Route 11: Brønnøysund - Vega - Herøy - Dønna - Sandnessjøen - Brønnøysund

Starting from Brønnøysund, this route lets you explore everything from Torghatten, to "Himmelblåøya" and the Vegaøyan UNESCO World Heritage site. Do seize the opportunity to test the region's culinary delights.

2015-03-0314:11 Agnethe Bjørkhaug
Total cycling distance: approx. 185-193 km.

Part Distance 1: Brønnøysund-Torghatten-Brønnøysund - 34 km

Head across the Brønnøysund Bridge and set course for Torghatten. A 30-minute walk  takes you up to the famous hole through the mountain. Sturdy shoes recommended. The Norwegian Aquaculture Centre at Toft, 6 km from the village centre, is also worth a visit.

Part Distance 2: Brønnøysund-Vega - 17-25 km

Vega is a cycler’s paradise, with a hundred kilometres of very lightly-trafficked roads! Here are also trails you will be tempted to walk and beaches that beckon you to swim and relax. The beautiful Vegaøyan archipelago is a World Heritage Site that offers a glimpse into a very unique chapter of Northern Norway's cultural history. To get to Vega, you can take the express boat from Brønnøysund or a ferry from Horn. On your way to Horn we recommend a visit to the herb gardens that are situated 7 km from the town centre. 

You can stop at Nes to see "The Gateway to World Heritage", perhaps enjoy fine dining in one of Vega's restaurants or hire a kayak and explore the archipelago. Taking the express boat from Brønnøysund, you can also visit "Himmelblåøya", before continuing on to Rørøy on Vega. 

Part Distance 3: Vega-Herøy-Dønna-Sandnessjøen - 64 km

From Vega, the express boat takes you to Herøy and Dønna. On this third distance, you will cycle idyllic and lightly-trafficked roads, walk sandy beaches, appreciate the rich and varied bird life, visit beautiful churches and admire that magnificent row of mountains called "The Seven Sisters". From Bjørn to Dønna, you will travel by ferry to Sandnessjøen. Your return to Brønnøysund follows National Cycle Route No. 1 (FV 17) via Tjøtta, Vevelstad and Horn. 

Part Distance 4: Sandnessjøen-Tjøtta-Forvik-Andalsvågen-Brønnøysund - approx. 70 km

From Sandnessjøen you will head on the National Cycle Route No. 1 (FV17). Perhaps you'll want to relax at Botn sea baths, before continuing to Tjøtta and crossing by ferry to Forvik. If you stop at Tro, you can look in awe at the almost 4000-year-old petroglyph of a skier, and at Forvik Old Trading Post you can experience good dining, excellent cup of coffee from the local coffee roaster and accommodation. 

From there, you will experience more beautiful nature and excellent roads that allow for easy detours to the folk Museum, Vevelstad church, and the sculpture "Opus for Heaven and Earth". From Andalsvågen the ferry crosses to Horn, and you're ready for that final leg into Brønnøysund. 

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Practical Information

Practical Information
Bike hire may be done online at our booking site here. Bicycle hire is available at Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Glomfjord and Støtt. Luggage transportation is also available for some routes. Price: nok 295 per day, all necessary equipment included. For timetables for ferries and public transportation please visit the transport companies websites:, and
For additional suggestions, please download our cycling brochure.