Sortland - the blue city

Sortland, the blue city located in the centre of the Vesterålen islands. An eldorado for all interested in outdoor activities and a good starting off point for experiencing the northern lights in the winter, the midnight sun in the summer, a whale safari and a host of cultural activities taking place throughout the year.

Vesterålen is in the middle of the most important fishing and seafood region in Norway.

Sortland is well known as a commercial centre, headquarters for the coast guard, a cultural town and communications centre for the region.

Storheia summit (Melbu)

Stokmarknes, Hadsel municipality - an ocean of endless opportunities

Stokmarknes, in the municipality of Hadsel, is the birthplace of Hurtigruten (the Coastal Express). Here, you can see the now land-based MS Finnmarken. It's a part of the Coastal Express museum which is located in the region's flagship, Hurtigrutens Hus.

Hadsel is situated in the middle of the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands. Enjoy the mountains, the fjords, the ocean and, of course, the hospitality of the people who live here. Visit Mt Møysalen, Raftsundet and Trollfjord, the festivals, museums and galleries.

Hadsel has an airport, a port of call for the hurtigruten and ferry over to Lofoten. Welcome! For more info: www.hadsel.kommune.no

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