Kystriksveien cannot be negotiated by car only. At places the road is substituted by ferry crossings, which cannot be avoided. Not that we wanted to avoid them, treating them as an additional attraction and a welcome rest for my husband, our only driver. Every ferry crossing was an adventure in itself. Exploring the ferry, finding the best vantage points from which the area could be observed, getting a (soft) drink from the bar and, above all, looking and looking... The scenery was great: the mountains emerging from the sea, the little and bigger islands, the wilderness with hardly any signs of human activity. Norway was again showing us its best points. There were very few passengers on board, which made the crossing even more relaxing. I remember sitting right at the front on deck, absorbing the natural surroundings and the peace and silence interrupted only by the murmurs of the engine, but otherwise completely undisturbed.
There were two ferry crossings along our route: the first one - very short - from Foroy to Agskardet, and the second - much longer and therefore more enjoyable - from Jektvik to Kilboghamn. If I find our tickets, I will let you know the fares later, but they weren't high, in comparison with the other ferries in Norway. We didn't have to wait long for them either. Ferry timetables can be found on the Internet at the address given below.
The city of Narvik is one of the largest here, it is very nice city to visit but even if just for shopping, buying some supply for your hiking or camping trip and even just for relax and feel the city life again.
I was sitting on deck enjoying the wonderful peace of the sea and the mouintains when I sensed a sudden commotion around me. Out of nowhere, as if touched by a magic wand, all the other passengers appeared around me. Something was about to happen. And indeed a moment later I heard an announcement on the loudspeaker, first in Norwegian, which I didn't understand at all, except for something resembling 'arctic'. By the time they repeated it in English, all the tourists had gathered on port side, pointing to something and taking pictures. Reluctant as I was to leave my front seat in case somebody took it, I finally got up and saw an enormous globe on the rocky coast to the left of us, marking the Arctic Circle. So that was what it was all about! But we didn't get any certificates marking the event, as is customary if you cross the circle by land. Still, it's nice to be able to say we have been there and the photo can prove it. Just click on it and you will see - my old camera had no zoom.
The telephone number is for tourist information at Mo i Rana - the Arctic Circle City.
Driving along Road 17, you will come to a picnic area in a lay-by situated on Holandsfjorden. The view from here is undescribably beautiful - the emerald water of the fjord and the glacier- topped mountains above. And this particular glacier, Engenbreen, is not just white like most glaciers. It's definitely blue when the sun is out. If you feel like exploring it, you can reach it by shuttle boat across Holandsfjorden, which starts at Holand and takes about 10 min. The distance from the ferry quay to the glacier is 3 km along a gravel road, but you can hire a bike at the quay.
During the years 1992-1998 a unique and comprehensive art project was set into life, covering the entire county of Nordland.
33 artists - from 18 different countries -contributed with 33 sculptures in 33 municipalities. The meeting between the artist and the nature has been the origin to the sketch and idea of each artwork, and the dialogue between the artwork and the spectactor is one of the main ideas with this project. The way the sculpture is influenced by the special nature surrounding it, and the way it adds to and gives a new dimension to each place.
The county of Nordland is vast, it covers 560 kilometres and 40.000 km2, so the collection makes an enormous art gallery, and would make a special theme for an art travel from place to place.
From 2002 it has been decided to build a new sculpture every other year, so the collection is still growing.
Try a virtual tour:
Go to the mountains, this area has beautiful mountains all around and as you can see, this photo was taken in July and there is plenty of snow left.
Also here there are the Fjords of course, this one in the Narvik Fjord, as beautiful as you can think of. Of course there are nicer ones, but if you are already here...