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A motorhome on Kystriksveien - the coastal route through Trøndelag and Northern Norway
Kystriksveien – the coastal route.
Photo: Olav Breen
A hiker and a cyclist standing side by side watching the sunset at the Leka island in Trøndelag.
Leka at the Namdalskysten coast in Trøndelag.
Photo: Olav Breen
Lovund hotel and fisherman’s cabins at the island Lovund. Kystriksveien in Helgeland, Northern Norway.
Fisherman’s cabins and Lovund hotel in Helgeland.
Photo: Lovund hotell
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Famous landmarks, thousands of islands, and plenty of activities along the way. Welcome to beautiful Kystriksveien!

The coastal route Kystriksveien stretches a total of 650 kilometres between Steinkjer in Trøndelag and Bodø in Northern Norway. Along the way, you’ll cross the Arctic Circle and enter the land of the midnight sun – or northern lights. Most of the road is a Norwegian Scenic Route.

Along the way you can visit famous landmarks like the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre (The seven sisters), The UNESCO listed Vega Islands, the Svartisen glacier, and the world strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen.

For an active holiday, rent (or bring) a bike. Most towns and some of the islands offer bike rental, and there is no charge for bikes on the local ferries.

Speaking of ferries – you’ll take at least six of them, more if you visit some of the islands. For the best experience, estimate at least five days for your trip.

Get in-depth travel information on Kystriksveien’s official website.

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Top attractions along Kystriksveien

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home along Kystriksveien.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Kystriksveien offers.

Getting to Kystriksveien

Get in-depth travel information on Kystriksveien’s official website.
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Top attractions along Kystriksveien
Visit the old fishing village Sør-Gjæslingan, a cultural heritage since 2010. In the summertime you may visit the islands by boat. Read more
Visit the fishing-village Sør Gjæslingan
Get to know the Norwegian coastal culture and industry through exhibitions and historic walks in the museum Norveg, the old trading place Berggården… Read more
Kystmuseet Rørvik
Leka roundtrip is an easily biked roundtrip. The route follows then main road on Leka, around the island. On this trip, the route is done in a… Read more
Leka roundtrip by bike
It's only a 20 minute walk up to coastal Norway's most famous landmark. The 160 m long, 35 m high and 15 m wide hole through the Torghatten mountain… Read more
Torghatten mountain walk
This is our most populare cycling route. Starting in Brønnøysund and ending up in Sandnessjøen (or return to Brønnøysund), after visiting 3 different… Read more
Cycling trip on the Helgeland coastline
At Nesna, just north of Sandnessjøen - along road 17, you can see the majestic sea eagel. Visit Nesna offers a 2 hour trip which takes you close to… Read more
Visit Nesna - sea eagle safari and more
There are about 200 000 puffins on the island Lovund during the summer. They arrive on the 14.April every year. After months at sea it is time to… Read more
Lovund and the puffin
An interesting local museum on the island Træna covering history going back 9000 years. The exhibition Træna Hawaii is telling the story of a brother… Read more
Træna Museum
A detour from road 17 and to the island Sandhornøya and further on to Inndyr. A great choice if you want to experiences nature and culture / history.… Read more
Den Gilde omvei - Gildeskål
The Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum in Bodø takes you on board a voyage into the exciting history of maritime navigation and trade along the Norwegian… Read more
Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum
Destinations in Northern Norway
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
The UNESCO-protected islands of Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
Vega Islands
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
Bodø
The archipelago of Vesterålen is a place characterized by contrasts, from white beaches and idyllic farmlands to craggy mountain peaks rising… Read more
Vesterålen
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
Bring your hiking boots and experience the tall mountain peaks close to Harstad. Enjoy culinary brilliance and find out why Harstad is known as the… Read more
Harstad
The Vega archipelago, situated off the Helgeland coast, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. You should also pay a visit to… Read more
Helgeland
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Narvik
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
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    • Kystriksveien local

      Local travel

      You can travel Kystriksveien by busses, express boats and ferries.

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    • Kystriksveien train

      By train

      The Nordland Line from Trondheim stops at several stations between Steinkjer and Bodø.

    • Kystriksveien car

      By car

      From the south, turn off the E6 a few kilometres north of Steinkjer, around 120 kilometres north of Trondheim.

      From the north, turn off the E6 at Fauske and head west on Rv80 to the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten (Fv17).

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    • Kystriksveien boat

      By boat

      From Lofoten, you can take the ferry from Moskenes to Bodø and drive eastwards to Fv17.

      An extensive network of express boats, as well as the coastal express Hurtigruten, take you to many destinations along the Coastal Route.

      On the Kystriksveien itself, you’ll make six ferry crossings. Reservations are not necessary, but in the high season, you should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time.

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    • Kystriksveien plane

      By plane

      Trondheim Airport is located 100 kilometres south of Steinkjer and has good domestic and international flight connections.

      If you want to start in the north, Bodø Airport has good domestic flight connections.

      You can also fly to the airports Namsos, Rørvik, Brønnøysund and Sandnessjøen.

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