Route 12: Sandnessjøen-Nesna-Nesnaøyene-Lurøy-Lovund-Træna-Stokkvågen

See Viking graves, savour the panorama of the islands, climb legendary mountains and relax on some of Norway's most beautiful islands! This route offer countless opportunities for memorable adventure.

2015-03-0314:55 Agnethe Bjørkhaug
Total cycling distance: approx. 173 km.

Part Distance 1: Sandnessjøen-Nesna - 34 km

In addition to hiking "De Syv Søstre" (The Seven Sisters), the old chieftain seat and the Petter Dass Museum, the coastal town of Sandnessjøen offers great shopping, dining, art and other cultural experiences. 

The municipality of Nesna is situated on the heart of the Helgeland coast, with a magnificent wilderness and lots of opportunity for seaborne and land-based adventures. 

Part Distance 2: Nesna-Handnesøya-Tomma-Hugla-Nesna - 50 km

Experience rural life on the coast! Cycle the islands on lightly trafficked roads through gentle rolling hills. Spend an afternoon or a day exploring each island! Rent a cabin or pitch a tent for the night. 

Part Distance 3: Nesna-Lurøy-Sleneset-Lovund-Træna - 22 km

The express boat from Nesna allows you to travel Helgeland's outermost islands. Visit the eagle owls of Sleneset or the puffin colony on Lovund. On Træna you can explore the oldest fishing village in Norway, visit "nature's cathedral" at Sanna, and see the ancient Kirkhelleren rock shelter. Check if you're arriving in time for the Træna Festival - there are sure to be exciting concerts. When you're ready to leave, the express boat will return you to Nesna, or the ferry carry you to Stokkvågen, from which there are buses to Mo i Rana and farther up the coast to Tonnes. 

Part Distance 4: Nesna-Utskarpen (Sjonbotn)-Stokkvågen - 67 km

If you follow the National Cycle Route No. 1 (FV 17) that stretches from Nesna to Stokkvågen, you will experience incredible scenery and spectacular panoramas. This leg of your journey is also hilly and more demanding. On this distance it is possible to pitch a tent. Be sure to stop at Hellåga, a scenic rest area that offers an excellent fishing spot. 

Headlights is necessary on this leg of your journey, as the route passes through two tunnels. 

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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.