Sunday, March 12, 2017

Starting Point for the True North

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Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen and the Børvasstindan mountain range. Surrounded by sea and fjord, the light in Bodø constantly shifts with the wind and weather. And then there’s the exotic fact that both the midnight sun and northern lights can be seen from here.

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 forrest 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.

Bodø Peace Cathedral 

Bodø Cathedral is a cathedral in the municipality of Bodø in Nordland county, Norway. It is located in the town of Bodø. The church is part of the Bodø parish in the Bodø deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.

Hurtigruten provided a shuttle bus to the town center. We arrived at the cathedral after a short walk through the snow-covered streets.   The white snow, blue sky, and puffy clouds made a gorgeous setting for exterior pictures of the cathedral. The church has a 36-metre (118 ft) tall independent clock tower that contains three bells. There is also a memorial to those who died from Bodø during the World War II.

Going inside, the colorful stained-glass windows were quite stunning.  We were glad that we'd decided to go exploring on our own.  Originally, we had planned to book an excursion, but decided this was one port where it wouldn't be necessary.
Additional photos can be found on our Norway Shutterfly page


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