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“One of the 101 most scenic drives in the world”
For thousands of years, the sea was the highway on this long, wild and beautiful coastline.
650 kilometres of narrow winding roads, through 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.
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.
It's easy to find a ferry in Norway:
Find routes, check departure times, and get traffic reports, all in one place, on the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) website.
Some terminals also have webcams that show if there are any queues.
To get even closer to nature, you can travel on two wheels.
On the Namdal coast and the Helgeland coast, you can rent a bike and go island hopping by speedboat or ferry. Kystriksveien Reiseliv offers ready-made cycling packages with accommodation and luggage transport.
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.
Fun fact: The island is actually a little piece of North America that was left behind here in Norway 60 million years ago.
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.
It looked quite small, right?
Now, imagine standing there…
…or lying here, on Dønnamannen…
… or taking a (very chilly) dip in turquoise waters here, after a hike in mountains like The seven sisters in Alstahaug.
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.
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 is perfect for activity holidays. Walk the popular Vega stairs or venture on the Ravnfloget Via Ferrata!
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.
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.
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.
These guys also love it here, and 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.
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 color the landscape in a beautiful warm tone. No need to hurry back before sunset!
The Arctic Circle is crossed in Rødøy, and this mountain, Rødøyløva, is literally another highlight in this area. The trip is relatively easy, and little can compete with the view from the top!
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.
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!
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