Where the ocean comes ashore
On the drive through landscape unprotected from the Norwegian Sea, the fishing village of Bleik depicts the encounter between man and nature.
On the island of Andøya you can wander along some of Norway’s most beautiful beaches and look out over the still waters of the ocean with the midnight sun as your sole companion.
The road itself follows a broad shelf of cultivated land where people have put down roots between the wide ocean and the jagged peaks. If you’re lucky you might see seals, whales and eagles from your car window.
The Gulf Stream makes for a hospitable climate and turns the ocean into an abundant source of food for a rich variety of bird and animal life.
Andøya also provides a fine stretch of road for cyclists and if you want to view the island from the sea, there are lots of opportunities for kayaking.
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Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya runs along the outer edge of Andøya between Bjørnskinn and Andenes. (Road 7698/7702/82). In the summer season there is a ferry between Andenes and Gryllefjord linking the Andøya and Senja scenic routes. Together with Senja, Andøya is an outer alternative to Euroroute 6 and the Hurtigruten coastal express.
Traffic and road information
Telephone +47 815 48 991
- GPS, Andenes:
- 69.324167, 16.1325
- GPS, Bjørnskinn:
- 68.989779, 15.646872
Spaceship Aurora is a completely new attraction for the public at the Andøya Space Center enabling you to learn more about outer space and the northern lights. Maybe not everyone thinks of Norway as a space nation but since the launching of its first research rocket in 1962, Andøya has been at the centre of an exciting part of our space travel history. For those who prefer dry land, picking cloudberries or bird watching are good alternatives. If you prefer the sea, we recommend deep-sea fishing or a whale safari – both great alternatives.
The best way to experience the contrasting landscape of Andøya is to take a hike along the exposed shoreline. Enjoy the midnight sun from the island’s most popular peak, Måtinden, with a view of the beautiful beach in Høyvika Bay below. Feel the sand between your toes on Bleik Beach, or walk among the ancient moraines in Bleikmorenen Nature Reserve. Kvasstinden and Gavltinden, Andøya’s highest and more challenging peaks, sit to the south and offer panoramic views of the Vesterålen archipelago. In the north, a short hike will take you to Andhauet, where you will have Andenes and the open sea laid out before you. On foot you have plenty of options to explore Andøya on your own and create your own unique experiences.
Along this scenic route you will have a magnificent view most of the way. It is relatively easy to cycle, but you should check the weather forecast, not to mention the speed and direction of the wind before you decide where to start. A stop at Bleik, with a walk on the beach and along the old settlement, is highly recommended. The viewpoints at Kleivodden and Bukkekjerka are also worth a visit.
Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya is part of National Cycle Route 1, which runs along the entire coast of Norway. From Bergen to Nordkapp the route also coincides with the EuroVelo 1 «Atlantic Coast Route». The route is signposted.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration builds infrastructure in the form of rest areas and viewpoints along Norwegian Scenic Routes. We kindly ask that questions regarding tourist information be directed to local and regional tourism operators.
The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes
The Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction comprises 18 selected drives through beautiful Norwegian nature. The experience is enhanced by innovative architecture and thought-provoking works of art at designated viewpoints and picnic areas. The development project is being carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.