Be sure to visit Løkta Museum, beautifully located on the west side of the island. Here, you can experience what life was like on a small farm in the old days. The area is open to all and features a picnic area, a fire pit, and a small outhouse.

Løkta Museum hosts exhibitions that reflect the life of fishermen and smallholders. You can also learn about the industrial history from a century ago. Norway’s first watercolor painter came from Løkta, and there is a monument dedicated to a woman who was highly influential in the advancement of gender equality in Norway.

The barn building as a whole showcases the scope of a smallholder’s activities, where a cow and a few sheep provided income for a large family. The development of farmers’ associations was an important evolution in the farming profession. In the barn, you can explore exhibits about another key income source: fishing. Fishing boats, whaling boats, tools, pictures, and texts provide valuable information. The outbuilding houses a variety of tools and implements that were crucial for the two primary industries.

An industrial adventure involving the extraction of granite for building a new hospital in Sandnessjøen took place at Horn on Løkta from 1918 to 1923. The ground floor of the outbuilding has an extensive exhibition illustrating this period.

Hans Johan Fredrik Berg (1813-1873) grew up at the trading post Kopardal. He pursued an art education in Kristiania and Copenhagen, later traveling around Europe and the Mediterranean, painting everywhere he went. In England, he learned much about the art of watercolor painting and is regarded as Norway’s first watercolor artist. Løkta has a small exhibition about this artist.

If you’re heading to Træna, you will most likely travel on the express boat “Fredrikke Tønder Olsen”. This woman from Løkta also hailed from the trading post Kopardal. As an adult, she moved to Kristiania, where she founded “Kristiania Viserguttforening”, a company that still exists today. She is particularly known for her efforts to improve women’s conditions and was one of the many significant women who contributed to the constitutional amendment that led to universal suffrage in 1913. The museum features a monument dedicated to her.

The museum is available for guided tours by appointment. Contact Synnøve Breivik at +47 928 72 302, Kåre Tønder at +47 913 30 308, or Hilde Bentzen at +47 957 68 868.

Løkta has ferry connections to Sandnessjøen and Dønna five times a day, as well as express boat connections to Sandnessjøen, Dønna, and Nesna.

View for time tables for the different ferries. 

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.


Dønna is the largest island in Helgeland. Here you will find lofty peaks, fjords teeming with fish, food straight from the cultural landscape, and a rich cultural history.

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