Nesna


Photo: Wikipedia by E rik

Nesna is both a village, and a municipality, in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional Helgeland region.  (Photo from Wikipedia by E rik)


The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Nesna.

The municipality today consists of the islands Tomma, Hugla and Handnesøya, in addition to the peninsula that has the name of the municipality: Nesna.

By January 2011 the municpiality had 1808 inhabitants.


Nesna Coat of Arms

The municipality has it's Coat of Arms from 1989.

The Arms symbolizes a headland (point)in gold on blue (ocean). The municipality has it's name from the "headland", which in Norwegian is the word "nes".

It was established as a municipality back in 1838, and in 1888 part of Nesna was separated from the minicipality as the new municipality of Dønna.


Agriculture is the most important business, but also fishfarming is important to the community.

Total area 202 km2 (78 sq mi). Land area 181 km2 (69.9 sq mi). About 20% of the inhabitants are living in the surrounding islands.


Nesna Church

Photo by Karl Kraus/ HRG archive

The village church is a traditional wooden cross church, which is a quite common architecture for churches in Norway.

It has the shape of a cross , a central rectangle, with side rectangles.

It was build in 1880 and has 800 seats.

Photo by Karl Kraus/ HRG archive


The Museum

The local museum is one of 16 museums in the Helgeland Museum Group, spread over 15 municipalities.

The Helgeland Museums aims to describe the life of work and living for the people in this region, hundreds of years ago.

The main theme at the museum is the educational system.You will also find an authentic, old general store, and you will get to know the amazing Nordland-boat.

The museum collection contains around 6000 items, and a lot of interesting, old pictures.

Source: Helgeland Museum


The Hurtigruten

Photo: Hurtigruten archive

The tight schedule of the Hurtigruten allows only a 15 minutes stop in Nesna, so your impression will mostly be the small harbour and the activity there.

The Northbound Hurtigruten arrives at 05.30 in the morning, while the southbound ship calls at 11.15.

This photo is from the Hurtigruten archive.