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4.460,5 km2

Rana Local Directory

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Rana muncipality has approximately 25.500 inhabitants and covers a area of 4.460,5 km2. The town under the Arctic Circle, Mo i Rana, the gateway to the Arctic-Circle region. We’re all glad to see you here, you´ll find the the people very hospitable throughout our area. You´ll also find a nature that’s unique and can’t be found anywhere else. Since it would take you a lifetime to explore all our attractions, cultural and nature based, we are here to point out a few of the highlights for you. If you arrived by rail or car from south you have just passed through Hemnes, the first you´d see of our little town is the fjord opening wide, surrounded by snow capped mountains.

To the north is Svartisen (a part of Saltfjellet - Svartisen national park), Saltfjellet and Polarsirkelen, in the south Okstindene. Mo i Rana, the town that grew up around Norsk Jernverk (Norwegian Ironworks). Today, commerce is more varied, but much of the new activity has its roots in the original industrial environment. Abundant power supplies combined with human ability and go-ahead spirit have created wealth. Salten Verk with its ferrosilicon production and the cement works at Kjøpsvik emphasise this assertion.

The main attractions are where the Arctic Circle crosses the large glacier, Svartisen, and is also marked for Hurtigruta passengers to see, Stenneset Bygdetun Museum, Grønligrotta the only illuminated tourist cave in Scandinavia. Guided tours of the labyrinth, Polarsirkelsenteret (Adventure centre) these attractions have provided the basis of an extensive effort to build up a thriving tourist industry.

Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical Midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights. The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles.


The Arctic Circle Centre is on highway E6 up in Saltfjellet. This is the obvious place for any traveller to stop. The Arctic Circle Centre's striking architecture is adapted to its natural surroundings, and the Arctic Circle itself runs right through the building. The Arctic Circle Centre is open during the season from May 1 to September 15. In the area, there are Russian and Yugoslavian W Il memorials. The Arctic Circle Centre is situated in a national park in wonderful hiking territory.


Havmannen is located in the water of the Ranafjord about 15 metres from the water´s edge. The surface of the water rises and falls with the tide. The sculpture's position is also defined by its relationship with the town´s structure. The sculpture stands with its back turned towards the town, and looks out over the fjord, in the direction of the open sea. It seems to be concentrating on its own thoughts, turning inwards to its inner space, both as a physical and as a mental state. Despite its scale, this sculpture is no monument. Its rhetoric is directed at each one of us individually, and this discussion is private. It belongs to the experiences that we cannot share with others. We base our sense of having something in common on the belief that we share these existential experiences with each other.

If we take a step further away and look at the sculpture in its setting, in the landscape formed by the town and its buildings, the fjord with its water and the fells with their intricate stone formations, we can experience the sculpture losing its materially heavy presence and being transformed into a black outline, almost a hole or a negative form sculpted in the air.


Plura cave (officially place, but also called Jordbru Cave) is a cave at the top of Plurdalen. The cave was discovered in 1966 by an English cave expedition. The cave is named after the farm Jordbrua a little further down the valley. The cave is located about two kilometers south of the dam at Kallvatnet. Plura cave / Jordbru cave is the largest water filled cave system in Norway. It is therefore interesting to divers. It is unclear just how deep and long cave is, but it is over 130 feet deep and 2,600 feet long.


If you want to experience pure nature, you have an outstanding opportunity in the Setergrotta cave. It is one of the largest and most exciting caves in Norway, shapen by mother nature through 2-300 000 years. Nearly 3 km has been discovered so far, but there are still unexplored passages parts yet to be found. In Setergrotta everything is set for an unforgettable trip to the norwegian underworld. Our guides are knowledgable, which will make the 2-hour tour in the cave most interesting and fascinating.


Regional museum with two departments, cultural history and natural history. Exhibitions and collections with focus on the Rana area and Helgeland.

Cultural history department in 2001: the permanent exhibition "Our town during a hundred years, Mo i Rana 1900-2000" (including a model of Mo around 1930), "Rask" (objects from daily life in Rana during the 20th century); a bourgeois room; equipment from the printing office of the local newspaper "Dunderlandsdølen", an old general store and an oldfashioned dentist's consulting room at the lower ground floor; and in the main hall the art exhibition "Open voices behind closed doors" by Inger Johanne Elvebakk and Sidsel Neerland.

Natural history department in 2001: permanent exhibitions with presentation of some of the region's wildlife and natural environments from coast to high mountains, and of minerals from Nordland; special summer exhibitions "Whales and whale migrations" og "Beaver - an old inhabitant returns".

Stenneset village heritage museum: collection of buildings from the 18th og 19th century, centered around an old local vicarage; exhibition of farming tools and machinery. Bredek mountain farm, idyllic traditional farm situated off the beaten track inside Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, rentable after arrangement with Rana museum.

The annual "Stennesdagen" is held at the village heritage site Sunday 17th June 2001. During this family-friendly local outdoor event, daily life in the not-to-distant past is in focus (sale of traditional food, weaving, wool dying, etc.). Co-organized with the local home crafts association (Ranen Husflidlag).

The 5th European Bat Night is held at Mo Sunday 2nd September 2001. Slide show/popular lecture in "Bakeribygget" at Moholmen 21.00 hrs, followed by - weather permitting - a bat walk in search of insect-hunting bats. Similar events are organized all over Europe, and 2001 is declared "International Year of the Bat" by Eurobats/UNEP.

Rana museum is spread out over Rana municipality. The cultural history department is found in "Museumsgården" in the centre of Mo, between the Meyer Park and the main pedestrian street. The natural history department is situated at the ground floor of the tower building ("Tårnbygget") at Moholmen, the old wooden house settlement to the seaside of the rail line. Stenneset village heritage site, about 8 km from the centre of Mo, is reached by following road R12 to Båsmoen. Bredek mountain farm is situated above Bjøllånes in the Dunderland valley, at the gateway to Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park (reached on foot only).


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.


Polarsirkelen Golf is a golf course with 6 holes and a variation of difficulties. The course lies approximately 13 km from Mo Center.