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KYSTRIKSVEIEN

The coastal route

Scroll down for inspiration or go directly to our plan your trip page.

“One of the 101 most scenic drives in the world”

National Geographic

Herøy island in Helgeland .
Photo: Jonas Berglund / HelgelandReiseliv/Heroey
Herøy island in Helgeland .
Photo: Jonas Berglund / HelgelandReiseliv/Heroey

For thousands and thousands of years, the sea was the highway on this long, wild and beautiful coastline.

Rowing in Helgeland .
Photo: CH / Visithelgeland.com
Rowing in Helgeland .
Photo: CH / Visithelgeland.com

These days, you can go on a stunning road trip along the coast. If you drive from south to north, the road starts in Steinkjer in Trøndelag and ends up in Bodø just north of the Arctic Circle.

650 kilometres of narrow winding roads, past small fishing villages and white sandy beach coves sheltered by mighty mountains.

And with some of the fanciest resting places in the world – like the toilet at Ureddplassen.

Ureddplassen, Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten .
Photo: Kåre Eggesvik / Moldjord.no
Ureddplassen, Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten .
Photo: Kåre Eggesvik / Moldjord.no

On your journey northwards, you can sit back and relax in incredible surroundings on at least six ferries – more if you want to visit the islands.

Ferry to Rødøy .
Photo: Olav Breen
Ferry along Helgelandskysten .
Photo: Jonas Berglund / Helgeland Reiseliv/heroey

To get even closer to nature, you can travel on two wheels.

You don’t have to cycle all the way, though. You can book ready-made cycling packages with accommodation and bike rental included on both the Namdal coast and the Helgeland coast.

Cycling along Kystriksveien .
Photo: Coldfeet media / Kystriksveien reiseliv
Cycling along Kystriksveien .
Photo: Coldfeet media / Kystriksveien reiseliv

The drive along the Helgeland coast, the northern part of Kystriksveien, is recognized as one of the most beautiful of the 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes.

Much thanks to detours to unique places like The coastal museum in Rørvik and the red island of Leka, Norway’s geological national monument.

The island is actually a little piece of North America that was left behind here in Norway 60 million years ago.

Leka at the Namdalskysten coast in Trøndelag .
Photo: Olav Breen
Leka at the Namdalskysten coast in Trøndelag .
Photo: Olav Breen

But there are plenty of famous rocks to climb along the way. Like Torghatten, the most distinctive mountain in this part of the country.

As you can see, there’s a hole right through it.

Torghatten in Brønnøy, Helgeland .
Photo: Søla Foto
Torghatten in Brønnøy, Helgeland .
Photo: Søla Foto

It looked quite small, right?

Now, imagine standing there …

Torghatten in Brønnøysund .
Photo: Jan Inge / Helgeland Reiseliv/Broennoey
Torghatten in Brønnøysund .
Photo: Magnar Solbakk / Visithelgeland.com/Broennoey

… or lying here, on Dønnamannen …

Dønnamannen in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Helgeland Reiseliv
Dønnamannen in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Helgeland Reiseliv

… or taking a (very chilly) dip in turquoise waters here, after a hike in mountains like The seven sisters in Alstahaug.

Swim with a view at the Helgeland coast .
Photo: CH / Visithelgeland.com
Swim with a view at the Helgeland coast .
Photo: CH / Visithelgeland.com

While you’re in Alstahaug, you must explore the modern museum dedicated to Peter Dass, a local Lutheran priest and beloved poet.

Next to the museum lies the beautiful medieval Alstahaug Church where Dass was a vicar in the late 1600s.

The Petter Dass museum in Alstahaug .
Photo: Erlend Hårberg / Visithelgeland.com/Alstahaug
Petter Dass Museum in Alstahaug, Helgeland .
Photo: Erlend Hårberg / Visithelgeland.com/Alstahaug

It is possible to drive the whole of Kystriksveien in two days. But that would be a pity. You need at least five.

Then you’ll have time to explore the islands.

Check out the red-painted fishing villages at some of the 6,500 islands in the UNESCO World Heritage archipelago Vega, before you try the taste of the ocean.

Vega in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visit Helgeland / Helgeland Reiseliv/Vega
A fishing village at Vega in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Visithelgeland.com/Vega

Jon Aga at Vega havhotell, one of many excellent chefs in the area, will tell you about today’s catch. Prepared with the freshest of local ingredients, of course.

Vega Havhotell at Vega .
Photo: Anton Ligaarden / Visitnorway.com
Vega Havhotell at Vega .
Photo: Anton Ligaarden / Visitnorway.com

The Helgeland coast is a paradise for kayakers as well.

Crystal clear waters and thousands of small islands are waiting. Local guides will take you to their own favourite places.

Kayaking at Rødøy in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Helgeland Reiseliv / Visithelgeland.com/roedoey
Kayaking at Herøy in Helgeland .
Photo: Jonas Berglund / Helgeland Reiseliv/Heroey

Many of the incredible islands along the coast have ferry connections. Like Træna, with its mountains that rise sheer out of the sea, an hour and a half from the mainland.

Boatride to Træna in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Visithelgeland.com/traena
Boatride to Træna in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Visithelgeland.com/traena

Or the neighbouring island Lovund, where you can choose between a modern design hotel and small, charming fisherman’s cabins by the sea if you want to spend the night.

Fisherman’s cabins and Lovund hotel in Helgeland .
Photo: Lovund hotell
Fisherman’s cabins and Lovund hotel in Helgeland .
Photo: Lovund hotell

These guys do.

A myriad of Atlantic puffins always arrive here around “lundekommardagen” 14 April.

A little further north you’ll find the world’s most remote whisky distillery on Myken island, which has only eleven inhabitants. But even there, you’ll have no trouble finding a bed for the night and a place to eat.

Atlantic puffin at the Helgeland coast .
Photo: Erlend Haarberg / Visithelgeland.com/luroey
Atlantic puffin at the Helgeland coast .
Photo: Erlend Haarberg / Visithelgeland.com/luroey

Ready for another magic moment? Cross the Arctic Circle!

You are now 66.33 degrees north and are entering the land of the midnight sun.

The low rays of the sun shine through the night and colour the landscape in a beautiful warm tone. No need to hurry back before sunset!

The Arctic Circle in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Visithelgeland.com/roedoey
The Arctic Circle in Helgeland .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Visithelgeland.com/roedoey

Continue north and see one of the most beautiful attractions along this road: the Svartisen glacier.

You can stop here for a guided tour on the ice if you want.

Svartisen glacier in Helgeland .
Photo: Christine Baglo
Svartisen glacier in Helgeland .
Photo: Christine Baglo

All good things must come to an end. The final destination on the coastal route is the lively city of Bodø.

But before you reach the city, stop to admire the mighty forces of the world’s strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen.

Saltstraumen in Bodø .
Photo: Tommy Andreassen / www.nordnorge.com
Saltstraumen in Bodø .
Photo: Tommy Andreassen / www.nordnorge.com

Underneath the boiling surface, the marine life is incredibly rich, which is great for diving (only with certified ;guides).

And for fishing today’s dinner. Get your gear out and go for it!

Fishing in Saltstraumen in Bodø .
Photo: Ernst Furuhatt / Bodo.no/Bodoe
Fishing in Saltstraumen in Bodø .
Photo: Ernst Furuhatt / Bodo.no/Bodoe

Are you ready for the wildest road trip of your life?

Plan your trip today!

Gildeskål in Helgeland .
Photo: Steinar Skaar / Statens vegvesen
Gildeskål in Helgeland .
Photo: Steinar Skaar / Statens vegvesen
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