The Polar Lands expedition that began a week ago touring the main attractions what to see in Tromso leave this adventure from latitudes much further south but still beyond the Arctic Circle line (UPDATE 2017: He Polar Land Lofoten Islands program has optimized the part of Lofoten Islands and now enters and exits through Narvik / Harstad)
Bodo as point of entry / exit of Lofoten Islands
We usually get many emails asking for possibilities to combine a trip to the Norwegian fjords with Lofoten Islands In not too many days. We usually say that they are two complementary trips since Northern Norway, Lapland Norway, requires a trip in itself. However, beyond Tromso himself, Bodo represents a perfect hub as an entry / exit point from one of the most fascinating archipelagos in the world, the Lofoten Islands, which we will abandon today.IDEAS TO USE WEDDING AS ENTRY / DEPARTURE OF YOUR TRIP:
- If you are doing one route by car through the Norwegian fjords that reaches Trondheim, maybe you can consider the 10 hours that separate it by road from Bodo with some intermediate stop here to take the ferry to Moskenes (between A and Reine), ideal to continue climbing Lofoten and Vesteralen ending in Tromso
- If you prefer the more direct option, there are internal flights that communicate Bodo with Trondheim, Bergen and Tromso. And so you can avoid the ferry with which Widerøe operates to Harstad / Narvik, Leknes or Svolvaer
But what does Bodo offer the traveler? We woke up in theEliassen Rorbuer, one of those dream lodges with which we have all fantasized sometime, on the banks of a fjord and unreal places.
After a small breakfast we head to the port of Moskenes, with a brief stop at that scenic location that the E10 leaves in its path through Reine and that yesterday captivated us
Definitely, Reine is the prettiest town in Norway for us (and for many people). It is a desire to live or spend a good season lost in a red rorbuer isolated from the rest of the world surrounded by an idyllic environment, right?
Moskanes, between Reine and A (which is pronounced "o" and is the last town where the E10 arrives that has accompanied us throughout the Lofoten Islands car route), It is the port that provides a link with Bodo thanks to several almost new ferries that make the route Bodo - Værøy - Røst - Moskenes every day.
Ours leaves with Nordic punctuality at 7'00 (check more schedules)
The microclimate that accompanies Lofoten Islands throughout the year has been noticed in recent days (as we saw in) and does it again today at our farewell. See you soon?
It goes without saying that, like all the ferries we have enjoyed in Norway (also on the journey in car from Stavanger to Bergen), restaurant service, wifi, comfortable seats and space for both vehicles and people, are not missing in our 2 hour and 15 minute ride (although Google says 3h30, it is not like that)
It's around 10'15 when we begin to see a much larger population than we have enjoyed these days. Bodo, with its 50,000 inhabitants, represents a different Norway which is usually less visited by travelers but has had an important economic development thanks especially to its location between sea and inland
What to see in Bodo. Is it worth a stop?
From the moment you enter the Norwegian city of Bodo you realize that we leave the small charming villages of Lofoten Islands. The growth, first by herring fishing and later with transport, has made the port the nerve center without discussion.
The old fishermen's houses are now intermingled with fingers for fishing and sport boats, tall nearby buildings and shopping centers
What could be considered Bodo's tourist center revolves around Storgata, a street full of little shops, curious bars and restaurants where we dropped a couple of hours.
But ... do you have something to see? Bodo, in my opinion, does not give for more than half a day. Like many other Norwegian cities, it was razed during the Second World War by Nazi troops. What can you see and do in Bodo?
- Museums: Jump, with exhibitions on the culture of the region and the Sami culture,Kjerringøy, Norwegian Aviation Museum or Bodøgaard Gallery
- The Bodin church wave City Cathedral (Bodo Domkirke), curious at least for its unique bell tower
- HeKommune Bodo, an original church-shaped town hall
- Aaguapark with heated and covered pools for the little ones
- Remains before World War II as the old surviving customs house of the bombings of 1940 or Fort Nyholmen of 1810 to protect cereal stores
- Enjoy of midnight Sun in summer and the possibility of Aurora borealis in winter
- Divide one of the areas of the planet with largest population of white-tailed ospreys in the world. Bodo is considered the Capital of the Marine Eagles
- Attend a concert from rock in the city park ora great music festival called "Parkenfestivalen" (August)
Our accommodation, theScandic Bodo It has also been a success. Clean, modern and well located on one of the main streets overlooking an extraordinary creation of a famous local artist (not to be told)
But the most impressive thing to see in Bodo ... is not in Bodo! It is 33 km outside
The swirls of Saltstraumen, the strongest currents in the world
40 minutes by car, theSaltstraumen Strait separates the small islands of Straumen and Straumøya and lets enjoy one of the most impressive natural phenomena that can be seen affordably. In fact, it has comfortable trails that place you at water level prepared for tourism. Although before, we have something to fill. It is our last picnic with the group and we take advantage of the good day that returns to accompany us to park in the rest area enabled as parking and sit at one of the tables still empty
And what does that mean "the most powerful currents on the planet" and why do they occur? 2000-3000 years ago, Saltstraumen did not exist as such since all this was a glacier that was gradually losing its ice. It was at that moment that the ocean water could invade it and 400 million cubic meters of seawater they passed through the strait
This phenomenon would be normal (it has already happened in many other fjords) if it were not because we are in a strait of 3 km long and 150 meters wide what makes "funnel" for the water and causes unevenness between ocean and fjord that can reach 1 meter which causes that at high tide the current is barely noticeable and seems calm but at the time of full high tide and, especially, low tide, the most fearsome swell of the planet appears with strong currents and ... powerful swirls!
These speeds of almost 41 km / h are an extraordinary attraction for the more adventurous and daring who have activities in powerful motorboats to approach from the sea
If at water level it already impresses, at the moment that we climb the bridge and have reference to the mountains and the nearby population, the eddies impose much more. It seems that They can reach 10 meters in diameter and 5 meters deep.
As if all this were not enough, we are in one of the windiest areas in Norway. Can you imagine how this should be the days of greatest storm?An important tip if you want to see the swirls of Saltstraumen:
If you want to enjoy the phenomenon of whirlpools in full "show" you have to know that the entry and exit of water occurs 4 times a day (that is, every 6 hours) due to the tides. Find out in the following Saltstraumen tide table of the schedules when you go
He has to go back where we have come and take those last photos to the beautiful Norwegian places that never disappoint (although I still want to see a moose sometime in life)
We have taken advantage of the night to make a farewell dinner (NOK 396) of the Polar Lands group which, I must admit, has been extraordinary and makes me understand why many people always travel in this way. Beyond the adventures themselves there is a personal enriching aspect in these trips. Left behind Tromso, Vesteralen, Lofoten Islands and these wonderful swirls of the Saltstraumen Strait ... the strongest currents in the world!
Isaac, from Bodo (Norway)
EXPENSES OF THE DAY: NOK 396 (approx. 43 EUR)