Culture and sights all over Vesterålen

Vesterålen has many wonderful attractions and a sensational landscape with unforgettable scenery and views. There are many fascinating mountain ranges, deep fjords, beaches of pure-white sand and extensive woodland areas to enjoy and behold. Out beyond the islands of Vesterålen, you find yourself out on the open seas. Both Trollfjord in Rafsundet and the old fishing village Nyksund, in Øksnes, are magical experiences well worth a visit.


Norwegian Scenic Route Andøy follows the beautiful west-side of the island and runs alongside one of Norway's finest and longest sandy beaches. The Coastal Express Museum in Stokmarknes houses the world's largest museum exhibit, MS Finnmarken. The majestic Møysalen (1,263m above sea level) is Vesterålen's and Lofoten's highest mountain.

The brochure "Art in Vesterålen" provides details and information about the various artists living and working here in Vesterålen. Alternatively you can visit the website

Experiencing the local culture and art should be one of your primary goals when you visit Vesterålen. A large number of cultural events are arranged jointly through comprehensive collaboration of the local municipalities. Volunteer organisations work to provide high-quality cultural experiences throughout the year. Have a look at the calendar of cultural events that you can find on Vesterålen Tourism’s website.

A large number of varied local events, festivals and cultural days are well worth experiencing. User-friendly handbooks and brochures are useful guides to the art galleries and studios, museums and interesting sights that you find spread throughout the islands. Fishing has been an important resource for generations and is also the basis for much of the culture and local identity in Vesterålen.

The informational series Encounter with Vesterålen, including sight-specific handbooks and brochures, provide detailed insight into this basis. An abundance of art projects are also worth a visit. We might mention Artscape Nordland, with some of Nordland county’s most popular and frequently visited sculptures. In the region there is also a series of artistically decorated electrical transformer sheds, and on the seaward side of Vesterålen you will discover art installations designed and built using items washed ashore by the Gulf Stream. The literary decor on Sortland’s buildings is equally interesting: more than thirty texts written by young people now adorn the walls of the Blue City by the Sea.

We also have several museums in the region. Visit for more information.

During the year there will be many different festivals and events in Vesterålen. You can read more about that here.