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The seven sisters

Sandnessjøen is a village on the 54 km² island of Alsten in the Norwegian municipality of Alstahaug , approx. 50 km south of the Arctic Circle . Sandnessjøen is part of Fylke Nordland . The place Sandnessjøen has about 5,700 inhabitants and is located in the north of the island. The second largest town in the municipality is Tjøtta .

Sandnessjøen is known for the “ Seven Sisters ” mountain range ( bokmål De syv søstre , nynorsk Dei sju søstre ).


Sandnessjøen is the landing stage for the Hurtigruten ships. The sandnessjøen airport is situated 10 kilometers to the southwest. The island is connected to the mainland by the Helgelandsbrücke ( Helgelandsbrua ).


The region lives from fishing, agriculture , tourism and gas extraction from the "Skarv" gas field.


The Helgelandsbrua seen from the north
  • Helgelandsbrua, a bridge with a length of 1,073 m and a height of 45 m, formerly a toll road . Today it is free of charge.
  • De 7 Søstre ( The Seven Sisters ), a mountain range with seven peaks south of the village of Sandnessjøen. According to legend, there were seven virgins who prostrated themselves exhausted after being persecuted by King Hestmannen . At sunrise they turned to stone. The legend belongs to the legend about the Torghatten .

sons and daughters of the town

Personalities associated with the city

  • Erwin Bowien (1899–1972), German painter and author. From 1954 regular painting stays in his hut "Bettina-Bo" on the island
  • Bettina Heinen-Ayech (* 1937), German painter. Accompanied your teacher Erwin Bowien on his painting trips.

Web links

Commons : Sandnessjøen  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Erwin Bowien: The beautiful game between spirit and world. My painter life. Ed .: Bettina Heinen-Ayech and Freundeskreis Erwin Bowien. U-Form Verlag, Solingen 1995, ISBN 3-88234-101-7 , p. 96 to 98 .
  2. Bettina Heinen-Ayech and Ulrike Frederick: Erwin Bowien (1899-1972). Catalog raisonné-Werkoverzicht. Ed .: Bettina Heinen-Ayech and the Freundeskreis Erwin Bowien eV U-Form Verlag, Solingen 1999, ISBN 3-88234-103-3 .

Coordinates: 66 ° 1 ′  N , 12 ° 37 ′  E