How do we utilize nature responsibly? How do we build a city? How do we harvest sustainably? These are important questions that you are challenged to reflect upon during this journey to and through Mo i Rana, the ironworks town set to become Norway’s green industrial capital. Experience the town, the food, the people, and the history on this package tour from The Trail Way.

Mo i Rana has almost always been an industrial town and has continuously been evolving. From mining, power production, coke production, and ironworks, to the world’s cleanest steelworks and Norway’s first battery factory. Just as the iron and steel in the industry have built up the city, so too have the city—and its people—been flexible and renewable, strong and sustainable, depending on what society needed. You will witness this determination, flexibility, and creativity in the city you are guided through on this two-day package from The Trail Way.

Day 1: Historical Walk and a Fine Dinner

The journey begins green and environmentally friendly, by train along the Nordland Line, from Trondheim to Mo i Rana. From the train station, you’ll take a short walk to the hotel named after the railway, namely Hotell Ole Tobias. From the hotel, you’ll enjoy a lovely audio-guided city walk. During this tour along the waterfront and through the old town, past the Havmannen statue and Jernbaneparken, you’ll learn even more about the city’s diverse history.

Today’s dinner is served at Brasserie 8622, one of Mo i Rana’s newest and best restaurants. Here, you’ll indulge in a delightful three-course dinner, and since the restaurant is just a stone’s throw from the hotel, you can safely enjoy the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere until closing time. Remember that the summer nights in the north are bright and long, perfect for taking your time.

Day 2: Science Center, Rana Museum, and tour of the Industrial Park

When you wake up at Hotell Ole Tobias, a good breakfast awaits you in your own “train compartment.” Several of the dining tables here are made like the compartments from the old train sets from the Nordland Line.

After breakfast, take a short and pleasant stroll down to the Nordland Science Center. Here, you’ll find a large and informative exhibition, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour with play and experimentation. The exhibitions are rooted in physics and natural science and build on much of the same science that is the foundation of industrial development in the region.

In the same building as the science center, you’ll find the Rana Museum, where you can explore a fine collection of natural history and exhibitions on the area’s Sami history, wartime history, and industrial history. Coming here from the science center is an exciting journey through time. You’ll see where we started and what we’ve built on, with the knowledge and experience we’ve gathered through hard work, setbacks, and progress.

When you’re done here, you’ll be taken on a guided tour through the Mo Industrial Park, where you’ll enter the heart of the industry. Here, you’ll see how tons of scrap iron are recycled and refined, and given new life as quality steel. A tour through this modern industrial facility marks the end of this journey through both time and place. Before you catch the train again, you might find room for a cup of coffee or a stroll in the city.

Feel free to take this opportunity to reflect on what we build with what nature provides us and the industry it creates. We build cities and communities. Jobs and homes. And that we must develop both ourselves and the industry in step with the times, as we always have and always will.


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The Mountain Way package can be experienced in July and August.

The package includes travel to Mo i Rana, one night’s accommodation, dinner, breakfast, and lunch.

The city walk with an audio guide on day 1 takes place outdoors. It’s wise to bring clothing that can withstand rain in case the weather isn’t at its best.

All packages in The Trail Way concept can be combined, but there are some things you need to be aware of when doing so:

Check that the packages do not overlap when booking. Most packages last for two days, except for The Mountain Way, which lasts for three.

Make sure you book in the correct order. The packages are planned based on arrival by train from the south, so to ensure correctness, you must book the packages in the right sequence.

The order is, from south to north:

The River Way, The Stair Way, The Mountain Way, The Power Way, The Sami Way, and The Geopoetic Way.

You can find more information about booking on the product pages at

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.

The Trail Way

The Trail Way is a unique journey along the Nordland Railway and a part of the European Capital of Culture Bodø 2024. Here, significant nature experiences meet compelling storytelling. Through six exciting and varied concepts, you will have the opportunity to experience the beautiful nature and diverse culture of Helgeland.

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