“Island hopping” on the Helgeland coast is an adventure that we think all travellers should treat themselves to at least once in their life. And you can do this by kayak, local express boats, or on two wheels. You’re able to bring your bicycle on the express boat, and there are many places where you can rent a kayak.
You can fly to Bodø, Mo i Rana, Sandnessjøen or Brønnøysund, and from there start your “island hopping” adventure by boarding the express boat. If you have a bike or kayak, you can bring it with you – and either is a great and more flexible alternative to driving a car, especially during the summer. Think of it as “Interrail by sea”, and take full advantage of the special Summer Route.
Choose “your” island
Next, all you have to do is choose one of the many beautiful islands along the Helgeland coast. Maybe one of the larger islands such as Vega or Dønna, where you can cycle for many hours, hike the mountains and go kayaking amongst the islets and skerries? Perhaps you would prefer a smaller, weather-beaten island such as the fascinating Myken and Træna? Or choose tranquil days and great dining on Lovund or Støtt, Rødøya or Bolga?
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Thon Hotel Brønnøysund
Thon Hotel Brønnøysund is situated in the heart of this coastal town in southern Helgeland. The hotel offers attractive new rooms, a restaurant with à la carte dining, and plenty of free parking for guests.
There is no better way to experience the magnificent Helgeland coast than on a sailboat voyage with family or friends. The boat allows you to jettison the moorings of your everyday life – and you have a wonderful opportunity to learn sailing skills and seamanship while exploring beautiful islands and islets, sheltered beaches and towering mountains, fishing villages and friendly islanders. A Sail Helgeland adventure brings you close to the natural elements as well as to your fellow sailors.
The Zahl building and the old sexton's residence in Nesna
The main facility of the Nesna Museum is the building that once housed the business of the local Zahl family. This large and stately commercial building, which dates from 1907 and has Swiss-style decorations, has been expanded both in width and towards the rear. Nesna is amongst other things known for “Nesnalobben”, and an exhibition in the museum is dedicated to this footwear.
Torghatten Strandrestaurant – A dining close to the ingredients
Torghatten Strandrestaurant is magnificently situated at the foot of the legendary mountain Torghatten, 15 km from the Brønnøysund town centre. Time and again travellers are delighted to discover this beautiful seaside restaurant and its terrific fjord view.
Hildurs Urterarium – Culinary adventures
Hildurs Urterarium is far more than a restaurant. It is a lush oasis imbued with life and personality, offering guests a respite from their busy lives and a unique dining experience shared with friends or family. Restaurant Sagastuen and the old parlour have an ambience that gives visitors a taste of bygone times.
3 Kalver – Hearty dining at a farm restaurant
The farm restaurant called 3 Kalver (Three Calves), situated on the island of Dønna, offers satisfying dining in distinctive surroundings. The menu proudly features dishes based on quality local ingredients.
Bindal Museum and the old croft at Vassås
Bindal Museum at Terråk documents local forestry, boatbuilding and other wood-working traditions. It contrasts past and present practices. The museum also includes Bindal Bygdetun, an open-air museum at an authentic old croft at Vassås, 2.5 km north of Terråk.
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 whiskey distillery. These excursions start from Ørnes in Meløy municipality – but for your convenience you can request to be picked up elsewhere en route.
Træna Arctic Fishing
Selvær, the second-biggest island of the Træna archipelago, is a quiet and cosy fishing community. Like the rest of Træna, it faces the open sea and lies far from the mainland. Here, you can stay in a modern quayside holiday apartment, and experience scenic Helgeland at its best. You will find excellent fishing, literally thousands of islets and skerries, amazing birdlife, and skies that glow late into the summer nights.
The Ravnfloget Vega Via Ferrata and the Vega Stairs
“Climbing Ravnfloget has been a dream for many people. This rugged mountain was once a lofty playground accessible only to sea eagles and ravens, hence the name.” Today, the Ravnfloget Via Ferrata, a spectacular climbing trail, will take you to the summit of Ravnfloget. The mountain is situated on the western side of the island of Vega.