Bodo Cruises, Norway
- Hop in a speedboat and head out to see the natural phenomenon of the world’s strongest whirlpool. It’s known as Salstraumen, and in this 150-metre-wide passage the sea travels at a white-knuckle 40 kilometres per hour.
- Splash the cash in Glasshuset, a glass-roofed pedestrian shopping area in the city centre. It’s a great place to hunt for souvenirs or give your wardrobe a Nordic twist. Or there’s City Nord, the largest shopping centre in the region, just a five-minute drive away.
- Visit the Bodo Cathedral. The original building was destroyed during the Second World War, and so in 1946, a competition was held to decide who would design its replacement. A decade later, the huge new cathedral was unveiled, featuring a staggering 12-metre-high stained-glass window.
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If you fancy visiting Saltstraumen and exploring under your own steam, this trip is for you. You’ll make the 40-minute journey by bus and, when you arrive, you’ll have an hour and a half to look around. You could pop into the Saltstraumen Visitor Centre and learn about the famous vortex created by the world’s strongest tidal current, or take a boat trip so you can get out on the water and see the phenomena up close. After, kick back with a coffee in a café by the waterfront, before taking the bus back to the port.
This excursion tells you everything you need to know about the world’s most powerful tidal current – Saltstraumen. Four times a day, 368 billion litres of water force their way through a 150-metre-wide strait. This is due to the extreme differences between high and low tide in this area of Norway. When the current is at its strongest, it can reach speeds of around 15 knots, which translates to over 27 kilometres per hour. You’ll be kitted out with a thermal floatation suit and a life jacket, before taking a high-speed RIB boat across the water from Bodo to the Saltstraumen Visitor Centre. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture pictures of the vortex created by the current. It’s known in meteorological terms as a maelstrom and has been written about by literary greats like Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville and Jules Verne. While you’re out on the water, see if you can spot sea eagles crossing the sky over to the Caledonian Fold Belt – a range of mountains dating back over 250 million years. The journey back to the port is by bus, and you’ll take a panoramic sightseeing tour of Bodo en route.
If you’re looking to tick off a few of the region’s best sights in a single trip, look no further. This one starts off with a coach ride to Saltstraumen, where you can take pictures of a fast-moving whirlpool created by the world’s strongest tidal current. If the timing is right, you can walk down to the water’s edge to see the phenomena up close. Next up, you’ll pay a visit to a boat-building factory. Here, you can learn how traditional vessels were made so locals could get around on the fjords. After a couple of hours touring, you can take a well-earned lunch break in Saltdal, before visiting the Blood Road Museum. This place tells the story of the lives of the prisoners of war under the German regime between 1942 and 1945, when they were sent north from Eastern Europe to build roads and railways. From the museum, you’ll move on to the train station in Rognan. Board the train and you’ll have picture-perfect views all the way back to Bodo, especially as you pass the Skjerstad fjord.