An eager outdoor person, with a passion for local adventures, Bjørn is the leader of Salten Outdoor Council (Salten Friluftsråd), and is happy to arrange meetings in the great outdoors and to spend the night there when on business trips.
Island Summit Challenges. Climb peaks on islands, big or small, summer or winter, depending on your inclination and ability. Your reward will be the amazing views.
55 Wicked Walks (55 Forførende Friluftsmål). The cream of outdoor adventures in Salten, picked by locals. Further details available at TellTur.no.
Skating on one of the big lakes in Salten, in midwinter. The 47 km long circuit in Steigen which includes Straumfjordvatnet, Storvatnet and Forsanvatnet lakes, is quite unique.
Climate change at close quarters: The Engenbreen Glacier. Norway’s lowest-lying glacier is rapidly receding, providing a clear illustration of the changes that are taking place. If you haven’t realised it before, you’ll realise it there.
Foraging on the shore. Clean waters and a clean coast offer scope for culinary adventures where you gather the ingredients yourself. Choose among kelp, wrack, shellfish, crab and sea urchin, and cook them right where you find them. The natural surroundings are your dessert. Enjoy!
Summer skiing trips in the Svartisen Glacier in the light of the midnight sun.
Extremely easily accessible activities and adventures in a wonderful and varied landscape. Norway’s best known wilderness, Rago, is right by the E6 in Sørfold, while Hamarøy offers what is possibly Norway’s lowest-lying alpine peak, Hamarøyskaftet. And if you want to cycle through magnificent countryside along roads with very little traffic, or paddle along chalk-white beaches with a wealth of bird and animal life, there is plenty of scope in Rødøy, Meløy, Steigen and Hamarøy. When evening falls, you can find your own undisturbed little paradise, and if you’re lucky a moose or reindeer might even come swimming past.
Anita has been working in the cultural industry since the early 1990s and is very familiar with cultural life in the region. She has been in charge of the Træna Festival, worked with SALT Art & Music and is now working actively in the field of culture in addition to her position at the Hamsun Centre.
The Blue Frost Festival (Blåfrostfestivalen) takes pace in February at Slipen Scene in Rognan. A festival of popular music featuring both national and international artists.
If you love art and chaos, I recommend Dama Di in Bodø – a vintage pub with a wonderful back yard and a wine bar ”The Apartment” (Leiligheta). Dama Di also has its own stage for local and national artists. A different meeting place with lots of positive energy.
If you’re interested in literature, the Stormen Library has lots to offer. Not just books, but seminars, debates, concerts and festivals, including Det Vilde Ord, a literature festival that takes place in October.
The Knut Hamsun Festival, known locally as Hamsundagene, is Salten’s (and one of Norway’s) oldest festival of culture and literature, naturally enough with emphasis on Knut Hamsun’s life and works. It takes place in Hamarøy, in August every other year. In Hamarøy, you will also find the Hamsun Centre, a centre dedicated to the life and work of Knut Hamsun and featuring a literature exhibition and Café Sult. Once there, you can also pay a visit to Hamsun’s childhood home.
My favourite place is Korsnes, with its beautiful beaches and rocks along the shores of the unsurpassed Vestfjorden. It’s a rather secluded spot, but is easily accessible when driving north along the E6, you turn off just before you get to the ferry at Bognes. There are some very interesting and unique rock carvings at Korsnes, as of yet a rather under-communicated historical gem. There are also great conditions for bathing for those who dare to try the chilly waters of the Vestfjorden.
Salten has it all: magnificent scenery, deep forests, long trails, tall mountains, vibrant city life, the sea, fjords, glaciers, cloudberries and nice people. The northern lights and the midnight sun. And local inhabitants who will meet you with sincerity and positive energy. Salten is blessed with innovation and a bright future. There’s gourmet food, too, for those who like that, but there’s also plenty of scope for barbecuing sausages over an open fire in the woods.
Mathilde is an authentic North-Norwegian whirlwind, and an enthusiastic incomer to Salten. She moved here with her family to Valnesfjord, where they make carrot marmalade, run the grocer’s store called Han Sylte, and will soon be opening overnight accommodations. She is happy to share her favourite things from the Salten region with us.
Buy shrimps from boats at the quayside in Bodø and then go out onto the breakwater to eat them.
Lunch outdoors at Hanna’s herb garden in Tofte, Misvær, where, you can also try the rich traditional pastries known as møsbrømlefser.
Spend the night in one of Astrid og Jesper’s cabins at Manshausen in Steigen and have a meal at their restaurant.
A refreshing North-Norwegian dip in the sea and then sunbathing on the rocks at Nordvika.
Treasure hunting at one of the region’s many second-hand shops (Huset i Svingen in Fauske, Kaleido in Rognan and Fretex in Bodø.)
A day trip to Sjunkhatten National Park, with a rucksack on my back. Walk until my stomach is wet with sweat. Find a rock with a view, get my thermos out and take a break. In winter there are beautiful, prepared ski trails for those who like to go quickly or slowly, on long or short skiing trips.
Salten is an instant experience of Northern Norway, from fjord to mountain peak. It’s easy to get to Bodø Airport, and the short distances within the region (by North Norwegian standards) allow you to travel safely around. Both the urban and the rural are easily accessible, allowing you to find what your heart desires – we welcome you with good food and North Norwegian hospitality. Welcome to Salten!
Håvard is a traveller in the service of culture – a composer, musician, and writer. He works as regional musician for the County of Troms, and is familiar with tourism from both sides of the table, in addition to the restaurant and bar business. He is also the initiator of the Arctic Hideaway in Fleinvær.
Skjelstad Art and Culture Centre in Steigen, is a converted barn offering cultural events, good homely fare and dreamlike rooms at mother Lillian’s place, nothing better.
Myken B&B – a seasonally open, low threshold gem with creatively presented fun accommodations and very pleasant hosts.
Følvika Northern Retreat on Sandhornøy island, a very pleasant and homely concept, close to the finest beach in Salten.
Edvarda’s House, Tranøy. One not to miss, but make sure Waldemar is at work!
The northbound Hurtigrute liner from Trondheim. Get up at 6 a.m. any time of the year, go out on deck and immerse yourself in the stretch between the Arctic Circle and Bodø.
The Arctic Hideaway, Fleinvær, a small hamlet with 10 tiny, architect-drawn houses on an unspoilt archipelago west of Bodø. You are forced out relentlessly into the natural surroundings, something for which you will be very grateful.
The beaches in Gildeskål, including the shifting sands on the island of Nord-Fugløy.
Salten is a relatively underdeveloped area to travel in, but this can be turned into something positive. You will be travelling like the locals, avoiding specially adapted short cuts, sluices, tourist traps and other phenomena that occur in places where tourism has been developed. However, the places where developers welcome tourists, are great places to be. Moreover, you will be practically on your own in countryside where the mountains are twice as tall as those in Lofoten, but equally as jagged. Bear in mind also that sundown behind the Lofoten mountain wall can only be seen from here!