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    Lofoten Islands

    by alectrevor Updated Jun 7, 2012

    The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago that have been inhabitated since Viking times. There are ferries from Bodo, the Hurtigruten ferry leaves at 15-00 and takes 4 hours to Stamsund., it continues to Svolvaer the main town. Svolvaer is a pleasant place with wooden buildings and a harbour. From here there are 40 minute boat trips to the Trollfjorden, the narrow fjord with sheer cliffs. The Hurtigruten ferry goes through this fjord on its way north There are several hotels in Svolvaer. Svolvaer has a regional airport.

    Approaching the Lofoten Islands. Svolvaer Lofoten islands. Svolvaer rainy day in Svolvaer Stamsund is a small village on Lofoten Islands.

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    Luftfartmuseum: the hall for WW II

    by globetrott Updated Jul 17, 2010

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    The Museum of Aviation / Luftfartmuseum has also a large hall dedicated to aircrafts and weapons of WW II. I am not an expert or a fan of this part of the history but I know that there are a lot of people beeing interested in it.
    in my 2nd photo: a consolidated PBY 5-A Katalina
    my 3rd Photo: a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
    my last photo : a Supermarine Spitfire MK IX

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    the city of Bodoe

    by globetrott Updated Jul 17, 2010

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    The city of Bodoe is full of mainly modern architecture as a lot of the old houses were destroyed in WW II. Nowadays Bodoe is certainly a good place to do some shopping and to take a walk when coming by cruiseship.

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    Step up the tower / Kontrolltarn

    by globetrott Updated Jul 17, 2010

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    This is also another interesting part of the Norsk Luftfartsmuseum: The former tower (Kontrolltarn) of the airport is part of the museum now and you can step up that tower and take a look over the airport and see the old instruments of the tower.

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    a Lockheed U-2 US-spy-aircarft

    by globetrott Updated Jul 16, 2010

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    Where else on earth will you see a Lockheed U-2 US-spy-aircarft in a museum ? You will also be able to read some stories about one of the pilots of that aircraft that was flying in a hight of 22km and was that way out of reach for the russian army to destroy it. Only once they were able to get hold of such an airplane, when it had technical problems and set the pilot in prison.

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    enter the cockpits

    by globetrott Updated Jul 16, 2010

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    You will be able to enter the cockpit of many of the airplanes in the Aviation Museum in Bodoe and you can take a closer look for the vast number of instruments and buttons there. And you will also see the difference of the cockpit of vintage airplanes like the Junkers JU52 and the more modern jets. In the JU52 you will also see that there is not much isolation for the whole airplane.

    cockpit of the Junkers JU% cockpit of a starfighter
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    The Museum of Aviation

    by globetrott Updated Jul 16, 2010

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    Norsk Luftfartsmuseum
    The Museum of Aviation is the best museum in Bodoe and it shows a lot of great vintage aircrafts and in a seperate hall also some aircrafts and other exhibits of WW II. On the total you need at least 1-1,5 hours to be able to enjoy all of the exhibits and when you come by Hurtigruten there will be a bus organized taking you there and what is even more important: it takes you back in time to the ship.
    My favorite airplane in this museum was the swimming JU-52, that you can see in my main photo !
    This museum is open:
    Monday till Friday: 10.00am -04.00pm
    and Sarturday & Sunday: 11.00am - 05.00pm

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    Bodø Domkirke (Cathedral)

    by globetrott Written Jul 16, 2010

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    Bodø Domkirke, the cathedral of Bodøis quite a modern building with a significant tower. This church dates back to 1956, as the former church had been destroyed by the german troops in WW II. It is a pity we just passed by in the bus and I had just a few seconds to make my photo.

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    Enjoy the Midnight-sun in Bodoe

    by globetrott Updated Jul 15, 2010

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    In the Arctic summertime the sun is shining almost all day long and for about 2 months you will even see the sunlight to never totally disappear and that is the time of the Midnight-Sun. The time of the Midnightsun varies of course and the further north you get the more days that time will last. Get on a large hill and watch the sun going down between 11.00pm and midnight and you will see that before touching the ocean the sun will start raising again.

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    Nordic Lights in Bodoe

    by globetrott Updated Jul 15, 2010

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    Nordic Lights / Aurora Borrealis is a natural phenomenon that you can watch mainly in wintertime and you need to have a perfect combination of various situations:
    1) the sky has to be without clouds
    2) the sky needs to be dark, so you are able to see the reflections
    3) you need certain activities of the sun, that are sometimes stronger and sometimes weaker
    The way that I understood this is that these activities of the sun will happen all year long, but in summertime you cannot see them because of the bright sky.

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    Saltstraumen

    by mingul Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    At about 30km east of Bodø the strongest tidal current in the world, the Saltstraumen can be found. It represents one of the main attractions of Bodø.

    There are some leaflets about how the whirlpools are created and at what hours depending on the season. Be sure to read them right as I went exactly at the time when they were actually just starting to create:)

    Besides the experience, I had to hitchhike my way back to Bodø in order to catch the ferry to Lofoten since the bus service to Saltstraumen is not that efficient.

    Saltstraumen - Whirlpools beginning to create Saltstraumen - Whirlpools beginning to create Surroundings of Saltstraumen Saltstraumen - Whirlpools beginning to create
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    Visit Top13 in the Radisson

    by Sesded Written Oct 10, 2004

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    The view of Bodø and the surrounding area is beautiful and can be best seen from the bar on the 13th floor in the SAS Radisson. Winter or summer, you can see in 340 degrees panorama (being blocked only by the small portion of the bar and small stock room).

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    Bodø Domkirke (Cathedral)

    by yooperprof Written Aug 19, 2003

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    The current Domkirke was completed in 1956, replacing an earlier 19th century structure destroyed during the bombing of the town in 1940. The building itself is somewhat plain, but the free-standing spire is an interesting feature.

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    Marker at the Aviation Museum

    by yooperprof Written Aug 18, 2003

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    "Flt. Lt. C.B. Hull, RAF; PO J Falkson, RAF; Lt. A. Lydekker, RN.
    On the 26th of May, 1940, 3 Gloster Gladiator Fighter Aircraft of No. 263 Squadron landed on a temporary airstrip near Bodø. Unfalteringly the pilots of these aircraft challenged a numerically superior adversary and inflicted great loss of life upon the enemy. Later, they gave their lives for freedom. This memorial is erected in their honour."

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    Norwegian Aviation Museum

    by yooperprof Written Aug 18, 2003

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    Interesting and encyclopedia museum that will satisfy the aviation buff as well as the person with even a passing interest in Flight - interesting exhibits of many aircraft, displays of navigation gear, commercial airline equipment, etc. I especially enjoyed the mock control tower where you can sit and pretend that you are directing traffic at the nearby airbase.

    Luftfartsmuseet
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