Bodo, Norway

Introduction to Bodo, Norway

Discover Bodø's historic past by visiting one of the museums, explore the Bodø Cathedral, or look out for Sea Eagles - these majestic birds of prey can be seen all year round.

Situated on a beautiful stretch of coastline in Northern Norway, Bodø  offers a truly remarkable experience. You can admire the midnight sun from Mount Ronvikfjellet, take a stroll along the chalk-white beach or enjoy a little retail therapy in Bodø ’s busy town centre.

During your time in this charming town you may wish to revisit Bodø ’s historic past by visiting one of the town’s museums or by taking a trip to the aviation museum where you can get up close to famous aircraft such as a Supermarine Spitfire, Tiger Moth and F-86 Sabre and learn about Norway’s aviation history. Bodø  cathedral is also well worth a visit, boasting a majestic 12-metre high stain glass window as well as 10 tapestries Nordland.

Bodø is also the ideal destination for bird spotting as it has the densest population of sea eagles in the world. These majestic birds of prey can be spotted all year round, so keep an eye on the sky.

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ARCTIC LIGHT

  • Cross the Polar Circle
  • Visit a Sami camp and meet the reindeer
Price£210.00 - £220.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Gain an insight in to what it is like to live in the deserted landscapes of Northern Norway!

Your tour begins with a scenic drive, with your guide providing information about the nature and history of the area. As you drive towards Saltfjellet, you will be shown a film about the Sami culture in Nordland.

On arrival at the Polar Circle Centre, you will be invited to watch a short film explaining two natural phenomenon – the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Before leaving, each guest will be presented with a certificate to mark their crossing of the Polar Circle.

Next, visit the Sami who live on the north side of the mountain, where you will have the opportunity to meet and feed their reindeer herd. Sample a traditional Sami lunch – bidos (reindeer stew), before visiting the Saltfjellet National Park Centre, where you will be able to browse exhibits detailing how mankind and wildlife live alongside each other, and explaining the history of the area. Visit the Adde Gallery, where you can view a collection of paintings depicting reindeer and traditional Sami lifestyle; or simply admire the views of the surrounding mountains from the courtyard.

Return to your awaiting ship in Bodø filled with memories of the day.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrain, and is not considered suitable for wheelchair users or guests with mobility issues. Please bear in mind that it may be snowy or icy – guests are advised to dress warmly (layers are best), and sturdy winter shoes or boots are essential.


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BODØ & NORWEGIAN AVIATION MUSEUM

  • The Aviation Museum is a must for aeroplane enthusiasts
  • View an interesting collection of aircraft from around the world
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Bodø

 

Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApprox. 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Your tour will include sightseeing of Bodø and also a visit to the Norwegian Aviation Museum.

Travel from the harbour where you may see fishermen selling fresh fish from their boats. Continue on through the oldest part of the city which was rebuilt after the Second World War. You also pass Bodø Cathedral which was completed in 1956. The cathedral is built as a basilica in the Gothic style and features a 12 metre stained glass window. It was designed by the architects Blakstad & Munthe Kaas and was one of the first churches in Norway to have a detached steeple.

Just outside the central area of the city you find the old bastion at Nyholmen. The bastion was built to protect the factory and settlement on Hundholmen, which later was to become the town of Bodø. From the top of Mount Ronvik, 150 metres above sea level, there is a fine view of the mountainous Lofoten Islands and the island of Landegode to the north, the Borvasstindene mountains to the south, as well as the town of Bodø, weather permitting. Bodø is known as the town of the white tailed sea eagle, and nowhere in the world is there a larger number of this majestic bird.

Now it is time for the highlight of the tour - the Aviation Museum which houses 10,000 square metres of Norwegian aviation history. From the main road into Bodø, the Norwegian Aviation Museum resembles a gigantic propeller. This modern building has a unique form, in grey and black, with huge surfaces of shiny glass. But the real excitement begins once you are inside. The knowledgeable guide will take you through the Rotunda - a tall and spacious exhibition about mankind’s ancient dream of flying. You can see the Junkers Ju-52, the U-2 spy plane, Spitfire, Mosquito, Vampire and Star Fighter. From the museum’s control tower, see a spacious and wild landscape, full of contrasts and with a climate that has provided many challenges for aviation. In the museum you will also find a souvenir shop and the café named after the first Norwegian female pilot Gidsken Jacobsen (1908 – 1990) who started her own airline company in 1932. She was the first to fly commercially between North Norway and Oslo in the winter.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The sightseeing tour is by coach, with photo stops where possible. There is walking at the Aviation Museum, which has easy access for wheelchair users and stairs as well as lifts between the floors. You will spend approximately one hour at the Museum. Please note that refreshments are not included.


CONCERT AT BODO CATHEDRAL

  • Visit Bodø Cathedral – one of the first churches in Norway to feature a detached steeple
  • Enjoy a short guided tour, followed by an organ recital
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 1½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Admire the Gothic-style Bodø Cathedral with its 12 metre high stained glass window

Travel from the harbour to Bodø Cathedral – which like much of the city was rebuilt following heavy bombing by the Luftwaffe in World War II.

Completed in 1956, the basilica is built in a Gothic style, and features a 12-metre high stained glass window. Designed by architects Blakstad and Munthe Kaas, it was one of the first churches in Norway to have a detached steeple.

The acoustics in the Cathedral are exceptional, and an organ recital has been arranged for you to enjoy before returning to port.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Whilst there is minimal walking involved in this tour, there is a walk of approximately 100 metres (330 feet) to reach the Cathedral – please be aware that the ground may be snowy or icy; and therefore guests are advised to wear sturdy shoes or boots with a good grip. There are three steps to negotiate to enter the cathedral, unfortunately this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users or guests with mobility difficulties. For reference, the concert will last approximately 30 minutes, and you will receive a programme of the music. Please note that this tour will not be accompanied by a guide, however it will be escorted by a member of staff from the ship.


DEEP SEA FISHING

  • Go fishing like a Norwegian
  • Enjoy a delicious snack prepared from your catch
  • Keep your eyes peeled for white tailed sea eagles
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£175.00 - £185.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Bring your enthusiasm, and a little luck, for an unforgettable fishing trip.

Depart from the pier on a Norwegian fishing boat, and head out to sea. Your captain and crew know all the best places to fish and will help you to get the right technique in order to get the catch of the day. Your delicious catch will be prepared and served on board – common catches are herring and cod, depending on the season.

If you are lucky, you might also see the white tailed sea eagle before returning to your ship. There are hundreds of sea eagles in the area around Bodø, and as many as 20% of the world population originate from this area.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Thermal suits will be provided, but guests are recommended to wear warm layers, and to bring a scarf, hat and gloves; and to wear flat, comfortable shoes with a good grip. We cannot guarantee what, if any wildlife may be seen, or what fish may be caught. The catch will remain with the boat. Please note that the local skipper, who speaks some English, will act as your guide. You will spend approximately two and a half hours at sea. For reference, tea and coffee will be served on board. Toilet facilities are available, but you will need to negotiate several steep steps to access them. This tour is open to guests simply wishing to enjoy the magnificent surroundings - the price will be the same.


INTRODUCTION TO BODO

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through wintry Bodø
  • Suitable for all as little walking required
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Bodø is a perfect fusion of the modest and grandiose - it is both urban and rural at the same time.

The town is surrounded by nature’s beauty including scenic jewels, small fishing villages and mountains. Bodø is an excellent place for viewing nature or cultural activities and a perfect base for adventures and excursions.

In order to get to know Bodø, you will be taken on a trip around the town centre and surrounding area. You have the option to take a walk through the area known as the “Swedish town”, as it was reconstructed with help of Norway’s Swedish neighbours after Bodø was bombed in 1940. You will learn about the history of Bodø from its induction as a city in 1816 up to the present day.

You will see the lively centre along your journey and may also choose to walk along the charming seaside promenade where fresh fish and shrimp can be bought during the high season. This is a lovely walk in all weathers and the area has been chosen as Norway’s best and loveliest marina. If you reach the end of the pier you will find a pleasant café which is a landmark in itself, called Molokroken.

You will also drive past the many churches of the town before driving up to Rønvikfjellet - a mountain which offers a lovely view of the whole city as well as Landegode Island and Lofoten can be seen in the distance. (Please note that the drive up to Rønvikfjellet is subject to favourable weather conditions).

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The majority of this tour is by coach, with photo stops where possible. Guests wishing to remain on the coach during the walking parts of the tour may do so. The tour may operate in a different order to that described. Please note that refreshments are not included.


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KJERRINGØY OLD TRADING POST

  • Step back in time at Kjerringøy
  • Explore the buildings which date back to the 1800s
Price£145.00 - £155.00
DurationApprox. 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The Kjerringøy Old Trading Post is one of Norway’s most important cultural heritage monuments from the 19th century. Used as the location for many films, it is beautifully situated about 40 kilometres north of Bodø, where narrow fjords encircle a mountainous peninsula. The area is rich in wildlife, and there is a good chance that eagles, moose, otter and other fauna may be seen en route

The fifteen well preserved buildings have most of the furnishings intact. Old traditions are still alive, and you get a good indication of how life at the trading fishing post was in its heyday when Erasmus Zahl made handsome profits buying and selling fish and exporting and importing other articles until he was one of the richest men in Northern Norway.

Today, visitors to Kjerringøy receive a unique insight into this region’s history and culture. On arrival you will be shown a film before enjoying a cup of coffee. Museum guides will then take you on a guided tour before your time is then your own to explore further. Drop by the bakery which once buzzed with expectant customers, or explore the treasures of unusual objects in the stabbur - storehouse. At the country store, you can still buy old fashioned candy.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? You will reach Kjerringøy by ferry and spend approximately two and a half hours here. There is a moderate amount of walking – the pathways are even with a gravelled surface, but may be slippery in winter. To enter the buildings there are a few steps, some of which have quite high door thresholds. In the mansion house the tour takes you to the second floor which has approximately 15 steps to reach it. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It involves walking outside in the cold, and possibly snow. Solid boots, warm trousers, jacket, gloves and a warm hat are essential for your comfort.  For reference, the itinerary on the island may operate in a different order to that described. What wildlife may be seen cannot be guaranteed.


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SALTSTRAUMEN EXPERIENCE

  • View the amazing maelstroms at Saltstraumen
  • Learn about the phenomenon at the Saltstraumen Experience Centre
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApprox. 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Saltstraumen is home to some of the strongest tidal currents in the world – marvel at this natural spectacle at close range.

After an approximate 40 minute scenic drive from Bodø, you will reach Saltstraumen – an area rich in archaeological remains. Traces of human habitations dating back over 10,000 years have been found here.

Your coach will slowly cross the cantilever bridge over the strait in order for the maelstroms to be viewed. From the coach park, you may wish to venture down the path leading to the water’s edge to get a closer view of the amazing swirls and patterns formed by the rushing tide. Alternatively, there is a steep uphill walk up to the bridge where you can capture photographs from above. Your visit coincides with the tide at its highest so you can really marvel at the forces of nature. Every six hours, 400 million cubic metres of water at speeds of up to 20 knots rush through the 150 metre wide and three kilometre long sound connecting the Saltenfjord and the Skjerstadfjord – and it is thanks to these tidal patterns that the area is well known for its abundance of large fish, including cod, saithe and halibut. The powerful whirlpools can be up 10 metres in diameter and four to five metres deep.

At the Saltstraumen Experience Centre, you will have the opportunity to browse a number of exhibits – including the world’s biggest saithe, which was caught here! You will be invited to watch a film of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and to savour some refreshments before returning to Bodø.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a path leading down to the maelstrom itself, which has an even, gravelled surface. Please bear in mind that the path can be slippery in winter – ice grips are recommended. To get the most from the tour, the walk down to the river is recommended; and therefore this tour is not recommended for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility; however the maelstrom can be viewed from the coach park. The tour may operate in a different order to that described.

 


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SEA EAGLE SAFARI

  • Bodø is home to a large concentration of White Tailed Sea Eagles
  • See the majestic birds on an exhilarating RIB safari
Boat Tour
Price£120.00 - £150.00
DurationApprox. 2.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This is a unique opportunity to see the majestic White Tailed Sea Eagles at close quarters, while enjoying the spectacular natural surroundings. You will see this magnificent bird of prey, the second largest in Europe, in its own unequalled and majestic natural environment. Bodø can rightly be called the capital of the White Tailed Sea Eagle - scientists have confirmed that the Bodø/Salten region has the largest colony of them in the world.

A short walk along the quayside will take you to your awaiting Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB boat). You will be briefed about the experience ahead, as well as being given safety instructions. There will be a number of stops along the way, with the guide explaining your surroundings and pointing out eagles.

Your exciting ride through this wilderness takes you past the world’s largest cod farms, although there are no fish in the farms this year, and you will be able to see parts of the Caledonian Fold geological formation – a mountain which is more than 400 million years old. At Saltstraumen the skipper will point out the 3rd oldest Stone Age settlement found in Europe. Our journey is exciting and certainly memorable - you keep up speed, but the skipper will adapt it to the climatic conditions. The crews have many years of experience and are excellent navigators and tour guides.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is suitable for people who are physically fit and able to hold on tight, as it involves traversing waves; regrettably it is not considered suitable for guests with back problems. You will have approximately two hours on the water. Minimum age for participation is 10 years old – children must be accompanied by an adult. Floatation suits and life jackets will be provided. Come dressed in warm, practical clothing and shoes – goggles, hat and gloves will be provided. An insurance waiver must be signed before participation. There will be an approximate 10 minute walk to the RIB and back to your ship after the boat ride. Please note that the tour is subject to cancellation in bad weather.


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STONE AGE SETTLEMENT & SALTSTRAUMEN

  • Step back in time as you enter a turf hut, typical of the Stone Age
  • Experience a ‘Taste of the Stone Age’
  • View the amazing maelstrom at Saltstraumen
Price£100.00 - £120.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Take the chance to visit a recreated Stone Age settlement close to Bodø, and also see Saltstraumen - the strongest maelstrom, whirlpool, in the world.

After an approximate 40 minute drive, you will reach Saltstraumen. The whole area is very rich in archaeological remains. Traces of 10,000 year old human habitations have been found here. From the coach park there is a path leading down to the maelstrom in order to get a better view and take photographs. If the visit coincides with the tide at its highest you can really marvel at the forces of nature. Every six hours, 400 million cubic metres of water at speeds of up to 20 knots rush through the 150 metre wide and 3 kilometre long sound connecting the Saltenfjord and the Skjerstadfjord. The powerful whirlpools can be up 10 metres in diameter and 4 to 5 metres deep.

A short drive then takes you to the Stone Age settlement where the ancient local history of life in Saltstraumen comes to life. The earliest settlements of this area are over 10.000 years old and rank as one of Norway’s oldest proofs of the hunter gatherer lifestyle after the last Ice Age. This area is a living and stirring story - modern man can meet the ancient past in a way that awakens the senses.

Entering a Stone Age turf hut, you sense the authentic atmosphere of the open fire, candles and the smell of natural materials that our forefathers lived with after the last Ice Age. The hosts will demonstrate and tell stories of Stone Age life around Saltstraumen while sharing an exclusive and authentic Stone Age meal with you. The diet of the Stone Age man consisted of berries, herbs, mushrooms, root vegetables, fish and wild game.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is a moderate amount of walking on this tour – the terrain at the Stone Age site is mostly flat and would be suitable for wheelchairs but the path leading down to the maelstrom is steep with an even gravelled surface. To get the most from the tour the walk down to the river is required. Warm clothing and shoes or boots are essential. Please note that smoke from the fire can be expected. The tasters are subject to seasonal availability and a drink is not included – please advise of any special dietary requirements when booking. The tour may operate in a different order to that described.


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WALKING TOUR OF BODO

  • Gain an insight into the history of Bodø
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Join your guide for a walking tour of the city, and hear about how it has developed over the past 200 years.

On the surface, Bodø appears to be a young town with little history, but in reality it has a rich past. The town was founded in 1816, and this walking tour will tell you the story. Around 1,000 years ago, a large hoard of silver was hidden in a rocky slope not far from the centre of town. The treasure was discovered in 1919 and contained the largest ring brooch known from the Viking Age. Before the Second World War, Bodø was a busy little coastal town, with canneries, shops, offices and everything that you would expect to find - the town boundary was just two streets behind the museum. The town had to be rebuilt after a Luftwaffe bombing raid in 1940, and has continued to grow.

Fish has always been an important industry to the area, and your tour will include a visit to the Salmon Centre; along with refreshments at a local coffee shop.

At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to spend time exploring the town at leisure, or to return to the ship with your guide.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There will be a moderate amount of walking (approximately one hour in total) over level terrain. Please bear in mind that the route may be snowy or icy – warm winter clothing and sturdy walking shoes or boots are essential. If you choose to spend time at leisure at the end of the tour, it is your responsibility to return to ship in time for sailing.


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