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Welcome toBodø

this Arctic city is natural

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Enjoy a little northern exposure in Bodø, one of Norway’s fastest-growing destinations. Lying just north of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, this booming seaside “mini-metropolis” is not only a hotbed of cultural and culinary ambition.

It’s also the natural jumping off point for endless activities and adventures amid the striking scenic wonders of the surrounding Salten region — including some of Norway’s classic top draws.   

But first, the city itself. Its 52,000 inhabitants may live 840 km (523 mi) north of Oslo, but Bodø can be quite cosmopolitan. In fact, the town will serve as a European Capital of Culture come 2024. And no wonder; Bodø’s brimming with enough artful activity for a city many times its size.

Take in a symphony at the world’s northernmost professional orchestra, or trawl galleries and museums dedicated to not only art but Norwegian aviation, traditional trade vessels, folkways and city history, too. 

Or simply go for a stroll and soak it all in — Bodø’s a must for urban street artists. While you’re out, pop into some shops for unique keepsakes like salmon-leather goods. Now you’ve worked up an appetite. Fine dining? Farm to table? Fresh seafood, a burger or just some coffee and cake? Bodø’s city center got a range of eateries to fit every taste and budget. 

Nature’s never far away in Bodø, either. For your first foray, try an easy hike up the nearby heights of Keiservarden or Rønvikfjellet for stunning city and landscape views. If it’s summer, climb after hours under the Midnight Sun; in winter, with luck, the northern lights might light your way. By day, RIB craft zip across local waters on fjord safaris — spotting eagles, seals and perhaps an orca or two — or circle Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest maelstrom. Want more? How about five national parks? Or Norway’s second-largest glacier? Options in Bodø and Salten abound.

Welcome to Bodø — This Arctic city is natural.

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Tips and Inspiration

Views of Bodø Marina from Radisson Blu Hotel

Credit: Terje-Rakke | Nordic Life | nordnorg.com

RIB cruising close to Saltstraumen in Bodø

Credit: Tommy Andreassen | nordnorge.com

Plane flying over Bodø city at sunset

Credit: Ernst Furuhatt | nordnorge.com

Rowing boat outside Kjerringøy Trading Post

Credit: Terje-Rakke | Nordic Life | nordnorg.com

Paradisbukta beach close to the town of Bodø

Credit: Terje-Rakke | Nordic Life | nordnorg.com

Storm in the harbor of Bodø

Credit: Ernst Furuhatt | nordnorge.com

Man enjoying the blue hour in Bodø

Credit: Tommy Andreassen | nordnorge.com