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. The Parken festival has feature names as Chris Cornell and Turbonegro, witch is not bad for a two year old festival.
- Visit the Saltstraumen whirpool, and experience some of the best fishing in the world.
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, but mostly elders and people in the harbour scenery. 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. They also have another eatery called Centrum Bistro, witch also focues om donner kebab, but also have other types of food, like hamburgers, pizzas and steaks.
- 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.
- Svenngårds, situatet close to the Glasshuset shopping-centre, is known as the best, but most expencive, restaurant in Bodø, and one of the best restaurants in Northern-Norway. The food is typical for high-end restaurants, but specialities include typical Norwegian fish-diches.
- Mama Rosa's, a small but nice eatery in the centre of the part of town called Rønvik. They specialize in italian styled pizzas and kebab, and have a rumor of being the best money-for-value place in town, whose food quality rivalizing the nation-wide pizza restaurants.
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.
- 2.egt, in Glasshuset is one of the most popular late-bars/nightclubs in town. Quite crowded during weekends, but a good place if you want to go dancing and don't mind waiting a while for service. No cc.
- Rock-Café, located close to the central buss station, this rather large late-bar is one of the most established places in Bodø. It's capacity is the largest in town, with room for over 500 people, something that has been a problem for the bar. The cc is between 50 and 100 kr, but beeing a large place, it is either empty or packed, making it a bit of a gamble when it comes to going there. The theme, as the name implies, is a 50's rock-themed bar, even though the music is mainstream.
- Top 13, is a sky-bar located at the top floor of the Raddison SAS hotel. This is a calm, not to crowded bar with the best wiew of the city. They have the best selection of drinks and coctails in town and can rival most places in Norway in selection. The bartenders are well trained, and provide good service. The bar was the place to be for the social and cultural elite in Bodø, and during the 90's it was common to see local celebrities and other money-strong people there, even though now it is usualy facilitated by tourists and people taking a break from the more crowded nightclubs. No cc.
- Public is located towards the lower side of the Koch shopping centre. It is a small rock'n'roll oriented bar, specialiseing in music from alternative to pop/rock, but also plays mainstream music at times. It is extremely crowded, but if you get there early and get a large secluded booth it's a good place. They serve simple coctails, an array of shots and have a good selection of lager beer. Maybe the best place to be if you're planning to go out during mid-week in down town. No cc.
- Bryggerikaia, situated at the harbour, is one of the most classy establishments in Bodø. Its clients are mostly well established adults, and has a lively but not over-the-top atmosphere. They have a wide array of drinks, coctails and beers and is a good place for people on business visiting Bodø and other mature people wanting to go somewhere informal but classy. 50-100 kr cc.
- Samfunnet, is the student pub/nightclub located in the Mørkved area on the campus of University College Bodø, some 10 km from the city centre. A taxi trip wil set you back around 250 kr, but there also is frequent bus traffic from and to town, the last one beeing at 4 o'clock during weekends, and at 1 o'clock during weekdays. It has a simple selection of beers, alcopops and other drinks, but the best prices in town. (0,4l of beer costs 35 kr, compared to 50-70 downtown.) Samfunnet is divided into three parts, the bar, the extra bar (open if it gets to crowded in the primary bar), and the scene/dancefloor. At a certain interval they arrange Super Wednesdays, where prices drop to employee prices, and all parts of Samfunnet is open and they stay open untill 03:30. These Wednesdays usually attract many people and the place is as crowded as other nightclubs/bars during weekends. The cc is quite low, usually between 20 and 50 kr, but if well known bands play it usually rices to around 150 kr.
- 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.