Brønnøy, Helgelandskysten.
Brønnøy, Helgelandskysten. Photo: Jarle Wæhler, Statens vegvesen

From mountain peaks and cascading glaciers to archipelago and lush coasts.

An alternative detour to the E6, with a magnificent view of the ocean and archipelago.

A journey of contrasts, and a drive where you will experience close contact with the coast, glaciers and a beautiful cultural landscape with a lot of history. An alternative detour to the E6.

The road follows the coast but its character changes underway, from the long line of peaks in the north to the fiords and mountains, before the scenery turns into a gentler mix of skerries, islets and larger islands out at sea. Scenic Route Helgelandskysten is the longest of the 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes. The six ferry trips, as well as the contrasts the route presents, make it important to set aside plenty of time for this drive.

Going from Jektvik to Kilboghamn you will cross the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees northern latitude. On this journey you will also encounter many unique natural phenomena. 

Travel information

Length
433 km
MASL
0 – 346
Sea crossing
6 ferries

Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten runs from Godøystraumen to Holm [17] with detour to Torghatten [76] [7234]. On this stretch of road you must take several ferries. The ferries runs between Holm – Vennesund, Horn – Anddalsvågen, Forvik – Tjøtta, Levang –  Nesna, Kilboghavn – Jektvik and Ågskardet – Forøy (click on the ferry icon for timetable). Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten is a part of Kystriksveien [17] which runs from Steinkjer to Bodø.

For cyclists: This is a long and arduous cycle ride, which is naturally divided into a number of sections. The route is easiest to cycle at the southern end. Note that the road runs through some relatively long tunnels. Cycling is prohibited in the Svartis Tunnel; take an alternative route/ferry. Scenic Route Helgelandskysten is part of National Cycle Route 1. The route also coincides with EuroVelo 1 «Atlantic Coast Route». The route is signposted.

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)
Overview Scenic Routes closed in winter season

GPS, Godøystraumen:
67.246038, 14.723182
GPS, Holm:
65.131221, 12.118199

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.

Experiences

The Helgeland coast is characterized by a unique archipelago with more than 14,000 islands and islets. Long fiord arms break up the coastline and at the inner end of the fiords there are industrial villages that grew up around hydropower production plants.

From the scenic route, some dozen ferry connections take you to the major islands, from the World Heritage Site of Vega in the south to Sørarnøy in Gildeskål in the north. In addition, there is a network of express boat services connecting the archipelago and the mainland. This provides an abundance of opportunities for island hopping on foot, by bike or by car.

Take a detour to beautiful islands such as Vega, Dønna or Rødøya; admire Europe’s lowest-altitude glacier, Engabreen; experience Saltstraumen; or go hiking in one of the many mountains. If you are looking for an easy hike, the trail up to the characteristic hole through Mount Torghatten is highly recommended.

Useful links

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.

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