With more than 25,000 kilometers of coastline, Norway has the 8th longest coastline in the world. More than 45,000 islands are scattered along the coast and Norway has a long tradition for the use of boats as means of transport. The ambulance boats along the coast help thousands of people every year.
There are more than 6500 islands in Helgeland which lies in the southern district of north Norway. The ambulance boat ”Eyr Bremstein” is stationed at one of these islands, Vega. The crew is on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Each year ”Eyr Bremstein” transports approximately 1000 people back and forth to the hospitals on the mainland, covering a distance of more than 30,000 nautical miles.