Imagine the midnight sun dancing on the horizon as it casts streaks of warm light against the many thousands of islands in front. At selected spots you will find small settlements, a fishing boat floating on the water, a couple of locals who strike up a conversation in the evening sun... There are few places in Norway that can compete with the beauty of the Helgeland Coast.
- Remote mountain hikes with vistas of tens of thousands of islands
- Experience the Midnight Sun!
- Explore Træna – one of Norway’s most creative and isolated municipalities
- Live the local lifestyle traveling by express boat from island to island
- See Puffins and Sea Eagles up close and personal
- Spend one night with the vast ocean as your closest neighbor at Myken Fyr
- Drink whiskey on Myken – at the world's first Arctic single malt whisky distillery, with whisky made from desalinated Arctic seawater, matured under the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights.
The Helgeland coast is far less visited than Lofoten, more remote, but still just as dramatic and fantastic! On this trip, we visit islands such as Bolga, Rødøy, Lovund, Træna, and Myken, all distinctive island communities with both soul and charm unlike anywhere else in our country. We take the local express boat between the different islands, and while experiencing what the different islands have to offer we simply let our feet do the job. Are you the type who likes to visit places off the beaten track? Then this is the trip for you.
We at Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure are committed to giving our travelers experiences that are intimate, interactive, and engaging so that they are left with a unique insight into the different local communities we visit. We also try, as best we can, to limit our footprint while we are on a trip. This trip is therefore built around an already existing express boat network, in addition to the fact that we both eat and sleep in places that are run and owned by the locals.
Physical level and risk
So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.
Read more about physical requirements and risk here.
We have to work a little to reach the destination. These are trips most people can handle, if they have a basic level of fitness. We sleep in comfortable tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to join. The physical activity is the main element of the trip, such as cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing / hiking or glacier hiking, but you do not need prior knowledge of the activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here
Activities / trips with low risk. There are usually few incidents, and they are usually of such a nature that they can be treated locally. Read more about the grading on our trips here
- All accommodations
- All meals as mentioned in the day to day itinerary
- Professional nature guide
- Transport within itinerary
See more of what's included under the "details" tab
Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.
Level 2 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here.
The different day hikes will involve 4-6 hours of moderate hiking. The path can be rocky and slippery if it rains. You should have previous hiking experience with similar conditions. Expect some easy scrambling at certain locations. Be prepared to be challenged if these conditions are new to you, or train for such hikes before the trip begins.
Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure places great emphasis on safety. If an accident happens, know that you will get help quickly. We have 24h emergency preparedness at our office when someone is on a trip. This person can be contacted if something happens during the trip. We place great demands on the local partners we use on the specific trip and also on the client's experience and understanding of our products.
Our guides are trained in first aid and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for necessary treatment in the field. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure also has a collaboration with Turlegen.no which can be contacted if the group are in need of medical advice.
NB - If you are on any kind of medication, have known allergies, or something similar, you must always bring your personal medications with you.
What to bring?
Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for that specific day in your day backpack.
How to get there?
The easiest way to get to our meeting point in Bodø is to take a flight from one of the main cities in Norway (Oslo, Bergen, etc...) using airlines such as Norwegian or SAS. You can also reach Bodø by train, booking a reservation with NSB.
Are you looking for more advice when it comes to traveling in Norway? Please read more here.
We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for an additional payment of 4000 NOK. Most nights we will stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each day.
We ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for you when we are not hiking. We also require that you bring a day backpack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when we are hiking, for food, water, cameras, and layers.
You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information.
The guide will speak English.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. To read more about this please have a look at our terms and conditions.
Number of participants
Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 8 people.
- All accommodations
- All meals as mentioned in the day to day itinerary
- Professional nature guide
- Transport within itinerary
What's not included
- Transportation to the meeting point. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel and give you advice on what to do if you stay extra days in our beautiful country.
- Drinks and snacks.
Day by Day
Arrival in Bodø
We meet at the hotel in Bodø where we will have dinner together at 19.00. It is possible to get to Bodø by train from Oslo/Trondheim or by plane from all of our main cities. The airport is a 15-minute walk from the hotel or 3 minutes by taxi. We spend the night in a central hotel right next to the harbor. Together with our guide, we enjoy dinner, look at the itinerary for the week and look forward to everything we will experience together.
Island Hopping to Bolga and Rødøy
The islands in northern Norway are connected by several different ferries and express boats, and after breakfast, we take the southbound express boat from Bodø to Bolga (2.5 hours). At Bolga we aim for the island's highest peak - Bolgtinden (338 meters above sea level). Parts of the trip are steep, but it does not involve climbing. Most of the hikes we will complete this week starts at sea level, and after a couple of hours we are rewarded with fantastic views from the top. After a snack with accompanying coffee/cold beer/soft drinks at Bolga Brygge, we continue the trip by express boat to Rødøy. The trip takes us through majestic scenery along the rugged coastline and stops at several small islands and towns along the way. After we arrive at our charming and rustic hotel, Klokkergården, we are served a 3-course dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
The view of a thousand islands
After a lovely breakfast, we set the course for Rødøyløva. The 443-meter mountain is a classic in the skerries. The trip is quite steep, but the trail has been built by Sherpas from Nepal - the most experienced trail builders in the world. The two-hour walk to the top - similar to yesterday - is rewarded with a spectacular view! The Helgeland coast has over 12,000 islands - and you will be able to see hundreds of them from the top. If the weather is good, we make a small stop at Storsand - a pristine, whitewashed sandy beach - which is a perfect stop for a good cup of coffee or a late lunch.
In the afternoon we enjoy an early dinner at Klokkergården before we travel to our next island, Lovund, in the evening. Despite its modest size (501 inhabitants), Lovund is one of the most innovative coastal communities in Norway and plays a leading role in Norwegian aquaculture. Here, a simple lifestyle goes hand in hand with modern innovation. Upon arrival, we check into our accommodation, before enjoying a quiet evening in idyllic surroundings.
Hiking on Lovund
From our accommodation at Lovund, we set sights to reach the top of Lovundfjellet, the majestic rock formation that makes up most of this small island. The top offers magnificent panoramic views of the Helgeland Coast. We also have the opportunity, depending on the weather, to take a short trip to the puffins on the west side of the mountain. Here thousands of puffins fly among the high cliffs above the sea. Back from the mountain, we enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant before, later in the evening, we take the express boat to our next destination, Træna. We arrive at the accommodation and enjoy a quiet evening together.
Note! The hike to the top of Lovundfjellet is the most demanding hike during the week. If the terrain becomes too steep, or too demanding for some of the participants, we will go back down again. The most important thing is that we have a great day together on this spectacular island.
Hiking on Træna
Today we will explore Træna! This archipelago has around 450 permanent residents and is located approximately 40 km from the mainland. This is one of Norway's smallest and most unique municipalities. In 2018, the local authorities were awarded the "innovation award" and the music festival on the island is known worldwide. After breakfast, we get a brief introduction to life on the archipelago, both seen through the eyes of the present and the past. We will also get to know the rather random connection Træna has to another, slightly more tropical archipelago, namely Hawaii. Later this morning we continue our discovery of the islands directly across the strait, on the neighboring island of Sanna where we put on our hiking boots and explore the island on foot. Possible places we can visit are Kirkhelleren, Tunnelen, or Gompen, the latter a beautiful vantage point where there is also a radar station situated at the top. In the afternoon we take the boat back across the strait before eating a tasty dinner at the local cafe, Aloha Cafe. If we still urge to explore more of the island after today's program we can take a short walk in the evening as well.
Arctic whiskey under the midnight sun
Although it's difficult to say goodbye to Træna, it's time to move on. We board the express boat that will take us to our last island, Myken. This archipelago consists of 40 small islands, 32 km from the mainland. Historically, the islands have had around 150 permanent residents, who have been dependent on the mighty sea that embraces the islands to survive. Myken now has about ten permanent residents. The island's popularity declined regularly until a group of men started a whiskey distillery here. Today, the island has the world's first Arctic single malt whiskey distillery, with whiskey made from desalinated Arctic seawater, matured under the midnight sun and the northern lights. After the distillery came to the island, both a restaurant and accommodations were established here to accommodate incoming explorers with a penchant for this tasty drink. We get a tour of the distillery before a tasting awaits. Then we enjoy a 3-course dinner in the restaurant above the distillery.
Return to the mainland
Departure from Myken is early in the morning, so we take our breakfast with us on the boat and eat it during the trip back to Bodø. We end the tour on arrival to Bodø… unless, the magic of the Arctic has claimed you, and you want to continue your adventure on our trip to Lofoten.
Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:
- Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
- Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
- Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.
Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.
We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay.
Bed linens and towels are included all nights.