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.

History

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.

Experiences

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

National Tourist Route Helgelandskysten (Road 17) runs from Holm to Godøystraumen with detours to Torghatten (Roads 76 and 54). This is a total distance of 433 km. There are several connections with Euroroute 6 so it is easy to switch between driving parts of the tourist route and Euroroute 6. On this stretch of road you must take several ferries. The ferries ply the section from Vennesund - Holm, Horn - Anddalsvåg, Tjøtta - Forvik, Levang - Nesna, Jektvik - Kilboghamn and Forøy - Ågskardet. Express boats or car ferries link a number of the larger islands with the mainland and this gives you the option of making splendid detours. Cycling is prohibited in the Svartis Tunnel.

National Tourist Route Helgelandskysten is a part of Kystriksveien which runs from Steinkjer to Bodø.

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GPS: Holm 65.131221, 12.118199 -
Godøystraumen 67.242017, 14.715071