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Kystriksveien - the coastal route
Kystriksveien - the coastal route.
Photo: Olav Breen
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Kystriksveien - the coastal route of Northern Norway

Welcome to Kystriksveien (The Coastal Route) going from Steinkjer to Bodø - a total of 650 km  This is a scenic road and most of the road is a National Scenic Route.  You can expect breathtaking views and you will cross the Arctic Circle along the way.  There are thousands of islands along this coastline and you should take the time to visit a few of them.  A new express boat from Bodø to Sandnessjøen allows you to visit some of the more remote islands.  You can combine this boat trip with cycling as well.  Allow yourself at least 4-5 days to explore Kystriksveien.

Along Kystriksveien you will encounter many famous landmarks, such as Torghatten, De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters mountain range), Svartisen glacier and Saltstraumen (world’s strongest whirlpools). On the world Heritage island Vega a new World Heritage Center opens in June this year. While driving along this scenic road you can expect great nature and interesting small communities.   You should visit some of the islands and maybe rent a bike. 

Those looking for an active holiday will find many great hiking trails.  The small island Leka has over 50 marked trails.  If you are not afraid of hights mountains like De Syv Søstre, Dønnamannen and Heilhornet awaits you. A visit to the glacier Svartisen is done by foot, but is even a greater experience if you joint a guided glacier walk.  

Most towns and some of the islands offer bike rental.  Cycling on islands like Leka, Vega, Dønna and Herøy can be done in a few hours and the roads are fairly flat.  Island hopping by bike is easy and there are no charge for bikes on the local boats and ferries.  


You can buy the Nordland Pass which allows free travel on boats and buses in Nordland for one week for only NOK 995.  You can buy the travel pass in our web shop. .  

The new "Summer Boat" between Bodø and Sandnessjøen is a great way to explore the islands.  Leave your car for a day or two and go island hopping.  For more information see 

Use our travel guide Kystriksveien which contains useful information like accommodations, what to see and ferry times. For mour in depth information buy the travel guide Kystriksveien by Olav Breen. 

There are 6 ferries along the main road Route 17 between Steinkjer and Bodø.  Many more if you want to visit the islands.  Buying a Autopass Ferry Card will give you 50 % discount on the ferries.  Read more and buy the Ferry Pass here.  You need to buy this card before you leave home.  You cannot buy this on the ferries.  

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