Explore the coastline of Norway and enjoy one of Norway´s finest tourist roads, or simply find your paradise for relaxation and peace of mind. The Costal Route (Kystriksveien or Rv17) is an exciting 650 km long stretch of road between Steinkjer in the south and Bodø in the north.
Apart from the traditional campsites, you will find self catering accommodation like Cabins, Fisherman cabins, or seahouses in most places along the route. In most of the places boatrental is available.
Bedclothes are normally not included, but must be rented separately (NOK 50 - 120 pr person). Leave the Cabin in the same condition as you found it, which normally means that you have to do some cleaning. This is also possible to buy as an extra service.
COASTAL ROUTE (KYSTRIKSVEIEN)
Along the Costal Route you find many well known sights. A visit to the fishing village Sør-Gjæslingan is worthwhile. This was once one of the most important fishing villages south of Lofoten.
In Rørvik lies the national culture centre of coastal Norway, Norveg, where you can learn about the Norwegian coast history through 10.000 years.
Lekamøya, Torghatten, De Syv Søstre, Dønnamannen and Hestmannen are wellknown mountains, that many Norwegians know from different legends. The mountain Torghatten, with a big hole right through, lies only 15 km away from Brønnøysund and is a "must" for visitors.
In Meløy just north of the Artic Circle by Holandsfjorden, you can see the glacier Svartisen. It´s a magnificent sight. You can also reach the glacier by shuttle boat across the fjord, ( 10 minutes) and maybe take a walk on the glacier.
150 km further north lies the world´s strongest tidal current, Saltstraumen, with fantastic possibilities for fishing.
The weather is not in our hands, but we can promise you many great experiences along the Costal Route.
When going northwards from Trondheim turn off E6 onto Rv17 6 kms north of Steinkjer (at Asphaugen). From Bodø you turn off from Rv80 onto Rv17 at "Tverrlandet" (29 km from Bodø).
It is also possible to reach Rv17 from E6 at the following places (listed north to south):
Rognan (Rv812 to Bodø and Saltstraumen)
Mo i Rana (Rv12 to Nesna and Lurøy)
Finneidfjord (Rv808 to Leirfjord - ferry)
Mosjøen (Rv78 to Leirfjord and Sandnessjøen)
Brenna (Tosenveien, Rv76, to Brønnøysund)
Gartland (Rv775 to Høylandet)
Grong (Rv760 to Overhalla)
Along Rv17 there is a total of 6 ferries. When going north from Steinkjer you may choose to leave Rv17 at Namsos, and go by Rv769 to Rørvik/Vikna. Vikna’s unique archipelago features more than 6,000 islands. You return to Rv17 at Kjelleidet.
"NOR WAY Bussekspress" operates the Trondheim-Namsos route. The bus departs from Trondheim Airport Værnes. There are several different companies operating on the Rv17, and it will be a complex matter to do the entire distance by bus. We have made a survey.
Daily connections between Steinkjer and Bodø (endpoint of the "Nordlandsbanen"). The track follows E6 through Nordland, and passes through cities like Grong, Mosjøen and Mo I Rana. Between Trondheim and Steinkjer there are hourly connections on weekdays.
The Coastal Steamer has 11 ships sailing with cars/passengers from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Each and every port on the route has two calls pr. day, one northbound and one southbound. Along Rv17 - Kystriksveien - the ports are Rørvik, Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes and Bodø.
To Trondheim Airport Værnes:
SAS and Norwegian fly regularly to Trondheim from the main airports in Norway. Norwegian also fly in from London, Praha and several other international destinations.
Widerøe operates the routes to the ports along Costal Route: Namsos, Rørvik, Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen and Bodø, and also fly directly to and from Copenhagen on a daily basis (from Værnes).
KLM: Daily flights to Amsterdam.
To Bodø Airport:
SAS and Norwegian fly regularly to Bodø from the main airports in Norway. Widerøe operates the routes to the ports along Costal Route: Namsos, Rørvik, Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen and Bodø.
The Coastal Route is ideally suited for cycling tours. Although there are no bicycle paths with special signage, it is quite easy to get oriented along the way. Your cycling trip might include a trek along the entire Coastal Route (Kystriksveien) or consist of a shorter tour where you reserve a few of your vacation days especially for this purpose or a perhaps just a weekend trip with friends and family.
This description of a bicycle route along the Coastal Route is a combination between cycling and using other kinds of transportation. The stages for one day should not bee too hard on most of you. Still everybody has to decide your own speed.
Steinkjer is the southernmost town along the Coastal Route. To reach road RV 17, turn off highway E-6 direction Namsos just 6 km north of Steinkjer. Steinkjer is modern town with an ancient history. Here you will find everything from ancient monuments to hightech IT companies.
Bindal From the peak of Heilhornet, (1,058 metres), you can see far over the ocean, mountains and towns on a clear day.
Bodø is the administrative centre for Nordland county authority. It is the northernmost town on the Coastal Route and a modern commercial centre situated in beautiful natural surroundings with views of the Børvasstindene peaks in the south and Landegode and Lofoten mountains in the north.
Bodø´s archipelago has a multitude of small island communities and a rich bird life. No other town in the world has a greater population of sea eagles. If you are lucky you may see the eagle glide across the sky, and this sight will entitle you to membership of the world´s only sea eagle club!
Visit Saltstraumen when the tide is at its highest and marvel at the forces of nature. Every six hours, 400 mill m3 of water at speeds up to 20 knots rush through the 150 metres wide and 3 km long sound connecting the Saltenfjord and the Skjerstadfjord. The powerful whirlpools can be up to 10 metres in diameter and 4-5 metres deep.
Step ashore at Kjerringøy, enjoy the variety and contrasts of nature and find your very own holiday paradise ! Author Knut Hamsun visited Kjerringøy in 1879 and found inspiration and encouragement for his writing.