafting trip with RiverNorth
Join the fun activities, on the river and on shore, with RiverNorth at Trofors!
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.
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.
Forvik Old Trading Post
The old trading post at Forvik in Vevelstad, which dates back to 1792, is beautifully situated on the sea along route Fv17. Accommodation in charming surroundings is offered in the oldest building, Grålåna. There is a restaurant in Naustloftet, and a coffee roastery in the old general store. People often gather in Brygga, the wharf building, to enjoy the long bright summer evenings.
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.
Vega World Heritage Center
The Vega World Heritage Centre, which is beautifully located at Gardsøy, documents the history and culture of the Vega islanders. Here you can gain fascinating insights into the lives of these fishermen-farmers, and about their centuries-old local tradition of protecting the eider ducks who come to nest here – a tradition that led to Vega being granted UNESCO’s World Heritage status.
House by the Sea – A unique place to stay on the island of Træna
The House by the Sea is a unique experience, thanks to its scenic location, incredible view and innovative architecture. The three cabins are designed to make your scenic experience an integral part of your holiday accommodation.
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).
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.
Torghatten Strandrestaurant – A dining close to the ingredients
Torghatten Strandrestaurant is magnificently situated at the foot of the legendary mountain Torghatten, 15 km from the Brønnøysund town centre. Time and again travellers are delighted to discover this beautiful seaside restaurant and its terrific fjord view.
Fru Haugans Hotel in Mosjøen
Fru Haugans Hotel, renowned for maintaining its time-honoured traditions, is a proud member of the Historic Hotels & Restaurants of Norway. It is situated at the end of Sjøgata street, the historic heart of Mosjøen.
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.
Myken Seng & Suppe (Myken Bed & Soup)
Myken is a small fishing community far from the mainland. The islands of this archipelago have no car traffic – in fact the main island has less than one kilometre of road. Myken invites you to experience its island scenery, the ever-changing sea, and the midnight sun.
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.
Topcamp Havblikk – Good food and lodging at Nesna
When you stay at Topcamp Havblikk at Nesna, you have access to varied activities that you can enjoy with family or friends. This campsite is well-suited to people travelling with caravans, campers or tents. If you prefer, you can choose a cabin or room. The Aurora Restaurant offers lunch and dinner.
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.
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.
Støtt in Meløy – Top of Helgeland
The picturesque old trading post of Støtt offers some of Helgeland’s most beautiful and unique holiday experiences. Many adventures await you here, and you can enjoy charming quarters and great dining in historic buildings steeped in the island’s ancient coastal heritage.
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.
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.
Vega havhotell is a small hotel in beautiful surroundings with the ocean close by. Vega Havhotell is located at the north-west part of Vega, at Viksaas between forests, mountains and seas.
Mosjøen Via Ferrata – The first in northern Norway
At the heart of Nordland County, in the geographic middle of Norway, is the friendly town of Mosjøen. Here you can join Hi North on an exhilarating mountain adventure on the world’s northernmost via ferrata. Take the challenge and feel the satisfaction as you reach the summit!
The Ravnfloget Vega Via Ferrata and the Vega Stairs
“Climbing Ravnfloget has been a dream for many people. This rugged mountain was once a lofty playground accessible only to sea eagles and ravens, hence the name.” Today, the Ravnfloget Via Ferrata, a spectacular climbing trail, will take you to the summit of Ravnfloget. The mountain is situated on the western side of the island of Vega.
Lovund Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the enchanting island of Lovund. With comfortable accommodation, delicious cuisine, and stunning views of the sea and mountains, you can relax and unwind after a day of hiking or bird-watching. Enjoy the urban island life and breathtaking views from the comfort of your room or the hotel’s terrace.
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.
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!
At the heart of Nordland County, in the geographic middle of Norway, is the friendly town of Mosjøen. On Storfjellet, right near Øyfjellet just outside town center, is Northern Norway’s most spectacular zip-line.
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.
Træna Arctic Fishing
Selvær, the second-biggest island of the Træna archipelago, is a quiet and cosy fishing community. Like the rest of Træna, it faces the open sea and lies far from the mainland. Here, you can stay in a modern quayside holiday apartment, and experience scenic Helgeland at its best. You will find excellent fishing, literally thousands of islets and skerries, amazing birdlife, and skies that glow late into the summer nights.
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.
An idyllic Helgeland holiday on Rangsundøya
Just north of the Arctic Circle, in Rødøy municipality, lies Rangsundøya. At Helgelandsidyll on Rangsundøya, you can spend the night in a cosy apartment, stay in a luxurious tent, or in the very unique cabin – all of which enjoy a majestic view of the Helgeland coast.
Kayaking trips in the Meløy and Rødøy area
Meløy Adventure offers guided kayaking trips on the Glomfjord, to the Svartisen glacier, and on the waters near Rødøyløva (443 m), as well as longer excursions around the island of Mesøy. The company also rents out kayaks, and its experienced instructors offer a variety of kayaking courses.
Yttervik, situated in idyllic surroundings by the Ranfjord, offers accommodation a short distance from Mo i Rana’s town centre. The cabins and campsite and the surrounding area is well suited for varied activities for the whole family.
Klokkergården – Stay in nostalgic surroundings on the island of Rødøy
At the foot of the majestic mountain called Rødøyløva, is the stately Klokkergården, a sexton’s residence that dates back to 1904. Here you can enjoy warm hospitality in surroundings that recall a bygone era.
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.
Sea Eagle Safari with Visit Nesna
Visit Nesna invites you on a RIB sea-rafting adventure to the realm of the sea eagle. Come see this majestic bird up close!
A RIB sea-rafting trip around Torghatten
Sea Adventure Helgeland offers to take you on an unforgettable RIB voyage around Torghatten, the legendary mountain with a hole through it. We will explore part of Helgeland’s magnificent coastal archipelago. The voyage is also an opportunity to see the birdlife and the coastal culture of Brønnøy up close.
Nordvær – Arctic Adventure Sailing Voyage
Explore the varied activities and experiences that Nordvær has to offer aboard a modern sailing catamaran. Take your pick from options such as kayaking, free diving, hiking, skiing, and culinary delights, all while savoring the breathtaking views of Norway’s stunning landscape.
Explore Herøy with kayak and E-bike rentals
Herøy is an ideal destination for kayaking enthusiasts. Its stunning islands, skerries, and scenic shorelines provide an excellent opportunity to experience nature at its best. Herøy Kajakk & Sykkel offers a wide range of options for both land and water explorers. You can rent kayaks, e-bikes, and SUP boards to embark on your own adventure, or join a guided paddling tour led by experienced kayakers to explore the island.
Inderdalen Gård – Charming Farm Stay with Rich History
Nestled at the foot of Okstindan in Hemnes Municipality lies a treasure trove of a mountain farm dating back to the 1600s. At Inderdalen Gård, you can spend the night in Kjellerhuset and immerse yourself in the rich cultural history of the farm while enjoying the hospitality of its fantastic hosts in scenic surroundings.
Rana Spesialsport – kayaking experiences throughout Helgeland
Rana Spesialsport takes you on paddle trips all over Helgeland. Whether you are few or many, experienced or just starting out, Rana Spesialsport designs each trip to suit your preferences and skill level.
Savory farm food from Vega
Get a true taste of Vega at Stavsmarken Gård. This small farm shop offers a mouthwatering selection of homemade cured meats and farm food, as well as a cozy summer café where you can savor all the Vega countryside has to offer.
Velfjord Panorama Caravan Camp
Consider a stay at Velfjord Panorama Caravan Camp, 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.
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.
A dog-sledding adventure with Hi North
We invite you on an exotic winter adventure: to have a team of Alaskan huskies pull your sled, speeding through the snow-covered mountains. Their enthusiasm is contagious!
Hunting the Northern Lights with Hi North
Join us on a hunt, an adventure into the night darkness beyond the bright lights of villages and towns. Suddenly you may see curtains or rays dancing across the night sky!
Guided snowshoe trip from Mosjøen
You don’t need skis to explore Helgeland’s pristine winter landscape. Snowshoeing is a fun and different way to hike the forests and mountains. On this excursion, our experienced guide will lead you through a forest in which the trees are decorated with sparkling snow crystals.
Christmas weekend in Mosjøen
In the second weekend of December, the town of Mosjøen invites you to a heart-warming Christmas experience! The friendly town decorates the charming wooden houses of its historic town centre with lights, and fills its streets with music and elves! Explore booths where craftsmen and merchants offer their wares, warm yourself before the fire in a lavvo, and dine on traditional Norwegian Christmas fare.
Villa Våg – historic accommodation at Tjøtta
Villa Våg is an old vicarage. Today you and your family or friends are invited to stay here in historic surroundings, while using this villa on the island of Tjøtta as your base for exploring Helgeland.
Dog-sledding in scenic surroundings
If you’re looking for a truly exotic wilderness adventure, we offer dog-sledding in magnificent scenery in cooperation with Granåsen Huskies. This company really know the mountain wilderness near Mosjøen. On this shared adventure you may well make new friends, four-legged as well as two-legged!
A guided snowmobile adventure with Hi North
Go on an exciting winter adventure in the magnificent snow-covered mountains of Helgeland. The guided excursion explores several of the most beautiful mountain areas as we speed along Helgeland’s extensive snowmobile trails.
An evening wilderness adventure with a taste of Sámi culture
Come along for a wilderness adventure in Helgeland. With the moon and perhaps the glow of the Northern Lights illuminating our way, and equipped with headlights if needed, Hi North will guide you on a magical adventure!
A guided skiing trip up to Rabothytta cabin
You are invited to join us on an excursion to Rabothytta, one of Norway’s most impressive cabins. Given its dramatic location, perched at the edge of Okstindbreen glacier at 1200 metres altitude, and its elegant architecture, it is no wonder that this is one of Helgeland’s favourite hiking destinations. On clear days your panorama includes several legendary mountains on the Helgeland coast.
A weekend of snowmobiling in Helgeland
Treat yourself to a spectacular, fast-paced winter adventure in the magnificent wilderness near Mosjøen. Fru Haugans Hotel offers these weekend adventures in close collaboration with GoExtreme, whose guides know this beautiful landscape like the back of their hand. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Northern Norway’s oldest hotel before heading for the scenic mountains of Hattfjelldal. And at days end, we’ll have a delicious three-course dinner waiting for you in Restaurant Ellen.
A winter safari with dog-sledding, snowmobiling and winter fun
From our base in Mosjøen, HiNorth offers an unforgettable safari of snowmobiling and dog sledding. This package includes the very best winter adventures Helgeland has to offer, with expert guides who prioritise your safety and ensure truly rewarding adventures.