Nordland

Norway
Andoy featuring mountains and mist or fog

With lush green and untamed landscapes, this north-central region of Norway has one of Europe’s most beautiful and largely undiscovered coastlines.

Prepare for a vacation of outdoor adventures and natural phenomena amid Nordland’s rugged beauty. Explore archipelagoes of thousands of islands, hike to mountaintops, gaze in awe at fjords and relax on Arctic beaches. Nordland is a breathtaking county stretching hundreds of miles along Norway’s northern coastline and Sweden’s northeast border. Crossed by the Arctic Circle, it presents numerous opportunities to experience far northern phenomena.

A good place to start is the county capital city, Bodø. Watch eagles soar overhead from the quayside, browse in artisan shops and see the amazing currents in the Saltstraumen. The city is the northernmost point of the Kystriksveien Coastal Route, which travels about 400 miles (650 kilometers) south to Steinkjer. Visit Narvik to discover a blend of industrial heritage and alpine sports. Narvikfjellet Ski Resort is just a short drive from the town center.

Nordland’s coastline is a gateway to island-hopping tours by bike and sea kayak. Spot whales, hike to tall peaks and picnic beneath the midnight sun on Vesterålen archipelago. Travel on the Andøya National Tourist Route between Andenes and Bjørnskiin. Enjoy summer hikes to the Ramnan and Måtind peaks. Sit beneath a sun-drenched night sky at Bleik Beach.

Hop between the islands of Austvågsøya, Vestvågøy and Flakstadøya of the Lofoten archipelago. Stamsund is the doorway to Vestvågøy’s Justadtinden mountain, the interesting village of Leknes and Viking relics. Bike from Stamsund to Henningsvær on Austvågøya. The majestic Trollfjorden forms a dramatic border between Vesterålen and Lofoten.

In the south, the Vega archipelago off the Helgeland coastline showcases sandy beaches and glorious hiking near nesting sites of numerous bird species. Head inland to see Sami people landmarks, hike around fjords and camp near glaciers and mountains in Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park.

Visit Nordland from May to July for the midnight sun and between September and March for the northern lights. Enjoy the county’s wondrous scenery from the comfort of the Nordland Railway on a 10-hour train journey from Trondheim to Bodø.

Popular cities in Nordland

Northern Norway which includes boating and a small town or village
Vagan
Known for Ferries, Sea and Northern lights
Experience the seaside, northern lights and rock climbing in Vagan!

Reasons to visit

  • Lofoten War Memorial Museum
  • Henningsvaer Bridge
Narvik
Narvik
Known for Cross-country skiing, Mountains and Budget
Narvik is the third largest town in the county of Nordland, and has been one of northern Norway’s most important harbour towns for a long time. It is also a great place to visit for tourists, and can offer everything from fantastic nature experiences to an exciting and sometimes dramatic history.

Reasons to visit

  • Narvikfjellet
Bodo
Bodo
Known for Ports, Business and Sports
The ocean, coastal culture and its impetuous, unpredictable nature make the largest village in Northern Norway one of the finest gems you’ll find along our coast.
Mo-I-Rana
Mo-I-Rana
Known for Gardens, Golf and Nature
Mo i Rana, known as the Iron City due to its important iron industry, is the fourth largest town in Northern Norway and offers both great culture and nature.
Gildeskal
Gildeskal
Head to sights like Olastranda and Hestberget as you discover Gildeskal.
Brønnøy
Brønnøy
Head to sights like Bronnoy Municipal Hall and Bronnoy Church as you discover Brønnøy.