Begin your journey through Helgeland with a good meal and a visit to the shop that has everything you need for the adventures awaiting you in Northern Norway.

The Gateway to Northern Norway is a well-known landmark marking your entry into Helgeland and Northern Norway. Here you’ll find a large and beautiful rest area, food service, and a well-stocked shop offering souvenirs, clothing, and outdoor equipment. In other words, it’s the perfect stopping point to prepare for the adventures awaiting you in the land of the Northern Lights!

Shop with souvenirs, clothes, and outdoor gear

The Gateway to Northern Norway features a large shop with a wide selection of quality souvenirs. Here you’ll find everything from teddy bears, postcards, and books to reindeer skins, Sami art and crafts, and jewelry.

This is also a great stop for assistance with clothing and outdoor gear for the adventures ahead. The Gateway to Northern Norway has everything you need in terms of warm clothing like hats, buffs, and gloves, as well as equipment such as maps, headlamps, backpacks, seat pads, hiking books, food containers, travel mugs, thermoses, excellent hiking knives, and much more. If you’re heading out into the beautiful nature of Helgeland, it’s beneficial to take this opportunity to ensure you have everything you need.

Fast food and rest stop

The gateway to Northern Norway also has a good roadside kitchen with grilled food, drinks, and especially delicious ice cream for dessert. And outside, they have a spacious rest area where you can enjoy your meal and recharge before continuing your journey.

Just north of the gateway to Northern Norway are also two of the entrances to Børgefjell National Park, and the gateway is a natural stopping point for those who want to hike there.


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The Gateway to Northern Norway is open year round.

Normal opening hours are 10:00 to 18:00 every day.

The Gateway to Northern Norway is situated just south of Majavatn, at the suthern tip of Helgeland.

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


  • 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.

Exploring Helgeland by car

During a car holiday in Helgeland you can experience spectacular landscapes of great variety even as you drive short distances. Here is something for every taste – a family holiday, a road trip with friends, or a romantic exploration with your beloved partner. Travel at your own chosen pace along the magnificent Helgeland coast, through the mountainous interior, or through pristine wilderness areas. Stop as you please to enjoy hearty food and to meet the friendly locals.

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