Gravdal, Norway Cruise Port
While cruising north of the Arctic Circle, the port of Gravdal, Norway, is perfect for those pining for the fjords – especially the shore of the Buksnes fjord, where the village of about 1,500 residents is situated. With access to the ocean, beach, and the mountains, it's a spot that will appeal to those seeking variety in their travels. While Gravdal has gone from small trade center to a mostly residential area, its location in the central part of the Lofoten archipelago creates a popular place to view scenery affected by the movement of glaciers. While it's not as bustling as some ports, the town is not without nightlife; in fact, there's a popular story that claims the local club Titanic Dancing hosted Al Pacino for one of his movies (whether it’s true or not is anyone’s guess). Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Gravdal, Norway:
- One of Gravdal's most popular attractions is the more than century-old Buksnes Church. Even though this current incarnation was built in the early 20th century, there is documentation showing that the site has been used for churches since at least 1324 (there seem to have been several instances of the church being destroyed by a storm and rebuilt). Today's Buksnes Church is a red wooden structure built in Dragestil or "dragon style."
- Not far from the church is a pretty black stone lighthouse that stands in the Buknes Bay area; its red and white tower against the mountainous backdrop makes for a wonderful photo opportunity.
- While the municipality of Vestvågøy is not a tropical hot spot, the Gravdal Beach is a fantastic place to visit for a hike and to get in touch with nature. The white sandy beach is also ideal for fishing or diving.
- Bird watchers will love the opportunity to check out the village’s wide variety of bird species, including white-tailed eagles, kittiwakes, puffins, eider ducks, and cormorants.