Hadsel (Northern Sami: Válafierda) is a municipality in Vesterålen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Stokmarknes. Other villages in Hadsel include Fiskebøl, Gjerstad, Grønning, Grytting, Hanøyvika, Hennes, Kaljord, Melbu, Sanden, and Sandnes.
Stokmarknes is the birthplace of Hurtigruten (the Coastal Express). Since 1893 Hurtigruten has sailed along the Norwegian coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes and calls at Stokmarknes twice a day (north- and southbound). Visit the Hurtigruten museum situated in the Hurtigrutens Hus and explore the old hurtigruten ship MS Finnmarken which is now land based outside the museum.
Stokmarknes is an old market town and people would come from far and wide, by land and sea, to meet up and trade their wares. You can get a taste of that same vibrant atmosphere at the Summer-Melbu festival with concerts, exhibitions and seminars for everyone.
Modern industries and creative business ideas ensure Hadsel thrives and flourishes today. Vesterålen's brand new and modern regional hospital is scheduled to open in 2014. Stokmarknes became a university town in 2011.
Hadsel has its own airport and is a port of call for hurtigruten. You can take the ferry to Lofoten from Melbu.
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