Sandnessjøen is a town and the administrative centre of Alstahaug Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. Sandnessjøen was granted special trading privileges in the late 1600s and it received town status in 1999. Sandnessjøen is located on the island of Alsta, just west of the De syv søstre (The Seven Sisters) mountain range.[3]

View of the town
View of the town
Sandnessjøen is located in Nordland
Location of the town
Sandnessjøen is located in Norway
Sandnessjøen (Norway)
Coordinates: 66°01′05″N 12°36′57″E / 66.0181°N 12.6159°E / 66.0181; 12.6159Coordinates: 66°01′05″N 12°36′57″E / 66.0181°N 12.6159°E / 66.0181; 12.6159
RegionNorthern Norway
MunicipalityAlstahaug Municipality
Town status1999
 • Total4.09 km2 (1.58 sq mi)
Elevation20 m (70 ft)
 • Total6,043
 • Density1,478/km2 (3,830/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
8800 Sandnessjøen

The town is a transportation hub for the Helgeland region, as well as a commercial and business centre for the region. The 4.09-square-kilometre (1,010-acre) town has a population (2017) of 6,043 which gives the town a population density of 1,478 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,830/sq mi).[1]

Sandnessjøen and surroundings seen from the summit of Botnkrona.

Sandnessjøen Airport, Stokka is located south of the town. Beginning in late June 2011, the regional airline Widerøe launched direct flights in summer between Sandnessjøen Airport and Oslo Airport, Gardermoen.[4]


Sandnessjøen in 1935

The town of Sandnessjøen was the administrative centre of the old municipality of Stamnes from 1899 to 1965. This municipality was also known as Sandnessjøen from 1948 until 1965. In 1965, the municipality was merged with Alstahaug Municipality.

Helgeland Kammerkor, a mixed choir with members drawn from the region of Helgeland, was founded in Sandnessjøen in 1992 and has held many concerts there.

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  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2017). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Sandnessjøen, Alstahaug (Nordland)". Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  3. ^ Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2016-03-16). "Sandnessjøen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  4. ^ flights Sandnessjøen - Oslo from June 2011

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