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Plan your trip to Bodø and Salten in Northern Norway and visit Saltstraumen
Plan your trip to Bodø and Salten in Northern Norway and visit Saltstraumen
Saltstraumen in Bodø.
Photo: Tommy Andreassen / www.nordnorge.com
Saltstraumen in Bodø.
Photo: Tommy Andreassen / www.nordnorge.com

Plan your trip to Bodø and Salten

Plan your trip to Salten in Northern Norway and hike in Rago national park
Plan your trip to Salten in Northern Norway and hike in Rago national park
Rago national park in Salten.
Photo: Frank R. Dahl
Rago national park in Salten.
Photo: Frank R. Dahl

Plan your trip to Bodø and Salten

Plan your trip to Bodø and Salten in Northern Norway and visit Svartisen Moose
Plan your trip to Bodø and Salten in Northern Norway and visit Svartisen Moose
Moose encounter in Bodø.
Photo: Visit Bodø / Karoline OA Pettersen
Moose encounter in Bodø.
Photo: Visit Bodø / Karoline OA Pettersen

Plan your trip to Bodø and Salten

Find it hard to choose between a city break and a nature-based activity holiday? In Bodø and Salten, you don’t have to! Combine the urban city vibes of Bodø and a visit to the old trading post of Kjerringøy with trips to the Svartisen glacier and the powerful maelstrom Saltstraumen.

The city of Bodø, known as Northern Norway’s “mini metropole”, is full of quirky shops, yummy food, and major cultural events. From the festivals Parken and Nordland Music Festival to all the events in the cultural centre Kulturkvarteret Stormen all year round – it’s no coincidence that the city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2024!

The city centre is within easy reach of hiking and climbing tours in the Børvasstindan mountain range, skiing in Bodømarka, and RIB trips to Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest maelstrom. You can also go on a sea eagle safari. In the archipelago, the island of Kjerringøy is one of Norway’s best-preserved coastal trading places.

Bodø is located in Salten, which is a natural gateway to explore both the region’s beautiful coastline and the unspoilt nature inland.

Explore the paddling paradise Rødøy, go island hopping, or enjoy hiking in one of many national parks, for example Rago and Sjunkhatten. At Saltfjellet you can cross the Arctic Circle, while Sulitjelma outside of Fauske is the place to go for cross-country skiing.

Other highlights include the Hamsun Centre in Hamarøy, glacier hikes on Svartisen, unique accommodation options and a drive along the Scenic Route Helgelandskysten.

Want more tips? Check out the band Kråkesølv’s guide to their hometown and local insider tips for a long weekend in Bodø.

Get in-depth travel information and inspiration on Bodø’s official website.

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Things to do in Bodø and Salten

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Bodø and Salten.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Bodø and Salten offer.

Tips from the locals

Getting to Bodø and Salten

Get in-depth travel information on Bodø’s official website.
Plan your trip to Bodø and Salten with Entur.

Top attractions in Bodø
Experience the force of the world's strongest tidal current – Saltstraumen. Explore Salten takes you and your group out in a RIB boat when the… Read more
RIB to Saltstraumen with sea eagle safari
This trip goes to a special beach in Hovdsundet between the mainland and the island Litlhovden. The narrow beach separates the ocean and forms a very… Read more
Hovdsanden (Bodø) – the spectaculare beach
Welcome to Svartisen Moose and our tame Moose. Meet Arnljot, Wilma and Embla and get an unforgettable experience! Read more
Svartisen Moose
Join us on an adventure trip with many items and activities right outside Bodø. Get fascinated by the Northern Light phenomenon and get an… Read more
Hunting the Northern Lights
Arctic Aviation AS is a North Norwegian helicopter company, with headquarter in Bodø. We offer sightseeing tours that will show you Bodø and Northern… Read more
Arctic Aviation - Helicopter sightseeing in Bodø and Northern Norway
Short or longer trips in safe Sea Kayaks with guide/coach. Read more
Sea Kayak – Balanced joy
Try climbing at Mørkvedhallen – one of the 10 largest indoor climbing centres in Northern Europe. Read more
Mørkvedhallen climbing center
Here you will find Adde Zetterquist Art Gallery and the Visitor Center National Park Nordland in beautiful architecture and scenic surroundings. Read more
Nordland Nationalpark Center
The Norwegian Aviation Museum is Norway’s national aviation museum. Read more
Norwegian Aviation Museum
June 22. 2019 a new museum opens in Bodøsjøen, Bodø. A traditional Norwegian cargo vessel, jekt Anna Karoline, is the main attraction in the new… Read more
Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum in Bodø
The Hamsun Centre is located by the vicarage ruins on the banks of the Glimma River in Presteid in Hamarøy Municipality in Northern Norway Read more
The Hamsun Centre
Nordlandsbadet is Scandinavia’s most impressive and modern bathing facility. Read more
Nordlandsbadet
The concert halls world-class acoustics ensure optimal conditions for classical masterpieces, pop/rock shows, theatre, dance and conferences. Read more
Stormen Concert Hall
Bodø Golf Park is a spectacular golf course located just minutes away from the city center. The court has an amazing view to Landegode and Lofoten. Read more
Bodø Golf Park
Looking for a sustainable adventure with close contact to your surroundings, the nature and with a peace of mind? Join a guided tour on one of our… Read more
Experience North – guidede eBike tours
Bodø ActionHall is 300 square meters of action and fun for kids and adults of all ages. Read more
Lasertag, Escaperoom and Action
Destinations in Northern Norway
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
The UNESCO-protected islands of Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
Vega Islands
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… Read more
Bodø
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
Go hiking in the mountains, explore the archipelago in a kayak or RIB, and join exciting cultural events. Harstad is the perfect base for a holiday in… Read more
Harstad
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
In Helgeland, you can paddle around the UNESCO-protected Vega islands and climb mountains like Torghatteen and The Seven Sisters. Or try the… Read more
Helgeland
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Narvik
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
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    • Bodø train

      By train

      There are daily train connections between Trondheim and Bodø. The trip takes about 10 hours, and Lonely Planet has named the 729-kilometre long railway one of the world’s most beautiful night train journeys.

    • Bodø boat

      By ferry

      The Norwegian coastal express Hurtigruten calls at Bodø twice a day.

      Fast passenger boats and car ferries take you from Bodø to several ports in the Lofoten Islands and along the Helgeland coast.

      Ad: Hurtigruten – “The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage”.

    • Bodø road

      By road

      Rv. 80 links Bodø to the E6, the main road through Norway.

      Another alternative is the Coastal Route Rv. 17, which hugs the coast a few kilometres to the west and takes you all the way to Trondheim. Note that there are several ferry crossings on this route.

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    • Bodø plane

      By plane

      Bodø Airport is located 2 kilometres from the city centre. The airport bus has many daily departures and covers the distance in about 5 minutes. A flight from Oslo to Bodø takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.

      Transfer in Bodø for your trip to the Lofoten Islands.

      Ad: Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia.

    • Bodø local

      Local travel

      A bus network takes you around the city and municipality of Bodø.

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