Bodø

THE NORTHERN TOWN OF THE COASTAL ROUTE

Bodø is the northernmost town along the Coastal Road and for many the gateway to Lofoten. This is where the Norwegian Aviation Museum as well as Saltstraumen, one of the world's strongest tidal currents, are located.

In Bodø you will find a rich cultural life, along with a large selection of eateries and shops. Bodø is the county capital of Nordland, and the home of around 50,000 people. Like Steinkjer at the southern end of Kystriksveien, the centre of Bodø was rebuilt following the Second World War. In recent years, Bodø has experienced a major expansion of the city center, including a new cultural center and a large hotel.

Bodø town is surrounded by fantastic nature. To the west lies Lofotveggen, the Lofoten mountains, and to the east lies Norway's national mountain Stetind. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities; in and around Bodø town there are many hiking routes, including Rønvikfjellet and Keiservarden.

 

Bodø as a starting point for bicycle trips

Many people use Bodø as a starting point for bicycle trips to Lofoten, but more and more people also combine the trip with a bike ride south along Kystriksveien. Here the choices are endless - you can cycle down to Meløy and Svartisen or take the Nordland Express and land in Sandnessjøen - and cycle out of here. We give you the tips.

Foto: Olav Breen

Bodø – Gildeskål – Bodø by bike, 3 days

Bodø – Gildeskål – Bodø by bike, 3 days For visitors who want a 3-day bike tour, we recommend this trip which begins with a nice boat trip from Bodø to the archipelago in Gildeskål. Underway, you will experience magnificent nature with lofty mountains and long sandy beaches. An interesting Medieval church, rare orchids and …

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Båten til Svartisen. Foto: Olav Breen

Bodø – Svartisen by bike (5 or 6 days)

Bodø – Svartisen by bike (5 or 6 days) The bike tour goes to Saltstraumen and continues to Gildeskål with lofty mountains and long sandy beaches while ending up at Norway’s second largest glacier, Svartisen. This is a bike tour with daily legs of up to 60 km and the variations in elevation make this …

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Øyhoppingmed sykkel på Hegelandskysten. Foto: Erlend Haarberg

Island hopping by bike at the Helgeland coast

Island hopping by bike at the Helgeland coast With Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen as your starting point, you have access to a network of archipelagos consisting of more than 12,000 islands. 5-day toursuggestion starting in Brønnøysund or Sandnessjøen.  Tour description Detailed day-by-day description -> The tour that is described in the suggestion starts in Brønnøysund, but …

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Attractions in Bodø

Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum

Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum

The Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum in Bodø takes you on board a voyage into the exciting history of maritime navigation and trade along the Norwegian coast. Our unique preserved Jekt Anna Karoline is the hub of our exhibition.

Bodø City Museum

Bodø City Museum

The best way to get to know Bodø is to visit the Bodø Town Museum (Bymuseet). The old and beautiful building from 1903 is situated right in the center. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum has changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Experience North - Bike rental & tours

Experience North - Bike rental & tours

If you want to explore Nordland, you can rent electric mountain bikes, electric road bikes or regular bikes (for "acoustic" cycling as we say) with us in Bodø. A popular cycling route of 3-4 days is down to Svartisen. This trip can also be combined with a speedboat on the return trip to Bodø.

Accomodation in Bodø

Camp Saltstraumen Elvegård

Camp Saltstraumen Elvegård

Camp Saltstraumen Elvegård is located by Saltstraumen itself, the world's strongest maelstrom. Here you can spend the night in cabins or in your motorhome / caravan. If you want to use a tent, it is also possible. The campsite is located in quiet and peaceful surroundings.