You are invited to an authentic Viking experience! Bring your family or friends and see the clothes and customs, partake in activities, and enjoy a Viking banquet.

Sandnes is one of the best-documented archaeological discoveries of the Viking Age. Come visit the recreated chieftain’s farm, just outside the town of Sandnessjøen, and experience what Viking life was really like.

The chieftain at Sandnes was a power to be reckoned with in northern Norway during the Viking era (approx. 793–1066). This chieftain’s seat is mentioned in the saga about Egil Skallagrímsson, which tells of politics and power struggles, of trade and daily life at Sandnes, and of the people who lived here.

Feasts and banquets are held throughout the year. Your hosts offer Viking storytelling, Norse legends, a taste of hearty Viking fare, a sales exhibition, a reading nook, friendly contests and games. The longhouse, measuring an impressive 65 metres long and 7–10 metres wide, has been rebuilt where the original building stood. It’s less than a kilometre from Sandnessjøen town centre.

Stor forsamling i langhuset utkledd i vikingdrakter på et langbord med musikkinnslag på et gilde/middagsgruppe Høvdingsete på Sandnes / Torolvstein

A feast and storytelling in the longhouse

Groups can request a full evening or a lunch in the longhouse. A guided tour gives you insight into Helgeland’s Viking history. As part of the experience, you wear Viking clothes, and are served a meal based on the same ingredients the Norsemen used a thousand years ago. Naturally there will be friendly competitions such as axe throwing, archery and fencing, and other exciting activities.

Tre vikingjenter snakker sammen mens de går langs langhuset på høvdingsetet Høvdingsete på Sandnes / Torolvstein

Smaller groups may also request a tour of the longhouse. For more information, please visit There you will also find a contact form.

The website also tells you when there are other events, such as concerts and family days, in the longhouse.


Alstenveien 56, 8800 Sandnessjøen, Norge

Check route with Entur

Høvdingsetet på Sandnes is open during regular hours in the summer, and by appointment for groups for the rest of the year.


The summer weather on the Helgeland coast can vary a lot, with temperatures typically ranging from 15 to 30˚C – and summer showers are not unknown. We recommend that you bring swimwear as well as an all-weather jacket, and both hiking boots and sandals. In other words, be ready for every kind of weather.


In winter, temperatures vary from –15 to 5˚C. If you intend to enjoy outdoor adventures, we recommend packing woollen underwear and windproof outerwear. By layering the garments you wear, you can quickly adjust to any change in the weather. We also recommend thick gloves or mittens, a good scarf and a warm hat, especially if you expect to be spending a lot of time outside, for instance if you are trying to catch the Northern Lights.

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.

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