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”Mo i Rana has that small-town charm but still has something for everyone”

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My favourite thing that makes me proud of Mo i Rana: 

There are so many things to be proud of. Mo i Rana has that small-town charm, but at the same time, it has something for everyone. The people here are wonderful at lifting up local ventures, it kind of feels like we are one big family. Another one of my favourite things is probably how close we are to nature. The town is surrounded by mountains and fjords.

My favourite weekend routine: 

Weekends are all about spending time with friends and family. I always start my weekends with a long breakfast and some coffee, followed by a few hours outside — be it skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. To top it off we love having friends over for dinner, nights filled with laughter and good food.

My favourite cultural spot:

We have a local statue called “Havmannen” on Moholmen, it is located in the ocean and can be seen from a long promenade that follows the shoreline. It’s a popular spot for locals, so we usually bump into friends and get to catch up.

Havmannen (The sea man)

My favourite place for dining out:

Without a doubt Til Elise. With world-class chefs, they use local products from surrounding farms. I guess I wouldn’t call it ‘dining out’, but a culinary experience. People travel from out of town just to try their food.

My favourite place for a creative or business meeting:

There’s a new coffee-place that seems to be quite popular for this purpose is Munin Coffee.

My favourite breakfast place:

My favourite breakfast place is outside in nature. Tjuvtrappa, a 30-minute hike right outside of town is my go-to. With some coffee, a sandwich and a view of the city it’s a perfect way to start my day.

My favourite city escape:

Along the coast of Helgeland there are plenty of places to escape. Herøy and Lovund are some of my favourites.

My favourite local entrepreneur or creative I want to promote:

Håkon Skog Erlandsen, a local artist and adventurer. He is aiming to be the first to play a concert on top of the seven summits and has already climbed Mount Everest. He plays a lot of local concerts and does a great job of showing off our beautiful nature in his work.

My favourite hotel for a staycation:

Lovund Hotell.

My favourite route for a run or walk: 

It’s impossible to choose only one. We have so many amazing spots all over and surrounding the city. If I wanted I could pick a new route every day for an entire year. But Klokkerhagen is definitely a local favourite.

Lovund Hotell.

My favourite place for fashion:

Loe, a clothing store we’ve had in town since the 1950s.

My favourite space for great design: 

iHus Studio.

My favourite local media:

Ingrid Eroy and Erlend Grønning Instagram. Ingrid captures the charming life in northern Norway, while Erlend shows off our beautiful nature.

My favourite thing at home: 

My large round dining table. There’s always room for one more.

Herøy. Photo: Jonas Berglund

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