Set around a picturesque harbour and surrounded by rugged mountains, Bodo is a gateway to Northern Norway. The town is perched just above the Arctic Circle and will charm you with its colourful street art and lively café culture. Venture outside the town centre to discover wild beaches, remote islands and subterranean caves.
Things to do in Bodø
Colourful street art gives Bodo a trendy feel. Strolling around the town, you’ll see buildings decorated with murals painted by local and international artists. Don’t miss the striking “Golden Eagle” mural inspired by the town’s huge population of white-tailed sea eagles.
From brunches at trendy cafes to dinner at bustling breweries, there are plenty of places to eat, drink and play in Bodo. Independent boutiques sell Norwegian knitwear, hand-painted homewares, locally distilled aquavit and traditional liquorice.
Bodo is set just north of the Arctic Circle, making it a great destination for spotting the Northern Lights. Visit between September and April for your best chances of viewing the staggeringly beautiful natural light show.
Easy access to the mountains makes Bodo a paradise for hikers. From easy walks to strenuous summits, there are routes for every fitness level. Guided tours of surrounding caves take you deep into subterranean limestone caverns filled with streams, waterfalls and rock formations.
Bodo offers incredible beach-hopping, with gems like Mjelle just a short drive from the town centre. Rust-coloured sand, turquoise water and rocky cliffs make it one of the most spectacular beaches in Scandinavia.
Getting around Bodø
Bodo is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, with the train station and airport within walking distance of the town centre. Ferries depart from the harbour and take you to the Lofoten Islands. Trains run between Trondheim and Bodo in around 10 hours. Trondheim Airport is a nine-hour drive south.