Svartisen Glacier

Enjoy a bus and boat ride to the visitor centre 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
  • Direction

    Northbound direction

  • Season


  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Min. passengers


  • Max. passengers


  • Booking code


  • From

    319 €

  • Please note

    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, passing gorgeous scenery on the way and learning more about the surrounding area. At Holandsvik, we’ll board a boat for a 10-minute ride across the fjord. 

You’ll now arrive at the Svartisen Tourist Center which has prime views of the nearby glacier. At approximately 370 square kilometres, Svartisen is Norway’s second largest glacier after the Jostedal Glacier.  

Despite being the lowest lying glacier on the European continent before the last Ice Age retreat, Svartisen has some 60 tongues of ice extending from its main body into the surrounding mountain landscape, which is home to several peaks over 1,500 metres high.  

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

A view of a snow covered mountain A view of a snow covered mountain
A body of water with a mountain in the background A body of water with a mountain in the background

Practical information

  • Disembarking port: Ørnes
  • Embarking port: Bodø
  • Available period: 4 Jun - 3 Sep 
  • Transportation: Bus/Boat
  • 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: