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A weekend getaway to Bardufoss

There are two daily departures with Scandinavian Airlines from Oslo, Norways capital, to Bardufoss in Northern Norway. Our hotel is located in the city center, only about 5 minutes from Bardufoss airport. It is hence pretty easy to get to Bardufoss Hotell, from almost anywhere. There are a number of highly recommended activities in our area late summer and fall. Here are some of our favorites:

Hiking Istind

We have some really amazing hiking opportunities in our area. If you visit Bardufoss late summer or early fall we recommend that you hike up our favorite mountain Istind. By late summer all of the snow has melted making it easier to make it up by foot. Read more about the hike here. 

If you prefer hiking or waking without significant increase, we also have some amazing valleys and a national park. Read more here

Salmon fishing in Målselva


Loving the thrill and peacefulness that comes with fishing? You should definitely try your luck in our very own Målselva. The river is one of the best rivers in Norway (and worldwide) for salmon fishing. You also get to enjouy some really beautiful nature while fishing. The waterfall, Målelvfossen, has been named Norways national waterfall (and Norway has many waterfalls). If you wish to see (but not touch) the salmon, you can find a window underwater close to the waterfall which will allow you to take a closer look at the salmon under water. Read more here

Dog sledding

Have you every tried to do dog sledding? This is definitely an experience that should be on everyones bucketlist . The Alaskan huskies pulling the sled usually take a break over summer when the temperature is a bit warmer than they have adapted to, but in the early fall one can usually book the activity and be able to feel the adrenaline while enjouing our beautiful views. Some doggy cuddling is also included of course. Read more here. 

Horseback riding on our very own horse breed 

In short distance from the hotel is the national center for the horse breed known in Norway as Nordlandshesten or Lynghesten. The breed was previously used by farmers in our area, but now it is a very popular breed for both kids and adults. If you have the courage to do some horseback riding we can promise you a beautiful experience with stunning views along the way. The trip is tailored to the riders age and experience levels, and is a great family activity. Read more here

Polar Park

Regardless if one travel with children or not, we recommend a trip to the worlds northernmost animal park. If you have time and feeling extra adventurous you can book a wolf visit and get up and close to the parks wolves. Maybe a kiss or two.  The park is also the home to Norway’s large predators such as bears and lynx as well as deer, moose, reindeer and muskox.

Please note: 

  • Bardufoss is about a two hour drive from both Narvik og Tromsø flyplass, and if you want to a longer trip (e.g. a roadtrip in Northern Norway) we are a great stop on the way. 

  • From September it is again dark enough up here that one can enjoy the magical northern lights

  • Bardufoss is only a 45 minute drive from the fairytale island Senja. Definitely worth a trip. Remember to bring your camera to capture the islands many many photogenic spots. 

  • Have a look at the rest of our website for more activities. 

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