Where is the Nordic Boutique Barn ?
It is in the Arctic Circle!
The Nordic Boutique Barn is in the small village of Skjelstad, in a beautiful area in North Norway in the county of Steigen. From here you can see the Lofoten Islands on the horizon.
How do i get there?
Take the train to Bodø, the nearest city and catch the boat to Steigen, Helnessund. You can walk from the train station to the port in less than 15 minutes. Or if you've got a lot to carry grab a cab or a bus.
You fly into Bodø Airport, it takes about 20 minutes to walk to the port. Or you can grab a 5 minutes cab or a 10 minutes bus.
Arriving at the port
Go into the terminal building and buy a ticket to Helnessund. The catamaran takes about an hour. Here we will pick you up. During busy times it is advisable to book in advance to secure a place. There is only one boat a day, so if you miss this one you have to overnight in Bodø unless you can drive to Steigen.
If you choose to drive from Bodø to Steigen you can hire a car in Bodø. Drive towards Tømmerneset in Hamarøy and follow the signs to Steigen, continue through the tunnel and in about one hour you arrive at the Nordic Boutique Barn at Skjelstad. The whole journey takes about 3-4 hours. You can also hire a car in Helnessund when you arrive, but there are only two cars. So please let us know so we can make sure there is one free for you.
What is the setting like?
This is an off the beaten track paradise!
It is the perfect alternative to the touristic Lofoten Islands.
We are located in a small community with 300 people. Here you are surrounded by pure wilderness. The Nordic Boutique Barn is on a peninsula with white sandy beaches, crystall clear water and high mountains. Brennvika Beach is just around the corner!
What about the wildlife?
Steigen has one of the highest populations of sea eagles in the world!
Its quite a special place, with moose, fox, a few reindeers left behind by the Sami herders and even lynx. For the sea its full of fish, seals and otters. From time to time we have harbor porpoise and theres has even been spotted killer whales!
What kind of outdoor activities can i do?
This area is perfect for Self-guided hikes
There are many hiking trails and some start right at the doorstep! You can hike through the forest and along the beach, you can continue towards a waterfall and climb up to the mountain plateau. If you feel like it: You can hike for days. Everybody can find something that is suitable for their level of fitness and comfort.
You can also bike, sail, fish, kayak, dive, climb and paraglide in this area.
In Norway we have a great rule called the "Right of way". It means that anyone can walk anywhere they want in the outdoors. It is based on everyones responsibility to leave nature as it was when you found it. That means no littering or removing anything that isn't yours. It is based on trust, love and most of all: Respect for mother nature.
BIKE & HIKE
Bike to stunning Brennvika Beach and start your hike to the top of the mountains !
Or explore the Steigen area and its wildlife by bike.
There are several archaeological sites to discover in the Steigen area. From the Bronze age , the Iron age and the Viking age.
What is the weather like?
Due to the gulfstream this area has a mild winter and a cool summer. May and june are the driest months. Strong winds occur in late autumn and winter.
The Midnight sun appears around end of may to the beginning of july.
And: Yes! This is a place where you can see the Northern lights. There is a good chance from early autumn to late winter.
You can experience the Midnight sun and see the Northern lights from here!
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