Welcome to Bodø!
Situated in the north, Bodø, Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s best-kept secrets. Although many people see it just as the gateway, because of the ferry from Bodø to Lofoten Islands, this charming city offers plenty of unique attractions and activities for travelers. Whether you wish to admire the distinctive post-war architecture, enjoy magnificent mountain views, or pay a visit to the most powerful tidal current on planet Earth. There is no shortage of interesting things to do in Bodø.
Exploring Bodø as a worldwide local allows you to discover some of the city’s finest sites. This insider’s travel guide offers useful tips for visiting this amazing Scandinavian destination and takes you to the best attractions in Bodø.
Art in Bodø
Admiring the city’s street art is a great way to start your Bodø travel itinerary. Most of the colorful art in the city center was created in 2016 during the UpNorth traveling art festival, and it all looks amazing. To see all the art pieces decorating the buildings in Bodø’s downtown area, make sure to ask for a map at the visitor center, or at any of the hotels in Bodø. Norway is known for its funky vibes, and Bodø is a great place to have that experience.
The Bodøgaard Art and Culture Gallery in Bodø is a must-visit destination for all art lovers. This quirky gallery houses a large private collection of cultural artifacts, as well as a rather unique and expansive ethnographic exhibition, which allows travelers to learn about the northern parts of the country through the ages.
Worldwide Local Tip: To pay less for single bus tickets, download the local Billett Nordland app on your phone. Another popular app is “Too Good to Go,” the main aim of which is to stop food waste. Download this app to find out which hotels, restaurants, and cafes sell their pre-packed leftover food. This is a great way to save money on food and skip the wait at the Bodø restaurants.
Bodø for the Science Nerd
Travelers interested in airplanes will definitely want to check out the amazing Norwegian Aviation Museum, also known as the Norsk Luftfartsmuseum. Opened in 1994, this museum is a great place to learn about Norway’s civil aviation history and see the remarkable airplane collection. During the guided tour, visitors can even go for a spin in the museum’s flight simulator, which will certainly be more exciting than any flight into Bodø Airport.
Just a short drive outside the city, you will find the world’s strongest tidal current, the amazing Saltstraumen. The phenomenon happens every 6 hours when a large amount of water rushes through the sound that connects Saltfjord and Skjerstadfjorden, creating a huge whirlpool. A visit to this place is such an extraordinary experience.
Worldwide Local Tip: Wish to buy some traditional Norwegian souvenirs? Bodø is not big on outdoor flea markets, but the city has dozens of excellent indoor flea markets such as Røde Kors-butikken, Fretex, and Jessen Brukt og Nytt. To purchase local knitted products and traditional outfits from the region, check out the Husfliden.
Outdoors in Bodø
It might surprise you to hear of one can’t-miss destination in Bodø. Norway weather likely makes you expect that Bodø is not the best beach destination in the world, but the red beach at Mjelle is a place that every traveler should visit. Located just a 30-minute drive from the city, Mjelle Beach boasts a dazzling stretch of white and red sand, combined with rocks and grassland. If you wish to snap some Instagram-worthy pics while visiting Bodø, this is the place you want to go.
For a local experience, and to get the best views of the city, take the 2 km-long hiking trail to the Keiservarden hill. Once you reach the top, enjoy spectacular views of the city below.
Worldwide Local Tip: Norwegian chocolate is a real treat for every traveler with a sweet tooth. To try one of the best artisanal chocolates in Scandinavia, pay a visit to Craig Alibone chocolate shop and sample the signature Saltstraumen salty caramel. The Szechuan pepper and sea buckthorn chocolate are also worth trying.
Enjoy Your Stay!
A peaceful city with a laid-back vibe, Bodø is one of Scandinavia’s best-hidden gems. Wander the streets of Bodø as a worldwide local and make your stay in the city a memorable experience.