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.

Rorbu cabins

The Aquaculture Centre is situated on the island of Toft, just 7 km from Brønnøysund town centre. Here, you are in the midst of scenic islands, while everything the town has to offer is within easy reach. Moreover, Toft is halfway to Torghatten, the famous mountain with a hole through it. It’s also the perfect base for hiking the mountains, exploring the tide-pools and shoreline, and going on fishing trips. For all these reasons, many travellers choose to stay just here. And added bonus is the opportunity to gain insights into the life of salmon and modern aquaculture.

Perched right on the water, each new rorbu cabin has a terrace facing west, from which you can enjoy the beautiful evening sky. You also have a great overview of the boat activity in the nearby sound, Toftsundet. The entire area has a rich birdlife and other fauna.

Read more about the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre here.


Toftveien 80, 8909 Brønnøysund

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All fisherman’s cabins are located right by the sea with beautiful views of the area. They have a master bedroom with two separate beds, a kitchenette, living room, sitting area and private bathroom, free WIFI and TV. Eight of our cabins also have a loft with either two separate beds or mattresses.

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.

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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