Encompassing several islands off the coast of Northern Norway, Alstahaug is connected to the mainland via the 1,065-metre-long Helgeland Bridge. Most of the municipality’s residents live on the islands of Alsta and Tjøtta, where you’ll find engaging museums, bird-filled nature reserves and a legendary mountain chain.
Things to do
An architectural highlight of Alstahaug is the Petter Dass Museum, which celebrates the life and work of this Lutheran priest, who was also renowned for his poetry. At the heart of the complex is an old parsonage dating back to the early 18th century, where rotating exhibitions and period furnishings are exhibited. Overlooking the ocean is a striking, modern museum building designed by the Snøhetta architecture firm.
Keen trekkers can tackle The Seven Sisters, an iconic mountain range comprising seven peaks on the island of Alsten. Each of the summits can be accessed along marked hiking trails, which offer sweeping views across Alstahaug. If you visit all seven peaks, you will be awarded a certificate from the local tourism association.
Birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to the small Ostjønna nature reserve on the island of Tjøtta, which lies at the mouth of the Vefsnfjord. Its nutrient-rich lakes and inlets provide the perfect habitat for a variety of ducks and shorebirds to thrive. Tjøtta is also home to one of the oldest Iron Age farms in Northern Norway and two war cemeteries, one of which houses the remains of victims from MS Rigel’s sinking in 1944.
Alstahaug is around two hours’ drive from Mo i Rana and Mo i Rana Airport, which has flights to destinations across Norway. Buses connect to most of the towns and villages throughout the municipality while having your own vehicle gives you greater freedom to explore.