Port Profile: Brønnøysund, Norway

Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Brønnøysund, Norway.

Brønnøysund and the bridge to the Torget island, seen from Mofjellet Photo: Wikipedia/Upnorthosl

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Visitors approaching Brønnøysund from the sea can have a splendid opportunity to get a glimpse of the Vega Archipelago World Heritage Site before arriving to this Norwegian port. It depends on the ship’s route, of course, but for passengers on board a cruise ship it will be hard to miss the unique archipelago.

The Vega archipelago consists of some 6,500 islands and islets, spread over more than 385 square miles/1,000 square kilometers. The result: outstanding preconditions for animal life in various forms – not least birds. Numerous greylag geese, barnacle geese and cormorants, but, above all, eider ducks. It’s not a coincidence that the islands off Brønnøysund for a long time have been at the center of eiderdown trade.

Just south of Brønnøysund is another quite unique island: Torget. Not part of the Vega archipelago, Torget has become famous because of the Torghatten mountain. The hole that pierces right through it gives it a distinct character.

There’s a legend about how the hole in the mountain came to be. According to this myth, the wayward troll Hestmannen tried to catch Lekamøya – the daughter of another troll. When he couldn’t catch Lekamøya, the bad-tempered Hestmannen decided to shoot her instead. Fortunately, a benevolent troll king threw his hat between the two, stopping the arrow. The hat was petrified into the Torghatten mountain. Torghatten is a must-see for many visitors to Brønnøysund.

Continue reading Avid Cruiser’s full Port Profile featuring Brønnøysund.

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