Tips from the locals: Bjørn Godal

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.

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1. What is your best insider tips for activities?

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

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!

2. What’s your favourite thing about Salten?

Summer skiing trips in the Svartisen Glacier in the light of the midnight sun.

3. Why should people visit Salten?

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.