The Brønnøy and Velfjord districts share an ancient history of fishing and farming, as well as a proud indigenous Sámi culture. You can gain many cultural insights by visiting the exhibitions in the old supermarket at Minnetun, as well as in the goahti (reconstructed turf hut) near here.

velfjord-museum Ketil Born / Helgeland Museum

The Velfjord rural museum highlights life on a farm in the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum comprises 13 buildings and 10,000 objects, including objects that reveal the culture of the indigenous Sámi people.

The old supermarket

The building that once housed the supermarket in Hommelstø now invites you to see the museum exhibitions and events, visit the café and wander new shops. There is also a mysterious old rucksack that remains unopened; it was given to the museum in 1949 with a clear warning: “Ill shall befall whoever opens the rucksack.” Today it is safely displayed in a glass case.

velfjord-museum Ketil Born / Helgeland Museum

Idyllically situated by the fjord, the museum also has an exhibition on the natural resources of the area, and how these have been the basis for people’s livelihood since time immemorial.

The goahti – a turf hut

Throughout the centuries, there have been many Sámi settlements in southern Helgeland. In 2019, the Velfjord Historical Association recreated a goahti, a traditional Sámi turf hut. It is situated a few hundred meters from Minnetun at Strøm. The turf hut is open year round. Visitors can make reservations for storytelling, coffee prepared over the campfire, and a hearty portion of biđus, a traditional Sámi reindeer stew served at feasts. The goahti accommodates 15 people.

velfjord-museum Ketil Born / Helgeland Museum

The buildings that are part of the Velfjord–Brønnøy Museum are surrounded by beautiful woodlands, mountains and the sea.

Contact

Phone: +47 90 20 93 14
arkv@helmus.no
Hjemmeside: helgelandmuseum.no/
Facebook: helgelandmuseum

From E6 in Svenningdal: Take FV76 and drive towards Brønnøysund for about 1 hour.

From Brønnøysund via FV76, about 35 minutes drive.

Addresses:

The old supermarket: Naustvikveien 1, 8960 Velfjord.

Velfjord museum: Tosenveien 87, Velfjord.

The goahti – the turf hut: Tosenveien 87, Velfjord.

 

Thank you for respecting the local communities, and for helping us preserve the natural beauty of Helgeland!

Please:

  • 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.

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