Cycling in Vesterålen

Experiencing Vesterålen by automobile is fine, but the adventure is undoubtedly better when you travel the roads by bicycle. Cycling around Vesterålen opens for magic experiences for the visitor who has sufficient time to take one day at a time.


You can chart out a suitable daily route that lets you travel at your own speed and enjoy as much as possible of the region. The routes are easy to cycle, with very little hilly terrain and many stretches that are practically free of motorised traffic. In other words, the roads are suitable for bicycles with a trailer and a small amount of baggage cargo. 

You can stop along the way for a picnic on the shoreline or a taste of Vesterålen at one of the cafés or restaurants. If you need accommodation, you will find something to your liking, whether it is a chalet, a seaside lodge, fisherman’s cabin or -hotel room.

Road standards

Ever since ancient times, people in Vesterålen have made their livings in fishing and agriculture. Settlement was near the seashore, which in turn resulted in the roads today being located near the shoreline. As a result the roads are almost exclusively level and flat, and easy to cycle. This also provides a good view of the handsome fjords. 

There are few cycle lanes in Vesterålen. The longest bicycle roads are in conjunction with the major communities, so that most of the routes described in this guide are trafficked by motorized vehicles. But heavy traffic is not a problem even on the major thoroughfares. Most of the roads have asphalt surfaces. 


All of the tunnels in Vesterålen are illuminated. Nevertheless, we re–commend you turn on the bicycle headlamp and wear a reflective vest. Except for the approx. three-km-long undersea Sløverfjord tunnel, all of the tunnels have no uphill ascents.

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