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Dønna in Norway Dønna municipality coat of arms


194,2 km2

Dønna Local Directory

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Dønna muncipality has approximately 1.500 inhabitants and covers a area of 194,2 km2. The main industries are agriculture and the fisheries, and the municipal centre, Solfjellsjøen, is located in the heart of the island of Dønna and most of the inhabitants living on the islands of Dønna, Løkta and Vandve. The Coastal Road runs through the municipality.

Dønna is a luxuriant island community with a fascinating history, varied scenery and abundant fauna. The eventful history of Dønna tells us that from as early as the Age of Migration and up until the 1900´s, it was an important centre of power and culture and included North Norway´s biggest farming property, Dønnesgodset, which was the most important place in north Dønna. Dønna is also renowned for the Bjørnsmartnan market fair that took place in the 1870’s and was considered the country´s major coastal market with around 3,000 visitors and approximately 100 merchants.

The island community has a lot to offer, and communications are good. The car ferry, Sigrid, sails from Sandnessjøen to Dønna several times a day, sometimes also calling at Løkta. The ferry trip from Sandnessjøen to Dønna takes about 25-30 minutes and there is also an express passenger boat service from Sandnessjøen to Dønna. The Åviksund bridge, completed in summer 1999, links together the islands of Herøy and Dønna. 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 island of Løkta is on the north-eastern side of the main island of Dønna. The island is green and luxuriant with varying countryside. It is an excellent place for cycling, and most of it can be covered in a day. Several pleasant bathing spots. Ferry from Bjørn and Sandnessjøen.


On the north-western side of Dønna lie the islands of Vandve, Slapøy and Havstein, together with innumerable smaller isles and islets. Further out to sea we find the abandoned fishing village of Åsvær. This island realm is an eldorado for those who enjoy boating.


Here we find an old smallholding from the 1880’s that has recently been restored and prepared for use. The museum there presents the living conditions of the coastal population throughout the ages. The family that ran the place were skilled artisans also running a clocksmith’s workshop and a shoe repair shop. The clocksmith’s has been left practically untouched and is now open to the public. There is also an exhibition on the island depicting the history and development of the Bjørnsmartnan market fair. In the boathouse there are 6 Nordland-style boats and a considerable amount of old fishing gear that has been well taken care of.


Dønnamannen is well-known mountain is a popular attraction for those seeking something of a challenge in the mountains. Dønnamannen is 858 meter above sea level. There are marked trails from Breivika and Teigstad up to the summit.


The trading post is situated in the heart of Dønna, approx. 1.5 km north of the municipal centre of Solfjellsjøen. Trade and agriculture were carried out here until 1928. For guided tours, please contact Dønna municipal council, Phone +47 75 05 22 00.


In the near vicinity of Nordvik old trading post, we find Nordvik church that dates back to 1871.


Culture and recreational area where a burial site has been found together with finds from the Iron Age. The burial site is situated on a tiny peninsula, Gleinsneset, facing out towards the shipping lanes. There are 21 graves on this wide-ranging site. Ten signposts have been set up recounting the facts and history. This culture and recreational area has also been adapted for the disabled. There is also a rambling trail here (approximately 7.5 km) and you can bring your fishing rod along and fish at the designated angling spots.


This is one of the largest burial mounds in North Norway, and is approximately 35 metres long and 5 metres high. Several excavations have been carried out here, but information about the finds has not yet been published. The grave itself is thought to be from the Roman Age or the Age of Migration.

At the top of Valhaugen we find northern Europe´s biggest marble phallus, 89 cm tall and 50 cm in diameter. The stone probably dates back to the Age of Migration because excerpts from Norse saga literature and Norwegian mediaeval law show that sacrifices made on burial mounds were common in pagan times. The white stone at Valhaugen is a phallus symbol that has been linked to fertility rites and the worship of Nerthus / Njord, the gods of fertility, wealth and seafaring.


Dønnes Gård was North Norway´s biggest estate with enormous landed properties and great power. The people on the estate had access to, and contact with, the rest of Europe, from where they gained new thoughts and ideas. In 1908 for instance, they were the first in Norway to acquire a tractor. Today, the main building has been refurbished and converted into a guesthouse with overnight accommodations. The 3 km long Dønnes nature and culture trail starts at Dønnes Gård and leads up to Mount Dønnesfjellet.


Dønnes church is one of Helgeland´s so-called triangle churches (Herøy, Alstahaug and Dønna). The church in Dønnes was erected in the 1100´s and also contains a mausoleum from the 1600´s that is the biggest and best preserved mausoleum in Norway (consists of 22 coffins belonging to the Tønder and Coldevin families). There are also a number of other cultural treasures to be seen in the church.


The coast of Helgeland is perfect for cycling. Your enjoyment of the natural surroundings will be more intimate and authentic from the seat of you bicycle. You decide yourself what speed to go at and how far to go, and you can stop whenever you like and enjoy the scenery- and your freedom. At the tourist information you can hire bikes and get information where to cycle.


Breivika, the Riviera of Helgeland. Take a swim in the artic sea or just enjoy the scenery.


M/S Gamle Helgeland was built in 1954 and was delivered from A/S Stord to Helgelandske Dampskipselskap A/S in Sandnessjøen the 8th of July 1954. The ship sailed in many of the company´s routes from 1954 to 1977 when she was sold. From 1977 until 2003 the ship was in service by the Norwegian Coast Guard as inspection vessel. Today this ship has veteran status as a part of the ship cultural heritage in Norway. The ship will be re constructed to have the same design as she had in 1977. M/S Gamle Helgeland is able to carry 90 passengers in a day voyages around the islands on the coast of Helgeland. Furthermore she is able to carry 12 passengers in 2 bed cabins with shower and wc in the corridor. The ship is a very good alternative for companies-groups or for private persons who wants to experience something else in their holiday. Here you will find 1954 atmosphere! The passenger saloon can be arranged for up too 60 persons for dinner.


Mount Dønnesfjellet (127 metres) offers a fantastic view. In good conditions you can see Rødøy in the north and Vega in the south, together with most of the characteristic mountains found along the coast of Helgeland. A motor road leads all the way to the top, where you will find a restaurant open during the summer.


At Dønna you can hunt for roe deer, goose or hare. You can buy Hunting licence or get more information about hunting on Dønna by contacting Dønnes Gård, Phone +47 75 05 56 15 or at Åkvik Gård, Phone +47 97 10 00 82


Guided trips, canoe and kayak rental. Shoreline paddling, trips ashore and overnight stays in a lavo (Sami tepee) elk safari with a taste, guided rambling in the Seven Sisters or Visten mountains.


Some parts of the Norwegian coast are world famous for their underwater environment. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, which provides the coast of Nordland with relatively mild climate, scuba diving is possible all year round. The coast of Helgeland is perfect for scuba diving and is said to be an Eldorado for divers. You can for example explore old shipswreck or dive for shells. Hunting or fishing under water is aloud and can be done with a knife, spear or harpoon. Anglerfish and wolf fish make particularly tasty prey.


The coast of Helgeland is suitable for fishing, and in all four muncipalitys, Herøy, Alstahaug, Leirfjord and Dønna, it is easy to find good fishing spots. You can fish with a rod from the shore, or go out to sea in a boat. Regard to what you do, you will probably catch one fish at least. The sea fishing in Helgeland is exceptionally good! Sport fishing in the sea for saltwater fish is free of charge.

Foreign citizens may engage in sports fishing with hand held tackle, but may not set out fixed equipment such as lobster/crab pots or nets, fishing lines or fishing nets. Foreign citizens are not permitted to sell their catch. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence. Usual fishes are: Cod, Saithe (Coalfish), Haddock, Tusk, Wolffish, Mackerel, Herring, Redfish, Atlantic halibut, Atlantic salmon and Trout.