Sheltered bays and crystal clear water create an Eldorado for kayakers and divers. It’s a great place for cycling, too, for that matter. There is just so much to explore.
Landmarks and archipelagos
Far out to sea you will find characteristic landmarks like Lovund and Træna, where people have been making a living through farming and fishing for generations. Lovund is most famous for its huge puffin colony. Every year on the 14 of April the locals celebrate the bird’s return to shore at the start of the breeding season. Daily departures by car and fast passenger ferry make it easy to get around.
The “Puffin Line”
Five days a week you can take the “Puffin Line” (Lunderuten), a ferry running from Dønna to Lovund from 20 June to 17 August . The boat departs from Solfjellsjøen on Dønna and returns from Lovund. The trip takes around 50 minutes. Timetable:
Round trip with the fast passenger ferry
Every weekday the trip can be combined with the fast passenger ferry service from Lovund, via Træna and back to Dønna (Bjørn) or Sandnessjøen, in which case without a car. On Fridays the fast passenger ferry also departs from Lovund via Træna to Sandnessjøen. Or you can stay on Træna. Free parking at Sandnessjøen if you contact the tourist information office.
The puffin colony on Lovund is one of the world’s largest, numbering some 200,000 individuals. In summer these “parrots of the sea” can be observed in the waters surrounding Lovund hunting for sandeels and herring, which they carry back to their nesting sites on Lovund.
Lundura is the place to see puffins up close. Since the birds spend the day out catching fish for their offspring, you will have the best chance of seeing them in the late afternoon and evening.
Climb to the top of Lovundfjell, which stretches 625 m above the sea. Following in Queen Sonja’s footsteps through the village, take a look at the Centre for Coastal Culture, experience a vibrant fishing and industrial port.
Dønna is an island district with an exciting history, varied landscape and rich wildlife. Here you will find Dønnes Gård, a farm whose history stretches back to the 13th century. Take in a guided tour of Dønnes Church, dating from the 12th century, which was named Northern Norway’s most beautiful church in 2006. Drive along the road, or take the footpath up the Dønnesfjellet mountain to the Dønnesfjellstua restaurant which stands at 127 m above sea level. Great views of the islands and the puffin kingdom.
At the Bjørnsøya coastal and outdoor recreation area (Bjørnsøya kyst- og friluftsområde) you will find a restored smallholding from the 1880s. The Nordvik trading post, which was in operation up until 1928, is situated 1. 5 km from the main village of Solfjellsjøen. There are marked trails up to the Dønnamannen peak (height 858 m), approaches from both Teigstad and Hagen. At Gleinsneset there is a burial ground out towards the sailing channel with 21 graves. There is also a marked hiking trail. At Valhaugen, one of the largest burial mounds in Northern Norway, you can see northern Europe’s largest marble phallus.
For more information contact Helgeland, phone +47 750 44500 or visit www.visithelgeland.com.