Kystriksveien over Sjonfjellet i Nesna og Rana Emilie Solbakken / Visit Helgeland

A beautiful route that takes you from the magnificent mountain areas around Hattfjelldal, eastward to the Swedish border town of Hemavan, before turning your wheels back towards Helgeland and rolling northwest to Mo i Rana, and further to the Helgeland coast and Nesna.

Trail information

Length: 273 kilometers
Recommended duration:
2 til 3 dager
Stopping points:
Hattfjelldal Hotell
Mo i Rana
Topcamp Havblikk

Day 1: Hattfjelldal to Rana

190 kilometers
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The first stage takes you from Hattfjelldal Hotell, along the narrow and scenic mountain roads heading east and crossing the border into Sweden. It takes about one hour to drive to Hemavan, where it’s nice to make a stop for a meal and perhaps a short hike in the mountains before getting back on the bike. From Hemavan, it’s approximately an hour and a half drive to Mo i Rana, and the road is easy and pleasant to ride. In Mo i Rana, you can make a stop in the city if you need to do some shopping for the evening and the next day. Today’s destination, the accommodation at Yttervik, is only 15 minutes outside the city center, so it’s possible to check-in and then head back to Mo i Rana to experience everything the city has to offer.

Day 2: Yttervik to Nesna via Melfjordbotn

196 kilometers (85 kilometers without detour to Melfjordbotn)
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The second stage takes a significant detour, but what a detour it is! From Yttervik, you once again head north, driving through Mo i Rana and up towards Melfjellet and Melfjordbotn. The road to the mountain is beautiful in itself, along the large glacial lake Langvatnet and the Glomådeltaet at the end. But the most spectacular stretch is the ascent and descent of Melfjellet, where you’ll encounter long, sweeping curves on the way up from the southern side and Helgeland’s own little Trollstigen on the way down to Melfjordbotn on the northern side.

After Melfjellet, the journey takes you back to Mo i Rana and towards the Coastal Route (Kystriksveien) and Nesna. You’ll drive through a lush cultural landscape in Utskarpen before the road takes you up and along Sjonfjellet. From Sjonfjellet, you’ll enjoy a magnificent view of the Helgeland coast, and on clear days, you can see Tomma, Lovund, and Træna from many of the resting areas along the road.

In Nesna, you’ll find accommodation at the Topcamp Havblikk campground. Nesna is a great place to let your bike rest for a few days. There are many fantastic hikes in the mountains behind the village, and Nesna serves as a hub with ferry connections to many of the stunning islands along the Helgeland coast.

Continuing your journey, you can safely follow the Coastal Route (Kystriksveien), and if you’re looking for an extraordinary detour, we recommend heading down to Sandnessjøen and embarking on island hopping with your motorcycle in Dønna and Herøy.

Thank you for respecting the local communities, and for helping us preserve the natural beauty of Helgeland!


  • Strive to leave no trace of your visit. Bring back all your rubbish, including used toilet paper, and discard it in the nearest rubbish bin.
  • Plan your toilet visits and use the opportunity when you pass a toilet. In the wilderness, make sure you are not a nuisance to others.
  • Respect the local wildlife. Keep a good distance from wildlife, livestock and birds. Keep your dog leashed.
  • Respect private property. Keep a respectful distance from houses and cabins.
  • Show good boating sense. Keep a good distance from shore and drive at a low speed, especially when you are close to anyone or anything on the water, including birds or animals. Avoid loud and disturbing engine noise. Be aware that some islands and nature reserves are important nesting sites, and that going ashore is prohibited during the nesting season.
  • Follow the Norwegian Mountain Code (Fjellvettreglene). Plan your excursion according to the weather forecast, your skills and experience.
  • Join a guided excursion or consider hiring an experienced guide, especially when you don’t have sufficient experience or knowledge to guarantee a safe trip.

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