Nordland Coast attractions

Top Choice Museum in Sandnessjøen

Petter Dass Museum

Even if you've never heard of the medieval Norwegian poet Petter Dass (1647–1707), don't miss this stunning museum at Alstahaug south of Sandnessjøen. Dass lived here for the last 18 years of his life and the museum…
Top Choice Mountain in Brønnøysund

Torghatten

A dramatic local landmark rears up from Torget island, some 15km south of Brønnøysund. The peak, pierced by a hole 160m long, 35m high and 20m wide, is accessed from its base by a good 20-minute walking track. The b…
Top Choice Museum in Vega

E-huset

In the tiny fishing hamlet of Nes, this delightful, engagingly informative small museum celebrates the eider duck and the way the birds were nurtured as domestic pets, when they returned – each one to its very same …
Natural Feature in Saltstraumen

Saltstraumen Maelstrom

The Saltstraumen Maelstrom is one of Norway's more unusual natural occurrences, which is guaranteed to occur four times every 24 hours. At the 3km-long, 150m-wide Saltstraumen Strait, the tides cause one fjord to dr…
Museum in Bodø

Kjerringøy Trading Post

At Kjerringøy, some 40km north of Bodø, the entrepreneurial Zahl family established an important trading station in the 19th century. The trading post provided local fishing families with supplies in exchange for th…
Museum in Bodø

Norsk Luftfartsmuseum

Norway's 10,000-sq-metre aviation museum is huge fun to ramble around if you have a passing interest in flight and aviation history – allow at least half a day. If you're flying into Bodø for real, you'll see that f…
Museum in Bodø

Nordlandmuseet

Recounting the short history of Bodø, this little gem of a museum has a cheerily entertaining and informative 25-minute film with English subtitles on the town's development. Museum highlights include a mock-up of a…
Gardens in Brønnøysund

Hildurs Urterarium

Around 400 types of herb, 100 varieties of rose and 1000 species of cactus flourish at Hilde's Herb Garden, about 6km north of Brønnøysund; the team also produces their own wine. There are some rustic old farm build…
Church in Bodø

Bodin Kirke

The charming little onion-domed stone church, around 3km from downtown, dates from around 1240. The Lutheran Reformation brought about substantial changes to the exterior, including the addition of a tower. A host …
Museum in Bodø

Bodøsjøen Friluftsmuseum

This open-air museum is 3km from town, near Bodøsjøen Camping. Here you'll find 4 hectares of historic homes, farm buildings, boat sheds, WWII German bunkers and the square-rigged sloop, the Anna Karoline. You can w…