Last updated: 12:00 AM ET, Tue January 01 2013
The North Norwegian city of Bodø with the mountain range


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If you enjoy breathing in the crisp atmosphere while overlooking a shoreline dotted with majestic mountains, then Bodø is the destination for you.  This exciting city is nestled in the country of Norway and immersed by a beauty mirrored by its natural wonders and architectural gems.  Its lively streets echo the harmonious sounds of jazz, folk and other genres of music and entertainment during its many festivals and rooftop concerts, while the skies display the dazzling northern lights.  No matter what your interest may be, you will be amazed by the history and magnificence that flows throughout Bodø’s landscape.   With such a unique presence it is no wonder why the city has been chosen as one of the “20 must-see places” by The National Geographic Traveler.  Its openness invites you to a world of adventure so enchanting; there will be no reason to stay indoors.

Just north of the Arctic Circle and situated at the tip of a peninsula, Bodø has thrived as the capital of the Nordland County to eventually achieving the rank of a township. It draws a magnitude of tourists with its charm manifested through its rich combinations of nature and culture.   From its rustic communities to its vibrant city life, Bodø leaves nothing to the imagination.  Its jaded mountainsides beckon for all adventure seekers to climb atop some of Norway’s highest peaks.  Bodø’s lakes and ocean lead to a gateway of electrifying thrills including kayaking and fishing.  Its grottos and caves offer a look into an underworld overflowing with mystery.   Historians will fall in love with Bodø’s museums, which are decorated with fascinating exhibitions as well as stories relating to the city’s past; and art lovers should visit its various galleries where blank canvases have transformed into artistic masterpieces.

 In the midst of sightseeing, head to Bodø’s vibrant stores and shop until you drop.  The city is famed for its many malls and fancy boutiques providing a wide spectrum of treasures behind every door.  Whether you are searching for a special souvenir for yourself or for a loved one or looking for the latest trends, the shopping experience is a treat for every pocket.  As the sun sinks behind the ocean, the hotspots of Bodø echo the hypnotic sounds of music as tourists and locals mingle over a glass of Norway’s signature wines or beer. 

Bodø is also a treat for all food lovers.  Traditional pizzas, seafood, and authentic Norwegian delicacies are cooked to perfection by its skillful chefs specifically for your enjoyment.  Whether you choose a fine dining atmosphere or casual cafe, the culinary temptations will tantalize the taste buds of even the pickiest eaters.

Bodø experiences a subarctic continental climate.  In June to September (warmest season) its temperatures average a daily high in the 60s and low within the 50s.  From the months of November to March (coldest season) the weather typically ranges from a high in the upper-30s to the low 20s.

With its airport located in the center of Bodø, it is quite easy to reach other Norwegian destinations and the rest of Europe.  Buses are abundant for navigating to its neighboring cities as well as locally.  The train is also a great way to reach other cities within Norway such as Helgeland and Fauske.  Ferries and boat services provide transportation from the city to the Lofoten Islands.   Taxis make sightseeing easy since drivers will deliver you to your desired destination.   In addition, to travel at your own pace, car rentals are accessible throughout Bodø.