The best road in Norway: Fv17 – Part 2
This is the second part of my article about the Fylkesvei 17 (Fv17). [READ PART 1 HERE]
I leave my beautiful and huge cottage in Bogen around 10 in the morning and get ready for the first ferry on my trip. Today I will have to take three ferries on the Fv17 and I will not be completely in charge of my time on the road. Luckily, this part of the Fv17 is supposed to be one of the most beautiful parts of the road, let’s find out! Already before I get to the first ferry, I get spoiled by this amazing view. I am not sure if my day could start any better. I love this country!
Ferry Holm – Vennesund
Twenty minutes later I arrive at the ferry docks and there are already a bunch of cars waiting. I pass the cars and put my bike on front of the line. (It took me a few ferries to get comfortable to pass all the waiting cars. Then I figured out that the ferry people always wanted me to board first and were more annoyed if I would waste the space of a car in the middle of the ferry). I’m lucky, and I only have to wait 15 minutes to board on the ferry. This ferry crossing takes the usual 20 minutes (this seems to be a thing in Norway, I would guess that 80% of my ferry crossings took 20 minutes) and costed me 58 NOK (about € 6,50).
I drive to Brønnøysund after I get off the ferry in Vennesund. The area around Brønnøysund seemes to be an area where you can easily spend several days if you are into hiking and exploring the nature. There is also a famous rock, Torghatten, just west of Brønnøysund and I spontaneously decide to visit it. The views during these few kilometers from Brønnøysund to Torghatten are absolutely stunning. I think I might have taken the best photo of my trip up here.
When I finally (after all the photo stops) get to Torghatten, I decide not to take the walk up to the mountain because it would probably take too long. There is a sign that says that I would need about 30-45 minutes to get up the mountain, and 30-45 minutes back. It is already 13:00 and I was already on the road for three hours. Therefore I decide to drive back to Brønnøysund and get lunch at at “Lokalmatbutikk” (lokal = local, mat = food, butikk = store), which was a good choice. They have a sunny terrace and several people were already enjoying the sunshine. I take off my jacket, order a (delicious!) burger, take a seat on the terrace, and enjoy the sun for almost an hour.
Ferry Horn – Anndalsvågen
I need to drive for about ten minutes to get from Brønnøysund to Horn, where the second ferry of the day is already waiting for me. This ferry also takes about 20 minutes and costs 54 NOK (about € 6,05), a little bit cheaper than the previous one. I consider myself really lucky because you usually have to wait for ferries. Today, two out of two ferries are already waiting for me when I get at the ferry docks. I actually might be in Sandessjøen really early if the third ferry will also be waiting for me. That would give me some extra time to sort out those photos I took earlier today and writing some stories… Hmm.
When I get of the ferry in Anndalsvågen, there seems to be only one single road between this and the next ferry crossing. The road is about 20 kilometers long and there is a supermarket and a church. When I get to the ferry dock, I am surprised that the timetables of both ferries are not synchronized. I have to wait 45 minutes. I drive back to the supermarket, buy some groceries and take some photos at the church. There is not much more to see or do at this island, but at least I did not waste any time.
Ferry Forvik – Tjøtta
This is the second time that I pass the cars that are already waiting at the ferry docks for 45 minutes. While waiting for the ferry, I speak to some Norwegian people that recommend me to keep my camera ready on the ferry because we would have a view on the Syv Søstre (seven sisters) mountains. This ferry is more expensive than the previous two. This one costs 85 NOK (about € 9,50) and needs about an hour to get to Tjøtta. It is good value for money though: the view from the ferry is awesome. On the last photo you see the Syv Søstre (seven mountain tops).
It is already 17:00 when I get off the ferry in Tjøtta and I continue my trip to Sandessjøen. I’ve been on the road for 7 hours now, although that includes spending my time at the ferries. I don’t feel exhausted and can easily drive a bit further than Sandessjøen, but I picked my accommodation in strategically because it would leave the perfect distance to drive to Bodø, my destination for tomorrow. I take some photos and continue to my Airbnb accommodation. Tomorrow I will cross the Arctic Circle for the first time in my life.
The route I drove today
Download the free travel guide about the Fv17
After I got back from my Scandinavia tour I discovered that Visit Norway published a free travel guide about the Fv17 (obviously they call it “Kystriksveien”). I wish I would have discovered this travel guide before I went there. There are so many things to do and to see. You might need more time for this part of Norway. There are also timetables for the ferries in the guide!
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