Join Blue Clipper as we explore the Northern coast of Norway, beginning in the beautiful town of Bodo and finishing in Alesund. We finish our Arctic Odyssey with this rare opportunity to explore the Northern part of Norway, taking in the Norwegian mainland coast, passing many Viking strongholds and hundreds of miles of wilderness.
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.
Myriad of islands and small fjords
With 11 days to explore this intricate coastline, possible destinations range from major cities with long waterfronts and medieval streets like Trondheim, to tiny fishing villages and sparsely populated islands. There is plenty of true wilderness with spruce forests, lakes and waterfalls. The fjords might not cut so far into the interior as further South, but there are plenty of jaw dropping anchorages to discover.
Alesund for Art Deco Architecture
The town is tightly packed on a fish hook shaped peninsula. Alesund is far less touristy than Bergen, and has amazing art nouveau style architecture with buildings adorned with turrets, spires and gargoyles throughout the town. There is an international airport serving Alesund (airport is called Vigra and airport code is AES).
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
Ålesund Airport Vigra is the largest airport between Bergen and Trondheim. The airport is centrally located compared to some of the most important tourist attractions of Norway. The Art Nouveau Town of Ålesund, the Geirangerfjord, Trollstigen and the glacier Briksdalsbreen can easily be reached from Ålesund Airport Vigra!
Domestic air connections are good, with direct flights to Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. The distance Ålesund-Oslo is operated by both SAS and Norwegian. The last few years, the airport has also established new direct international flights. Currently, there are direct routes to London, Alicante, Copenhagen and Riga with good connections to and from other international destinations. SAS, Norwegian and air Baltic are the flight companies operating regular traffic to and from Ålesund Airport Vigra.
The airport has also got an extensive charter offer, mainly during the summer season but also during autumn, winter and spring. Flights to destinations around the Mediterranean Ocean make the largest part of the charter traffic.
The airport has good flight bus connections at all arrivals and departures. Flight bus to and from the centre of Ålesund, the traffic hub Moa and to the speed boat terminal at Valderøy.
From the airport, it is 18 kilometres to the centre of the Art Nouveau town Ålesund.
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