Silversea Luxury Cruises To Bodø

Bodø

Whether you are looking for a classical concert on a mountaintop, rock music in the park, jazz at a café or opera in a pub there is no denying that Bodø is a melting pot, where art and culture are mixed together in a dynamic cocktail against a backdrop of staggeringly jagged beautiful peaks, dark waters and infinite skies. View more

Situated above the Article Circle and known to enjoy spectacular Northern Lights sightings in the chilly winter and 24-hour daylight in the pleasant summer, Bodø is as close to the wilderness as one gets in Norway. The city, with its red sand beaches and emerald green waters, has been described as “one of the best places on earth” by savvy, seasoned travellers, due not only to its stunning scenery and legends of Viking lore, but also to the incredible hospitality of the locals. This is a place where people are invited to ask questions and if they do, receive answers of intricate detail in exceptional English.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in Bodø

Svartisen Glacier and Fjords

Experience the breath-taking natural beauty of Norway's Svartisen Glacier and fjords during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Saltfjord, Holandsvika, Ferry-Ride across the Holandsfjord

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Holandsvika. En route, go around the Saltfjord and over Knaplundsøya to the mainland. Upon arrival at Holandsvika, embark a small ferry boat for the short ride across the Holandsfjord. After disembarking on the other side, board a small local bus to get closer to the Svartisen Glacier.


Svartisen Glacier and Engenbreen Glacier

Svartisen is translated as 'the black ice'. It refers to the deep blue colour of the ice, and the contrast between it, the white snow and newer ice on the plateau. At approximately 143 square miles (about 370 square kilometres), the massive Svartisen it is Norway's second-largest glacier. At the same time, it is the lowest glacier in mainland Europe, with the lowest point approximately 65.6 feet (about 20 meters) above sea level. Svartisen's highest point is approximately 5,131 feet (about 1,564 meters) above sea level, and the part known as the Engenbreen Glacier is incredibly thick, at approximately 1,476 feet (about 450 metres) in width, with 60 glacier tongues.


Brestua Glacier-Viewing and Lunch

Depending on road conditions, your viewpoint stop is either made at Brestua (Glacier Lodge) or closer to the Svartisen Glacier. Next, proceed for a buffet-style lunch at Brestua, which is located on the side of the fjord and offers stunning views of your surrounds. After lunch, re-board the local bus for the return drive to the ferry and a short ride back across the Holandsfjord. After disembarking, board your coach and commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and bus, and embark/disembark the ferry. Walking at the Brestua Viewpoint is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with a fear of tunnels, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Infants and small children are not permitted on this tour. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe and non-slip walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Nature Hike on Mount Keiservarden

Experience the breath-taking summit of Mt. Keiservarden in an exhilarating new way during this panoramic, half-day hiking excursion.


Bodø, Veten and Keiservarden Mountains

Depart the pier for the short drive in direction of Mount Keiservarden, the summit of Mount Veten and a favourite among Bodø hikers. Upon arrival at the Rønvikfjellet Viewpoint, begin your guided hike along a natural path to Mount Keiservaden. The path is fairly easy, and the hike takes approximately one hour in each direction. Your route follows the natural contours of the landscape, with rocks, creeks, bogs and more.


Mount Keiservarden Summit and Rønvikfjellet Viewpoint

Located approximately 1,200 feet (about 366 metres) above sea level, Keiservaden rewards visitors with a truly amazing, 360-degree panorama over the ocean, city and mountain peaks. On really clear days, you can even see Lofoten far away in the distance. Mount Keiservarden is named after the German Emperor Wilhelm, who hiked to the summit during a visit in 1899. In addition, annual concerts are held here during the summer months. Following your visit to Mount Keiservarden, begin the return hike back to the Rønvikfjellet Viewpoint, then re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves hiking for approximately 3 kilometres, at times over natural, uneven and unpaved surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with heart problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with a good pair of hiking shoes or cross-trainers, and bring sun protection, a water bottle and weatherproof jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.This tour operates in all weather conditions.

Saltstraumen by Land and Sea

Witness the realm of the European sea eagle and fury of the world's strongest tidal currents by land and sea during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion to Saltstraumen.


Bodø, RIB Boat-Ride and Sea Eagle Scouting

Depart the pier for the short drive to the rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) hut. Upon arrival, receive your gloves, hat, floating suit and safety briefing, then embark your RIB boat and visit the realm of the European sea eagle. The Bodø region has the largest colony of sea eagles in the world. Scout and observe this magnificent bird of prey in its own unequalled and majestic natural environment. In addition to exploring the close quarters of the sea eagle, take in spectacular panoramic vistas of the natural beauty that surrounds you, and learn about its geology and history during photo and geology stops.


Saltstraumen

Next, your RIB boat-ride continues on to Saltstraumen, a small strait which has one of the strongest tidal currents in the world. Up to 1.4-bilion cubic feet (about 400-million cubic metres) of seawater forces its way through an approximately 1.9-mile-long (about three-kilometre-long) and 490-foot-wide (about 150-metre-wide) strait every six hours, with water speeds reaching 25 mph (about 41 kilometres/hour). Vortices known as whirlpools, or maelstroms, up to approximately 33 feet (about ten metres) in diameter and 16 feet (about five metres) in depth are formed when the current is at its strongest. Saltstraumen has existed for up to 3,000 years.


Tidal Current, Whirlpools, Rønviksfjellet Viewpoint and Bodø

During a photo stop at Saltstraumen, observe the incredibly powerful tidal current and massive, swirling whirlpools created by it. The current also brings with it enormous amounts of krill, which attract an abundance of seabirds and fish, making it a popular spot for fishing and fishing competitions. Afterward, board the coach and proceed to the Rønviksfjellet Viewpoint, which offers stunning views overlooking Bodø. Following a photo stop here, commence the drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 218 yards (about 200 metres), at times over gravel and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the RIB boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with a fear of tunnels, guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe and waterproof walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Depending on the time in port, guests may not arrive at Saltstraumen at the peak tidal current time. Guests must be at least six years old to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, animal sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Guests with neck or back problems or pregnant woman should inform us in advance and when boarding the RIB, so that the RIB driver takes this into account.

Kjerringøy Trading Post with Lunch

Journey through the history of Norway by land and sea during this picturesque, full-day excursion with lunch at the Kjerringøy Trading Post Museum.


Bodø City, Festvåg and Misten Ferry

Depart the pier for the approximately 50-minute drive north to Festvåg, with a short sightseeing drive through Bodø City en route. Upon arrival in Festvåg, embark a ferry for the short ride to Misten, a lovely coastal alpine landscape sheltered from the open sea by a garland of small islands. Upon arrival in Misten, transfer to the Kjerringøy Trading Post Museum.


Kjerringøy Trading Post

The Kjerringøy Trading Post is a historical gem of 15 well-preserved original buildings in an idyllic setting. Originally established in the late-18th century, this trading post had its prime period towards the end of the 19th century. It was used by Kjerringøy merchants who bought fish in the Lofoten Islands and elsewhere in the country, dried or salted it, and sailed to Bergen to sell it. They returned with foodstuffs, equipment and other goods that they sold in their stores. Over time, they became the most affluent in their trade in Nordland County.


Historic Film, Guided Tour, Main House and Historic Buildings

During your guided tour of the Trading Post, learn about the Kjerringøy merchants and life on Kjerringøy through a film in the service building, which also features a café and gift shop. Continue with visits to the various buildings, including a tour of the Main House. Among the preserved buildings is the Country Store, situated on the white-sand beach. Here, you can still buy nostalgic boiled sweets.


Lunch, Misten Ferry, Festvåg and Raonvikfjell Viewpoint

After lunch at the café, transfer back to Misten, then embark the ferry for the ride back to Festvåg. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and head to the panoramic Raonvikfjell Viewpoint. Following your photo stop here, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven and unpaved surfaces, thresholds and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the ferry, and at the restrooms and museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe and non-slip walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.