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NordlandNorway

Andoy which includes mist or fog and mountains

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 featuring a small town or village and boating
Vagan
Known for Ports, Scenery and Rock Climbing
Experience the seaside, northern lights, and rock climbing in Vagan!

Reasons to visit

  • Henningsvaer Bridge
  • Lofoten War Memorial Museum
Northern Norway featuring a small town or village, mountains and boating
Svolvaer
Known for Ports, Relaxing and Scenery
Discover an island adventure in this scenic fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago, where dramatic mountains drop away into fjords frequented by orca whales.

Reasons to visit

  • Henningsvaer Bridge
  • Lofoten War Memorial Museum
Narvik
Narvik
Known for Seafood, Skiing and Scenery
Love skiing, mountain views, and cathedrals? Get away to Narvik!

Reasons to visit

  • Narvikfjellet
Bodo
Bodo
Known for Ports, Sports and Family-Friendly
Trip time! Discover the museums, sports, and jazz in romantic Bodo.
Mo-I-Rana
Mo-I-Rana
Known for Seafood and Shopping
Mo-I-Rana is calling! Discover its golf, gardens, art, and more.
Meloy
Meloy
Venture to sights like Meloy Cultural Center and Svartisen Glacier as you discover Meloy.