After reccying the Bodo ski touring area a couple of years ago, I was very keen to return and enjoy the potential of this scenic and quiet area of coastal Norway. In short, it fully lived up to expectations – being both very quiet (read – we met no one else on the hill all week!), with plenty of great ski touring and excellent scenery.
The trip didn’t start too auspiciously, with my bag disappearing in Oslo airport – however, thanks to the generosity of the local gear shop who lent me a pair of hire boots free of charge, we kept the ball rolling until my boots arrived with a good warm up tour, followed by a great day out on one of the nearby coastal islands enjoying superb summit views and good powder down through the woods.
Our hotel for the week was next to the Saltstraumen, the worlds’ strongest tidal maelstrom, which is quite a sight to behold – 4 times a day huge whirlpools swirl through the channel as the tide flows in and out. Great food and an excellent spa suite with large hot tub, sauna and steam room made it an ideal spot for post ski relaxation too.
The peaks and summits around Reipa were definitely our favourite area during the week – in part due to a handy dump of powder just before we arrived, but also the lovely scenery on this stunning part of the coastline. All in all, one of the best and quietest touring areas I’ve visited in Norway and definitely an ideal place to escape the crowds and enjoy some lovely scenic touring.