Nordland is a county in Northern Norway.


Træna island, southern Nordland coast
Stockfish production

Other destinations

Lofoten at Svolvær


Nordland occupies the relatively narrow strip of land between the border with Sweden and Atlantic, in addition to a myriad of islands. At the most narrow point there are only a few kilometers from the sea to the border. At the same time the county is 700 km from south to north, like London to Glasgow. Nordland mainland has a coastline of about 5,000 km - more than most countries in Europe. If islands are included, Nordland's coastline is longer than the USA or China coastline.

Get in

Narvik-Kiruna train near the border
Hurtigruten detour to Trollfjorden

By boat

Hurtigruten connects Nordland to Tromsø and Finnmark in the north, and Bergen, Trondheim and Ålesund in the south.

By plane

The main airports are in Bodø (IATA: BOO)and Evenes (IATA: EVE)(near Narvik), both providing several daily direct flights to Oslo Airport. They are operated by SAS and Norwegian.

There are numerous smaller airports in Nordland. In Southern Nordland they are located in Brønnøysund, Mosjøen, Mo i Rana and Sandnessjøen, and have flights from Trondheim and Bodø. In Northern Nordland there are airports at Leknes, Narvik City, Røst, Stokmarknes and Svolvær, with flights from Bodø. All these are operated by Widerøe. Furthermore there is a helicopter from Bodø to Værøy, operated by Lufttransport.

By rail

By bus

Express buses, often the cheapest alternative, goes further north to Narvik and Lofoten from Fauske and Bodø.

By car

The E6 road is the main road, going along the entire county. From Oslo to the southern border of Nordland it is around 800 kilometers (10 hours plus stops), and from Copenhagen around 1400 kilometers (16 hours plus stops).

Get around

Nordlandsbanen railway crossing Saltfjellet plateau in March
Road E6 north of Bodø

By train

By plane

Time can be saved by air travel inside Nordland. See the Get in section for more.

By bus or boat

The easiest way to get around is by bus or boat if you don't have a car. Search on Rutebok.

By car

The E6 is the backbone road of the county. Still the distances are long, 650 km including one ferry crossing between the northern and southern county borders (takes around 10 hours excl. stops).

The road 17 is a partly spectacular tourist road, connecting the coastal settlements. It is much more time consuming than E6 and has several ferry crossings.


Bridge across Saltstraumen, the world's strongest tidal current


In Lofoten, and along the entire county, you can go fishing, diving and mountain climbing. A whale safari (Orca) with snorkeling is also an option in the Tysfjord area. Whale watching tours to the nearby continental shelf, where sightings of Sperm whales are common, are arranged from Andenes and also Nyksund in Vesterålen.

Stay safe

If you stay on land you ought to be safe for most of the time. If you go out on the sea for fishing or diving, check the local weather forecasts as rapid weather changes can occur.

Go next

Routes through Nordland

Oslo Trondheim  S  N  Narvik Kirkenes
Mo i Rana  W  E  Umeå

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