On a glorious summer's day, this town blends almost completely into the blue sky. Sortland is "The Blue City".
The houses are painted in different shades of blue that tell of the town's closeness to the sea and as a symbol of Sortland's maritime and fishing heritage. And if you look closely at the blue facades, there are also spaces with poems and short texts written by the young people of the city, including one of the most famous authors in Norway, Lars Saabye Christensen.Sortland is located in the middle of Vesterålen. This means steep mountains and peaks, narrow fjords and large seas. At the far end you will find Nyksund. The place that refused to die. Nyksund was relocated and had become a ghost town, but offers much in the way of activities and culture. Only a handful of locals inhabit this fishing village but it receives thousands of visitors. One of them is Queen Sonja. She came walking across the mountain on the path that has been named Dronningruta. You can also walk up here and enjoy a majestic view of the sea and sky.
Our voyages to Sortland
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Top 3 things to see in Sortland
- Norwegian salmon—alive and well in the Akvakultur Adventure Centre in Vesterålen
- Whales blowing on the water surface, and a cod wriggling at the end of a fishing line
- Lasso throwing and riding snowmobiles with the coastal Sami