The National Tourist Route Helgelandskysten is the longest of the 18 National Routes. The six ferry trips and the contrasts
the route presents mean that you must set aside plenty of time for the drive. Going from Jektvik to Kilboghamn you cross the
Arctic Circle at 66 degrees northern latitude. On this journey you will also encounter many other unique natural phenomena.
Saltstraumen is the world’s largest tidal maelstrom while Svartisen is Norway’s second largest glacier. You can also marvel
at the hole through the Torghatten peak and ponder on whether the legend of the Seven Sisters is true. The road follows the
coast but its character changes underway from the long line of peaks in the north to the fjords and mountains until the scenery
becomes more gentle with the archipelago and the islands out at sea. Even in the fertile cultivated landscape to the south,
the vicinity of the sea is essential to the experience. Keep in mind that you can also see the midnight sun south of the polar
circle, even though it just barely dips into the sea. The Vega Island features on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, but you can
also pick another of the thousands of islands where you can experience something equally special. Four hundred kilometres
abrim with natural and cultural experiences will have an impact on you ‒and will do you the world of good.
Along the coast of Helgeland the main livelihood of the population has been agriculture and fishing. This is still the case
but there are other sides to the story. It’s all about exploiting the resources – hydropower, industry and mining operations
- and about people who have sought to realize nature’s potential ever since the Stone Age. The Petter Dass museum is the millennium
site of the County of Nordland and presents exciting exhibitions all year round. You will also find war memorials and war
cemeteries along the route.
Helgelandskysten is perfect for cycle trips – the terrain is flat and the roads are wonderful. You can take breaks wherever
you want to. Since the landscape surrounding the mountains is fairly flat, the view from the summits makes the trip to the
top very worthwhile. There is a wealth of trips to lofty mountain tops and to islands, and in the archipelago a kayak is a
splendid means of transport. The multitude of islands ensures that you can paddle for long distances without having to cross
wide expanses of open sea. In a kayak you are in close contact with