Join us on an exciting journey through raw nature, with speed and excitement, salmon fishing, and authentic traditional food on the menu. Great natural experiences meet compelling storytelling in this package tour from The Trail Way, where you’ll experience how the river and forest once served both as way of travel and way of life.

In this three-day package from The Trail Way, you’ll join the locals in salmon fishing in the river, enjoy an exhilarating rafting trip down the Auster-Vefsna, and have a guided tour with traditional cooking in the museum buildings at Grane Rural Museum.

Day 1: Salmon Fishing and Traditional Food

The adventure begins as you board the train to Trofors, taking the Nordland Line through the beautiful natural areas of southern Helgeland. From the train window, you’ll see the great mountains, forests, and mountain lakes in these wilderness areas, and not least, the rivers that were once vital for livelihood and travel. The Trail Way’s audio guide will tell you more about this during your journey through the magnificent landscape.

At Trofors train station, you’ll be greeted by the hosts from Bakarstuo, the 160-year-old Nordland house by the river, which will be your home for these three days. The house has been renovated with modern amenities you need while preserving the original log walls and nostalgic decoration, giving the place a timeless atmosphere. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch made from local ingredients, while the hosts share stories about the area and its local history.

After lunch, the hosts will take you down to the riverbank to hunt for the mighty salmon! You’ll receive both equipment and training, giving you the best chance to catch a fish. It’s exciting if the fish bites, but even if it doesn’t, it’s relaxing and almost meditative to cast the rod while the river babbles by, just as it has for generations.

After the fishing trip, you’ll be served dinner, and then you can choose whether to spend the evening fishing more, cycling, or just relaxing.

Day 2: Rafting on Auster-Vefsna

The Auster-Vefsna river, with its beautiful and spectacular course, flows through narrow gorges, exciting rapids, and along beautiful, wilderness-rich banks. Safely guided by experienced, professional guides, you’ll get a taste of being explorers on a journey towards unknown lands.

You’ll have breakfast before the trip and lunch when you return. After that, the day is open until dinner, and you can fish, hike, swim, or just laze by the riverbank near the house. It’s quite an experience in itself.

Day 3: Tour of Grane Rural Museum

This is the last day at Bakarstuo, so after breakfast, you pack up and move on to Grane Rural Museum. The Rural Museum is one of the Helgeland Museum’s departments, consisting of cultural-historical buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Forestry and outland are the main themes of the exhibition, and a local guide will show you around and tell about the daily life of the farmers and loggers who lived here. You’ll also participate in making today’s lunch, prepared in an ancient method, in a cooking pit in the ground.


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

Trofors is located a little south of Mosjøen and has train connections from Bodø and Trondheim.

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If you are coming by car, you can drive straight to Bakarstuo, just north of Trofors station.

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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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