Lødingen

Steamship Wharf and the History of The Coastal Express

Excursion

Price from $225

Difficulty level

Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people

Booking code

HRI-LOD4B,HRI-LOD10B

Duration

2 hours

Notes

Read practical information below

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  • See the quay and find out how Hurtigruten sailed in the old days.

  • Learn about coastal culture and different types of boats.

  • Taste brown and yellow goat cheese from a local producer.

  • Admire the photos and exhibition at Dampskips Wharf.

After a short walk from the ship, we’ll be warmly welcomed into one of Lødingen's oldest wharf warehouses. The original wooden walls, roof, and floor are 100% original, and look the same as when the building first opened in 1901. The owner has carefully preserved other old items from the wharf, now showcased within the building.

We begin our visit in the Warehouse Hall. Here, you can admire grand historical photos of former Hurtigruten, old steamships, and local fishing boats with captions in several languages. In the room sits an old Nordlands boat, fully rigged with sails, which was inspired by the iconic Viking ships of old.

Venturing to the second-floor gallery, you can peer through a hatch in the attic floor ceiling to discover a sizable hoisting wheel, measuring 2 meters in diameter, used to take on land goods.  

As part of your visit, you'll learn more about coastal boat traffic and also be introduced to a special song, highlighting the enduring connection locals have always had with the sea.  

The Norwegian Cultural Heritage Fund has supported the restoration of the building, which is considered a cultural monument, largely because of the history that can be linked to the site. Lødignen has always been a maritime traffic hub, and shipping of the vessels was done from this very building.

Before we return to the ship, you’ll have a chance to buy locally produced souvenirs, jewellery, clothes, and food, including goat cheese & goat skin from local farm and cheese factory “Den Sorte Gryte”, as well as some smoked fish.