Here are some tips for you who want a taste of the life of a native Helgelander. That does, of course, mean getting close to the land and the sea, but it also means getting to know the people who have adapted to life here, their culture and their heritage.

Live amongst the Helgelanders

The best way to get a flavour of the life here is to find a place where you can actually live amongst the locals and see what their daily life is like. Here are some suggested accommodation options where you can do just that.

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Vevelstad Bygdetun – A folk museum
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KRED Pub & Café in Brønnøysund
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Fiskebruket Restaurant – A dining adventure at Myken
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Træna museum
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Falch Old Trading Post, Rødøy
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Hildurs Urterarium – Accommodation
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Norwegian Aquaculture Centre – A salmon success story
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Støtt in Meløy – Top of Helgeland
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Torghatten Strandrestaurant – A dining close to the ingredients
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Fru Haugans Hotel in Mosjøen
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Guest Houses in the historic area in Mosjøen
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Dønnesfjellstua – Dining on a mountain top overlooking the Helgeland coast!
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Galleri Stokland in Mosjøen
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Dønna Rorbuer Bøteriet – A charming restaurant and accommodation
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Plahtes Eiendommer – Fishing, hunting and wilderness adventures
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Vevelstad Gjestegård and Rorbuer
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Herøy Bygdesamling – A rural museum
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Selsøyvik Trading Post in Rødøy
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Sure Hotel by Best Western Ole Tobias
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Velfjordferie – A holiday stay for guests who love fishing!
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FarOutFocus photo gallery – Nature photographer Hans Petter Sørensen
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The Petter Dass Museum at Alstahaug
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Raus Brewery
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Sømna Bygdetun – An open-air museum
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To Elise from Marius – From farm to table
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Eider ducks, luxurious down and the bird guardians of Lånan
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Villa Våg – historic accommodation at Tjøtta
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Restauranthuset Tipperary
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Himmelblå Brygge: Dining and accommodation at Ylvingen
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Restaurant Gammelbutikken – authentic local seafood
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Hattfjelldal Hotell – GoExtreme
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Hattfjelldal Museum
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Seil Norge – Sailing adventures on the Helgeland coast
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Jacobsenbrygga and the folk museum in Mosjøen
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Svang Restaurant & Wine Bar – In the heart of Brønnøysund
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Bakarstuo – Year-round guesthouse by Trofors
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Tjøtta Gjestegård – Accommodation and dining in historical surroundings
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Laksforsen – Generations of tratidional food
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Nordvika Old Trading Post, on Dønna
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Lyngvågen Café on Gjerdøya in Rødøy
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Bolga Brygge – Sleep to the soothing sound of waves
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Hotel Scandic Seven Sisters – Accomodation Sandnessjøen
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Grønsvik coastal fortress, Lurøy
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Hildurs Urterarium – Culinary adventures
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The Mountain Way
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Augustbryggo – Accommodation and dining in Herøy
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Vega World Heritage Center
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Halibudskole Vandve – A holiday home with boat rental and a nearby glasblowers workshop
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Velfjord-Brønnøy Museum
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Nordland Theatre – Magical Moments
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Charming coffee bar in Træna
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Torghatten Camping – Fishing, dining and much more
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3 Kalver – Hearty dining at a farm restaurant
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Dønnes Gård – Accommodation in historical surroundings
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An evening wilderness adventure with a taste of Sámi culture
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Kulturbadet in Sandnessjøen
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Sæterstad Gård
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A stay at Straumen Farm
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Sijti Jarnge – Center for sami language and culture
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Savory farm food from Vega
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Træna Arctic Fishing
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Rana Museum, Stenneset open-air Museum and Bredek Mountain Farm
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Corner Bar and Outdoor (Hjørnet Bar)
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The Zahl building and the old sexton´s residence in Nesna
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Accommodation at Glomfjord Overnatting
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Helgeland Kolonial – café and restaurant in Sandnessjøen
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Hunting the Northern Lights at Støtt
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Inderdalen Gård – Charming Farm Stay with Rich History
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Myken Seng & Suppe (Myken Bed & Soup)
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Træna overnatting (Accommodation)
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Blomsterbua Food & Wine in Mosjøen
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A guided ice fishing trip with Hi North 
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Storli Camping and Aernie – Accommodation and a sámi experience
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Oscarbrygga – Accommodation and dining
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Aloha Cafe on Træna
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Kulturverkstedet Mosjøen – A cultural workshop
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Offersøy Camping Helgeland – Camping, boat and bike rental
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Winter dream at Støtt
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Christmas weekend in Mosjøen 
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Korgen Camping – An idyll by the Røssåga River
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Forvik Old Trading Post
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The Romantic House on Herøy
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Heidis Sjokoladedrøm – Divine handmade chocolate
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Restaurant Ellen
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Hemnes open-air museum
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Grane Museum
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Kvarøy Sjøhus – A holiday stay in rorbu cabin
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The Sami Way
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Bindal Museum and the old croft at Vassås

Learn our heritage

The natives of Helgeland and the lives they lead are shaped by nature. We come from a long line of fishermen-farmers, who tilled patches of fertile land, kept hardy livestock, rowed out onto the sea to catch fish, and were caretakers of the eider ducks that come to nest each year. Their heritage includes the Sámi reindeer herders who followed their migrating flocks as they roamed the mountains. Our ancestors were boat-builders and iron-workers, sailors and merchants – and some of us still are.

We have seen many summer nights lit by the midnight sun, but also cold dark winter days when the sun scarcely rose up to the horizon. Use your imagination; how do you think this has shaped life in Helgeland? How did we live in centuries past? And how are our lives and identities formed today?

Dine with the Helgelanders

One of the best ways to know the locals is to eat with them and take part in the conversation that flows naturally over a hearty meal. Listen to the music of our dialects, and how they might be subtly different from those of the neighbouring table, people who might be from another village, the next valley over, or perhaps a different island. In Helgeland there are many vibrant local communities, each of them distinct. To share a meal with us is to taste the local culture!

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Laksforsen – Generations of tratidional food
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To Elise from Marius – From farm to table
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Restauranthuset Tipperary
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Vega World Heritage Center
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3 Kalver – Hearty dining at a farm restaurant
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Tjøtta Gjestegård – Accommodation and dining in historical surroundings
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Fru Haugans Hotel in Mosjøen
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Blomsterbua Food & Wine in Mosjøen
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KRED Pub & Café in Brønnøysund
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Forvik Old Trading Post
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Støtt in Meløy – Top of Helgeland
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Torghatten Camping – Fishing, dining and much more
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Himmelblå Brygge: Dining and accommodation at Ylvingen
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Restaurant Gammelbutikken – authentic local seafood
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Corner Bar and Outdoor (Hjørnet Bar)
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Dønna Rorbuer Bøteriet – A charming restaurant and accommodation
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Kulturverkstedet Mosjøen – A cultural workshop
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Fiskebruket Restaurant – A dining adventure at Myken
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Dønnes Gård – Accommodation in historical surroundings
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Oscarbrygga – Accommodation and dining
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Hotel Scandic Seven Sisters – Accomodation Sandnessjøen
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Nordvika Old Trading Post, on Dønna
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Torghatten Strandrestaurant – A dining close to the ingredients
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Lyngvågen Café on Gjerdøya in Rødøy
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Helgeland Kolonial – café and restaurant in Sandnessjøen
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Aloha Cafe on Træna
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Restaurant Ellen
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Charming coffee bar in Træna
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Heidis Sjokoladedrøm – Divine handmade chocolate
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Selsøyvik Trading Post in Rødøy
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Hildurs Urterarium – Culinary adventures
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Storli Camping and Aernie – Accommodation and a sámi experience
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Savory farm food from Vega
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Dønnesfjellstua – Dining on a mountain top overlooking the Helgeland coast!
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Svang Restaurant & Wine Bar – In the heart of Brønnøysund

Join the locals on an excursion

You are, of course, free to explore Helgeland on your own. But a knowledgeable local guide can greatly enrich the voyage. They can teach you about the history and heritage of the places you visit, give you good advice and, if you are lucky, show you some hidden gems.

A ski trek in the Børgefjell National Park

Put on your skis and join us for a truly challenging wilderness adventure. We invite you on a very special cross-country ski expedition in the Børgefjell National Park!

A guided ice fishing trip with Hi North 

Hi North knows where you’ll find the lakes that offer the best fishing in Helgeland. All you have to bring is warm winter clothes, patience and a positive attitude; combined with our expert guide’s detailed local knowledge, a good catch is almost guaranteed!

A weekend of high adventure on the lofty peaks!

The picturesque Meløy Alps offers some of the wildest off-piste skiing in Northern Norway!

A glacier trek on Svartisen

Join us for an exotic adventure: a guided glacier trek on Engabreen. The experienced guides from Meløy Adventure will ensure that this is a safe and unforgettable adventure.

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.

Kayaking the waters around Ylvingen

Based on the island of Ylvingen, Himmelblå Brygge offers introductory and more advanced kayaking courses, kayak rentals, and guided kayaking trips on the nearby waters. Their beautiful island is situated just south of Vega.

Sailing trips to Vega, Lånan and Torghatten

You are invited on an unforgettable sailing trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Area of the islands of Vega and the eider duck nesting site, Lånan, that for many generations has been protected by the islanders. Or choose a voyage to the legendary mountain with a hole through it, Torghatten.

Tailored boat trips with Sea Adventure Helgeland

How would you like a cruise along the Helgeland coast, designed to show you and your friends the very best the scenic region has to offer? Or how about a shuttle boat that quickly takes you where you want, exactly when you want? Sea Adventure Helgeland offers you boat trips tailored to your needs and wishes.

An exciting half-day rafting adventure at Trofors with RiverNorth

RiverNorth’s most popular excursion is the Half-Day Rafting Adventure. You get to challenge big waves – and see if you’re brave enough to dive from a cliff!

SUP – flow with the river, with RiverNorth

Join us, get on your Standup Paddleboard (SUP), and enjoy a fantastic trip on the gently flowing river. For most people, paddle-boarding is a completely new adventure, and a novel way to experience scenic surroundings.

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