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Alesund to Bodo Advice


Last September my daughter and I spent 10 days in Norway that included renting a car in Alesund and visiting the farm (Leira near Bjorke) where my grandfather was born. We basically did a loop driving E39 to 60 to Hellesylt, caught the ferry to Geiranger and from Geiranger drove 63 to Trollstigen and then back to Alesund. It was wonderful. I will be returning with my husband and cousins this September so we can connect with our Norwegian relatives who live near Alesund and then do the same loop. We need to bring my cousins back to Alesund so they can fly out to the States. However my husband and I are thinking about continuing north to Bodo. Any advice or suggestions? We love to walk and explore. We are thinking of driving - maybe a loop through Norway and back through Sweden to Alesund? We know there is a train (watched the movie of the train ride when it was on Netflix) from Trondheim to Bodo We are open to train or car. Very interested in scenery and villages.

This leg of our trip will be late September (21st - 28th). Do we need to worry about the road if we drive?


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I have not been as far as Bodø. It have been to Trondheim and loved it. If you don't care to drive the Trollstig road again, you could go from Alesund to Vestnes and take the ferry to Mølde, then continue east via Sunndalsøra to Oppdal and up to Trondheim. The village of Sunndalsøra is in a valley flanked on both sides by high plateaus with nice hiking ( and huts). One side is a national park but I would have to look up the name---maybe Dovrefjell.

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If you go to the trouble to get to Bodo you should go to the Lofoten Islands!! Scenery is unbelieveable! Just stunning! You can take a ferry from Bodo to Reines or Svolvaer or fly in from other parts of Norway. (Check SAS or Wideroe) There are lots of great hikes, beaches, mountains. Check out for great ebooks about the Lofoten Islands. We stayed 3 days in Svolvaer last August as part of a 2.5 week Norway trip and it was fantastic. Our trip also included the area you mention, Alesund and the loop through Hellesylt, Geiranger, and Trollstigen ... all wonderful. (did not get to Trondheim or Tromso ... next time!) Might be a lot colder in late September .. not sure about snow. We had a couple of nice sunny days with highs in the high 50's in mid-August, sunset after 10pm, sunrise at 3:30am! Sunset takes forever and it's so gorgeous!