Kystriksveien Waterfalls

Svartisen, Nordland County, Norway

About Kystriksveien Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2019-07-08
Date last visited: 2019-07-08

Waterfall Latitude: 66.94565
Waterfall Longitude: 13.89888

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The Kystriksveien Waterfalls were kind of my waterfalling excuse to talk about the beautiful coastal drive along the county road Fv17, which is also known as the Kystriksveien.

It’s hard to convey in words just how spectacular this drive was for us, especially since we did it on a sunny day.

Kystriksveien_242_07082019 - Waterfalls tumbling beneath some of the receded glacier arms of the Svartisen Glacier
Waterfalls tumbling beneath some of the receded glacier arms of the Svartisen Glacier

You definitely can’t be in a rush to do this drive though as we had to go through at least two ferries between Bodø and Mo i Rana.

We could have also continued further south towards Stenkjer, but for the purposes of this write-up, we’ll only focus on the waterfalls that we’ve encountered especially around the Svartisen Glacier.

Pages like these are hard to compose because there were so many waterfalls that we noticed, but for only a fraction of them, we could take a picture safely.

And of that fraction, even fewer could be identified.

We’ll do what we can as we describe how we did the drive going south on the Fv17 starting near the Saltstraumen around Bodø and ending near Mo i Rana.

From Saltstraumen to Norskehavet

Kystriksveien_161_07082019 - Heading south on the scenic Kystriksveien along the Fv17
Heading south on the scenic Kystriksveien along the Fv17

We basically started by leaving the Rv80 and going south on the Fv17 about 16km east of Bodø.

We then drove south past the Saltstraumen (12km south of start of the Fv17), where strong tidal currents can be seen when the tides transition from low tide to high tide or vice versa.

Further to the south we passed by more dazzling displays of sharp mountain peaks juxtaposed with the Atlantic Ocean.

At around 74km south of the junction (or 62km south of Saltstraumen), we then stopped for a series of snowmelt waterfalls dropping side by side down some massif.

Kystriksveien_204_07082019 - Waterfalls tumbling from the snowmelt covering a massif near Norskehavet
Waterfalls tumbling from the snowmelt covering a massif near Norskehavet

There was a definite pullout where we got to look at these falls, but it was against the sun in the afternoon of our visit.

The Svartisen Glacier

Continuing further south on the Fv17, the road then bent around a peninsula before entering a very scenic fjord and valley.

At roughly 36km from the waterfall pullout we stopped at (or 110km from the start of the Fv17), we started to see waterfalls coming down from the melting Svartisen Glacier.

Due to the glacier’s former presence, we witnessed the familiar sharp U-shaped valleys with steep walls, which made the waterfalls spotted here that much more dramatic.

Kystriksveien_227_07082019 - Another look at some of the waterfalls fed by the melting arms of the Svartisen Glacier
Another look at some of the waterfalls fed by the melting arms of the Svartisen Glacier

The vast majority of the waterfalls that we saw along the stretch of the Kystriksveien that we’re describing on this page were here.

Unfortunately, as was customary on lots of the Norwegian roads, pullouts were few and far between so we didn’t really get a chance to stop for many of these.

Eventually, after passing through a very long tunnel that went underneath the Svartisen Glacier, we then showed up to the visitor center about 10km after the exit of the tunnel.

Another kilometer west of the visitor center was a car park where the boat would go back-and-forth every hour to get closer to the terminus of the Engabreen arm of the Svartisen Glacier.

Kystriksveien_356_07082019 - The Engabreen arm of the Svartisen Glacier
The Engabreen arm of the Svartisen Glacier

And another kilometer after that, we found a viewing area where we got our best views of the Engabreen arm of the Svartisen Glacier.

Ferries and the Deviation to Mo i Rana

In another 11km to the west, we then had to catch a ferry between Æsvik and Ågskardet.

After this ferry, we then had to drive another 27km (including a dark and narrow tunnel) before arriving at the long and fairly infrequent ferry between Jektvik and Kilboghamn.

There were more waterfalls that I noticed while on the long ferry ride though most of the waterfalls were pretty distant from the vessel.

Kystriksveien_538_07082019 - Looking towards a waterfall tumbling down a mountain behind Kilboghamn
Looking towards a waterfall tumbling down a mountain behind Kilboghamn

This included a waterfall that tumbled behind the town of Kilboghamn, which became harder to see the closer to the ferry dock we got.

After getting off at Kilboghamn, we drove about 59km straight to a junction where we left the Fv17 for the Fv12, which then went about 34km to the industrial town of Mo i Rana.

Authorities

The Kystriksveien Waterfalls cover the Gildeskal Municipality in the north, the Meløy Municipality in the middle, and the Rødøy Municipality to the south in Nordland County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit each municipality’s websites here, here, and here.

Kystriksveien_163_07082019 - Driving south along the Fv17 on the Kystriksveien amidst some gorgeous scenery
Kystriksveien_173_07082019 - Looking towards an inlet while driving south on the Fv17
Kystriksveien_175_07082019 - Mountains rising out of the sea sharply like a lite version of the Lofoten Islands as seen along the Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_177_07082019 - More scenic driving along the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_186_07082019 - It's hard to see in this photo, but there's a waterfall in the dark groove in the background of this shot of the Fv17 southbound
Kystriksveien_196_07082019 - While the Lapporten in Swedish Lapland featured a U-shaped bite out of the moutain, Norway's Kystriksveien had its own version of it that almost seemed to be taken for granted!
Kystriksveien_200_07082019 - Looking towards an intriguing bowl or cirque with waterfalls tumbling into it as seen from the Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_205_07082019 - Closer look at the segments of waterfalls tumbling into an attractive cirque near Norskehavet along the Fv17
Kystriksveien_209_07082019 - Looking in the distance towards some kind of rocky protrusion in the mountain as seen along the Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_210_07082019 - More gorgeous scenery along the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_222_07082019 - Starting to get our first glimpses of some of the glacier arms of the west side of the Svartisen Glacier while driving the Kystriksveien southbound
Kystriksveien_231_07082019 - Looking across the Glomsfjorden towards some waterfalls tumbling beneath the Svartisen Ice Sheet
Kystriksveien_233_07082019 - Another look at the waterfalls beneath Svartisen as seen across the Glomsfjorden from the Fv17
Kystriksveien_237_07082019 - Context of the Fv17 Kystriksveien and the waterfalls beneath the Svartisen arms feeding the Glomsfjorden
Kystriksveien_246_07082019 - Another look at the waterfalls tumbling beneath the Svartisen as seen across the Glomsfjorden from the Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_253_07082019 - Starting to get our first glimpses of the Endabreen arm of the Svartisen Glacier from the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_256_07082019 - Looking along the Holandsfjorden while driving the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_259_07082019 - Zoomed in on the Engabreen arm of Svartisen as seen from the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_264_07082019 - The picnic area and visitor center for Svartisen along the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_274_07082019 - Looking towards a nearly fully receded arm of the Svartisen as seen across the Holandsfjorden from the Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_312_07082019 - This was the view of the Engabreen arm of Svartisen from the boat dock
Kystriksveien_335_07082019 - This was perhaps the most satisfying view of the Engabreen arm of Svartisen that we were able to get
Kystriksveien_367_07082019 - More sharp mountains as seen from a ferry ride on the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_371_07082019 - More gorgeous scenery as seen from a ferry ride along the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_385_07082019 - Looking towards more of the vast Svartisen Glacier from one of the ferries on the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_418_07082019 - The Fv17 Kystriksveien was slow largely because we had to do many ferry crossings
Kystriksveien_431_07082019 - The scenery around the Jektvik ferry as part of the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_446_07082019 - Looking towards more knobby mountains near Jektvik on the long ferry as part of the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_476_07082019 - Looking towards another small village backed by tall mountains as seen along the Fv17 Kystriksveien's long ferry ride from Jektvik to Kilboghamn
Kystriksveien_478_07082019 - Looking back towards Jektvik from the long ferry to Kilboghamn
Kystriksveien_485_07082019 - Context of one of the waterfalls seen along the long ferry ride to Kilboghamn as part of the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_489_07082019 - Zoomed in on that waterfall by some village as seen from the long ferry to Kilboghamn as part of the Fv17 Kystriksveien
Kystriksveien_496_07082019 - Looking back at another contextual look at that waterfall seen from the Kilboghamn ferry
Kystriksveien_525_07082019 - Looking in the distance to the east towards a hard-to-see waterfall beneath these snow-capped mountains on the Kilboghamn ferry
Kystriksveien_532_07082019 - Looking towards a waterfall tumbling behind Kilboghamn as part of the long ferry ride from Jektvik
Kystriksveien_553_07082019 - Zoomed in look at that waterfall behind Kilboghamn on the long ferry ride from Jektvik

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For all intents and purposes, you can start this stretch of the drive from Bodø in the north or from Mo i Rana in the south.

You can route to each of these towns pretty readily using software like GoogleMaps.

For geographic context, Bodø was 53km (under 1 hour drive) west of Fauske, 228km (over 3 hours drive via the E6) north of Mo i Rana, 300km (under 5 hours drive) south of Narvik, 473km (under 7 hours drive via the E6) north of Brønnøysund, and 585km (about 8 hours drive via the E6) north of Steinkjer.

Following the underground stream as it led up to the small 5ft waterfall

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