The Region

Nordland consists of thriving towns and cities, deep fjords, high mountains and wild nature. The County is devided into five different regions, each with its distinctive character, institutions and the unique connection to Europe.

Nordland is a story about a region where the nature – the mountains and the fjords – sets the premises, and why the coastal culture is so important to us

Nordland is part of Sapmi, the Sami area that stretches between Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Five endangered Sami languages are spoken within Nordland’s borders. The sami connections east-west across the borders, following the pastures and resources, is a core element of our history, as is the trade routes north-south between our coast and Europe.

Bodø has more than 52.000 inhabitants.

The city is located at 67°17’N.

Bodø is the regional capital of Nordland county and is the second largest city in the northern part of Norway, after Tromsø in Troms county.


Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches. The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, above the Arctic Circle. Read more


Vesterålen is a group of islands bordering on Lofoten in the south. The Vesterålen islands are connected by bridges and are also linked with the mainland, making travel ferry-free. Vesterålen also boasts the renowned Trollfjord, which lies in the Raftsund Strait. One of the main attractions is the whale safari. Read more


The landscape in Ofoten, the Narvik, region, consists of fjords and majestic peaks, best seen on a sight-seeing tour via the Ofotbanen Railway in Narvik or from the breathtakingly beautiful golf course, from the Rallarveien Trail and from narrow suspension bridges over the fjord. From up on Narvikfjellet Mountain, you can ski downhill a thousand metres of elevation to the fjord and city below. Read more


Come and be charmed by the contrasts in Bodø and Salten, with everything from festivals and concerts to hiking trails, caves and glaciers, as well as Saltstraumen, the strongest tidal current in the world, only half an hour from the buzz of the city. Only 90 minutes by plane from Oslo, between the archipelago and the peaks of Børvasstinder, The town meets you with its gourmet restaurants, a water park, cafés and a lot of shopping opportunities. This is a region where you can get close to natural phenomena. There is considerable contrast – from the sea to tall mountains, from the midnight sun to the northern lights, from white sandy beaches to naked rock. Read more


Helgeland is like an elongated paradise in the southern part of Nordland. Mountains of nearly 2.000 meters tower in the hinterland. On the coastline lies an amazing island archipelago which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. And this is where you find the Arctic Circle. At 66 degrees north, the boundary tells you that you are heading into the land of the midnight sun.

Four of Nordland’s ten regional centres, Mo i Rana, Mosjøen, Sandnessjøen og Brønnøysund, are at Helgeland. Read more

Interactive map

Interact with the map to learn more about each region

The population of 243.000 people is spread over the whole region.

For the people of Nordland, distance is no object.

The next city may be a five hour drive away, but the region is still connected due to willed politics of spreading important institutions all over the county, expecting the institutions to seek their audience, and not the other way around.


Photo: Dan Mariner