How to get here
Nesna used to have a convenient and strategic position in a time when most travelling was done by ship along the coast. That is also why our college was founded here in 1918. With todays' travel patterns relying heavily on road and plane connection; coming to Nesna takes time and some planning.
How to get here:
Nesna used to have a convenient and strategic position in a time when most travelling was done by ship along the coast. That is also why our college was founded here in 1918. With travel today relying heavily on more modern means of transport, coming to Nesna takes a bit of time and planning.
The nearest local airport is in Mo i Rana and the nearest international airport is in Trondheim. The best option from abroad is to fly into Trondheim, either directly with one of several airlines that serve the area, such as KLM, the Norwegian low-cost airline called “Norwegian” (www.norwegian.no), Widerøe (www.wideroe.no) or with Scandinavian Airlines - SAS (www.sas.no).
From Trondheim there are 3 possibilities:
By air: from Trondheim to Mo i Rana with one of the airlines servicing Røssvoll airport daily.
By train: from Trondheim to Mo i Rana: trains run at 7:40, 15:58 und 23:35 daily from Trondheim Central Station and stop (8:15, 16:32 and 0:05) at Trondheim Airport Værnes. On Saturdays there is no train in the afternoon. The trip takes approx. 6 hours. You can book online: www.nsb.no
If you book early you can obtain a “Minipris” ticket which is less than one third of the cost of a full price ticket. There are several busses each day from Mo i Rana to Nesna with travel time taking a little over one hour. Nesna University College will be happy to arrange a separate pickup for you if bus times are unsuitable.
See bus timetables from Mo i Rana to Nesna. Choose "Indre Helgeland" and scroll until you find "Mo i Rana - Nesna - Mo i Rana".
By boat: A wonderful and relaxing way to get to Nesna directly and see the spectacular scenery on the way is the Hurtigruten. Calling at 35 ports, Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage is the lifeline along the coast and has connected scattered settlements for more than 100 years. Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage is today a fascinating mixture of first-class passenger vessels and local working ships. Superb accommodations are available for overnight guests along with award winning Norwegian cuisine. Every day of the year, a ship leaves Bergen on an 11-day voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes at the Russian border and back.
You might consider joining a Hurtigruten ship just for the trip from Trondheim to Nesna. Or you can make a holiday and sightseeing trip along the breathtaking Norwegian coast, either before or after your visit to Nesna. All ships, either going north or south, call at the port in Nesna. If you want to use the Hurtigruten just as a means of transport, a ship leaves Trondheim every day at 12:00 noon and arrives in Nesna at approximately 5:30 the following morning. See www.hurtigruten.no
Other options available:If you arrive in Oslo you can either take a plane to Mo i Rana or take the train. This is a 14 hour long journey. Norwegian and other low-cost airlines fly to Oslo or other places in the south of Norway. Another alternative is to take a plane to Bodø (via Oslo and/or Trondheim). Bodø is about 3 hours north of Mo i Rana and from there you can either take a local plane or a train 3 times a day to Mo i Rana. You can also use the Hurtigruten or a fast boat along the coast and arrive directly in Nesna.
Yet another possibility is to fly via Stockholm to Hemavan in Sweden. Hemavan is about 1.5 hours by bus from Mo i Rana but there is usually only one bus a day.
Some suggestions for the return trip: The Hurtigruten leaves Nesna at 11:15 in the morning and arrives in Trondheim at 6:30 the following morning. Trains from Mo i Rana to Trondheim run at 8:20, 15:30 and 0:03 every day.
Useful links for planning your trip to Nesna:
Scandinavian Airlines: www.sas.no
Norwegian Railway: www.nsb.no