Sjøgata, in the centre of Mosjøen, is in an area where history is still alive today. The old, 19th century buildings are well preserved, forming a colourful backdrop to the little town's vibrant urban life. A stroll around this area will reveal architectural gems and beautifully preserved buildings. The Sjøgata area, represented by Kulturverkstedet (the Culture Workshop) has been awarded the St. Olav’s Rose, the Norwegian Heritage Foundation’s mark of quality.
Helgeland Museum's own wharf, Jakobsenbrygga, is on Sjøgata. Exhibitions about the area's history are displayed here across three storeys. The museum also puts on a changing range of themed exhibitions and other events. You can buy handicrafts and books in the museum shop. A visit to the old Shell petrol station in the town centre is also a must.
In this distinctive multi-purpose building in Sjøgata, you can have a coffee, eat traditional food from Vefsn and admire work by well-known artists from Northern Norway. You can also buy artworks to take home with you. Every Friday throughout the year there are lunchtime concerts in Galleriet by professional and amateur local musicians. Don't miss a visit to the antiquarian bookshop in the 'back yard' of Kulturverkstedet.
Tre Eldar ("Three Flames")
Vefsn municipality's contribution to Artscape Nordland is called 'Tre Eldar', and was created by the Icelandic artist Hulda Hàkon. The stunning installation is made of lacquered stainless steel, and portrays three tongues of flame. You can see the sculptures in the riverside park just outside the town centre.
Town park from 1905
The beautiful town park in the centre of Mosjøen was created between 1900 and 1905, in a town that at the time had only a few residents. However, their belief in progress convinced the citizens and authorities of the town that the park would eventually become an important green space in a large urban area. History has proved them right, as a hundred years on, their park is still there, and has now been restored back to its original glory. The park has been awarded the Olav's Rose.
Marsøra and the Helgeland Stairs
If you want to see the historic Sjøgata from the other side of the river, we recommend a walk or a bike ride to Marsøra, along the lovely trail that runs along the foot of the Øyfjellet mountain. This gives you amazingly fine views of Sjøgata and the river Vefsna.
We also recommended a tour up the Helgeland Stairs, one of the longest stone stairs in the world. All in all, there are 3000 steps, each built by Sherpas from Nepal. They will be completed with about 3500 stairs in 2020.
Via Ferrata and Zipline
Try the northernmost via ferrata in Øyfjellet, (close to the Helgeland Stairs), meaning “iron path”. Hook yourself onto the thick wire that is securely attached to the mountainside, and ascend safely using natural holds and steps in the mountain. The route is classified as B/C, easy to intermediate – in other words, this mountain-climbing adventure doesn’t require specialised knowledge or prior experience.
The Zipline starting at a height of 70 metres, you can soar 700 metres across the Vefsna river before landing safely in the beautiful gardens of Fru Haugans Hotel, the oldest in Northern Norway. It’s a great adrenalin rush! With your body-harness securely strapped to the strong wire, savour a bird’s eye view of the historic Sjøgata street, Mosjøen and the town’s environs.
Dolstad Folk Museum and Dolstad Church
A short walk from the town centre takes you to the Folk Museum, a historic oasis in Mosjøen. It has several buildings and an extensive collection of artefacts that provide an excellent insight into 300 years of the building traditions and living conditions of the villages of Vefsn. Dolstad Church is Northern Norway's oldest octagonal cruciform church, and was built in 1735. It is beautifully finished, with a stunning interior and is situated at the Dolstad Folk Museum.
Mosjøen also has some excellent cafés and restaurants, many of which serve wonderful meals in the form of local food. The town also has three hotels, a motel, guest house and a campsite. There are also plenty of shops, whether you prefer shopping centres with 'everything' in one place, or would rather browse around tiny specialist shops with their exciting ranges of goods.