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Hattfjelldal in Norway Hattfjelldal municipality coat of arms


2.684,5 km2

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Hattfjelldal municipality has approximately 1.450 inhabitants a covers a area of 2.684,5 km2. The meaning of the name Hattfjellet is "the hat mountain" (because its shaped like a hat). The municipality have a samii culturecenter. The administrative center in the muncipality is in Hattfjelldal. Farming and forestry have always been important for settling and employment in Hattfjelldal. Between Susendalen and the border to Sweden is the depiction of a reindeer. The municipality has a small airfield, see Hattfjelldal Airfield.

Lake Røssvatnet lies partially in Hattfjelldal, and serves as a reservoir. It has been the site of human occupation since the Stone Age. Its area of 219 km2 makes it the second largest lake in Norway by surface area. Other lakes in the region include Daningen, Elsvatnet and Famnvatnet.

Børgefjell National Park is partly located in the southern part of Hattfjelldal, as is Jetnamsklumpen, a prominent mountain. There is several nature reserves, such as Varnvassdalen with a varied topography and old growth forest of pine, birch and some spruce.


If you want to become properly acquainted with Børgefjell National Park, you should allow several days in order to do justice to the mountain. In addition to the time you intend to spend inside the national park, you should calculate an extra day to get in and a day to get out again.

Børgefjell National Park covers a height range above sea level from 270 to 1.703 metres. There are lakes, rivers, marshland, scree, heath land, mountains and mountain peaks. The weather can change quickly, so make sure that you have enough clothes and proper equipment. There is a high level of precipitation in the west and south, while the north east is more protected by the mountains. Winters can be hard, with cold temperatures and large amounts of snow. The snow often arrives in October, and in the high-lying areas it can remain until well into the summer months.

Its numerous rivers and lakes make Børgefjell an eldorado for trout fishing. Hunting is permitted in the national park, although elk hunting is prohibited in the core area. You may move around freely in the national park, apart from one area east of the Namsvatn Lake. This area is closed from 20 June until 25 July while the geese are changing their feathers.

The highest mountain peaks are in the west. The bedrock here is primarily dark granite, Børgefjell granite, which gives the landscape its desolate appearance. This is where you will find the highest mountain in the park, Kvigtinden, towering 1.703 metres above sea level. Other places, such as in the Rainesfjellet area, you will find rough stone screes without vegetation. Sub-glacial moraines cover much of the landscape.

The many lakes of varying sizes give Børgefjell its special character. The largest lakes are Simskardvatnet and Orvatnet. The rivers north of Orvassdraget run east towards Sweden. In the northernmost parts of the national park the rivers run towards Tiplingan and Susendalen, while in the west they run towards Fiplingdalen and Namsen.

The watercourses are varied, from the large but peaceful Orvassdraget and the majestic Storfossen waterfall in the Jengelvassdraget to the small mountain streams found all over the National Park. The famous rivers, Namsen and Vefsna, both have their sources in Børgefjell.


The Midnight Sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.


Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.


The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.


The wide open spaces, variable topography and vegetation and the many rivers and lakes make indre Helgeland an eldorado for hunters and anglers. You can fish for salmon, trout and sea char. Fishing permits are available for purchase from the landowners, petrol stations and camping sites. At some of the lakes it is possible to hire boats and nets.