Stay close to nature experiences in historic surroundings at Tjøtta Guesthouse, conveniently located near the Seven Sisters mountain range, cultural trails, and historical sites, with excellent ferry connections for day trips to the islands along the Helgeland coast.

The venerable 19th-century inn is situated in scenic and historic surroundings of Tjøtta, approximately 40 km from Sandnessjøen along the Coastal Highway. Not far from here, you can visit the Petter Dass Museum and the Alstahaug medieval church, a gallery, Tjøtta International War Cemetery, and the famous mountain range, The Seven Sisters. A ferry ride will take you to the coffee roastery on Forvik and further on to Brønnøysund, or you can take a direct ferry to Vega.

From Tjøtta, a ferry ride will take you to the popular coffee roaster at Forvik, and onward to the town of Brønnøysund. There are also direct ferries to the Vega archipelago.

Tjøtta Gjestegård is an excellent holiday base from which to explore the Helgeland coast’s magnificent scenery and heritage, taking day excursions to the natural and cultural attractions of your choice. Be sure to take a local guided walk, which offers insights into Tjøtta’s colourful history back to the Viking Age. Your guide will also tell you the story about the largest shipwreck in Norwegian history.

The rooms

Tjøtta gjestegård, soverom Kristine Kleven

At Tjøtta Gjestegård you can get accommodation according to your wishes, whether a single room, a double room in various sizes, or a suite for you who want to enjoy a stately night in this charming inn.

Breakfast can be ordered.

The café

The cozy café at Tjøtta Guesthouse is open to everyone, offering coffee and lunch service every day in June, July, and August, starting at noon, and stays open for light servings until 11 PM. Dinner service is available for all overnight guests of the guesthouse.

Tjøtta Guesthouse was once the largest farm in Northern Norway and a significant center in Helgeland.

The first known owner of the farm on Tjøtta was the skald Øyvind Finnson Skaldespiller in the 900s. Øyvind’s son, Hårek, took over the farm upon his father’s death and eventually became the most powerful man in Hålogaland. Hårek from Tjøtta is frequently mentioned in the Viking sagas, with ancestors who resided at the formidable Chieftain’s Seat at Sandnes, a bit further north. He owned large parts of Vega, where the inhabitants were required to send eggs, fish, eiderdown, and other goods as payment for living on the island. He participated in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 and was killed six years later.

The current guesthouse was built in 1850 and was purchased by the state in 1930. The farm was then converted into a sheep breeding farm for Northern Norway. Today, it serves as a specialist center for Nibio Nord Tjøtta, which undertakes tasks in community and economic development, research, and advisory services within agriculture and environmental issues.

Tjøtta Guesthouse is located along the National Tourist Route Helgeland Coast, approximately 30 minutes by car from Sandnessjøen.

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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.

Welcome to Sandnessjøen

The town of Sandnessjøen is situated roughly at the geographic centre of the magnificent Helgeland coast. It sits midway between mighty mountains and beautiful islands. Here you are near the Seven Sisters mountain range, the kayaking paradise of Herøy, the recreated Viking chieftain seat Sandnes, the museum that celebrates the 17th-century poet-priest Petter Dass, and the island of Dønna which is wonderful to explore on two wheels.

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