with Elston and Jackie
July 17-20, 2010
Bodø is the second largest city in Northern Norway with a population of 46,000. It is located just north of the Arctic Circle.
Most of the city was destroyed during World War II, so the city itself is not that distinctive, and tourists mostly use it as a
way station to go to the Loeften Islands. However, since Bodo is on our way north to Tromsø and Svalbard, we decided to
stop here to see the beautiful countryside.
The strongest tidal current in the
world is Saltstraumen, some 19 miles
east of Bodø. Up to 400 million tons of
seawater forces its way through a 3 km
long and 150 m wide strait every six
hours, with water speeds reaching 20
knots. Whirlpools or maelstroms up to
10 meters in diameter and 5 meters in
depth are formed when the current is at
its strongest. The current is created
when the tide tries to fill the Skjerstad
fjord. The height difference between the
sea level and the fjord inside can be up
to 1 meter.
Left, the bridge going over the
narrowest point in the strait.
Incidentally, all of these pictures were
taken between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Looking across the Skjerstad fjord at close to midnight.
Kjerringøy is a well preserved old trading village on the coast 25 mi north of Bodø including a ferry ride. With its scenic
setting and authentic buildings, several movies have been shot at this little port.
The first day we arrived it was sunny. The next two days it rained which explains the difference in the pictures below.
A wedding was taking place on our first visit and among the
guests was this handsomely dressed dog in tux.
A big trading center
including the house on
the right was built in
Kjerringøy in the 1830s,
and we went back a
second time to take a
fascinating tour of this
19th century village.
To show their affluence,
this house was painted
white by the owners.
Barns and warehouses
(below) were painted red
as red paint was much
cheaper than white paint.
The countryside around Bodø is absolutely spectacular with waterfalls cascading everywhere.
Left, flying into Bodø.
Lots of wild flowers.
And we had a
Left, fox. Above and below, reindeer.
Below, left a Curlew and right an
There were lots of terns and gulls at the tidal
current fishing as well as human fishermen as the
tidal current creates a feasting area for fish.
The scene below was quite common as well, not
what one expects to see above the Arctic circle
And something else you probably would not expect to see in the small city of Bodø--a world class air museum.
Remember Francis Gary Powers and the U-2 that was shot down over the USSR? Francis Gary Powers began his flight in
Pakistan and flew directly over the USSR. He was supposed to land in Bodø. When he failed to show up, Ike said a weather
plane had "accidentally" flown over the USSR. We knew Khruschev was lying when he claimed it was a spy plane. Our
presidents only told us the truth.
Below, a U-2 hanging from the ceiling of the air museum in Bodø.
What has the weather been like here north of the Arctic circle? A bit warm. We have kept our hotel window open the whole
time we have been here. The first day we arrived, women were sunning themselves on the beach in bikinis and children were
playing in the salt water.