Namdalskysten is the northernmost part of the Trøndelag coast, stretching from Flatanger in the south, via Namsos and Rørvik to Leka in the north. The coastline in Namdalen is known for excellent fishing.
The more than 6,000 islands, rocks and skerries off the coast of Rørvik provide ideal conditions for recreational fishing. The listed fishing village Sør-Gjæslingan, to the south of Rørvik, was once the largest fishing community in Norway south of Lofoten. Jøa and Leka are the two largest islands along the Namdal coast, and both are easy to reach by ferry.
In 2009 Leka was named Norway’s geological national monument because of its unique geology. Namsos is the commercial centre of the Namdalen region. It is home to the Norwegian sawmill museum and Rock City – an adventure centre for the form of rock music that originated in Trøndelag. The famous salmon river Namsen flows into the Namsenfjord in Namsos.
Flatanger is the southernmost coastal municipality on the Namdal coast and can be reached by exiting road Fv17 – Kystriksveien – at Sjøåsen 40 km north of Steinkjer. The Utvorda fortress, which was built during World War II, faces the open ocean and boasts fantastic views of the Folla sea. The lighthouse Villa Fyr (2836) was Norway’s last coal-fired lighthouse and has been well preserved. Villa Fyr is accessible by boat, e.g. from Einvika Overnatting.
Namsos Rock City, which opened in 2011, is an adventure centre focused on Trønderrock, a form of rock music that originated in Trøndelag. Namsos was built on timber and sawmills and you can discover this part of the town’s history at the Norwegian sawmill museum (Norsk Sagbruksmuseum). The river Namsen flows into the fjord in Namsos. Further out in the Namsenfjord is the island Otterøya, which has a large population of roe deer. The Nord-Trøndelag county gallery is located in Namsos.
Kolvereid, Abelvær and Rørvik
The administrative centre of Kolvereid is Norway’s smallest town. The road Skrøvdalsveien between Høylandet and Geisnes, with its mountains, wilderness and deep fjords, is a wonderful natural experience. Abelvær is an idyllic little community out in the ocean in the municipality of Nærøy. Rørvik is located in the sound Nærøysundet, which is a busy shipping lane. Here you will find the coastal heritage centre Norveg. Every evening both the south and northbound Hurtigruten coastal liners call here. Why not go aboard for a visit?
Leka – Norway`s geological national monument
The island of Leka is Norway’s geological national monument. The serpentine coloured mountains on the island’s western side bring to mind landscapes from completely different parts of the world. The rock centre at Leka Motell & Camping is a good starting point for learning more about the island’s geology. Next to the ferry terminal is Bertneshaugan, Norway’s second-largest burial mound. You will find workshops selling high-quality ceramics both in Overhalla north of Namsos (road Fv17) and in Nærøy (road Fv769), and glass art in Namdalseid (road Fv17).
Fishing on the Namdal coast
Anglers will find rich pickings along the coast of Namdal, whether they prefer fishing from land or from a boat. You can catch arctic cod from February till April, when it migrates from the Barents Sea to Vikna. Arctic cod served with liver and roe is a local delicatessen, and Rørvik even has its own arctic cod festival in March every year.
In contrast to many other parts of the Trøndelag coastline, the Namdal coast has a vast archipelago, with thousands of islands. The islands provide shelter from harsh weather and strong winds when you are fishing from a boat, but if you prefer the open sea then the island of Leka is a good option. The area also offers good halibut fishing.
Sometimes it is tempting to try fishing in the open sea. In both Rørvik and Flatanger you can join larger boats which are licensed to carry tourists and whose skippers can guide you to the best fishing grounds.