With its stunning natural scenery, rich culture, and endless possibilities for outdoor adventure, it’s easy to see why Helgeland has become a top destination for Norwegian travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. But if you ask abroad, it still seems that we are Norways best kept travel secret.
So here’s five reasons why Helgeland will be your customers new favourite destination:
1: Stunning landscapes and breathtaking nature
Helgeland stretches like a paradise in the southern part of Nordland, with the Arctic Circle as a belt straight through it. On the coast lies one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos, with thousands of islands along a coast that National Geographic named one of the world’s most beautiful road trips. It also boasts a unique coastal culture listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and a marvelous coastal landscape that is recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark. Fairytale mountains rise straight out of the sea, and the myriad of islands, islets, and skerries that make the Helgeland coast one of Norway’s best areas for kayaking.
And if you take a trip into the beautiful fjords, you will find a mountain range with Northern Norway’s highest mountain, Okstindan, several glaciers, including Norway’s second-largest and lowest-lying glacier, Svartisen. And wild and pristine nature in three of Norway’s most beautiful national parks, Børgefjell, Lomsdal-Visten, and Saltfjellet-Svartisen near the Arctic Circle.
2: Helgeland’s amazing diversity; from kayaking to skiing in the same day
The large natural diversity provides almost endless hiking opportunities and activities. You can start the day with a kayak trip in the beautiful archipelago on the coast and end with skiing in the midnight sun in the high inland mountains. Or you can hike under the norhtern lights the one day, and bike from island to island the next. You can fish for large cod at sea and find nice trout in the mountains. Explore deep caves and enjoy bright summer evenings on the dock.
And with four cozy towns, Helgeland has a good selection of restaurants and cafes to suit every taste. In addition to museums, water parks, and activity centers such as the Nordland Science Center or the Krokstrand High and Low Climbing Park.
You are almost guaranteed to find something for every taste, whether you are a group of friends, a small family with young children, a couple, or traveling solo.
3: Endless opportunities under the midnight sun
And not only can you do what you want, but you can also do it almost whenever you want. In Helgeland, it is bright all night almost all summer, and from mid-June to the end of July, there is midnight sun here. Do you feel like taking a bike ride at 11 pm? Or taking a midnight swim at 3 am? No problem, in the bright summer nights, you don’t have to let the clock control you!
4: Escape the crowds and roam freely
Compared to many popular destinations in Northern Norway, Helgeland is still somewhat undiscovered. You will likely meet many more locals than tourists at the cafes here and experience having plenty of space. Yes, on some of the most popular mountain hikes, you will meet quite a few people on the finest days, but you can also experience having almost the entire mountain or island to yourself. Here, you definitely don’t have to wait in line to go hiking.
And did you know, that Norway has it’s own right to roam-law? That means that you can go hiking almost anywhere in the country, as long as you show respect for nature, wildlife, and other people’s property. This gives you even more freedom to explore and experience the beautiful and unspoiled nature of Helgeland. Just remember to leave no trace and take care of the environment, so that it will stay beutiful and unspoiled for those that come after.
5: Smooth sailing – Traveling to Helgeland is easy
Helgelands many gems might be off the beaten path, but trust us, getting here is straight forward.
All four cities in Helgeland – Brønnøysund, Mosjøen, Sandnessjøen, and Mo i Rana – have their own airports, and trains run to Mo i Rana and Mosjøen from Bodø and Trondheim. And if you rather take the scenic route and travel like the locals, the Travel Pass Nordland allows you to travel as much as you want by ferry and express boat along the coast. It makes it super easy to hop from island to island with the expres boat Nordlandsekspressen, while taking detours to explore the mountains and other experiences further inland.
And whether you get here by air, rail, water or road, you’ll travel through a wonderful scenery of mountains and fjords, small towns and comunities, islands and ocean. After all, the journey is the destination, is it not? Are you ready?
Ask our travel trade manager
Our travel trade manager, Merethe Kvandal, can assist you in planning your trip to and in Helgeland, and find accommodation, restaurants, and activities tailored to your customers.
You can contact Merethe by e-mail: email@example.com; or by phone: +47 917 71 019.
We also have videos, images and reels with raw video footage in our media bank that you can use to promote your trips to Helgeland.