“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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Træna Museum documents the this archipelago’s history going back to the Stone Age. Some of the archaeological discoveries displayed date back at least 9000 years. For this reason, Træna can rightfully call itself “the oldest fishing community in Norway”.
Norwegian Aquaculture Centre – Rorbu cabins by the sea
When you travel the scenic Helgeland coast, you are at the heart of one of Norway’s most important industries: aquaculture. And the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre is right on the water at Toftsundet, in the middle of the country’s salmon farming industry. Here you can observe every phase of the salmon’s life up close. A gangway takes you to the centre’s salmon pens. Nearby are the rorbu, the traditional fishermen’s cabins, as well as a building that houses a historic exhibition and the centre’s restaurant.
Seløy Kystferie – Memorable coastal adventures
Seløy Kystferie invites you to explore the magnificent Helgeland coast by joining a RIB sea-rafting excursion or by taking a trip on a fishing boat. Their knowledgeable guides will enrich your experience with insight into the coastal culture and the harsh life of the fishermen and their families who have lived here for countless generations.
Træna overnatting (Accommodation)
If you visit Husøya, the main island in the Træna archipelago, consider staying at the cosy little hotel called Træna Overnatting. Træna is a vibrant community, and here you will find good dining as well as strikingly beautiful scenery.
Falch Old Trading Post, Rødøy
Falch Old Trading is beautifully situated on the Tjongsfjord, and it’s just a short detour from the Coastal Highway, Fv17. This trading post has provided many functions through the years: a fish plant, cod liver oil production, fishnet production, country store, doctor’s offices and pharmacy.
Helgeland Kayak – Guided kayak trips
With Helgeland Kayak you can go on guided tours, attend courses or rent a kayak and go out on your own. If you prefer to stay ashore, you can join a guided hike in the mountains. Helgeland Kayak is based in Mo i Rana and on the island of Tomma outside Nesna.
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.
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.
Nordvær – Arctic Adventure Sailing Voyage
Explore the varied activities and experiences that Nordvær has to offer aboard a modern sailing catamaran. Take your pick from options such as kayaking, free diving, hiking, skiing, and culinary delights, all while savoring the breathtaking views of Norway’s stunning landscape.
Brønnøysund Overnatting – Accommodation in the heart of town
Did you know there is cosy accommodation available within walking distance of the airport as well as the heart of Brønnøysund? It’s ideally situated with its proximity to good outdoor recreation areas, as well as the many excellent cafés and restaurants in this coastal town.