Bodø Travel Guide

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Bodø Highlights

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     The natural beauty, a rich cultural life and nice people 

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     the after-effects of 1940 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than just a stop over? 

Bodø Things to Do

  • Lofoten Islands

    The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago that have been inhabitated since Viking times. There are ferries from Bodo, the Hurtigruten ferry leaves at 15-00 and takes 4 hours to Stamsund., it continues to Svolvaer the main town. Svolvaer is a pleasant place with wooden buildings and a harbour. From here there are 40 minute boat trips to the...

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  • Saltstraumen

    At about 30km east of Bodø the strongest tidal current in the world, the Saltstraumen can be found. It represents one of the main attractions of Bodø.There are some leaflets about how the whirlpools are created and at what hours depending on the season. Be sure to read them right as I went exactly at the time when they were actually just starting...

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  • Visit Top13 in the Radisson

    The view of Bodø and the surrounding area is beautiful and can be best seen from the bar on the 13th floor in the SAS Radisson. Winter or summer, you can see in 340 degrees panorama (being blocked only by the small portion of the bar and small stock room).

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  • Nordlands Museet - Open-air folk museum

    A short walk beyond the Bodin Kirke - an interesting area of traditional Norwegian folkways - the resilience of traditional agriculture - splendid views of the Saltfjorden

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  • Bodø Domkirke (Cathedral)

    The current Domkirke was completed in 1956, replacing an earlier 19th century structure destroyed during the bombing of the town in 1940. The building itself is somewhat plain, but the free-standing spire is an interesting feature.

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  • Marker at the Aviation Museum

    "Flt. Lt. C.B. Hull, RAF; PO J Falkson, RAF; Lt. A. Lydekker, RN. On the 26th of May, 1940, 3 Gloster Gladiator Fighter Aircraft of No. 263 Squadron landed on a temporary airstrip near Bodø. Unfalteringly the pilots of these aircraft challenged a numerically superior adversary and inflicted great loss of life upon the enemy. Later, they gave their...

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Bodø Hotels

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Bodø Restaurants

  • Traditional norwegian food

    This if the realy good place to dine. Its where the lokals go to eat if they are hungry. It not a place for romantic evenings, but it´s realy speasial in its own way. Its actually a cafe. Whale, its often on the menu, but if you take todays spesial, you have dessert and coffey to it. The price would be about 120$.

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  • Great Traditional Norwegian Fare

    Blix provides a more traditional sampling of Norwegian cuisine in an elegant setting. The servers are very pleasant and knowledgeable of the menu I have always inlcuded at least one visit to Blix when accompanied by first-timers to Norway. While the specialty is fresh seafood, the lamb is good also. The entire menu provides the opportunity to...

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  • Eat Italian

    Great Italian restaurant in the heart of Bod?.I found the kitchen very satisfying - and the interior is nice. The restaurant has a renommé as the bastion of Italian kitchen in Northern Norway, and I can warmly recommend it myself. "Filetto di agnello" with red wine sauce, cream baked potatoes....Tender...harmonic...melts in your mouth...

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Bodø Nightlife

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  • Nightlife

    Bodø's nightlife is ok by Norwegian standards. Bodø should be around the 6 th best nightlife city in Norway, after Tromsø, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo. Friday and Saturday is the best nights. It doesnt get real busy until midnight and it closes at 4. Sunday to Tuesday it's dead. Places I recommend are Tapasta, Min plass, Kaia, Public,...

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  • Live Music for the Oldies

    Perhaps the best tip regarding Bodø nightlife is to know that the different age groups are drawn to the different clubs (birds of a feather....). The PianoKlubb tends to draw a crowd that prefers the "oldies". With a crowd made primarily of more mature patrons, this club is still very lively and provides the ability to enjoy sing-a-longs and revel...

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  • When with friends

    Perhaps the best tip regarding Bodø nightlife is to know that the different age groups are drawn to the different clubs (birds of a feather....). Min Plass ("My Place") actually requires patrons to be 23 or older (but I didn't see ID checked) and draws a somewhat more mellow crowd. Because of the lower music level, Min Plass allows for good...

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Bodø Transportation

  • Hurtigruten Ferry

    The Hurtigruten ferry in Bodo is just behind the railway station.,and leaves at 15-00 north bound and 04-00 south bound , it is in port 2 hours before. There is a small waiting room at Bodo but your ticket if not booked is bought on board at reception. Just wait while the passengers disembark then go up the small gangway.

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  • Train

    I travel in the month of May, so daylight was long for seeing the wonderful scenery. I took the 07-38 from Trondheim, arriving Bodo 17-28 [ 10 hours ]. I was using an Interrail Global pass continuous,which i found to be great value. In Belguim, Germany, Denmark and Holland the trains were not full and easy to get on. I would advise a seat...

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  • Fly

    The best way to get here is by flight from Oslo. Both Norwegian and SAS fly here several times a day. There are also direct flights from Trondheim (Norwegian), Tromsø (Norwegian and SAS) as well as smaller cities (Wideroe). Ferry/Boat is slow but can be ok from Lofoten. You can take the bus from Narvik northwards or from Skellefteå. There are also...

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Bodø Shopping

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  • Shopping in Bodø

    A proper mall with a lot of shops in it. Very useful, especially on rainy days, as it might be open more than other locations in Bodø:) Whatever you feel like. No special items here at all.

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  • City Nord - Bodø's Shopping Mall

    Bodø reminds me in many ways of a western or northern American town. One of the ways in that it seemed "American" to me was the significance of its outlying shopping mall. As in most American towns, most shopping activity takes place not in the center of town but on its outskirts, in malls that aren't all that much different from this one. I...

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  • The Glass House

    The central part of Bodø's main street is gathered within a glass house - where you can find lots of the central stores of most cathegories.When the weather is cold and windy, shopping becomes much more comfortable, having this shelter and being able to do all your shopping under roof. And for many of the senior part of the population the glass...

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Bodø Local Customs

  • Scandinavian Essence

    I hope I don't offend any of my Scandinavian friends if I say that I think this picture offers the essence of their society - or at least one of the essences of their society. A classic Volvo, parked outside a traditional cemetary, on a grayish summer day - it struck me as a scene out of an Ingmar Bergman movie ("Wild Strawberries," for instance):...

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  • Pelle - the police car

    PELLE - Norway's cutest and most famous police-car!All children in Norway knows Pelle Politibil, the talking police-car (sssh, it's a secret that he can speak..) from TV and children's books- and it's always popular to meet him in "person."When Pelle isn't visiting children elsewhere, he can be seen outside the local police station.

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  • Having fun on a warm summer day

    In really warm summer days the "Rådhusbasseng" - the outdoor pool in front of the town hall is a gathering point for small children playing in the water and climbing the stone walrus. The pool is always filled with water in summer, but too often the weather doesn't invite to bathing.

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Bodø Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of slippy roads in winter..

    If it's really cold and windy, walking in the streets of town may be some of a challenge, not to say a study in advanced ballet exercises. Sometimes quite fascinating from a spectator's point of view, but on the other hand, you'll probably have more than enough with keeping your own balance...Imagine walking downhills a pavement covered with...

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  • If you look at timetables you...

    If you look at timetables you will see that there is very limited land transport at weekends particularly in the islands. What nobody [except me!] tells you is that 1 May - Labour Day - is like a Sunday - i.e. NO BUSES, NO SHOPS and NO TOURIST INFORMATION.[PHOTO - From near our rorbu.]

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Bodø What to Pack

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    There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong kind of clothes :)) Be prepared for wind and/or rain when you visit in summer. Temperatures can range from cold to really warm in summer, so be prepared for anything from 10-25 deg C (50-77 deg F) Pharmacies are called "Apotek". Be aware that many medicines which may be easier to buy abroad...

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  • Packing List

    Even in April it is not always cold - but it can be.Take clothes which you can build up in layers and do not be relying on one weight of socks. I went prepared for cold and had to buy some lighter socks! It can surely rain and out here when it rains it does rain! Normal This is so photogenic that I would almost say set yourself a limit - or it...

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Bodø Off The Beaten Path

  • Nyholmen Skanse

    The old fortress of Nyholmen with its lighthouse is a great recreation area. The small peninsula with the fortress is situated right outside the centre of Bodø, but you will need a car or a bicycle to get out there.

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  • Norwegian modernism

    There is a an interesting and well-designed non-denominational chapel in the Bodin Churchyard - the clean lines and simple materials employed by the architect accentuate the natural beauty of the setting. It's an outstanding example of sensitive and well-executed modern design, IMHO.

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  • Memorial at Bodin Kirke

    A Reformation-era Norwegian pastor - he must have been associated with this church. Very fashionable clerical garb!

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Bodø Sports & Outdoors

  • Norwegian Tippelagen

    When in Bodo, you must see Bodo Glimt play at Aspmyra Stadium. This stadium provides views of the well kept natural turf with mountains and fjords in background. Norwegian football at it's best!

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  • Fishing

    There are many lovely places for fishing around Bodø. This photo was taken just outside town, but I'd especially recommend Saltstraumen for a great fishing adventure. Sea-fishing rod. No fishing card is required in the sea.

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  • bowling hall

    Bowling hall with 12 lanes, great billiard department, including snooker table.Notice the wall paintings with local motives.

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  • Make friends for a lifetime

    The people of Bod are very friendly. I was fortunate enough to have made friends that I have been able to see upon return trips and enjoy the pleasure of their company. While there, be sure to enjoy a pint of Nordland Pils, what was a locally brewed pilsner (now brewed in Oslo, I think!). (Though I have friends that will die for Mack!

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  • Public Sculpture - Sea Eagles

    Bodø has a very admirable program of sponsoring contemporary sculpture in public locations scattered around the town. These sea eagles embody the resilient spirit of the region; they can be found close to the center of Bodø, just off Sjøgata.

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  • Harbor breakwall with boat docks

    Take a stroll out the breakwall to get a sense of the dimension of the harbor. It's not hard to see why this was such a desirable place to establish a major transportation center for the northland! I like a lot of the newer architecture along the harborfront - it seems to blend in well with the surrounding natural features.

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