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Cycle Route EuroVelo: Atlantic Coast Route - Part Norway

No. of cycle route EV1



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Added on 05 Oct 2011,

on 04 Nov 2023

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Start location

Skarsvåg, NO (306 m NHN)

End location

Bergen, NO (18 m NHN)




Sources of information


The route described here is compiled based on the route as published by EuroVelo (as of Nov. 2019). In doing so, parts of the EV1 published in OpenCycleMap and routes of the national or regional cycling networks were taken into account. If sections of the course as published at EuroVelo do not follow existing cycle routes, these sections have been filled up by self-created tracks.

Hint: There is no longer a ferry link available between Bergen (NO) and Scotland.

Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

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Route km
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83 km
1,5 km
1 m


NO-9768 Repvåg




1.216 km
0,3 km
10 m


NO-8006 Bodø


Tourist information

Hours of opening

June - August:
Monday-Friday: 09.00-20.00
Saturday: 10.00-18.00
Sunday: 10.00-18.00

Opening hours rest of the year: Monday-Friday 09.00-15.30


1.217 km
0,4 km
5 m

NO-8005 Bodø


A south view of Bodø Cathedral
A south view of Bodø Cathedral
Bodin church
Bodin church

Bodø is the seat of Nordland county in Norway. With 50 000 citizens, it is the second largest city in Northern Norway. Bodø is located on a peninsula facing the open sea, and infamously windy.

It is a gateway to the Arctic, being the northern end station of the Norwegian railway network (except the short connection from Narvik to Sweden), and an important ferry station.


In the Viking Age, the province was known as Hålogaland, and famous for shipmaking. In 1663, Bodø was mentioned as a village with postal service. In the 19th century, fish canning became an important industry for Bodø, and made the city grow. As Nazi Germany invaded Norway in 1940, they bombed Bodø on May 27, destroying most buildings. The city was rebuilt after the war, and therefore looks remarkably modern.

In 1960, the American spy plane U-2 heading for Bodø was shot down by the Soviet Union, and Soviet leader Nikita Chrushchev threatened to bomb Bodø.

Bodø has a university, and a young and rapidly growing population.

See and do

  • Norwegian Aviation Museum (Norsk Luftfartsmuseum), Olav V gate. Located in the shopping centre area, a 20-minute walk from the city centre, you can visit a quite large museum and experience the history of aviation and highlights from the Cold War. Bodø is one of the airfields used for U-2 high-altitude recon and ozone monitoring. Wikipedia Icon  
  • Bodø friluftsmuseum (Bodø open air museum) (South of the Bodø camping). Open 24h. The inside of the houses can only be visited by appointment. Various traditional house styles from Bodø. Free. 
  • Kjerringøy handelssted. Kjerringøy trading post is a 19th-century trade centre typical for Northern Norway. It's a museum, and you can get guided tours. Kjerringøy is a peninsula with beautiful scenery and many tourist activities. Busses from Bodø 
  • Bodø Cathedral (Bodø domkirke), Torvgata 12. Modern with a separate bell-tower and a beautiful window. Wikipedia Icon  
  • Bodin Kirke (Bodin Church) (In the South part of Bodø). One of the oldest churches in Norway, built around 1240. Free entrance. Wikipedia Icon  

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Input taken over from:

Wikivoyage contributors, 'Bodø', Wikivoyage, The FREE worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit, 30 September 2018, 14:07 UTC, <> [accessed 26 December 2018]

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1.247 km
0,2 km
0 m

NO-8056 Saltstraumen


Natural landmark

Saltstrømen in Bodø
Saltstrømen in Bodø
Saltstrømen in Bodø
Saltstrømen in Bodø

Saltstraumen is a small strait with one of the strongest tidal currents in the world. It is located in the municipality of Bodø Wikipedia Icon in Nordland county, Norway. It is located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of the town of Bodø. The narrow channel connects the outer Saltfjorden Wikipedia Icon to the large Skjerstad Fjord Wikipedia Icon between the islands of Straumøya and Knaplundsøya. The Saltstraumen Bridge on Norwegian County Road 17 crosses Saltstraumen.

Saltstraumen has one of the strongest tidal currents in the world. Up to 400 million cubic metres (110 billion US gallons) of seawater forces its way through a 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) long and 150-metre (490 ft) wide strait every six hours. Vortices known as whirlpools or maelstroms up to 10 metres (33 ft) in diameter and 5 metres (16 ft) in depth are formed when the current is at its strongest. Saltstraumen has existed for about two to three thousand years. Before that, the area was different due to post-glacial rebound. The current is created when the tide tries to fill Skjerstad Fjord. The height difference between the sea level and the fjord inside can be up to 1 metre (3 ft 3 in). When the current turns, there is a period when the strait is navigable.

The above account of the Saltstraumen is rather different than what The Norwegian Pilot reports. The Pilot’s description of the normal current is based on the time of the high tide at Bodø. The greatest southbound current occurs about one and a quarter hours before Bodø high tide, when the inflowing current reaches about seven knots. The speed of the current has a broad maximum being greater than six knots from three hours before Bodø high tide until half an hour after Bodø high tide. The greatest northbound current occurs about four and a half hours after Bodø high tide, when the outflowing current reaches over eight knots. The speed of this current also has a broad maximum being above six knots from two hours and forty minutes after Bodø high tide until five and a half hours before the next Bodø high tide. The behavior of the current may differ from normal due to strong winds or when more fresh water than usual is entering into the fjord from the surrounding mountains.

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Input taken over from:

Wikipedia contributors, 'Saltstraumen', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 December 2018, 11:11 UTC, <> [accessed 26 December 2018]

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26 Dec 2018

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1.553 km
0,7 km
14 m


NO-8800 Sandnessjøen


Tourist information

Hours of opening

20 of June to 14 of August:
Monday-Friday  9 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

20 of June to 5 of August:
from 9 am to 7 pm.)

15 of August to 31 of August:
Monday - Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed





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