Vefsn is a municipality in the county of Nordland, Norway.


The centre of Vefsn is the town of Mosjøen, situated innermost in Vefsnfjord. Outside Mosjøen, the large municipality of Vefsn is dominated by spruce forests, mountains, lakes, agriculture and the Vefsna river. The municipality is served by Mosjøen Airport, Kjærstad

Vefsn was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Four other municipalities were later separated from it: Hattfjelldal (1862), the town of Mosjøen (1876), Drevja (1927) and Grane (1927). Mosjøen and Drevja were, however, merged with Vefsn again on January 1, 1962. Elsfjord was merged with Vefsn the same date. The mainland areas of Alstahaug were transferred to Vefsn January 1, 1995.

The name

The municipality is named after the river Vefsna. The meaning of the rivername is unknown.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1960). It shows a rooster (to represent vigilance and watchfulness).


The bird watcher that visits Vefsn soon realises that it will take more than a day to cover all the interesting habitats and birding areas. Here you will find areas of virtually untouched coniferous woodlands, both inland and along the coast. The Skjørlegda nature reserve is a good example of woodland protection. Here you will find a virtually untouched coniferous forest covering the Eiterå valley. The valley stretches inland to a higher mountainous habitat that is also worth checking.

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