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“One of the 101 most scenic drives in the world”
For thousands and thousands of years, the sea was the highway on this long, wild and beautiful coastline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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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