If you are planning a cycling holiday in Norway, you really must include the magnificent Helgeland coast in your itinerary. Here, “island hopping” on two wheels is an unforgettable adventure and something we think everyone should consider treating themselves to at least once in their life. Let us share some of the many cycling routes that are ideal also for a family holiday, with suggested accommodation and other good tips for your journey
There is a wonderful paradox: you travel more slowly by bicycle, but in a way you experience far more. Travelling at your own chosen pace, you can really experience the scents and hear the sounds of coastal Helgeland, and meet the proud people for whom this is home. In a sense, you get to see behind the façade, and to know this beautiful region from the inside.
Plan your trip so that everyone can keep up. Whether you are on a romantic adventure with your partner or your whole family is along for the voyage, there is no reason to be in a hurry.
From island to island along the Helgeland coast
You can cycle the full scenic length of the Helgeland coast, or explore a single island or several. Perhaps you prefer to head straight for the major attractions, such as Torghatten (the mountain with a hole through it), the Seven Sisters range, or the distinct mountain called Rødøyløva. Or let the road take you where it will, inspiring you to take detours on a whim. When you explore Helgeland on two wheels, there is no such thing as a wrong turn.
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Grønligrotta Cave near Mo i Rana
Grønligrotta, with its network of passages and beautiful limestone formations, has long been one of the most visited caves in Scandinavia. Electric lighting allows you to more fully appreciate it this natural wonder, which ice and water took 700,000 years to sculpt.
Torgarhaugen Gjestegård (Guesthouse)
Torgarhaugen Gjestegård is beautifully situated at the foot of Torghatten, the legendary mountain with a hole through it. It offers rooms that are comfortable, bright and cheerful, letting in sunlight from every directions. Here you can relax and just enjoy, taking time to enjoy the tranquillity, the sight and sounds of your natural surrounding, a good cup of coffee and home-baked cake.
Støtt in Meløy – Top of Helgeland
The picturesque old trading post of Støtt offers some of Helgeland’s most beautiful and unique holiday experiences. Many adventures await you here, and you can enjoy charming quarters and great dining in historic buildings steeped in the island’s ancient coastal heritage.
Topcamp Havblikk – Good food and lodging at Nesna
When you stay at Topcamp Havblikk at Nesna, you have access to varied activities that you can enjoy with family or friends. This campsite is well-suited to people travelling with caravans, campers or tents. If you prefer, you can choose a cabin or room. The Aurora Restaurant offers a menu based on fresh local ingredients.
Merete Mattson, goldsmith
At her gallery, Merete Mattson, offers beautiful handmade jewellery inspired by the natural landscape of Northern Norway. Her gallery workshop is situated by the fjord in village of Hemnesberget.