In 2021, Svart Glacier Hotel will be ready to welcome guests from near and far. But visitors have more to look forward to than just the hotel experience. Meløy municipality is home to some 6,000 people, one glacier, and hundreds of attractions and activities. Here are our favorites.
1. Glacier hikingThere is no better way to see the Svartisen glacier up close. Choose from different difficulty levels and explore the glacier with experienced guides from Meløy Adventure. Sunrise and midnight hikes are available on request.
2. Non-glacier hiking
If you prefer keeping your feet on solid ground, we recommend the hike to Helgelandsbukken. At 1,454 MASL, you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of mountains and fjords. On the way up, you can rest or even spend the night at Tåkeheimen, colloquially known as Norway’s least accessible hiking cabin.
3. Fykantrappa and Rallarbrakka
Built in 1919 to support the establishment of the local hydropower station, these wooden stairs cling to the side of the mountain for approximately 1.7 km. If you make it to the top, you can enjoy something to eat and drink at the Rallarbrakka, a small mountain restaurant set in historic interiors.
4. Experience the northern lights…
The Vikings believed the northern lights happened when light reflected off the Valkyries’ armor as they guided warriors toward the halls of Odin. Whether you buy into that or not, the lights are guaranteed to leave you in awe. The best time to see them is between late September and late March.
5. … or the midnight sun
While the northern lights are the big draw during winter, summertime comes with its own natural phenomenon: the midnight sun.
From the beginning of June to the middle of July, you can enjoy summer days that never turn to night. Prepare to have your internal clock thrown out of whack!
6. Kiss a moose
According to legend, kissing a moose will make you irresistible (or at least make your Insta story noteworthy). At the Svartisen moose farm, you can meet and befriend domesticated moose, but be prepared to pay for their friendship with treats.
7. Glomfjorden alpine center
The alpine center is perfect for downhill skiing or as a starting point for cross-country and off-piste exploring. In true Norwegian fashion, the alpine center is run on a completely voluntary basis by locals with a passion for skiing.
8. Experience the local history
The area around Svartisen has a lot to offer history buffs. During World War II, Norwegian and English soldiers blew up the local aluminum plant to prevent the Germans from gaining control over it. Guided tours are available!
Take in the views of Svartisen glacier from a unique angle as you glide through the water in a kayak.
10. Explore local culinary experiences
On the nearby islands, you can find a wealth of cozy restaurants. We recommend Støtt, which packs a big culinary punch into a small venue. The cozy interior of this repurposed old trading post will make you feel right at home as you enjoy world-class seafood dishes and local specialties.