Bodø is the largest town of the Nordland area of Norway.
Bodø is the end of the line of the regional train from Trondheim. About 11 hours from Trondheim to Bodø. Trains leave and arrive several times a day.
Bodø airport serves many domestic flights. The airport is within walking distance of the city centre.
The Sentrumsrunden bus brings you everywhere you want within the city.
- Watch the midnight sun at the beautiful beach of Mjelle, 30 minutes out of town by car.
- Ride by boat to the lighthouse at Landegode, and have a look at the norwegian coastline.
- Enjoy the many music festivals in the region every summer
Bodø does not have a great abundance of eateries, but there is a decent selection of cheap restaurants, as well as a couple of good gourmet restaurants.
- Løvolds Kaféteria, Tollbugt 9, is one of the most traditional diners in Bodø. Serving traditional norwegian food, as well as a very limited selection of norwegianized international food, this is considered an institution among many of the inhabitants. Situated close to the harbour, in a fisherman's warehouse, the view from the inner part of the café is great. Good for lunch as well as dinner. Not as cheap as it sounds.
- Rajas Rullekebab is the favourite of many of Bodø's young people. This small corner shop, just over the street from the aforementioned Løvolds, serves donner kebabs in fresh homemade limps of bread, and is widely considered to be the best kebab shop in town. Even though they have a somewhat wide menu, they do rarely sell anything else than kebabs. Kebabs cost 80 kr, which is quite pricey, but they might be worth it.
- Orion, situated close to the railway station, is a low-price diner that specializes in pizza and pasta, but does have a pretty large selection of steaks, salads and hamburgers. Prices are between 80-150kr.
- Jernbanekaféen, situated in the second floor of the railway station, this is a nice place to wait for your train, and serves a good variety of norwegian food at a decent price.
As with everywhere in Norway, alcohol is expensive and limited to those over 18, a law that is vigourously enforced. liquors stronger than 22% vol. is limited to those older than 20. Beer can be bought at groceries, wine and spirits must be purchased at special outlets, Vinmonopolet. There are two of these in Bodø, one a short walk from the Glasshuset shopping mall, the other one inside City Nord, another shopping mall a bit away from the city centre.
- Min Plass, an inbetween of a café and a pub, is located just utside of Glasshuset, in the street of Sjøgata. Sports a wide selection of beer and liquors, as well as quite good food. 20 years age limit in evenings/nights.
- Kafé Kafka is a Franz Kafka-themed café, very close to the central bus station. Serves a limited selection of quite boring food, but their coffee is great. Sells beer, wine and some liquor. Free internet access.
- Cinema Pub, located in the Glasshuset shopping mall, next door to the cinema, this is currently the only place to drink for those between 18 and 20. Travellers should steer clear, in weekends this dark basement pub is packed with drunk teenagers, and extremely noisy.
- Bodøsjøen Camping. Nice camping. Too bad it's near the airport, so the Boeings and even F16s will fly right over your head. Beautiful surroundings apart from the airport.
- Geitvågen Camping. Camping place around 10 km out of town. Quite big, but the bus routes to the city are very sparse. Buses 10 and 15 go just past it.
- Radisson SAS Hotel Bodø. The biggest building in Bodø (or tallest, anyway), with a niceish bar (Topp 13) on the top floor with a rather good view of the city.
Most travellers only pass Bodø on their way to the Lofoten islands. You can go there by boat(ferries or the coastal express), or by plane to one of the airports, one located close to Svolvær, and one located in Leknes. The plane trip to these places take about 25 minutes, while ferries take several hours.
You can go to Narvik by bus, and you can travel to most parts of Nordland by boat.
There is also a bus connection to Skellefteå from Bodø, which stops several places both in Norway and Sweden.
Bodø is the last station on the Nordlandsbanen rail line, with which one can travel directly to Trondheim and a large variety of locations in the Helgeland region.