Road trip along the Cultural Route: Bodø - Saltdal - Beiarn - Misvær
Duration: 1 – 3 days
Season: Summer and autumn
Transport: By car
Distance: approx. 300 km (if you stop at all the places)
Go on a round trip in Central Salten and experience the inland summer in Saltdal and Beiarn. Swim under icy waterfalls, try river fishing, explore caves, conquer high mountains and hike in the lush and diverse national parks. Drive Kulturveien (The Cultural Route) back to Bodø and visit small places oozing with rural culture and charm. This route offers a treasure trove of cultural heritage, nature-based experiences and local delicacies.
(You will find a route map at the bottom of the page.)
Where do I travel and where do I stop?
Downtown Bodø is a natural starting point for various experiences and excursions in Salten and other parts of Nordland. The city is a transport hub for aircraft, trains, express boats, ferries, Hurtigruten, buses and cars. Bodø is characterised by a vibrant cultural life, restaurants, cafés, shopping, pubs, bars and sky bars, combined with magnificent nature-based experiences in the immediate vicinity.
If you are driving highway E6, you can also experience parts of this trip along the way.
Follow the E6 and turn off at the signpost leading to “Botn Krigskirkegård” (war cemetery). Drive on for about 3 km until the road ends. Park at the head of Botnvatn lake, near the suspension bridge. It’s a 30-minute walk from here to the majestic Ingeborgfossen waterfalls. This is a wonderful and easy walk – and we guarantee you will get a good holiday photo!
Rognan is the municipal administrative centre in Saltdal. It’s a natural place to stop along the route, with shops, cafés and places to stay. Right in the centre of Rognan, you will find the century-old pier where you can experience one of the last authentic building environments in Norway. If you are lucky, you may meet boat builder Kai Linde, who builds charming Nordland boats.
THE BIKE PATH IN SALTDAL
Experience the Salten nature from your bike
A bike path has been developed throughout Saltdal municipality – right from Storjord to Rognan or vice versa. The stretch between Storjord and Nordnes follows an idyllic nature trail through a forest and beautiful nature. Children love the natural swimming pool beside the path. You will also find benches and a rustic shelter on this route. The stretch from Nordnes to Rognan combines a purpose-built path and parts of the “old road” through Saltdal farmyard and along the banks of the Saltdal river. The path is well marked and signposted.
Don’t turn off towards Beiarn immediately. Drive a bit further into Saltdal and taste Møsbrømlefsa before continuing your road trip. You will love this simple Salten treat! It’s more than just lefse (a traditional, soft, sweet Norwegian treat) – it symbolises a sense of belonging and identity for an authentic local of Salten, known as a “Saltenværing”.
You can buy some at Nordnes Kro og Camping, a restaurant and camping ground, which doubles as the tourist information office in Saltdal.
NORDLAND NATIONAL PARK CENTRE & ADDE ZETTERQUIST ART GALLERY
If you drive (or bike) all the way in to Storjord, you can visit the Nordland National Park Centre – a visitor centre for the nine national parks in Nordland County. You will find an activity yard and nature guidance. Experience art and nature exhibitions in beautiful architecture and picturesque surroundings. The building also houses an art gallery devoted to the paintings by Per Adde and Kajsa Zetterquist.
The climbing area near the Nordland National Park Centre is popular with children. The centre is an ideal starting point for various walks and hikes in the area.
THE SALTDAL RIVER
"The Queen of the North"
The Saltdal river is renowned for good salmon fishing and is a perfect place for fly fishing. One of the best fishing spots is at Storjord, where two rivers, the Junkerdalselva and Lønselva, merge and form the Saltdal river.
We would like to remind you about the importance of good fishing etiquette :)
You can buy fishing licences at Nordnes Kro og Camping.
Return a short distance on the E6 highway towards Rognan and then turn off onto route no. 812 (The Cultural Road). A little while later, you arrive at the farm café Ljøsenhammeren. Here you can stop for a meal or an ice cream, and greet Husky dogs and goats. Maybe you dare to go on a dog cart ride?
NB! Watch out for sheep in the road in summer;)
THE STAVE CHURCH AT STAVJORD
A side trip to Beiarn is a “must” before continuing to Misvær.
The first place to stop in Beiarn is at the stave church. Pensioner Magnus Stensland built his own miniature stave church (completed in 2008) with timber from his own forest and a postcard as a working drawing. More than 7,000 roofing shingles are among the impressive details.
HANDICRAFTS AT LAFTEHYTTA
More than 80 local producers supply high quality handicrafts made from wool, material, wood, glass and more. This is the place to find the truly authentic holiday gifts!
In Beiarn, you will find the other nationally renowned fishing river on this route! In terms of salmon per kilometre, this is Norway’s best salmon river – so you have a chance of catching a big fish! You can stand in lush natural surroundings with a resting heart rate but as soon as you get a bite you will get your maximum heart rate immediately!
Albmi Adventures will gladly take you on guided nature-based experiences in the wilderness. Keen to go skiing in the Midnight Sun, hiking in the national parks, caving or climbing on the highest mountain peaks?
Stop at Arctic Cabins for some outdoor adventures. Get an introduction to bow and arrow, and try rappelling down the mountain side! We promise lots of fun for both kids and adults!
Make room for an overnight stay here as well, in one of their cozy cabins. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and dinner.
The Cultural Road
While driving through Misvær, you will discover many exciting hiking adventures and cultural monuments that can be worth a stop. There is also a camping ground in Misvær if you need to stay overnight.
One stop you simply “must” make along the Cultural Route is at the Herb garden at Tofte. This beautiful and unique café serves delicious food based on locally sourced produce and herbs from their own garden.
SALTSTRAUMEN – THE WORLD´S STRONGEST TIDAL CURRENT
Your first stop is at Saltstraumen, just 33 km from downtown Bodø. This spectacular natural phenomenon thrills visitors from near and far. Every sixth hour, 400 million m³ of water forces its way through a narrow strait at speeds of up to 20 knots, forming enormous whirlpools in the water. However – or consequently – Saltstraumen has a wonderful marine life with abundant stocks of various fish species, shellfish, crustaceans, sea anemones, coral reefs and much more.
Saltstraumen is like a natural fun park. You can go diving, snorkelling, fishing or RIB rafting in the powerful masses of water.
Visit when the current is at its strongest
Saltstraumen is at its strongest twice a day but, as these times vary from day to day, we recommend checking the Saltstraumen tide table and planning you trip accordingly.
If you want to spend longer at Saltstraumen, you will find a café, camping ground and hotel here. You can also visit the Magic Saltstraumen experience centre to learn more about this natural phenomenon, go on an historic guided walk with Saltstraumen Stories or visit Tuvsjyen, the site of some of Norway’s first Stone Age settlements.
Road trip along Kulturveien (The Cultural Route): Bodø – Saltdal - Beiarn - Misvær