Couple with bikes enjoying the view over ocean and sun in Helgeland.

Cycling along the spectacular coast of Helgeland

PHOTO Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Visitnorway.com

Pedaling, sightseeing and staying on the path – you'll need to mind your coordination when cycling along the world’s most beautiful coastline – Helgeland in Nordland.

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The Nordland coastal route is one of the most beautiful routes in the world, according to National Geographic. Cruising this stretch of coastline on two wheels is sure to blow your mind.

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The famous mountain Torghatten with a hole right through it outside Brønnøysund.

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Ronny Lien/Visit Helgeland

UNIQUE MOUNTAIN: The mountain Torghatten is famous for its hole, which is 160 meters deep, 35 meters high and 20 meters wide.

Three day cycling adventure

We suggest a three-day round trip from Brønnøysund, where you can take in the views of Torghatten, as well as take your bike island-hopping in the Vega Archipelago, a World Heritage Site. Along the way, you'll come across many local restaurants which are sure to make a lasting impression.

– We get a lot of requests for precisely these experiences so we’ve put together a package where all of the planning has been taken care of, says Marius Haga at tour operator Kystriksveien.

He believes the three day round trip from Brønnøysund is well suited to those who enjoy great food and Norwegian culture.

– This tour is suitable for anyone who is hungry for spectacular nature, as well as the good life! says Haga.

 Young couple having a picnic on the beach with bonfire.

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Visit Helgeland

CLOSE TO NATURE: There are a lot of idyllic places along the coast to take a long break.

Your luggage is taken care of

The tour operator Kystriksveien can also transfer your luggage between the various overnight stops. It couldn’t be easier!

– Since we started doing this three years ago, cycling holidays along the coastal route have been accessible to a much wider audience, Haga explains. The facility is available along the whole of the Nordland coastal route, from Trondheim to Bodø.

Vega Ocean Hotel idyllic houses by the waterfront.

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Olav Breen

STAY THE NIGHT: Enjoy good food and beautiful surroundings at Vega Havhotell.

Cycling to Torghatten

The biggest natural attraction in the area is the rock with a hole in it: Torghatten. After a gentle hour’s ride from Brønnøysund, park your bike and walk up to the hole in the rock.

– The hike is easily accessible and only takes about 15 minutes. It's worth it, to appreciate the spectacular dimensions of the hole, and it’s quite something to walk through it and see the view from both sides, says Haga.

Another local attraction is Lokalmatbutikken (the Local Food Shop).

– It's a foodie haven where you'll also find a small café with delicious homemade food and freshly ground coffee – which is very popular, suggests the tour operator.

View from the hole through the mountain Torghatten, Brønnøysund.

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Magnar Solbakk/Visithelgeland.com

THE HOLE: The hole in the mountain Torghatten is bigger than looks, and yes – you can walk through it!

Hungry for more mountains?

After three days of soaking up the good life around Brønnøysund, you might fancy continuing your tour further north to Sandnessjøen and the Seven Sisters mountain range where the mountainous landscape is sure to amaze you.

Cyclists with the mountainrange The seven sisters in the Background in Helgeland, Nordland.

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Erlend Haarberg/Visithelgeland.com

SEVEN SISTERS: No, not the cyclists, but the mountain range is called The Seven Sisters. Impressive sight!

– This is a real classic: the route north is magical. Aside from the mountains, there are over 10 000 islands in the archipelago. It’s as beautiful as it is unspoiled, and don't miss out on some exotic coastal culture, says the tour guide, as he adds one final recommendation: A visit to florist and Norwegian champion at floral design, Tommy Eide's shop on the tiny island of Herøy, not far from Sandnessjøen.

– We’re talking world-class. The shop is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. It’s called Etcetera Botaniske Utskeielser (Etcetera Botanical Indulgences) for good reason!, says Haga.