No, as a lot tremendous native inside scoop as my whooping two months dwelling in Northern Norway have given me, I’m not referring to myself as an professional right here.
In case you’ve been following my most up-to-date journey via Northern Norway, you in all probability observed the little disclaimer on the prime of my final a number of weblog posts: this journey was sponsored by Go to Northern Norway. And also you’re nonetheless studying right here, so I assume meaning you don’t share within the outrage so many individuals have expressed recently in the direction of bloggers working with manufacturers on paid campaigns.
That is in all probability my cue to offer a spiel about how a lot work we put into our channels for free of charge to our readers and so forth. and so on., however the fact is, I get it.
I comply with a magnificence blogger on Instagram who has the most effective pores and skin, and final night time I spent a very good half hour combing by way of her archives looking for a weblog publish together with her favourite pores and skin merchandise that wasn’t sponsored. I needed to know what she truly makes use of and loves, not what somebody paid her to make use of and love.
Perhaps it’s totally different with journey blogs, as working with locations includes somewhat extra dedication than slathering a brand new cream on my face, however I can nonetheless think about some individuals lacking the times when journey bloggers visited locations that they had saved their pennies to see, not wherever they managed to attain a sponsored lodge keep.
And that’s why I used to be so excited to work with Northern Norway on this marketing campaign. That is already a area I do know and love (and now name house), so I used to be curious to see the place Northern Norway would need me to put in writing about. And actually all the locations I visited are locations I’ve beforehand or since visited independently, so it was enjoyable to see how the “specialists” recommended I spend my time there.
I spent six days touring up and down Nordland and I’ve to say, I used to be impressed with how a lot floor I managed to cowl in such a brief area of time. Mountain hikes, coastal walks, sea eagles, horseback driving, reindeer, whales, and Northern Lights – it seems you possibly can expertise a lot of Norway in only one week. And right here’s how you are able to do the identical:
Day 1: Bodø & Støtt
I flew into Bodø from Tromsø the night time earlier than, however you might additionally arrive within the morning or early afternoon of your official first day.
And the wonderful thing about utilizing Bodø as a place to begin in your Norway journey is that each the airport and practice station are proper within the metropolis middle. So you would both fly in and stroll straight into city or, my private choice, get the practice as much as Bodø.
The practice journey from Oslo is tremendous lengthy – as in about 17 hours with an hour cease in Trondheim – nevertheless it’s additionally an exquisite method to get to see Norway’s countryside. The final 4 hours earlier than arriving in Bodø are probably the most lovely, so attempt to be awake for that portion of the journey!
Like critically, the well-known practice journey from Oslo to Bergen has nothing on this practice experience on the subject of beautiful surroundings. Trondheim has extra worldwide flights than Bodø, so you might additionally take a look at flying into Trondheim and getting the practice up from there, because it’s the prettiest a part of the journey anyway.
Do attempt to make a while to discover Bodø earlier than getting the categorical boat within the night. The boat terminal has lockers if you have to retailer your baggage. You possibly can learn extra about issues to in Bodø right here, in addition to on this publish about my go to to Bodø final summer time.
After which within the night you’ll get the categorical boat to Støtt. The boat terminal is downtown, subsequent to the Scandic Havet. Once I did the journey my boat left at 16:15, however you’ll find the up to date boat schedule for Bodø (Sentrumsterminalen båt) to Støtthurtigbåtkai (Meløy) right here.
You possibly can reserve your ticket from Bodø on-line if you would like, after which once you arrive on the boat terminal go to the desk they usually’ll scan your ticket and offer you a boarding move (or you’ll be able to merely purchase your ticket there). On the best way again to Bodø you purchase your ticket on board.
The place to remain on Støtt
There’s just one place to remain at Støtt: Støtt Brygge. You possibly can keep in considered one of their genuine rorbuer (fisherman cabins), or in a room or small condominium within the previous bakery constructing. You possibly can verify all of the lodging choices and costs right here.
Day 2: Støtt (Meløy)
To be trustworthy, I might have beloved to have had an additional day on Støtt. So when you have time so as to add one other night time to your Norway itinerary, think about doing so right here.
Støtt itself is a small, quiet island, however there’s masses to do within the space. You possibly can speak to Støtt Brygge concerning the actions you’d love to do when reserving your lodging. I do know they provide arctic kayaking and anticipating the Northern Lights in a lavvu tent, however they’ll additionally organize different actions for you.
I went on a hike with Meløy Journey, one in every of Støtt Brygge’s companions, and that allowed me to see a bit extra of the Helgeland coast. You’ll be able to learn extra about issues to do in Støtt and the Meløy area right here.
Day three: Støtt to Lofoten
After breakfast and testing from Støtt Brygge, get the 10 am boat to Bodø, which arrives on the town at 11:30.
Then you’ll be able to retailer your baggage within the lockers on the boat terminal for those who like and spend a number of hours on the town, or you possibly can simply head straight to the airport. It’s a few ten minute stroll uphill (I did it with an enormous suitcase with no issues).
After which you’ll be able to catch the 5:20 pm flight from Bodø to Svolvær.
As soon as in Svolvær decide up a rental automotive on the airport. I rented mine by way of Avis, however you possibly can examine costs on RentalCars.com. Simply attempt to guide as far prematurely as potential, as charges often do go up.
After which drive about ten minutes down the street to Svinøya Rorbuer.
You’ll like it right here. I stayed in a fisherman cabin proper on the water and woke as much as probably the most superb mountain views.
The cabins have kitchens so you’ll be able to both decide one thing up at a grocery store for dinner, or see when you can have dinner at their restaurant, Børsen Spiseri.
After which at eight:30 pm meet up with Lofoten Aktiv for some critical aurora chasing! You’ll be able to ebook your tour right here.
First lodging on Lofoten
Tonight you’ll keep at Svinøya Rorbuer – you’ll be able to verify charges and availability right here.
Day four: Lofoten
At the moment goes to be packed, however a lot enjoyable.
You’ll begin off the day with a sea eagle safari into Trollfjorden for some superb views of Lofoten’s panorama, in addition to an opportunity to observe eagles. To be trustworthy I used to be most excited simply to get to take a ship into Trollfjord, however truly seeing the ocean eagles turned out to be a spotlight of all the week for me. You’ll be able to e-book the journey right here.
You will get a little bit of a preview on this video from my boat journey:
The safari lasts about two hours. You’ll be able to learn extra about my expertise chasing the Northern Lights with Lofoten Aktiv and on the RIB safari right here.
You then’ll drive to Hov on Gimsøy, which is called probably the greatest locations in Lofoten to see the Northern Lights. It’s a few 45 minute drive from Svolvær to Hov.
You’ll be able to have dinner right here (both purchase meals at a grocery store in Svolvær to prepare dinner in your cabin or eat at their restaurant), after which go horseback driving underneath the Northern Lights! You possibly can learn extra about my expertise with the horses right here.
You’ll spend the night time at Lofoten Hyperlinks Lodges, that are lovely cabins proper by the horse farm. Every cabin has huge home windows dealing with north so that you’ll be within the good place to observe for the Northern Lights. You possibly can e-book your lodging right here.
Day 5: Vesterålen
You’ve gotten a little bit of a drive at the moment, however it’s an exquisite one.
First you’ll drive about two and a half hours as much as Sortland to see the reindeer at Inga Sami Siida. You want to e-book this prematurely right here. Attempt to get there early so that you simply nonetheless have some daylight afterwards, because the drive as much as Andenes is basically lovely. Take the scenic route by way of Bleik.
You’ll be able to learn extra about my time on Vesterålen right here.
Lodging in Andenes
In Andenes I like to recommend staying on the Thon Lodge Andrikken, which you’ll be able to ebook right here.
Day 6: Vesterålen to Bodø
After breakfast drive down the street to Sea Safari Andenes, the place you’ll begin your whale watching tour! These do e-book up properly prematurely, so attempt to ebook your tour as quickly as attainable right here.
After which after your whale safari it’s time to drive again right down to Svolvær, return your rental automotive, and fly again to Bodø.
My flight was at 22:45, so I acquired dinner in Svolvær after which drove out alongside the coast to see my final glimpse of the Northern Lights for the journey.
Lodging in Bodø
The Thon Lodge Nordlys is one in every of my favourite inns in Norway, partly due to the views of Bodø’s harbor, however principally due to their epic breakfast buffet. You’ll be able to examine charges and availability right here.
Non-compulsory Addition: Senja & Dyrøy
So I truly mixed this journey with a visit farther north to satisfy up with my pals Catriona and Viv. We flew into Tromsø after which rented a automotive so we might spend two nights on Senja and two nights on Dyrøy. You possibly can see our Senja itinerary right here and our Dyrøy itinerary right here.
Including this onto your journey would improve your probabilities of seeing the Northern Lights, as extra time in Norway means extra probabilities of clear skies, plus you’d get to examine off one other Norway bucket record expertise: husky sledding! After which relying on the way you’re reserving your flights, you may fly residence instantly from Tromsø.
And right here’s a video I put collectively of all the journey!
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