Located in the Salten region of Nordland County, this beautiful city is the second-largest in Northern Norway. Considered a hub for exploring this part of the country, Bodø boasts a stunning coastline and it home to some truly beautiful natural landscapes. In addition, it’s also an excellent place to catch the dramatic Northern Lights, especially between September and April.
You’ll also be able to witness the curious midnight sun whilst visiting during the summer and enjoy walking the beaches late at night under the sunshine. The city is also quite the cultural hub, with many live music performance venues across the city staging performances of everything from classical music concerts to theatres productions. Museums are plentiful here too.
A hatchback is ideal for driving in urban centres and has plenty of space for all the family, something which may prove useful here. Be sure to fit winter tyres though.
One of the city’s most popular museum is the Norwegian Aviation Museum, located a short distance from the city centre. The museum is home to a range of innovative hands-on exhibits including a control tower. You’ll also have a chance to experience a virtual flight in the museum’s simulator!
For a cultural afternoon in the city, head to the charming Nordlandmuseet, a museum which tells the history of Bodø using both exhibits and film. This family-friendly museum has a range of excellent exhibits that relate to the city’s heritage.
Enjoy a day on the beach in Mjelle. This stunning beach is a popular place to visit in the summer, with many families enjoying ball games and barbeques. It’s also the best place to witness the midnight sun.
Outdoorsy types should head to Bodømarka where there are a range of excellent hiking trails across the glorious unspoilt landscapes. There are also an array of other activities to choose from including horse riding, orienteering and water sports.
Take care when driving on steep slopes and mountain passes. It’s advisable to keep in a low gear to prevent brakes from overheating.
The law requires all drivers to use dipped headlights throughout the year including during the day.
It is compulsory to have a high visibility jacket in the vehicle at all times in case of an accident.
Bod√∏ airport serves a number of domestic sites from Oslo and Trondheim and is located approximately two miles south of Bod√∏ city centre and is accessible via Olav V gate and Rv80.
The airport is useful for connecting to major Scandinavian cities, but tends to be easy to get to due to its location in the northernmost part of Norway, making it popular with people from all over the region.