New member at Cruise Europe: Helgeland, Norway
Helgeland in northern Norway is located south of the Artic Circle. Cruiseship access is via the Port of Sandnessjoen. To date, there have been no cruise calls but in 2023 Norwegian Cruise Line is visiting with Norwegian Star.
There are two quays available for cruise calls: Horvnes 1 and 2, each being 80m in length and 20m in depth. In addition Holmen quay (50m-long, 18m-deep quay) is located in the centre of town but is not yet ISPS regulated.
The maximum size of cruiseship that can call is 300m in length, at Horvnes. The number of passengers that can be handled daily is 2,500, according to Bente Iren Hanssen, market and business development Helgeland Havn.
“Shuttle buses and taxis can be arranged on demand”, says Hanssen.
The port provides fresh water bunkering, garbage landing and grey water landing facilities. Plans are ongoing to equip the three quays with shore power.
Sandnessjoen is best known for The Seven Sisters mountain range and its hiking trails. The small town has a rich Viking and Medieval history including a nearby Chiefdom and three medieval churches, as well as the more modern Petter Dass Museum.
Excursions include a RiB safari in the Helgeland Archipelago, a trip to the Polar Circle or the first Arctic single malt whisky distillery, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Vega Archipelago or the Svartisen Glacier.
(Cruise Europe, Port of Sandnessjoen – Helgeland Havn)