In the National Park of Lomsdal-Visten, or Njaarke as the Sami name is, you will find a unique part of the nature of Helgeland region of Northern Norway. Here you will find caves and fjords, old forests, mountains and peaks. And a lot of water. In lakes and pools and wild streams. There are rocky mountains and lush valleys. In some parts you will find easy walking, but be prepared for mostly rough and demanding hiking.
The National Park was established in 2009 and is managed by the National Park board.
The Lomsdal-Visten National Park will give you spectacular scenery, but is still a well-kept secret among Norway’s protected areas.
Generally Lomsdal-Visten is demanding. Which means that you’ll not be able to cover as large distances as you can count on in other areas. Besides some few paths in the lowland, you’ll not find paths or marked routes in these mountains. Where you find any trail-markings they are made by (old) stone cairns, and the red T’s are not to be found here. There’s no map covering the National Park, but the map Vistfjellan covers most of the area (not the most northern parts). For Europe it’s possible to buy it on net here (English), here (Dutch) or here (German). A nice hiking report in English can be found here.
A small report from one of our visitors:
"We had a fantastic trip, quite different from any walking we have done before, even though we regularly walk without paths or people in remote areas of Scotland. There were a couple of footpaths in the early part of the walk, but after that it was just a case of using map and compass. The most exciting day was the last day when we were on the high plateau. We had been warned that walking would take longer than we expected, but had not really believed this as we are quite experienced walkers. We did not appreciate just how rocky and snowy it would be however. There was almost no vegetation on the high plateau, just rock and snow. The cloud was down, and we had to navigate with our compass, also checking with GPS. It was so rocky - huge rocks - that often we would get around one group of rocks, or lake and then have to check the compass again. Slow work! Very inhospitable. The map reading was also interesting for us, as in Scotland crags (rocks) are shown on maps, but not on the Vistfellan map, presumably because there are just too many to map. So for example when we got to the west side of the plateau and started descending there were lots of crags but we did not know this in advance. Despite being warned that the Lakselva River might be difficult to cross, we ended up trying to cross almost where it joins Lake Lakselvvatnet, which proved impossible as the water was so deep and strong. Luckily we walked around the lake and were able to get a lift across the lake in a boat from some people who were camping nearby. We stayed in a private hut near the lake for a few days and in that time the river level went right down, so then it would have been possible to cross the river. Further inland the river has quite shallow stretches with islands, and here it would probably have been possible to cross, even when the river was full."
For most hikes in the National Park you will need to carry all of your gear, including tent. There are some unlocked huts that you are free to use.
Be aware of the rivers which easily raises in rainy weather. Do not cross strong streamy rivers if you are not experienced.
We wish you a nice visit to the treasured land of Lomsdal-Visten. Please feel free to contact the National Park manager Torhild Lamo or ranger Carl Norberg for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook!
GPX-tracks and information on cabins/shelter can be found on Turkart Helgeland. The information is only in Norwegian, but to save a track/POI, press the wished item, then press «GPS» and «lagre» and it saves to your PC/Mac as a gpx-file.
For information on fishing, have a look here: Fiskebrosyre, engelsk.
Open cabins/shelters (coordinates in UTM/WGS 84):
- Strompdalen – Cabin (6 beds): W33 0399077 7259333
- Tettinghytta – Cabin: W33 0396960 7258285
- Lomsdalskoia – Cabin (4 beds): W33 0402738 7261812
- Nedre Breivatn – Traditional Sami shelter: W33 0402051 7257808
- Klausmarka – Cabin (porly condition): 33W 0386479 7278095
- Stavassgården – Cabin (partly open (6 beds), partly closed): W33 0420966 7263791
- Stavassætra – Cabin (4 beds): W33 0418431 7265991
- Sæterskardet – Cabin (2 beds): W33 0410801 7278868
- Fjellgården – Cabin (6 beds): W33 0413292 7281071
- Langskarneshytta – Cabin (3 beds): 33W 0416192 7268962
- Tøymvasshytta – Cabin (10 beds): 33W 0396820 7269264
- Auslia – Cabin: 33W 0389454 7281634
- Krongelvatnet – Traditional Sami shelter: 33W 0399580 7285237
- Svartvassheia – Cabin (2 beds): 33W 0405059 7278691
- Sukkertoppen – Cabin (2 beds): 33W 0395310 7292912
- Børjeøra: Robert Storvik, phone +47 909 29 374, e-mail: email@example.com
W33 0396979 7261536
- Stavassgården: Phone +47 911 79 802
W33 0420966 7263791
- Gåsvatnet: Statskog
W33 0418752 7247541
- Litlvasshytta: Vefsn jeger og fisk
33W 0412090 7277240
- Lavasshytta: Vefsn jeger og fisk
33W 0407558 7296214
- Aursletta: Vistenfjord
- Bønå: Bønå gård
- Bønåvatnet: Bønå
33W 0397738 7285153
- Krongelvatnet: Bønå
33W 0399580 7285237