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Tips for your family holiday

Throughout Helgeland there are adventures and exciting activities awaiting young and old. Here are a few tips for you family holiday.
A successful family holiday has just the right mix of relaxation and fun and excitement. On both fronts, Helgeland has so much to offer. Please contact the Tourist Information Office for further information tailored to your family’s desires and interests.

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Island hopping by bicycle

Almost everyone loves cycling, and on the islands of Helgeland there are lots of lightly-trafficked roads through easygoing terrain. Another advantage is that the sun shines late into the night during the summer. Cycling at midnight can be a magical experience. Bicycles can be booked online here.

Island hopping by kayak

Perhaps at no other time does the sky feel closer and the world more expansive than when you are sea-kayaking in Helgeland. The Helgeland islands and coast are a paradise for kayakers young and old. Read more about kayaking here.

Rafting on the Vefsna river

Rafting is wet and exhilarating fun. RiverNorth invites you on an exciting adventure on the eastern branch of the Vefsna river, any time between 8 July to 6 August. The age limit is 14 years. However, on request, we can offer special guided trips for family with younger children. Read more about the rafting here.

 Bædi & Børdi

This travel app is especially designed for kids. It lets young travellers learn about Norway as they follow the exploits of two strange and delightful characters. Learn more at https://www.baahdybirdy.com/

 Hiking

Put on your hiking boots and challenge one of the Seven Sisters peaks, take a stroll up Torghatten, the mountain with a hole in it, or lead your family to Rabothytta, a strikingly most beautiful cabin perched at the edge of Okstindbreen glacier. Helgeland offers many walks and hikes that are suitable for the whole family.

Explore the Sherpa Path or the via ferrata (age limit 14 years) at Øyfjellet, the mountain just outside Mosjøen town centre. Wander the well-marked trails in Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, or hike up Hatten for a magnificent view over Hattfjelldal. Check out all our suggestions for great hikes here.

 Fishing

There are countless lakes to fish in Helgeland – and the good news is that freshwater fishing is free for children under the age of 16, the only exception being fishing for salmon and sea-trout. Moreover, fishing in the sea is free for everyone. Fishing licenses may be purchased online from your smartphone at www.inatur.no. In Helgeland you can discover your own beach, play Robinson Crusoe, and cook your catch on a campfire!

Trollvar Nature Park

Consider a family visit to Trollvar Nature Park in Tverådalen, just 7 km from Mosjøen town centre. Activities available include canoeing the tranquil river, football, archery, laser shooting, trampoline, go-cart racing, making your own wooden toy car of wood… In short, the park is great fun for children and adults of all ages. Visitors must book in advance, see www.trollvar.no.

Other recommendations

Naturally, there is not enough space here to mention all your great options – but other possibilities include the underwater snorkelling trail in the Vega archipelago, swimming pools and waterworlds in Mo i Rana, Sandnessjøen and Mosjøen, cinemas, visiting the puffin colony on Lovund, guided cave tours near Mo i Rana, a RIB sea-rafting safari around Seløy, speeding down the longest water slide in Northern Norway in Nesna, whale, seal and eagle safaris at Rødøy, guided glacier treks on Svartisen, the “town train” in Mosjøen, or a farm holiday in Hattfjelldal. And there is so much more!

For details and additional suggestions, please email us at post@visithelgeland.com.

Bjørn Glistrup
Ron Fischer
Mosjøen Camping
Siri Kobberrød
Knut Tverå