Hunting for endless Scandinavian fun in Norway? Bodo, hosting the world’s most powerful tidal current, known as the Saltstraumen Maelstrom, shouldn’t be underrated. It holds a varied array of worthy adventures, from getting lost in the snow capped wilderness with the midnight sun as your backdrop to going kayaking in the chilly temperatures - it all awaits curious wanderers. Want to see more? Then just check out these 14 best things to do in this great city, just north of the Arctic Circle!
1. See some Norwegian aircraft at the Norsk Luftfartsmuseum
Taking a tour to the Norwegian Aviation Museum, also known as the Norsk Luftfartsmuseum, to enjoy a vast array of the country’s military aircraft and hear the story of Norwegian aviation, is a nice thing to do in Bodo – and those who are interested in flight history should make a visit. It exhibits a number of remarkable airplane collections, from British trainer to American fighter aircraft.
Address: Olav V gate, 8004 Bodø, Norway
Website: Norsk Luftfartsmuseum
2. Watch the strongest tidal current at Saltstraumen
The Saltstraumen maelstrom is situated in the southeast of Bodo and is a tiny strait, featuring the world’s strongest tidal current. Before you go, make sure you research when is the best time to visit, as the local weather does affect the wind and the current. In addition to watching the vigorous current, fishing for coal fish (the endemic animal inhabiting the water here), should be included on your must-do activity list.
Address: Saltstraumen | Rv17, 33 km from Bodø town center, Bodo 8056, Norway
Contact Number: +47 7556 065
3. Explore the Kjerringøy Trading Post
If you plan to spend a few days in the Norwegian countryside, then the Kjerringøy Handelssted is the place to visit. The Kjerringøy Trading Post or Handelssted is northern Norway’s best-preserved trading post and it is a great place to learn about Norway’s fishing industry and the life of Norwegian people, in days gone by.
15 old heritage buildings can be found here, many with their original contents and they give some insight into coastal communities and the merchants from the past. Cultural events and craft demonstrations can also sometimes be seen here and the setting is picturesque and beautiful. Check their website for full hours and other information.
Kjerringøy Trading Post (Handelssted)
Opening Hours: Varies, depending on season - check website
4. Have a picnic with the red sand in Mjelle
Bodo might not be the best beach destination but Mjelle Beach, featuring a dazzling stretch of red and white sand, can’t be disparaged. Found at a mere 15-minute drive from the downtown area, you will find the sprawling red shore dotted with snow white particles, mesmerizing. Make the most out of your memorable day by either picnicking here or enjoying the breezy air.
Address: Bodo Kommune, Bodo 8005, Norway
Contact Number: +47 75 54 80 00
5. Enjoy the midnight sun at Mount Rønvikfjellet
What makes Bodo a unique place to visit is that it’s a wonderful place to observe the midnight sun, found only in the Arctic region. Visitors coming from tropical countries will find their jaws dropping, as they observe this unusual natural phenomenon – imagine still being able to see the shining sun at 2 am! Don’t miss one of the top viewing spots in the country - Mount Rønvikfjellet - come within June and July!
Address: Rønvikfjellet, 8011 Bodø, Norway
Opening Hours: 24 hours
6. Make a visit to Bodo Domkirke
Bodo is also famous for its places of worship, one of which is the Bodo Domkirke or Bodo Cathedral. Standing beautifully in the middle of town, this basilica style sanctuary has some points of interest, including the Petter Dass sculpture, created by a Norwegian artist named Kristoffer Leirdal and the alluring stained glass of Age Storstein.
Address: Torvgata 12, 8006 Bodø, Norway
Contact Number: +47 75 50 03 00
7. Soak in a Jacuzzi at Nordlandsbadet
Treat your weary body to a pampering Jacuzzi at Nordlandsbadet. This family friendly water destination offers a fun, water adventure, where you can do a number of activities, such as swimming, water sliding, floating on a lazy river and a wave pool – the spa allows you to sip wine while taking in some of the luxurious treatments.
Address: Plassmyrveien 11, 8008 Bodø, Norway
Opening Hours: 11 am to 8 pm
8. Hike Mount Ronvik
Are you a hiking enthusiast? Hiking Mount Ronvik will quench your thirst for mountain adventure. Get ready for the slightly challenging trail and catch the best view from the peak, overlooking the stupefying Lofoten and Landegode Islands on the north and the majestic Borvasstindene Mountains on the south – the Aurora Borealis are another highlight.
Address: Sjoegata 3, Bodo 8006, Norway
Contact Number: +47 75 54 80 00
9. Delight in a Saturday herring buffet at Bryggeri Kaia
One of the greatest activities you could add to your fantastic Norwegian adventure is to try the delicious herring on Saturdays, at Bryggeri Kaia. Grab your seat on the veranda facing the harbour, packed with schooners and dine on this lovely seafood dish. Topping it all off with the best beer is another awesome thing to do.
Address: Sjøgata 1, 8006 Bodø, Norway
Website: Bryggeri Kaia
10. Chill at Kafé Kafka
Have no clue where to enjoy a lively night out? The fashionable and contemporary Kafé Kafka is a great option for cooling off once the sun has set. You can opt for one of the 12 different types of brewed coffee or 18 kinds of delicious milkshakes. If you want to see their featured DJs, spinning the latest funky beats, just go on the weekend.
Address: Sandgata 5B, 8006 Bodø, Norway
Contact Number: +47 934 06 003
Get a chance to see the Northern Lights in Bodø in this guided snowshoeing tour provided by Adrenaline Hunter. You may opt for a daytime or evening excursion which are no longer than 2–3 km (1.2–1.9 miles) and last approximately 4–6 hours traveling through the low mountain terrain. Along the way at a casual walking pace, get the best views of snowy forests and raw wilderness. And on the evening tour, you’ll stop by for a break and campfire while enjoying hot drinks in hopes to watch Aurora Borealis come to life. For those looking for serenity and adventure combined, this trip definitely is a must!
Guided snowshoeing excursion
Price: 137 USD
If you’re looking for a serene experience, come and relax with this scenic canoeing excursion down the Futelva River in Northern Norway. The river is 11 km (6 miles) and is 15 minutes from Bodø. You’ll be canoeing slow-moving currents and minor obstructions during this 4-6 hour excursion. It is an experience perfect for families or groups of friends as you build on canoeing skills, navigation, and team building. The Futelva River is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna so expect to see some of these along the way. You’ll be provided with full canoeing equipment and a Canoe guide as well as return transport to Bodo. Now all that’s left to do is to gather your group for this traditional canoe experience!
Canoeing excursion down the Futelva River
Price: 138 USD
Are you an experienced hiker looking for some off the beaten path hiking experience? Then this full-day guided coastal hike is for you! It calls for a 7 km (4.3 miles) roundtrip hike which includes rugged terrain, no rock cairns nor trail markers and its highest point no more than 75 meters (246 ft) above sea level. If all this sound like fun, then get ready to explore the lesser known cliffs and coves of Nordland through this scenic coastal hike to Hovdsundet in Bodø. The experience is a reflection of the real rugged Norway and nearing the top, you’ll be rewarded with unbeatable panoramic views that only a few hikers get to see. While transport from the town center to the starting point is provided, do remember to bring wind & water-resistant outerwear, hiking boots, small daypack, and water/snack/lunch to munch during breaks.
Guided coastal hike to Hovdsundet
Price: 138 USD
Recommended for hikers with previous experience in alpine terrain, this guided summit hike to Mt. Litltind in Bodø is definitely not your lazy stroll. But, expect to be rewarded with scenic views of raw fjords and pristine coastlines as you get to the top. If you have children, you can bring them along as long as they meet the minimum 10 years of age requirement. Although they should be prepared for some steep and exposed sections over a roundtrip hike duration of 6-8 hours. All the efforts will not remain in vain as you reach the exposed summit 717 meters (0.4 miles) above sea level with views of Sjunkhatten National Park and more! Excited yet? Some inclusions for this tour include your mountain guide, snow spikes if required, and roundtrip transfers from downtown Bodø. For your ultimate comfort, make sure to wear suitable hiking attire and pack some picnic lunch since it will be a long but definitely worthwhile hike!
Guided summit hike to Mt. Litltind
Price: 138 USD
Mind-blowing Bodo is worth a visit
Although the Norwegian gem of has a frosty climate in the winter, the vibrancy of life here and fascinating culture keep the place warm, year round. The city offers a number of amazing attractions, from aircraft museums to offbeat places to hang out and there is something here for everyone.
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