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 live 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.
For cyclist: The route is relatively easy to cycle, but you should check the weather forecast, not to mention the wind speed and direction, before you decide where to start. 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 EuroVelo 1 «Atlantic Coast Route». The route is signposted.
Traffic and road information
Telephone +47 815 48 991
- GPS, Andenes:
- 69.324167, 16.1325
- GPS, Bjørnskinn:
- 68.989779, 15.646872
The best way to experience the contrasting landscape of Andøya is to take a hike along the exposed shoreline. On foot you have plenty of options to explore Andøya on your own and create your own unique experiences.
Enjoy the midnight sun from the island’s most popular peak, Måtinden; feel the sand between your toes on the Bleikstrand beach; or walk among the ancient moraines in Bleikmorenen Nature Reserve.
Since the launching of its first research rocket in 1962, Andøya has been at the centre of an exciting part of Norway’s space travel history. Spaceship Aurora is an attraction for the public at the Andøya Space Center, enabling you to learn more about outer space and the northern lights.
If you wish to get out on the sea, we recommend deep-sea fishing or a whale safari – both great alternatives. The bird rock on the island of Bleiksøya is a great experience.
The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes
Norwegian Scenic Routes are roads that run through unique Norwegian nature. Along the roads you will find artworks, viewpoints and rest areas with innovative architecture in beautiful landscapes.