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.
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.
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).
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.
"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."
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.
Nordland Culture centre is surrounded by a pleasant open outdoor area with horses, duck ponds and walking paths.
There was earlier an agricultural school here, but nowadays the buildings are used for cultural purposes, exhibitions and galleries. The park is a lovely place to walk around, take pictures and look at the animals with the children.
Solparken - The Sun Park is an old and central area of our town - being a green open space between the museum, the cathedral, the town hall and the upper villa quarters of the town.
The name witnesses about the indomitable optimism of the North Norwegian people :)
A fortress which was built for the World War I,
but never came to be used. Later the fortress was ruined, but is now reconstructed and has become a lovely area for a daytrip or a picnic, with a great view into the town.
There have been donated a number of cannons to the fortress, which are saluted on special events, and the fortress even has its own parade guards with uniforms.
Postcard showing the altarpiece from the beautiful Bodin medieval church.
The oldest part of the church dates from 1240, the newer part was raised in 1784/85.
During springtime 2003 a new baroque style organ from "Alfred Führer Orgelbau" will make a great addition to this beautiful church.
The pier in Bodø's harbour was decorated a few years ago with these pieces of artwork - or perforated stones - along the seaside promenade.
They are Bodø's addition to the Culture Artscape Nordland, which is a unique outdoor art project, which most of the Nordland municipalities took part in.
The Sea Eagle is a common sight in Bodø,
and has become part of Bodø's identity.
We have our own Sea Eagle club, and anyone who has observed the Sea Eagle here, can become a member.
And - of course - we have a sea eagle statue.
The Nordland museum is one of Bodø's oldest buildings, built in 1903.
A place to discover the story of local culture and life in the Salten area. There's an interesting exhibition at the first floor showing the history of the town of Bodø from 1816 until today. The silver treasure from the viking age is displayed.
As I said.. Bodo is a capital of the nordland & a exit
gate to Lofoten Ilands .
Absolutely is a duty to visit Lofoten Ilands for couple days in the north & south .
Lofoten has the Most amaizing mountains in norge ,
Beaches like Hawaii almost , Viking ship museum ,
Very nice shooping center by the harbur ,smoke fishes,
Nice Youth-Hostels ... nice people .
Just driving around this area filled with good air and beautiful spots, like mountains, beaches, and of course the people.
If you climb up and look over the land and fjords, you really feels close to mother nature, feeling happy to be alive! :)