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.

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. 

Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten is the longest of the 18 Norwegian Scenic 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. 

Travel information

Length
433 km
MASL
0 - 346
Sea crossing
6 ferries

Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten runs from Holm to Godøystraumen with detours to Torghatten. 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. Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten is a part of Kystriksveien which runs from Steinkjer to Bodø.

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)

GPS, Godøystraumen:
67.242017, 14.715071
GPS, Holm:
65.131221, 12.118199

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.

Experiences

The southern part of 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 the rich variety of animal and bird life, the gleaming white beaches, the islands and the ocean.

The mountains along Scenic Route Helgelandskysten provide an abundance of of hiking opportunities. Even though many of the mountains are not particularly high, the view is spectacular. The ocean is close to the mountains here, and weather conditions change fast. The opportunity to climb a mountain that rises straight out of the the sea is a good reason to head out to the islands along the coast of Helgeland.

If you are an experienced hiker looking for a challenge, you can climb Mount Heilhornet, which is the highest mountain in Southern Helgeland, or hike from peak to peak along “The Seven Sisters”. Helgelandsbukken is the best place for a magnificent view of Svartisen, the mountains around Holandsfjorden and all the islands and skerries.

If you are looking for easier hikes, we recommend the path up to the hole through Mount Torghatten. A late evening walk under the midnight sun up to Åkvikfjellet on Dønna is also an unforgettable experience. From the peak of Rødøyløva you can enjoy the view of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water and hundreds of islands spread out like a blanket before you.

This is a long and arduous cycle ride, which it is natural to take stage by stage. The road has some relatively long tunnels, but the longest of these - the Svartis Tunnel - can be avoided by taking an alternative route / ferry. The southernmost part is easiest to cycle and provides a close encounter with the beautiful Helgeland coastline. A special feature of this route is the possibility for detours out to the islands of Lovund, Træna, Dønna, Vega and more.You should also consider a visit to Brønnøysund and Torghatten (17 km).

Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten 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.

Useful links

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.

All Scenic Routes