Brønnøysund, also known as the ‘coastal town in the middle of Norway’, is in Brønnøy municipality and has around 5000 inhabitants (7850 in the municipality as a whole). As the regional centre and transport hub of South Helgeland, and with daily stops by Hurtigruten, direct flights to Oslo and Bergen, an offshore helicopter base and good bus and boat connections, Brønnøysund is a meeting point for locals, tourists and travellers alike. However, Brønnøysund is probably best known for the Torghatten hole and Brønnøysund Register Centre.

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Torghatten –the fairytale mountain

Torghatten, pierced through the middle by its characteristic hole, is famous in Norway and abroad, with a wild and unspoiled atmosphere that provides an exciting experience. Mankind seems insignificant when you walk through the 160 m (525 ft) long, 25–75 m (80–245 ft) high and 12–27 m (40–90 ft) wide hole that feels like a grand hall. Torghatten is about 12 km (7.5 miles) from Brønnøysund town centre, and the trail up to the hole is well marked.

Walks around the town

Brønnøysund is a vibrant and pretty little town with an attractive visitors' marina. Allow some time to stroll around the town – perhaps an evening walk along Havnegata, where you can enjoy looking at the small boats and bustling life of the archipelago. Sample the street life and go intoone of the pubs, or treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the restaurants.

'Steinar Breiflabb'

The sculpture 'Steinar Breiflabb' is Brønnøy's contribution to Artscape Nordland. The sculpture was created by the Swedish/French artist Erik Dietman, and is a landscape installation shaped like a 70 m (230 ft) long stone fish. You can find the sculpture in the strait outside Brønnøysund town centre.

Brønnøy Church

Brønnøy Church is a stone church dating back to 1870, built in the Neo-Gothic style. Parts of the choir and entrance wallswere built in medieval times. The church's oldest artefact is a pre-Reformation wooden crucifix. This has pride of place above the new side-altar. The church is in the centre of town.

Norwegian Aquaculture Centre

At the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre at Toft, about 6 km (4 miles) from the centre of Brønnøysund, you can get a really good look atfish farming, control underwater cameras, feed the salmon and learn more about aquaculture and sea life.

Mini-cruise with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten calls here twice daily: southbound in the afternoon and northbound just after midnight. Why not take a mini-cruise along parts of the beautiful Helgeland coast? You can jump onto the Hurtigruten boat in the afternoon, and stay on it until you reach Rørvik, where the northbound and southbound boats connect. You could be back in Brønnøysund by 00:30. Tickets are sold on board.

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Hildurs Urtearium
Hildurs Urtearium
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Torghatten Helgeland
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