Hjartåsen provides a fantastic view of Mosjøen and the Vefsnfjord, and is an easy hike that suits the entire family.

Key info

Difficulty: Easy
Distance one way: 2.8 kilometers
Elevation gain: 160-meter elevation
Duration one way: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, dependent on the amount of snow.
Trailhead: The hike begins at Krinkelkroken Kindergarten, located at Ugleveien 2, approximately 4-5 km outside the city center. Drive north on E6 towards Mo i Rana and take a left halfway up the hill to Kulstadlia. Follow the road until you reach the kindergarten.

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Hjartåsen offers a delightful hiking experience suitable for families with children. On the way to the top, you’ll enjoy views of both the fjord and the city.

Starting from Krinkelkroken Kindergarten, enter a nice gravel path leading down through the forest. Follow the trail until you reach a field, continue along the field, and onto a tractor road. Follow the tractor road uphill, and keep left when you reach the top of the road. You’ll see a white house on your right, and this is where the trail through the forest begins.

Thea Markussen
Thea Markussen
Thea Markussen

The trail through the forest is well-marked, and shortly after entering, the ascent begins.

The initial climb is somewhat steep, but it levels out as you approach the top. Eventually, you’ll reach a marsh, where signs are directing you toward Hjartåsen. If you continue straight without turning towards Hjartåsen, you’ll reach Utsikten, which has both a lean-to shelter and a fire pit—a lovely destination with a view of Vefsnfjorden. Further on, there is a bit more ascent before reaching the top of Hjartåsen, where you’ll find a nice lean-to shelter, a fire pit, and several “trimkasser” (mailboxes where you can sign your name to show that you were there).

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Thank you for respecting the local communities, and for helping us preserve the natural beauty of Helgeland!


  • Strive to leave no trace of your visit. Bring back all your rubbish, including used toilet paper, and discard it in the nearest rubbish bin.
  • Plan your toilet visits and use the opportunity when you pass a toilet. In the wilderness, make sure you are not a nuisance to others.
  • Respect the local wildlife. Keep a good distance from wildlife, livestock and birds. Keep your dog leashed.
  • Respect private property. Keep a respectful distance from houses and cabins.
  • Show good boating sense. Keep a good distance from shore and drive at a low speed, especially when you are close to anyone or anything on the water, including birds or animals. Avoid loud and disturbing engine noise. Be aware that some islands and nature reserves are important nesting sites, and that going ashore is prohibited during the nesting season.
  • Follow the Norwegian Mountain Code (Fjellvettreglene). Plan your excursion according to the weather forecast, your skills and experience.
  • Join a guided excursion or consider hiring an experienced guide, especially when you don’t have sufficient experience or knowledge to guarantee a safe trip.

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