For children and youth interested in space travel, astronauts, and technology, a visit to the learning and experience center Spaceship Aurora would make for a fun afternoon. Go on a virtual mission in space, learn about how glaciers have shaped the Norwegian landscape in a digital sandbox and launch your very own paper-rocket in the space center among other things.
Aquaculture in Vesterålen
The Aquaculture center in Vesterålen gives visitors the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the production of salmon and arctic char through a visit to a real fish farm. The experience center also showcases an interactive exhibitions about the history of fish farming from the pioneer era to today. It is also possible to taste and to buy smoked salmon and trout at the center.
Family friendly Trekking & Hiking
There are more than 150 marked trekking and hiking routes in the Vesterålen region, many of which are perfect for a family day out. Find potential hiking routes on ut.no (English language choice possible in the top right corner) or find inspiration here. The tourist information offices in Sortland and in Andenes will also be happy to help you find a trail that fits your wishes in regards to length and level of difficulty.
“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing” is an expression we have here in the arctic north, and “Uværshula”, which translates to “Bad weather cave” is a proof of this philosophy. It is located on the Western side of Hadseløya, about 15 minutes drive from Stokmarknes. When the storm is raging and the wind is howling, the entire family can gather in the little stone cabin on the shore and watch the ocean waves hit the glass windows for a unique experience. Bring a packed lunch and a thermos on this outing.
Cycling in Vesterålen
Vesterålen is known as Norway in miniature with all its contrasts, and there is no better way to discover the region than from a bicycle seat. Follow routes along the open shorelines, into riveting fjords and explore the coastal culture along the way. Rent a bicycle from Corner Sport AS located in Stokmarknes and set off on a family adventure on two wheels! Read more abou tbicycle in Vesterålen here.
Visit a farm
For a countryside meeting with animals and Norwegian farm culture, visit Marthahaugen Gård in Sortland, Nordtun Gård on the western side of Andøy and Alveland on the eastern side of Andøy. At Marthahaugen you can meet both goats and wild sheep. On Nordtun Gård you can meet llamas and try their locallly produced cheese. Alveland is know for their homemade soaps and farm café.
Inga Sami- Siida
Sami culture has strong roots and history in Northern Norway. In vesterålen you can visit Laila Inga and her family for a educational and fun meeting with both reindeer and sami culture. Learn to "joik", feed reindeer and taste dried reindeer meat while Laila tell you about the sami history of the region.
Vesterålen has plenty of white sand beaches which on a hot summer day can make for a relaxing afternoon, barbequing and swimming. Bleik beach in Andøy is one such beach, and Taen beach on the western side of Hadseløya is another. Contact the regional tourist information office in Sortland for more information on beaches.
Exploring the historical M/F Finnmarken and the Hurtigruten Museum is a fun activity for a rainy day. The ship is the world's largest museum item and is located in Stokmarknes, the birthplace of Hurtigruten. Museum Nord also has other museums in the Vesterålen and Lofoten area that are worth a visit.
If you visit Vesterån in winter you can ski, go snowshoeing, try your hand at winter fishing, whalesafar, dogsledding and more. Read all about winter in Vesterålen here.