Andøya National Tourist Route

Andøya National Tourist Route, a scenic drive in Norway

Andøya National Tourist Route is a 58-kilometre long stretch of road between Andenes and Åkneskrysset in the Vesterålen Archipelago, situated about 300 kilometres (190 mi) inside the Arctic circle, in the county of Nordland in Northern Norway. This route includes the Norway roads 974, 976 and 82. It's one of the famous scenic drives in Norway.

The drive is definitely worth it. National Tourist Route Andøya runs along the outer edge of Andøya island, and offers a magnificent view of white sandy beaches, cragged peaks and the wide expanse of the ocean. The drive over Andøya island is characterised by an impression of wide marshes, with mountain peaks rising abruptly to 700 metres above sea level. The region has been shaped by the rough Norwegian Sea. The fishing hamlets of Bleik and Nordmela reflect the interplay between people and the harshness of nature over the course of millennia (there are traces of Stone Age human settlement here). Together with Senja, Andøya offers a more coastal alternative to the E6 and Hurtigruten. 

The surface of the road is asphalt. The road runs along the west coast of Andøya, the northernmost island of the Vesterålen archipelago, with fishing hamles located between unsheltered white beaches. The island features Norway's largest marshes; whales, seals and bird rocks can be spotted in the Norwegian Sea. The route connects to National Tourist Route Senja by ferry. 

Roads: Road 974/976/82
Length: 58km
Highest elevation: 65m asl
Ferries: 0
Winter notice: Open to traffic throughout the year. May be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad.


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