Get up close to sea eagles
Did you know that Bodø is considered to have the world’s densest population of sea eagles, and has been voted Norway’s sea eagle town? The sea eagle is Northern Europe’s largest bird of prey, and the bird that is popularly called the king of the coast can have a wingspan of more than 2.5 metres. On a sea eagle safari with Arctic Rib or Stella Polaris, skilled guides will give you the opportunity to experience the majestic bird up close.
Glacier hiking on Svartisen
Ready for a real adventure? Equipped with rope, ice axe and crampons, you can join a guided tour of the beautiful blue ice with Nordland Adventures. The actual glacier hike lasts for approx. 6–8 hours, but including the the round-trip to Bodø you should calculate approx. 12 hours. The tour normally runs from May to September, both during the day and as a midnight hike, and is a trip most people can manage. And whatever you choose, we can promise that it will be a spectacular experience.
The magical northern lights
Sheer, undulating and dancing, in a wide range of colours – the northern lights are a stunning sight as they light up the sky above you. In Bodø, there is a good chance of seeing the northern lights in various ways: Join Experience North on a northern light hunt with an electric bike, take a bus trip with Polar Tours or head to the Turisthytta, Jakobsbakken or one of the other of Bodø’s best places to see the northern lights.
Tips! In the summer, you can also witness another magical light phenomenon in Bodø – the midnight sun!
Try your hand at dog sledding
Imagine being able to glide across a white and arctic landscape, with a group of happy and eager huskies pulling the sled in front of you. Sounds like fun, right? Dog sledding is a fun and exciting experience for people of all ages, and with Nordland Adventures you can join a day trip in Bodø, where you choose whether you want to steer the team or just sit on the sled. Together with Saltenguidene you can also take a dog sledding tour at Beiarfjellet, about 1.5 hours' drive from Bodø, who arrange everything from short day trips to several days’ expeditions.
Cycling along the Coastal Road
Get on your bike and discover the coast on two wheels! Bodø is a good starting point for bike tours, both to Lofoten and south along the extensive Coastal Road. The road, which has been referred to as the world’s most beautiful route, stretches from Steinkjer in the south to Løding around 16 km east of Bodø in the north. If you have plenty of time, you can cycle the whole 650 kilometres, or you can choose a leg or two. A nice route that takes three days, for example, goes from Bodø to Gildeskål and back again, with highlights such as Saltstraumen and high mountains and long beaches along the way. You can rent a bike from Experience North - who also arrange various bike tours in the Bodø area.
Tips! The Coastal Road is also great to discover by car.
Explore exciting caves
Nordland is the county with the most caves in all of Norway, so if you have dreamt of walking in beautiful marble corridors and seeing stunning waterfalls and potholes below ground level, this is the place to go on a cave excursion. Nordland Adventures arrange guided tours in both Vikgrotta and Aspfjordgrotta on a full day excursion from Bodø. Both tours are medium to slightly demanding in difficulty level – and both offer a spectacular experience.
The number of islands and peninsulas along the coast of Bodø and Salten is almost countless – but what is certain is that many of them are worth visiting. On these coastal gems, beautiful water to swim and white beaches, idyllic island communities, old trade sites, great mountain hikes, climbing opportunities and cycle paths await. From Bodø you can take a speedboat and travel both south and north, to favourites such as Hamarøy, Steigen, Bliksvær, Fleinvær, Støttet and Bolga – to name a few. At most of the piers where the boat docks, there are also good eateries and opportunities for activities such as deep-sea fishing and bicycle hire.
Experience Saltstraumen – the world’s strongest tidal current
Just half an hour’s drive from Bodø centre you can experience the spectacular Saltstraumen, a world-famous natural phenomenon known for its fierce and beautiful swirls. When the tide turns large bodies of water force through a small channel, creating whirlpools of up to 10 metres in diameter. The time when this happens varies, so check out the Saltstraumentabellen to be updated.
There are a number of experiences where you can experience Saltstraumen up close. Among other things, you can choose between diving or snorkelling with the company Nord&Ne, RIB safari with Stella Polaris, a bus tour with Polar Tours or a combined RIB and sea eagle safari with Explore Salten. Saltstraumen is also an Eldorado for sport fishing, with good opportunities to catch cod, saithe, monkfish, halibut and catfish.
Jump in the kayak and get close to the beautiful coastline of Nordland! Bodø is a great starting point for enriching kayak tours – where you can glide across flat, crystal clear water, find hidden beaches, discover the world of animals and find tranquillity at sea. Nordland Adventures arrange both half- and full-day guided tours between May and September, and also winter for small groups. The tour is adapted according to the weather and the group’s skills, and you do not need any previous experience with kayaking. Rett Kjøl also arrange various kayak tours and courses.
Try your luck at fishing
Do you dream of catching big fish? Explore Salten arrange fishing trips with the boat MS Medstraum, where you can rent a fishing boat with crew including warm clothes and all the equipment you need for fishing. The boat also has a heated lounge, toilet on board and the option for eating. The tour starts in Bodø city centre and is suitable for the whole family.