When arriving in Mosjøen (pronounced moo-sher-en), along the E6, you may be put off by the industrial face of this aluminium-producing town. Don't be. About 1km south, along lake-like Vefsnfjorden, historic Sjøgata and a street or two nearby are among the most charming in northern Norway and well merit a browse.
The town has a strong historical connection with the UK; in the mid-19th century, five Englishmen imported technically advanced steam engines and sawmill machinery and established the North of Europe Land & Mining Company Ltd to provide timber for constructing Britain's burgeoning industrial towns and cities. What was a tiny coastal settlement quickly became the region's first registered town.