Kystriksveien - the coastal route of Northern Norway
Welcome to Kystriksveien (The Coastal Route) stretching from Steinkjer to Bodø - a total of 650 km. This is a scenic road and most of the stretch is a National Scenic Route. You can expect breathtaking views and you will cross the Arctic Circle along the way. There are thousands of islands along this coastline and you should take the time to visit a few of them. A new express boat route between Bodø and Sandnessjøen allows you to visit some of the more remote islands. You may bring your bike along as well (for free). Allow yourself at least 4-5 days to explore Kystriksveien.
Hiking along Kystriksveien You will find some of Norway’s most spectacular mountains along the coastal route. Visit the Torghatten Mountain, with the famous hole that you can walk through. Outside Sandnessjøen you can hike in the Seven Sisters mountain range.
Kayaking along the Kystriksveien coastal route Thousands of islands, islets and skerries await those who wish to explore Kystriksveien by kayak. The Helgeland Coast is considered by many to be one of Norway’s best kayaking areas; however, the Namdal Coast and Meløy can also offer visitors some magnificent kayaking experiences.
Discover Kystriksveien by bike The combination of express boat/auto-ferry allows you to hop from place to place and from island to island. Cruising along on your bike really gives you time to enjoy the nature along the Kystriksveien route. Thousands of islands awaits you. Toursuggestions Use our tour suggestions as inspiration to plan your bike …
Tips and travel advice
Along Kystriksveien you will encounter many famous landmarks, such as Torghatten, De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters mountain range), Svartisen glacier and Saltstraumen (world’s strongest whirlpools). On the island Vega a World Heritage Center opened in 2019. While driving along this scenic road you can expect great nature and interesting small communities. You should visit some of the islands and maybe rent a bike. Most of all, travel slowly.
Those looking for an active holiday will find many great hiking trails. The island Leka, which is a relatively small island, has over 50 marked trails. If you are not afraid of hights, mountains like De Syv Søstre, Dønnamannen and Heilhornet awaits you. A visit to the glacier Svartisen is done by foot to the glaciers edge, but is even a greater adventure if you join a guided glacier walk.
Most towns and some of the islands offer bike rental. Cycling on islands like Leka, Vega, Dønna and Herøy can be done in a few hours and the roads are fairly flat. Island hopping by bike is easy and there are no charge for bikes on the local boats and ferries.
You can buy the Travel Pass Nordland which allows free travel on boats, ferries and buses in Nordland for one week for only NOK 990. You can buy the pass on the first ride (bus or boat). Read more here.
The "Summer Boat" between Bodø and Sandnessjøen is a great way to explore the islands. Leave your car for a day or two and go island hopping. For more information see www.reisnordland.no
Our Kystriksveien travel handbook is edited every year, and contains useful information about what to see, where to stay and where to eat. Here you will also find ferry timetables. For more in depth information buy the travel guide Kystriksveien by Olav Breen.
There are 6 ferries along the Kystriksveien route (Fv17) between Steinkjer and Bodø, and several more if you wish to visit the islands.
Buying an Autopass Ferry Card will give you 50 % discount on the ferries. Read more and purchase the Ferry Pass here. You need to buy this card before you leave home. You cannot buy this on the ferries.
Travel advice regarding the Corona virus:
The Directorate of Health has adopted comprehensive measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus and to help maintain the necessary health and care services. You can read more about the measures here.
If you have booked your holiday trip through us and are unsure whether you should go, we remind that reserved accommodation can be canceled until 15:00 hours the day before arrival. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about booking or cancellation.
Take care of yourself and each other!
Plan your trip
Ferries and Expressboats along Kystriksveien There are several ferry crossings along Kystriksveien. Just along the main road Fv17 between Bodø …