The Hurtigruten ferry in Bodo is just behind the railway station.,and leaves at 15-00 north bound and 04-00 south bound , it is in port 2 hours before. There is a small waiting room at Bodo but your ticket if not booked is bought on board at reception. Just wait while the passengers disembark then go up the small gangway.
I travel in the month of May, so daylight was long for seeing the wonderful scenery. I took the 07-38 from Trondheim, arriving Bodo 17-28 [ 10 hours ]. I was using an Interrail Global pass continuous,which i found to be great value. In Belguim, Germany, Denmark and Holland the trains were not full and easy to get on. I would advise a seat reservation in Norway in summer on the long distance trains. The cost is 50 Nor [ £5.50 ]. The Interrail pass is only real value if you are using the train nearly every day on long distances. For Norway train times can be found on NSB website or Bahn.de for all europe. PS i now know why the train had a snow plough on the engine. It came through a blizzard just before Bodo.in May. There is a night train from Trondheim to Bodo at 23-40 arriveing at Bodo 09-13.but always check times.
The best way to get here is by flight from Oslo. Both Norwegian and SAS fly here several times a day. There are also direct flights from Trondheim (Norwegian), Tromsø (Norwegian and SAS) as well as smaller cities (Wideroe). Ferry/Boat is slow but can be ok from Lofoten. You can take the bus from Narvik northwards or from Skellefteå. There are also trains arriving from Trondheim.
If you intend to journey from Narvik to Bodo, take the
"720 Nord-Norgeekspressen Bod0-Fauske-Narvik " bus
your journey will take exactly 6 hours, 25 minutes. The bloody elusive bus station at Narvik is at the basement of the central shopping centre. Your ticket will cost around 467Nok but you'll get a hefty discount if you hold a Scanrail pass like me. If I'm not mistaken, I paid only 20-30% of the actual price. Well, things might have changed since then so click on the weblink for more details.
Personal Note:You're extremely lucky to get a website to tell you all the details. Back in 2002, I had to beg some Nordic stranger via email for the bus schedule!
The Ferry Terminal is just a two or three minute walk from the train station. From here you can take the auto ferry to Lofoten (Moskenes) - which is what I did. A little further on is the terminal for the coastal steamer - the Hurtigruten - which will take you either northward or southward along and through the spectacular coastal fjords.
One of the old generation of Coastal steamers visiting Bodø on a summer day. "Nordstjernen" is one representant of the old, faithful ships touring the coast for several decades in all kind of weather.
Today only new modern ships are doing this coastal cruise.
Hurtigruten is the name of the route of ships which daily connect all the smaller and larger places along the Norwegian shore., from Bergen in South to Kirkenes in North.
Nowadays the ships are bigger and more luxurious than ever, and the cruise along the coast of Norway is called "The world's most beautiful voyage"
But besides being a comfortable and touristy way to travel, hurtigruten still plays an important role as transportation for local people and goods, thus connecting the entire coastal line of Norway.
Hurtigruten - on its way North - arrives in Bodø at 1 p.m. every day, and departs for Lofoten at 3 in the afternoon.
Southwards -arrival in Bodø at 1.30 in the night and departure at 4am.
the ferry ride from bodo to moskenes is free if you walk on. it's a gorgeous ride across to the fjords if you can manage to avoid the throngs of german seniors going crazy with their various assortment of cameras and camcorders.
it's super easy to hitchhike around lofoten in the summer as there are heaps of tourists in rental cars everywhere more than willing to pick people up. i don't think i ever waited more than five minutes for a ride anytime i was there.
The flight from Oslo takes 90 minutes and there are
around 8 direct flights a day.Bodo Lufthavn,one of the
most modern airports in Norway,is situated just 2km
from the centre.Bodo is also communication hub in the
maritime context; both the northbound & southbound
Coastal Express (Hurtigrute) vessels visit Bodo daily.
The coastal express service as well-established and
the popular Lofoten ferry makes the journey between
Bodo and Lofoten much easier. As the northernmost terminal in the norwegian rail network,Bodo has arrivals/departures from/to Trondhiem/Oslo every morning and night. There are also daily bus services
to the North Cape and Northern Sweden. Bodo is also
the last stop on Kystriksveien (The Coast Road),one
of the most scenic routes in Norway .
By Ferrie - By Bus - By Car ...
Hurtigruten from Bergen Trondheim or Tromso and other places.
Train from Trondhein.
Express boat from Svolvaer 0645 most days.
Togbuss from Svolvaer - [car ferry and two buses - connects with night train to Trondheim at Fauske] at 1545 most days very highly recommended!
Buses from Narvik.
There is an airport but I have no details.
See http://www.177nordland.com/index_ie.html for buses and ferries - it took a bit of finding!http://www.nsb.no/EN/ for trains.
[photo - how it was - a picture in reception at Svinøya]