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Vefsna  (Norwegian)
Vaapstenjeanoe  (Southern Sami)
Vapstälven  (Swedish)[1]
The Laksforsen waterfall
Vefsna is located in Nordland
Location of the river
Vefsna is located in Norway
Vefsna (Norway)
MunicipalitiesHattfjelldal, Vefsn, Grane
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationHattfjelldal, Nordland, Norway
 ⁃ coordinates65°16′59″N 13°48′51″E / 65.28306°N 13.81417°E / 65.28306; 13.81417
 ⁃ elevation877 metres (2,877 ft)
MouthVefsnfjord, Mosjøen
 ⁃ location
Vefsn, Nordland, Norway
 ⁃ coordinates
65°50′09″N 13°11′26″E / 65.83583°N 13.19056°E / 65.83583; 13.19056Coordinates: 65°50′09″N 13°11′26″E / 65.83583°N 13.19056°E / 65.83583; 13.19056
 ⁃ elevation
0 metres (0 ft)
Length163 km (101 mi)
Basin size4,122 km2 (1,592 sq mi)
Basin features
 ⁃ leftSvenningelva

Vefsna (Norwegian), also known as Vaapstenjeanoe (Southern Sami) or Vapstälven (Swedish), is the largest river in Nordland county, Norway. It is 163 kilometres (101 mi) long and drains a watershed of 4,122 square kilometres (1,592 sq mi). Its headwaters lie in the mountains of Børgefjell National Park at the lake Simskardvatnet. The river runs through the municipalities of Hattfjelldal, Grane, and Vefsn. The southern parts of the river are sometimes called the river Susna. The river flows north, not far from the Swedish border, and some of the minor tributaries come from Sweden. At the town of Mosjøen, the river discharges into the Vefsnfjord. The Laksforsen waterfall lies along its course.[2]

Historically, it was an important salmon fishery, but it has now been infected with the salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris.[3]

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  1. ^ "Län och huvudavrinningsområden i Sverige" (PDF) (in Swedish). Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  2. ^ Photo of the falls at flood
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Vefsna" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-11-16.