Bodo cruises

Selected spring and summer Norwegian voyages feature the town of Bodo, situated on a peninsula along a stretch of coastline in the north of the country, just inside the Arctic Circle. It’s a setting where nature inevitably takes centre stage, with coastal pine forests and mountainous backdrops including the Ronvikfjellet Viewpoint, a short drive along the coastal roads. You can decide whether to take a fishing trip to the world’s strongest current at Saltstraumen, kayak under the midnight sun or even board a RIB to Geitvagen 6 miles to the north, which is home to the world’s densest population of white-tailed sea eagles.

Bodo’s Cultural Heritage

Home to some 50,000 residents, it is one of Norway’s fastest growing cities. It boasts a thriving arts community that includes crafts such as glass blowing, ceramics and jewellery making. The town also has a rising music scene that includes two major music festivals every August. 

Like so many parts of Norway, Bodo suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War. Its Cathedral was one of the casualties, and was totally rebuilt following the conflict when the city ran an architectural design competition. The result is a striking design both inside and out. The unusual exterior includes an impressive 118-foot bell tower, while attention inside is inevitably drawn to the 40-foot high stained glass window. Staying on the theme, the Bodin church is another on the sightseeing list, rebuilt on its original medieval site and with an eye-catching onion-domed tower.

Discover Bodo

A smattering of shops can be found around the city itself, so too a few interesting exhibitions, like those found at the aviation museum. You can glimpse back into the past in Kjaerringoy, probably the country’s best-preserved seaside trading post where you’ll find strong echoes of how life was for the fishermen and merchants who lived here in the late nineteenth century. It has fifteen buildings, many with contents still intact, including one where a medicine cabinet displays various remedies over a century old. Another day trip could lead you to the island and islets of the Vaeran archipelago that shelter the Bodo Peninsula, for yet more dramatic scenery and hiking opportunities.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Scenic Fjords and Glacier Svartisen

    Explore magnificent landscape and fjords, and capture photos of Norway’s second largest glacier.

    Scenic Fjords and Glacier Svartisen

    Bodø is your starting point for a majestic bus journey to Engen, taking in countless picturesque fjords along the way. Be sure to charge up your cameras as you’ll be snapping away at the magnificent landscape.

    The highlight of your tour will be a stop at a viewpoint overlooking Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier, which stretches over 370 square kilometres and has 60 glacial arms.

    As you experience the vista from a viewing point, you’re bound to be taken aback by its sheer beauty. Despite being known locally as ‘Black Ice Glacier’, it is not black at all, rather an iridescent blue that becomes darker as the snow compacts. It’s dramatic, jagged peaks will provide many opportunities to capture that perfect shot.

    After a buffet luncheon in Engen, you’ll re-board your bus for an equally beautiful sightseeing journey back to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes hours of walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    BOO_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Leisurely Bodø

    Enjoy a leisurely drive around the main sights of Bodø.

    Leisurely Bodø

    Embark on a leisurely drive via the bustling harbour area for a tour around the main sights of Bodø. In 1940, Germany launched a massive attack on Bodø and in 2½ hours most of it was reduced to rubble. The subsequent rebuilding changed the face of Bodø and you’ll be able to see examples of this as you travel around this lovely city.

    A stop will be made to photograph the unusual structure of Bodø Domkirke, before continuing past the modern City Hall and the quaint Bodin Church. Leaving the city, you’ll head out along the pretty coastal road to the Rønvikfjellet Viewpoint. At the viewpoint, located 540 feet above sea level, admire the superb view of the city below whilst you breathe in the fresh mountain air.

    On the return journey to the ship, sit back and relax as you view the moving scenery of jagged mountains, small islands and alpine forests.


    This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach, with a few stops for photographs. Guests must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach.

    Tour code

    BOO_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Kjerringøy Trading Post

    Explore the unique, preserved 19th century buildings of the Kjerringøy Trading Post, set in beautiful countryside surroundings.

    Kjerringøy Trading Post

    Embark on a scenic journey along the coast road to Festvåg, where you’ll board a ferry for a picturesque ride to Misten, from where a short journey by coach will bring you to Kjerringøy.

    Kjerringøy Trading Post is a unique example of coastal heritage set in magnificent scenery. It consists of 15 old buildings retaining many of their original contents and is one of the country’s most important collections of buildings from the 19th century. This was once the domain of the Zahl family, merchant suppliers of everything from manufactured goods and clothes to the fishermen of Lofoten.

    On arrival, watch a film that illustrates how life was on Kjerringøy for the merchants, fishermen and smallholders. You’ll then be invited to take an interesting guided walk of the Trading Post Museum and the Zahl family house. Step back in time as you admire the merchant’s house with its Italianate busts, embroidered curtains and well-stocked medicine cabinet which still contains many unusual Victorian remedies. After your walk, there will be time to visit the museum shop, explore the various preserved buildings or wander to the country store where you can still buy nostalgic boiled sweets.

    On the way back to the port enjoy a short sightseeing drive around Bodø.


    This excursion will operate by coach, ferry and on foot. There is some uneven terrain outside and a few steps inside the buildings. Please carry local currency for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    BOO_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Hike to Keiservarden

    Experience the breath-taking summit of Mount Keiservarden on an exhilarating hiking tour.

    Hike to Keiservarden

    Pack your sense of adventure, along with your walking boots, and let the experts take you on a hiking exploration to Keiservarden, located on top of Veten Hill.

    You’ll board your bus in Bodø and be whisked to Rønvikfjellet Viewpoint, from where your relatively easy hike commences. The plateau lies 366 metres above sea level and is named after German Emperor Wilhelm II, who supposedly climbed the mountain on one of his many visits to Norway. A plaque in his honour is mounted here on a varden (pile of stones).

    At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning 360 degree panorama. Take in the majestic scenery before hiking back down to Rønvikfjellet where your bus awaits to take you back to the pier.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of extensive walking on this tour over uneven and steep terrain, which can be slippery when wet. Participants must be in good physical condition and suitable footwear should be worn. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. A bottle of water and chocolate are included in the price of the tour.

    Tour code

    BOO_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • The Saltstraumen Maelstrom

    Absorb the main sights of Bodo and its surrounding countryside before visiting Saltstraumen to witness its powerful maelstrom.

    The Saltstraumen Maelstrom

    Your journey begins with a brief drive around the sights of Bodø before taking a scenic drive through the picturesque landscape and across the attractive cantilever Saltstraumen Bridge. A short walk will bring you to the water’s edge to view the amazing power of the tide and hear the roar of the water as it is forced into swirls of differing sizes and patterns.

    Saltstraumen is a sound with one of the world’s strongest tidal current. The narrow channel connects the Saltfjord with the larger Skjerstadfjord. Up to 400 million tonnes of seawater forces its way through a 1.8 mile long and 0.9 mile wide strait every six hours, with water speeds reaching about 25 miles per hour. Vortices known as whirlpools or maelstroms up to 32 feet in diameter and 16 feet in depth are formed when the current is at its strongest.

    A fascinating opportunity to witness a natural phenomenon!


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is a walk of 300 yards over uneven ground to see the tidal current. Guests must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach.

    Tour code

    BOO_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Aviation Museum and Saltstraumen Maelstrom

    Explore the importance of the air and sea to Bodø with visits to The Norwegian Aviation Museum and the Saltstraumen Maelstrom Visitor Centre.

    Aviation Museum and Saltstraumen Maelstrom

    When in Bodø, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit two of the town’s most important attractions. Not only is it home to one of the world's strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen, it also has Scandinavia’s largest and most modern exhibition of civil and military aircraft.

    Take flight around The Norwegian Aviation Museum which brings to life the story of Norwegian aviation history in a building shaped like a giant propeller. Covering an area of 10,000 m2, it exhibits a collection of over 40 civilian and military aircraft including famous and infamous military aircraft like the Supermarine Spitfire, Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, Junkers Ju 88 and Lockheed U-2 spy plane, as well as workhorses like the Junkers Ju 52/3m, De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter or the Fokker F28 Fellowship. How about stepping inside the control tower for a wonderful view over the town and the airfield?

    From the air to the sea, you’ll also go to the Saltstraumen Maelstrom Visitor Centre where you’ll see a film showing you the might of the world’s strongest tidal current. Afterwards you’ll be taken to the water’s edge to see the tidal currant itself. Watch in awe as the world’s strongest tidal current powers through a narrow opening creating magical whirlpools; it’s a world wonder!


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    BOO_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Eagle Safari by Rib

    Combine the excitement of a thrilling RIB ride with beautiful scenery as you seek out the majestic White-tailed Sea-eagle.

    Eagle Safari by Rib

    Nordland County can boast of 35% of all the white-tailed sea-eagles in Norway and 20% of the world’s population. The white-tailed sea-eagle is closely related to the American bald eagle and hundreds of these majestic birds can be seen around Bodø. These are magnificent and powerful birds of prey with an impressive wing span of about eight foot. They have been a protected species in Norway since 1968.

    A short stroll will take you to the boat pier, where you’ll be greeted by your friendly captain. After an orientation and safety briefing, you’ll be kitted out in a flotation suit, gloves and protective glasses.

    On boarding your RIB, your captain will take you on an exhilarating ride along the dazzling fjord. Enjoy the surrounding landscape of steep cliffs, snow-capped peaks and cascading waterfalls as you whizz across the water to discover the natural environment of the eagle. Your knowledgeable captain will slow down at the best places to spot the eagles and you may also be able to see an array of other wildlife including otters, moose or orca.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by rigid inflatable boat. The RIB ride lasts approximately two hours. Floatation suits are provided and must be worn. Guests should wear warm clothing and flat footwear. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions which may be affected by the fast, bumpy ride. Pregnant woman and children under the age of ten are not permitted to participate. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

    Tour code

    BOO_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours