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Tromso (Norway) - Bodo (Norway)
14th August 2018 - 24th August 2018
After a full summer exploring Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitsbergen, three masted schooner Blue Clipper finishes her Arctic odyssey with an unusual opportunity to explore the Northern part of Norway. Starting from the majestic Lofoten Islands which stretch outwards from the mainland Blue Clipper will then hop down the Norwegian mainland coast past many a Viking stronghold and hundreds of miles of wilderness.
Lofoten, said to be one of the most magical places on earth.
The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches.
If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences Lofoten will definitely not let you down. Due to the area's diverse landscape, you can hiking, skiing, fishing, ocean rafting or scuba diving. Lofoten is also one of Norway's best sites for surfing, and one of the world's northernmost.
Lofoten has a strong connectin to the Viking Age, and at Lofotr Viking Museum you can experience the Viking Age as it really was. At Borg, archaeologists have discovered the largest Viking longhouse ever found from this era.
Due to the warm Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude. Between late May and mid July you can experienece the midnight sun, whilst the Northern lights can be viewed from September to mid April.
The rapidly changing weather and magnificent light conditions have inspired artists and drawn them to this area for several decades, which is evident in the many art galleries and photo exhibitions.
In Bodø, all sorts of activities are right on your doorstep. Enjoy your beer or a glass of Chablis outdoors on the quayside whilst sea eagles soar across the horizon. Stamp your feet to a hard-hitting rock concert in the city park, or go shopping in the city’s modern malls or small specialist shops. In the winter, you can experience the northern lights from the pier in the harbour, or even better, from Rønvikfjellet mountain just outside the city centre.
Bodø is situated on a peninsula in Northern Norway and offers a varied assortment of adventures. Here, you can go kayaking or golfing under the midnight sun, take a tour on a fast passenger boat through the impressive archipelago, or fish in the world’s strongest tidal current, Saltstraumen. At Kjærringøy, you can experience Norway’s best-preserved seaside trading post, which was a great inspiration for Hamsun’s novels, and enjoy the gentle island pace as well as beautiful beaches and jagged peaked mountains.
Bodø is home to around 50,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a lively urban scene. For those interested in arts and crafts, Bodø has a diverse community of local artists, glass blowers, potters, and jewellery makers.
The city also has a well developed music community, which has produced and continues to discover new talents on local, national and international stages. In the month of August, Bodø hosts two large music festivals, “Parkenfestivalen” and “Nordland Musikkfestuke”, both attracting thousands of people. Still, as Lonely Planet suggests, the city’s main charm lies in its backdrop of distant rugged peaks and vast skies. The Børvasstindan mountain range offers both hiking and climbing opportunities, and the Bodømarka forest is great for skiing in the wintertime and long walks in the summer season. Bodø also has the densest population of white-tailed sea eagles in the world, which is why the city is often referred to as the Sea eagle capital.
The Lofoten Islands dip their toe in the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle, but once between the high mountain spires you can enjoy sheltered waters and white sand beaches. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and great surfing beaches if you like cold water surfing in an unusual setting. If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will definitely not let you down.
In January 2017, Fstoppers.com, the major website for photography enthusiasts announced the Lofoten Islands as one of the best travel destinations for photographers.
Bodø Airport is located 2 kilometres from the city centre. The airport bus has many daily departures and covers the distance in about 5 minutes.
A flight from Oslo to Bodø takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. Flights to Bodo via Oslo are available with Norwegian and SAS.
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