17 things to do on holiday with kids
Family holidays should be planned around the children's needs. And children are grateful holiday guests - they are not particularly weather-sick and the main requirement is usually that the family should do something together. And ice cream. Lots of ice cream. This is our best tips for child-friendly summer experiences in Bodø & Salten.
1. Bathing, swimming, splashing!
Kids love playing with water. In Bodø & Salten you will find lots of sandy beaches, both those that are popular and easily accessible, and those that are small, secluded and completely empty of people.
Find your favorite, and the children can swim as much as they want, study crabs and seaweed, and dig sand with a bucket and shovel. Nothing beats a northern Norwegian summer day an arctic beach with a bonfire, packed lunch and sand between your toes.
> See our recommended beaches in Bodø & Salten
2. Island hopping
Bring or rent bicycles, book tickets on a speedboat, and explore the Nordland coastline in the best way possible. Experience the archipelago with islands like Rødøya, Myken, Bolga, Støtt and Arnøyene. By bike you can get around easily, and there are short distances for children to cycle, as most of the islands are small and have few hills. The ultimate summer experience for both kids and adults.
> Read more about island hopping
3. Bratten Activity Park
Bratten Activity Park in Bodø offers large outdoor areas with play stands, mini traffic school, electric mini-cars, lean-to camp and an outdoor fitness park. Here you can enjoy the whole day with activities and amazing view
4. Mørkvedhallen Climbing Centre
One of the big hits among the children who live in Bodø is this climbing center. And it is not without reason, because here you will find one of Europe's largest and coolest climbing centers with climbing walls and activities for all ages and levels. Try automatic descent systems, bouldering or rope climbing. The little ones can have fun in the children's room with smaller climbing walls, ropes and a monkey bars.
5. Nordland National Park Centre
Children love to learn, and often ask more than questions than you have the answer to. At Nordland National Park Center in Saltdal, both kids and adults can experience art, nature and Sami culture through the childrens app "Bædi & Børdi" with learning games and tasks.
Nordland county has nine national parks, and at the National Park Centre you can learn about all of them. In addition, you will find the Adde Zetterquist art gallery in the same building, which is really worth a visit! We promise that this experience is just as educational and interesting for the adults as for children.
Next to the center is an outdoor climbing jungle where kids can enjoy themselves.
PS: Sjunkhatten National Park is called the children's national park and has many beautiful hiking trails for families.
6. Norwegian Aviation Museum & Newton Flight Academy
The Norwegian Aviation Museum has a great, large aviation exhibition. With the app "Bædi & Børdi", the kids get a fun, digital guide that takes them through the museum. The older children can look for yellow boxes with tasks in them, while the whole family can end the trip in the family area "Air room" with cool air experiments. In the "Air room" there is also parental parking;)
And at Newton Flight Academy right outside the museum, you can drive a "full motion" flight simulator, and try your hand at the approach to landing at Bodø airport. This is one of the coolest experiences in town!
7. Indoor Aqua Land
The weather in Northern Norway isn´t always sunny and stable. At Nordlandsbadet, or Aqua Land (Badeland) as the children call it, it is always summer temperatures! Here you can spend the whole day with slides, a wave pool, a current channel, diving boards and much more! In summer, the outdoor pool is also open. If you get tired, just take a lunch break in the café.
8. The Hamsun Centre
At the Hamsun Center in Hamarøy, you can learn about the life of Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun, and immerse yourself in literary history.
The spectacular building is shaped like a Hamsun character if you look closely.
9. Sleep in a tent
A summer in Nordland is not fully complete without at least one night in a tent. In a garden, on a campsite, on a beach or at one of the many islands in Salten. Explore the nearby outdoor areas with beaches, beautiful hiking trails, lean-ons and beautiful natural gems.
10. Street Art Hunting
Bodø is full of impressive street art. Bring the kids looking for wall paintings and get to know the city at the same time. If you need a break, there are many nice cafes, playgrounds and benches around the city.
11. Berry picking and a visit to the "Fun woods" (Artigskogen)
Take a trip to Styrkesnes in Sørfold municipality. Here you can visit Bjørklund farm where you can pick your own strawberries and raspberries, enjoy fresh cinnamon buns in the café and spend the night in a glass dome.
Also visit Artigskogen/The fun woods with dozens of whimsical figures.
12. Finnvali Nature Park
Finnvali Nature Park can be found along Kulturveien (The cultural road) in Misvær. This is the perfect place for a day in Norwegian nature. Here you can swim, kayak, enjoy life from a hammock and make dinner at one of the beautiful bonfire areas in the area.
13. Playgrounds, parks and outdoor areas
Bodø city center offers several great playgrounds and parks where you can take a deep breath between all the city activities. The adults can enjoy a good cup of coffee on a bench, while the kids get an outlet for a little more energy.
Here are our suggestions for parks and playgrounds:
- Solparken / Rådhusplassen in the center of Bodø is brand new and has modern and good standard play stands. There is also plenty of space for skateboards and scooters.
- Activity park on Kvartal 99 is a great area with exercise equipment, play areas, benches and tables.
- Bodøsjøen outdoor area is perfect for a barbecue or just a trip to the shore. While you are there, visit the Jektefartsmuseet and stop by the café there.
- Maskinisten is the ultimate place for short trips. Here you will find several lean-ons, bonfire areas and a sand roof where the children can play.
- Rensåsparken offers large grass areas. Those active can try their hand at frisbee golf here!
- Bankgata skatepark is a great place for children with skateboards and mini-scooters!
- Bystranda in Breivika has both a playground and a barbecue area. Enjoy ball games on the large grassy plain or take a bath on the shore.
- The interactive playground on the town square (outside Glasshuset) in Bodø is popular with the slightly older children. Here they get several options to choose from, and get to be active in a different and fun way
14. Salmon Center
Salmon Centers can be found in Hamarøy, Bodø and Gildeskål. At these salmon processing centers, you can learn more about one of Norway's most important industries, the aquaculture industry. Here you can get a guided tour, learn from interactive screens on walls and floors, study the salmon, and shop in the gift shop.
15. Day-trip to Kjerringøy
Kjerringøy is a natural gem outside Bodø. Drive from the city centre to Festvåg and take the ferry over to Kjerringøy. Here you can visit the old trading post from the 19th century - one of Northern Norway's best preserved of its kind. You can visit chalk-white beaches, swim in the turquoise sea and go on beautiful walks.
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16. Bodø Action Hall
Bodø Action Hall is simply a cure for boredom! Here you can, among other things, play with laser tags, try Virtual reality and solve puzzles in Escaperooms. Just as fun for childish adults too!
A game of bowling always strikes! It's especially fun on Fridays and Sundays, because then there's funbowling with disco lights!
For adults, Royal Bowling also offers billiards, shuffleboard, snooker board and bar lounge.