Sandnessjoen is a town and administrative centre of the municipality of Alstahaug, Nordland county, Norway. In 1788 Sandnessjoen was granted town status. It is located on the Alsta island, just west of De syv sostre (The Seven Sisters) mountain range. The 990-acre town has a population of 5,930. The population density is 1,550 inhabitants per km2.
Stokka (Sandnessjoen Airport) is located south of the town. Beginning late June 2011, Wideroe launched direct flights between Sandnessjoen Airport and Oslo Airport, Gardermoen in the summer months.
Helgeland Kammerkor is a mixed choir with members from the region of Helgeland, established in Sandnessjoen in 1992. Today it continues to be based here.
Sandnessjoen cruise terminal
Sandnessjoen is one of the ferry ports along the "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.
Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.
The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island, Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island), Kirkenes (turnaround port).
Hurtigruten ships meet in Sandnessjoen in the evening.