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Mo i Rana - the arctic circle city

Nearest town to the arctic cirlcle is Mo i Rana. Therefore, Mo i Rana is often referred to as the "arctic circle city". The arctic circle crosses about 80 km north of the city. Mo i Rana, with its 18,000 inhabitants (25,730 in Rana municipality as a whole), is Helgeland's biggest town, and the fourth largest in Northern Norway. A rich history, from trading post to industrial centre, has coloured and shaped the town, which today has a large range of shops, a water park, excellent restaurants and numerous options for accommodation. Mo i Rana is also the venue for many major festivals throughout the year, as well as concerts and exhibitions.

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'Man of the Sea'

Anyone arriving in Mo via boat on the Ranfjorden will be greeted by the 10 metre high (33 ft) 'Man of the Sea' granite statue. The statue is part of Artscape Nordland, and was created by the British sculptor Antony Gormley. If you would like to get a closer look at the 'Man of the Sea', the easiest way is to follow the pedestrian street down to Jernbaneparken, and go through the underpass under the railway line.

Moholmen

Moholmen, the old part of Mo i Rana, sits like an oasis just outside the town centre. A stroll around here is like a trip back in time, away from our modern urban lives. The oldest buildings in Moholmen date back to the 17th century, and the area acts as a living museum of the era before industry arrived in the town. As well as a row of small houses thatover the years have been used as storehouses and accommodation for travellers, two of the grand buildings belonging to the merchant L. A. Meyer still remain. The best way to get to Moholmen is to followthe pedestrian street down to the underpass under the railway line.

The Tourist Information Centre in Mo i Rana has an excellent brochure providing plenty of information about Moholmen, with descriptions of individual houses and buildings.

The fjord promenade

Treat yourself to a short walk alongside the fjord on footpaths and roads that follow the shoreline. This lovely promenade, within very easy reach of the town centre, will take you past the 'Man of the Sea', Moholmen, Moskjæran Marina, the Police Station and Toranes Quay, where prawn boats are often moored selling fresh prawns.

Mo Church

The venerable old wooden church is the oldest building in the town, built in 1723–24. It is a beautiful cruciform church in the Neo-Gothic style, with a characteristic onion dome that was added in 1832. The brains behind the construction of the church was Thomas von Westen, and his statue stands on a plinth outside the church.

The 'Old Building' in the Rica Meyergården Hotel

In the heart of the town is the traditional Rica Meyergården Hotel, the oldest part of which dates back to 1890. That was the year in which 'Heim' ('Home') was completed, a majestic Swiss-style villa in what was then a rural setting. The Meyer family used this building as their private residence, while also using large parts of it as a guesthouse. The building stands just as proudly today as the 'Old Building', part of the Rica Meyergården Hotel. The ground floor contains several beautiful drawing rooms and lounges with antique furniture and decoration from a bygone age. The first and second floors house simple but cosy rooms. The Meyer family's former apartment has also been converted into one of the hotel's finest suites.

Rana Museum

The Rana Museum is just beside Meyerhagen. This is the town's branch of the Helgeland Museum. It contains exhibitions showing the rich history of Rana. The main attraction of the museum is Helge Monsen's impressive model of old Mo, from the time before the ironworks. The museum also puts on changing art exhibitions on the first floor, which are always worth seeing.

Town Hall

The town hall is a special building, and an attraction in itself. The building and the adjacent Kinoteateret cinema were built in the 1960s and 70s. With its large concrete façades and red windows, the building has gained notoriety as one of the least attractive buildings in Norway. The town hall lies at the top of the pedestrian street and presides over the town. During the day, you can also go into the town hall and view its interior.

Teaterhuset

One of the town's newest and most distinctive buildings, Nordland Teater's theatre is right beside the Town Hall and Kinoteateret. The town's cultural stronghold was completed in 2005, when Nordland Teater could finally move into modern, permanent premises. This special building's shapes and colours are intended to reflect the creativity and inspiration of theatre. The building was designed by the architects Hegglund and Koxvold. Nordland Teater is closed during the summer, but you can still appreciate the building from the outside; the best place is from the Theatre Park at the back of the building.

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Moholmen, the old part of Mo i Rana
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Havmannen i Mo i Rana
Havmannen i Mo i Rana
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Grønligrotta north of Mo i Rana
Grønligrotta north of Mo i Rana
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Marmorslottet north of Mo i Rana
Marmorslottet north of Mo i Rana
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Svartisen north of Mo i Rana
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Moholmen
Moholmen

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