Top things to do in Nordland

Top Choice Museum in Vestvågøy

Lofotr Viking Museum

In 1981 at Borg, in the heart of Vestvågøy, a farmer's plough hit the ruins of the 83m-long dwelling of a powerful Viking chieftain, the largest building of its era ever discovered in Scandinavia. The resulting muse…
Top Choice Museum in Arctic Highway

Hamsunsenteret

Around halfway between the E6 and the ferry crossing to/from the Lofoten Islands at Skutvik, along the Rv81, the Hamsunsenteret is a must for anyone with a vaguely literary bent. The daring architecture is one of no…
Top Choice Gallery in Flakstad

Glasshytta

A 4km side trip signposted from the E10 at Vareid, north of Flakstad, brings you to Vikten and the showpiece gallery of the glass-blowing Tangrand family. Watch the glass-blowing as it happens and browse the stunnin…
Top Choice National Park in Arctic Highway

Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park

This 2102-sq-km national park is one of mainland Norway's most dramatic landforms. In the west it embraces the rugged peaks of the Svartisen icecap, Norway's second-largest glacier, and glacier tongues are visible f…
Top Choice Museum in Andenes

Spaceship Aurora

Around 1km south of the town entrance along the road to Bleik, this innovative space centre has a widescreen 16-minute movie and other exhibits about the aurora borealis (rockets sent up from here aid in the study o…
Top Choice Seafood in Henningsvær

Fiskekrogen

This smart dockside restaurant – a favourite of the Norwegian royal family – is Henningsvær's culinary claim to fame. Try, in particular, the outstanding fish soup (210kr), but there's everything else on the menu fr…
Top Choice Cafe in Sakrisøy

Anitas Sjømat

Part delicatessen and part waterside cafe, this fab place sells all sorts of stockfish snacks, Kong Oskar sardines and dishes such as uncommonly good fish soup, fish cakes, fresh shrimp and fish burgers – our favour…
Top Choice Norwegian in Vestvågøy

Rebecca's

This glorious little cafe along the coast road is a treasure. A lovely wooden dining hall, terrific local cooking with an emphasis on home cooking (dishes include fish specialities and whale) and the feeling of bein…
Top Choice Cafe in Saltstraumen

Kafe Kjelen

On a promontory overlooking the maelstrom, this warm and wonderful little cafe is gorgeous. Run by the same family since 1955, it does a simple menu that includes local fish, pastries and real specialities worth try…
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…