The National Tourist Route Helgelandskysten is the longest of the 18 National Routes. The six ferry trips and the contrasts the route presents mean that you must set aside plenty of time for the drive. Going from Jektvik to Kilboghamn you cross the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees northern latitude. On this journey you will also encounter many other unique natural phenomena. Saltstraumen is the world’s largest tidal maelstrom while Svartisen is Norway’s second largest glacier. You can also marvel at the hole through the Torghatten peak and ponder on whether the legend of the Seven Sisters is true.
The road follows the coast but its character changes underway from the long line of peaks in the north to the fjords and mountains until the scenery becomes more gentle with the archipelago and the islands out at sea. Even in the fertile cultivated landscape to the south, the vicinity of the sea is essential to the experience. Keep in mind that you can also see the midnight sun south of the polar circle, even though it just barely dips into the sea. The Vega Island features on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, but you can also pick another of the thousands of islands where you can experience something equally special. Four hundred kilometres a brim with natural and cultural experiences will have an impact on you – and will do you the world of good
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