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Nesna in Norway Nesna municipality coat of arms


183,1 km2

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Nesna muncipality has approximately 1.850 inhabitants and covers a area of 183,1 km2. Nesna town centre lies on the Nesna municipality and it is a good base for Deep-sea fishing trips. The municipality consists of three islands Tomma, Hugla (known as "Hugløy") and Handnesøyaand. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures from Nesna. The principal industries are agriculture, public services and industry. Nesna township is a part of the "Land of the Arctic Circle". This is where Petter Dass began his career as a poet while he worked as a curate from 1672 to 1689. The Coastal Road runs through the municipality. //www.gonorway.com/norway/articles/163">Coastal Road runs through the municipality.


A polar circle is either the Arctic Circle or the Antarctic Circle. On Earth, the Arctic Circle is located at a latitude of 66° 33´ 44" N, and the Antarctic Circle is located at a latitude of 66° 33´ 44" S.

Areas between each polar circle and its associated pole (North Pole or South Pole), known geographically as the frigid zones, would theoretically experience at least one 24 hour period when the sun is continuously above the horizon and at least one 24 hour period when the sun is continuously below the horizon annually. However, atmospheric refraction extends the continuous daylight area while shrinking the continuous darkness area somewhat.

The exact location of the polar circles differs annually as the rotation axis of the earth shifts due to nutation and precession. Therefore the latitudes noted above are an average of those yearly changes.


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 World´s Most Beautiful Voyage is a voyage like no other. Nothing can compare with it. Nothing about this journey will resemble anything you have ever experienced before. A ticket for the Coastal Steamer is a ticket to the theatre, an 11-day drama in which new acts constantly unfold all around you. See the pictures from the Coastal Steamer taken by one of our passengers.


Nesna is also known for its "Nesna lobben" (traditional winter boots made of felt), which is exported to large parts of the world.


From Nesna, you can take the ferry to the islands of Hugla, Handnesøy and Tomma. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of activities visit the Litlehaug Perennial and Herb Farm at Hugla, take a trip through breath-taking mountain scenery, or go fishing for strong-willed coalfish until your arms are fit to drop!


From the viewpoint on Sjonfjellet mountain you can gaze at the skerries of Helgeland and find inner peace and serenity.


Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean. You can fish for salmon, cod and halibut. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence.