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Helgelandskysten

Helgeland is the southernmost district of Northern Norway. In general, Helgeland covers the area of Nordland County that is situated outside of the Arctic Circle, to the south. The Svartisen Glacier and Saltfjellet Mountains border it on the north, which act as a natural border with the Salten district. Helgeland borders Nord-Trondelag County in the south. 

The district encompasses an area of roughly 19,000 square kilometers, with almost 80,000 inhabitants. Four towns are in the area: from north to south these are Mo I Rana, Sandnessjoen, Mosjoen, and Bronnoysund. 

Geography 

Helgeland is usually separated out into three or four areas: 

  • Northern Helgeland, which conists of the Rodoy, Traena, Luroy, Nesna, rana, and Hemnes municipalities.
  • Central Helgeland, which is often further sub-divided into the following areas:
    • Inner Helgeland, which comprises the municipalities of Vefsn, Hattfjelldal, and Grane.
    • Outer Helgeland, which comprises the municipalities of Donna, Heroy, Alstahaug, and Leirfjord.
  • Southern Helgeland (specifically southwest), which comprises the Vevelstad, Vega, Bronnoy, Somna, and Bindal municipalities. 

Helgeland has pointed mountains as well as a shallow lowland area called Strandflaten, often just above the sea surface, and then at times underneath the surface. People that reside in the coastal areas have settled into this lowland area (and some inland towns, like Mosjoen and Mo, are located in valleys). One of the things that have happened because of the Strandlfaten is that there are hundreds upon hundreds of islands, and there are shallow waters that go out far into the sea. This has offered a little shelter from stormy weather, which could occur in the winter. Some islands are pretty big, typically with distinct mountains, like De syv sostre, Torghatten, and Donnamannen. There are a number of sea bird colonies, like Lovund with thousands upon thousands of puffins. 

The tallest mountains in the area are situated inland, where Oksskolten is the tallest mountain in all of Northern Norway. There are a lot of valleys inland, like Hattfjelldal, Vefsndalen, and Dunderlandsdal. Rossvatnet is the second biggest lake in Norway. You will find three big national parks in Helgeland: Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park (partially), Borgefjell National Park (partially), and Lomsdal-Visten National Park. 

Helgeland is a district with lots of natural beauty, hiking, and beautiful lakes. If you ever get a chance to visit Northern Norway, be sure to check out the southernmost area of Northern Norway, Helgeland. While all of Northern Norway is beautiful, you should try to see both the southern and northern parts to get a better picture of the whole region.

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