The archipelago of Træna is situated on the edge of the great ocean, 33 nautical miles (65 km) from the Helgeland coast. The Arctic Circle cuts through the islands, which means that Træna is blessed with the midnight sun from late May to mid July. In the winter, the Northern Lights often dance across the sky.
Just under 500 people call Træna their home, and the archipelago counts an island or islet or skerry for each of them. Nonetheless, the only inhabited islands are Husøy, Selvær, Sanna and Sandøy. The main island and municipal centre is Husøy. Here are shops, cafés and taverns, restaurants and various accommodation, schools, saunas and a swimming hall, a fitness centre, a museum, and two fish processing facilities.
The next largest island, Selvær, is home to many fishermen. Here is the harbour, a fish catch receiving site and a food store. The island of Sanna has iconic mountains, with Trænstaven rising to 338 m. A tunnel cuts through the entire mountain range. The view from the peaks is majestic! Two smaller islands, Sandøy and Holmen, have white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters; you may think of them as Træna’s Hawaii.
Fish has always been of paramount important to Træna – this is Norway’s oldest fishing community. The oldest archaeological finds are almost 9000 years old. Træna is also known as the festival island, and every year the Træna Festival draws thousands of visitors.
Husøy is the main island of Træna municipality, and this is where most of the accommodation and dining are found.
A local saying is that “everything here is centrally located”, which makes sense since the island is scarcely 3 km long and 1 km across. Even on foot you can get to anywhere you need or want in less than half an hour. As a result few people bother driving, and the road is used mostly by pedestrians.
On the map below, various natural attractions and other recommended destinations are marked with red stars; you can sign books kept in protective boxes placed by a local fitness association. You are, of course, free to wander off-trail and explore to your heart’s content, but be mindful of the natives’ private gardens and don’t step in their flower beds!
The water tower: Easily accessible, it offers a fine view of all of Træna. Nearby are the Rune Stone and the Petter Dass Chapel.
Heirsan: This is a popular area for barbecues. There is a gapahukif you suddenly need shelter from the weather. Moose are frequent visitors to Heirsan!
Steinkjerringa: This is probably the most remote place on Husøy, and you can enjoy a great view of the sea to the south. On clear days you can see the blinking Trinn Lighthouse, which is perched on the islet Sørholmen.
Hikkeltinden: Demonstrate that you are in good shape by climbing the highest point on Husøy. Parts of it really area climb, so be sure to follow the marked trail. (Not suitable for children!)
Selvær is a friendly and quiet fishing community, where you feel in close contact with the sea and the natural elements. Seventy proud and surprisingly self-sufficient islander live here.
Even though the island is smaller than Husøy, it offers accommodation, and has a grocery store and a chapel. Express boats and the local boat shuttle provide excellent communication with the rest of Træna as well as the mainland.
Here too, the eager fitness association has placed boxes with books that you can sign when you visit various destinations. If you do wander off-trail, please avoid annoying the locals by stomping through their gardens. Selvær has a nice grill hut that is sheltered against the weather and wind. Selvær hosts many migrating eider ducks that stop here to nest; the landscape is dotted with tiny duck houses built by the islanders who appreciate the valuable down they leave behind. If you want to know more about this tradition, just ask any of the enthusiastic locals. If you’ve brought your dog, be mindful and keep it on a leash. While Selvær is known for its fisheries, now the islanders also harvest seaweed. In the spring and summer, the former fish processing plant at Oldersta is busy handling top-quality seaweed. If you are lucky, they’ll invite you to have a taste!
Sanna is popularly known as “the mountain island”. Here are tall peaks, great hiking trails, white sandy beaches and dark caves. A visit is heartily recommended!
Despite the beautiful surroundings, only two islanders still live here year round, and there are few amenities. There is a toilet on the boat quay. In the summer, the so-called community centre serves coffee and waffles.
On the map below, worthwhile destinations are marked with a red star. The fitness association has placed boxes with books for you sign when you visit these places. If you wander off-trail, please be careful where the terrain is steep!
Kirehelleren:This cathedral-sized natural shelter is impressive and has a fascinating history. Archaeological finds reveal that it was used as a dwelling more than 9000 years ago. During the Træna Festival, Kirkehelleren is often used as a concert venue.
Gompen and the NATO Station: Gompen is the highest peak that can be ascended without rock-climbing equipment; in fact, a paved road and a tunnel lead all the way to the top! If you are walking this road, be sure to bring a flashlight, for the 300 metre tunnel is not illuminated. You can also ascend just north of Kirkehelleren, where there is an old ropeway.
The mountain circuit: Follow the road to a point between Trænastaven and Breitind. This is the start of a trail that circles the mountains. It’s a great all-day excursion!
Trænastaven: Please note that climbing equipment and an experienced guide are required to safely reach the summit! For details, please inquire at the Tourist Information Office.