A summer holiday in Helgeland means enjoying the midnight sun and summer evenings that never end. It means steady steps as you hiking the trails of the mountain wilderness, a refreshing swim in the sea, and the comforting rhythm of oars as you row sheltered waters between the islands. A summer holiday here means slowing down time itself to enjoy adventures with family, good food and refreshments with friends, and the warm hospitality of the Helgelanders. A summer holiday in Helgeland means so much more… Join us and discover the magic that awaits you here!

Where to go: The Helgeland coast and the mountain wilderness

Helgeland is vast. For a simplified overview, we have divided the region into four parts: the outer islands, the Norwegian Scenic Route along the coast, highway E6 through the centre of Helgeland, and the Wilderness Road (Villmarksveien) through Helgeland’s scenic interior.

Explore the outer islands with the Nordland Express boats

During the summer, the express boats call on extra many island destinations, including the outermost islands such as the Vega archipelago, Lovund, Træna, Myken, Bolga and Støtt.

These island communities are vibrant and intimate, and each is unique in its own way. Far from the mainland, they face the ever-changing sea. The islanders have a keen appreciation of the powerful forces of nature and have attuned their lives to the rhythms of the tides, wind and weather. When you visit, you may well find the vastness of the sea and sky breathtaking – after all, this is coastal Helgeland at its most rugged and magnificent.

You can take the express boat out to any one of the islands mentioned and be quite content spending most of your holiday there. Or you can go “island hopping” with the Nordland Express. Travel Pass Nordland is just like Interrail, except that you are travelling by express boat instead of by train

Norwegian Scenic Route Helgeland Coast – the Coastal Highway, Fv17

The Coastal Highway (Fv17) is the popular scenic alternative for a car holiday along the Helgeland coast. In fact, this has status as a Norwegian Scenic Route. The highlights and destinations en route include Torghatten, the mountain with a hole through it near the town of Brønnøysund, the Lomsdal-Visten National Park, the Seven Sisters mountains near the town of Sandnessjøen, the coastal village of Nesna, island mountains such as Rødøyløva, Meløy and the Svartisen glacier. And when you feel the outer islands beckoning, they are just a detour away by express boat.

We realize it is popular to drive the entire Coastal Highway and then return via highway E6, but consider slowing your pace and exploring a smaller area in depth. In addition to being able to see more of the attractions nearby and explore the varied landscape, you will gain a deeper experience of the local communities. Slow your pace – discover your own Helgeland!

Central Helgeland – via highway E6 or the Nordland Line

If you want a little of everything, or a lot more than that, travelling by train is a great way to go. By car, you can choose highway E6. Both means of travel will bring you to many exciting attractions and open up great opportunities for adventure. For instance, the historic town of Mosjøen has the famous Helgeland Stairs and a Zip-line, Hemnes offers the Okstindan mountains with the dramatic Rabothytta cabin, and Rana has the Svartisen glacier, Saltfjellet National Park, and the nearby Arctic Circle.

The advantage of this route and a holiday stay in these areas is that you don’t have to choose between fjords and mountains – you are close to both. Within easy reach you have the Helgeland coast and three amazing national parks: Børgefjell, Saltfjellet and Lomsdal-Visten

Drive the Wilderness Road – or hike the Nordland Trail

The Wilderness Road (Villmarksveien) runs from Majavatn lake in the south to the village of Korgen in the north. It takes you through the most scenic areas of the Grane, Hattfjelldal and Hemnes municipalities. You will travel close to Børgefjell National Park, Røssvatnet, the second-largest lake in Norway, and the Okstindan massif, which has the highest peak in Northern Norway.

This route is particularly satisfying if you are eager to go hiking and yearn to try your luck fishing the lakes and mountain tarns. The Nordland Trail goes from Børgefjell to Saltfjellet, with cabins that are spaced a comfortable day hike apart.

When should you visit Helgeland?

In Helgeland, each season brings its own delights and opportunities for activities and adventures. Let us mention some of them.

Early summer – green leaves and snow-capped mountains

By the beginning of June, the leaves will have unfolded in the lush woodlands and forests of Helgeland, and the lowlands are alive with bright green grasses. High above, the mountain peaks are still capped with winter snow. Many natives and visitors believe this is the time when Helgeland is at its most beautiful.

From 12 June, parts of Helgeland enjoy the midnight sun. Although by now most Helgelanders have put away their skis and brought out their hiking boots, bikes, kayaks or boats, those who wish can still easily find snow-covered mountains to ski.

For reasons beyond the scenic beauty, this is a great time to visit Helgeland. With the peak tourism season just around the corner, many seasonal companies have opened their operations, although in some cases starting with slightly reduced offerings. For instance, the ferries and express boats may not yet be on their summer schedules, which see more frequent departures and in some cases extra ports of call. And given that there is still a lot of snow in the high mountains, you want to carefully consider the conditions and weather before going hiking. That said, unless you are in a hurry, this really is a time to experience Helgeland – at perhaps its most beautiful.

Mid summer is peak season – warmer and full of light

From the end of June and well into July, we can enjoy warm bright days. The summer holidays have officially started. Although heat waves are the exception here in Northern Norway, we do suggest that you pack your shorts and swimwear as well as an all-weather jacket – you might well need them all. By now, the full range of summer activities is available, our opening hours are generally extended, and many ferries and express boats have extra departures and make additional destinations available.

Winter adventures near Brønnøysund
The Road to Good Food – Three Exquisite Culinary Experiences
Winter adventures near Mo i Rana
Historic lodgings
Helgeland offers great fun for children!
Fly and bike
Torghatten – the mountain with a hole through it
The Seven Sisters mountain range
Svartisen glacier – Austerdalsisen and Engabreen
Trænafestivalen – A one-of-a-kind festival in the wild
Midnight sun in Helgeland
Gentle ski-touring
Great mountain hikes in Helgeland
Itinerary: Island hopping from Støtt to Sandnessjøen
Good tips for your cycling holiday in Helgeland
Outdoor adventures near Mo i Rana
Itinerary: The Norwegian Scenic Route along the Helgeland coast
The taste of Vega is worth a detour
5 tips for winter break with kids in Helgeland.
Four tips for your winter holiday in Helgeland
A road trip for the active family
Winter adventures near Mosjøen
Seven challenging summit hikes in Helgeland
The roof of Northern Norway – the Okstindan mountains and Okstindbreen glacier
Vega world heritage
Mo i Rana – A town for the whole family
The Arctic Circle – a magic boundary
Nice beaches and bathing spots
5 reasons Helgeland is among Norwegians favorite destinations
Itinerary: Island hopping on the summer route
Summer fun in Mosjøen
Three hours exploring Mo i Rana
10 tips for an adventurous Helgeland trip with friends
Unique culinary experience on the outskirts
Winter fun in Sandnessjøen
Trollfjell Global Geopark – explore a unique landscape
Eight-course camping
Coastal Route – National Tourist Route Helgeland Coast

Our coastal mountains and the lowest of the inland mountains are by now more or less snow-free and ready for hiking. And although the midnight sun ends in early July in Helgeland, the evenings don’t really get dark until August.

This is the time for the long, lazy summer days and seemingly endless summer nights. Go kayaking in the archipelago or explore scenic Helgeland on two wheels, before you enjoy great conversation over a late dinner in the evening glow. If you prefer fast-paced adventure, there are plenty of opportunities for that too. Just be mindful that during this peak season, you should book accommodation and dining well in advance, especially at the most popular places. In fact for some places it’s a good idea to start thinking about booking already by December.

Late summer – late August to early September

As school approaches, Helgeland’s tourist season calms down. Some places have reduced their opening hours and selections, the ferries run less frequently, and express boats are no longer running on their expanded summer schedule. With fewer departures, you may need to plan your local travels more thoroughly.

On the other hand, the crowds are gone. Experienced hikers know that the wilderness and mountain realms are at their best right now. There is still warmth in the air, and after months of summer the snow has retreated to the highest peaks. The mountains and forests have a bounty waiting for you: a wealth of blueberries. And if you know where to look, you can find nature’s golden delicacies – chanterelles and cloudberries!

Late summer and early autumn are ideal times to explore beautiful wilderness areas such as Røssvatnet lake, the Okstindan mountains, or our three national parks: Saltfjellet-Svartisen, Børgefjell and Lomsdal-Visten. Each evening the sun sets earlier and the night is a little darker. With luck you may see the Northern Lights dance across the sky! Nonetheless these late summer days still last longer than at southern latitudes, giving you extra time to explore and experience the wilderness. The most eager connoisseurs of our great outdoors will tell you with grin: “Do your sleeping when you get home!”

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Torghatten Camping – Fishing, dining and much more

Torghatten Camping is idyllically situated at the foot of the legendary mountain Torghatten. Accommodation offered here includes high-standard cabins and apartments. There are spots to pitch your tent and electrical hook-ups for your caravan or camper. The restaurant here is known for excellent dining.

Mosjøen Hotell

Mosjøen Hotel is a cosy little hotel conveniently situated along highway E6, just 1.5 km from the Mosjøen town centre. Being within easy reach of many sights and attractions, it is an excellent base for day excursions along the coast and into the inland wilderness.

Aspnes Camping

Welcome to Helgeland and welcome to Aspnes Camping, beautifully situated by Fustvatnet lake, 13 km north of the town of Mosjøen.

Villa Våg – historic accommodation at Tjøtta

Villa Våg is an old vicarage. Today you and your family or friends are invited to stay here in historic surroundings, while using this villa on the island of Tjøtta as your base for exploring Helgeland.

RIB sea rafting trips with Meløy Adventure

You are invited to join Meløy Adventure on a RIB sea-rafting adventure to the island of Rødøya and Rødøyløva (443 m). Other great options include a sea-rafting safari to explore the scenic Nordfjord, the spectacular island of Træna, or a visit to the remote island of Myken with a tour of its whisky distillery. These excursions start from Ørnes in Meløy municipality – but for your convenience you can request to be picked up elsewhere en route.

Bike rental in Brønnøysund

Situated in the centre of Brønnøysund, the Tourist Information office offers bicycle rental, as well as all the equipment you need for short bike rides or long cycling adventures.

Halibudskole Vandve – A holiday home with boat rental and a nearby glasblowers workshop

Halibutskole Vandve offers a holiday stay where you’ll have some really great fishing opportunities. Guests who appreciate the arts and creative crafts will be pleased to know that a glassblower has a workshop nearby.

Velfjordferie – A holiday stay for guests who love fishing!

Velfjordferie is beautifully situated by the fjord, with great fishing spots and hiking trails nearby! The area lies just south of the Arctic Circle, which means you have daylight virtually round-the-clock, from mid-May to the end of July. Fishing is especially popular at “night”, when the wind dies down and the sea often is calm as a mirror.

Augustbryggo – Accommodation and dining in Herøy

Thousands of islands, smooth white rockfaces that slope into the sea – the magnificent scenery leaves a lasting impression on travellers who visit the island of Seløy, an island in Herøy municipality. The holiday facility of Augustbryggo welcomes you warmly, whether you arrive by boat, kayak, car or bike. Here you will find good lodgings and dining.

Støtt in Meløy – Top of Helgeland

The picturesque old trading post of Støtt offers some of Helgeland’s most beautiful and unique holiday experiences. Many adventures await you here, and you can enjoy charming quarters and great dining in historic buildings steeped in the island’s ancient coastal heritage.

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