Svartisen Glacier

Enjoy a bus and boat ride to the visitor center for Norway’s second-largest glacier: Svartisen. Look out for sea eagles and pass the world’s strongest tidal current.

  • Enjoy a guided bus ride in picturesque surroundings.
  • Take a short boat trip across a fjord.
  • Visit the Svartisen Tourist Center.
  • Pass by the world’s most powerful tidal current, Saltstraumen.
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  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

  • Duration

    5 hours

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  • Max. passengers


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  • From

    $ 425

  • Notices

    We will not go all the way up to the glacier.

In Ørnes, we’ll board a bus for a guided tour to the small village of Holandsvik. Along the way, we’ll pass gorgeous scenery and learn more about the surrounding area. At Holandsvik, we’ll board a boat for a 10-minute ride across the fjord.

Then, you’ll arrive at the Svartisen Tourist Center, which has excellent views of the nearby glacier. At approximately 143 square miles, Svartisen is Norway’s second-largest glacier, after Jostedal.

Despite being the lowest-lying glacier on the European continent before the retreat of the last Ice Age, Svartisen has some 60 tongues of ice extending from its main body into the surrounding mountain landscape, which is home to several peaks over 4,900 feet high.

At the Tourist Center, you can also enjoy a warm drink and a buffet of delicious cakes. Afterward, continue your journey along the coast of Helgeland back to Bodø. On the way, you’ll pass Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest tidal current.

Practical information

  • Disembarking port: Ørnes
  • Embarking Port: Bodø
  • Available period: June 4–September 3
  • Transportation: Boat/Bus
  • Meals: Coffee/tea and griddle cake
  • Clothes: Comfortable shoes, warm and windproof clothing
  • The tour is not suitable for persons with limited mobility

Excursion can also be combined with:

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