Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Hemnes
Hemnes municipality has approximately 4.600 inhabitants and covers a area of 1.588,8 km2. The region's administrative centre, Korgen, lies along the E6, halfway between Mosjøen og Mo i Rana. Korgen includes a church, camping sites and a petrol station with RV toilet facilities.
Travelling from Korgen, through Leirskardalen, one can marvel at both Okstindan and Okstind glaciers. Guided tours are recommended. Several tourist cabins. Should you continue on through Bleikvasslia, you will be able to admire Røsvatnet, the second largest lake in Norway. Camping, rooms to let and boat rentals.
At the mouth of Sørfjorden, which is the region's northernmost point, lies Hemnesberget, one of the oldest church communities in Helgeland. Here one finds a hotel, camping near the town centre, a marina, boat rentals and ferries. Come and experience Lapphella (ancient church monument). Sørfjorden is an idyllic site for boat and cottage enthusiasts. Don't forget the small towns of Finneidfjord and Bjerka on Sørfjorden. Both have bathing facilities. Bjerka also has a camping place and a diner/motel with restaurant and dancing.
Korgen is the administrative centre. The village located along the river Røssåga, about 8 kilometres south of the village of Bjerka. Korgen is connected by the European route E06 highway to the nearby towns of Mo i Rana and Mosjøen. The eastern end of the Korgfjell Tunnel is located in Korgen. The village of Bleikvassli lies about 20 kilometres to the south along the Norwegian County Road 806.
Korgen Church is a cruciform church that's been located in the village since 1863. It was built of timber and has 450 seats. Korgen Sports Club (Korgen Idrettslag) was founded in 1935 as a sports club for Korgen. The sports club has sports like skiing, soccer, orienteering and team handball.
Many Norwegians have heard about Korgen because of the notorious Korgfjellet mountain range which in situated between Hemnes and Vefsn municipalities. The mountains form the boundary in a north-south direction between Korgen and Elsfjord. Korgfjellet had frequently has divided the region in half due to poor road conditions and traffic accidents during the winter. This condition is now avoided after the finishing of the Korgfjell Tunnel in 2005.
Okstindbreen is the eighth-largest glacier in mainland Norway. The 46-square-kilometre (18 sq mi) glacier lies in the Okstindan mountain range. The highest point is 1,740 metres above sea level and its lowest point is 750 metres above sea level. At the eastern edge of the glacier lies the mountain Oksskolten, the highest point in Nordland county.
Rabothytta is situated over 1200 meters above sea level, right up to the slope of Okstindan. The place is breathtakingly beautiful with views to the Okstindbreen glacier and to northern Norway's highest mountain, Oksskolten. Rabothytta is a starting point for those who want to go up in Okstindan. With this cabin, Hemnes Tourist Association can offer a complete trail network in Okstindan, where you can go from cabin to cabin. A total of 4 cabins around Northern Norway.
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.
You can fish for salmon, trout and sea char in the many rivers and lakes make indre Helgeland. 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.