9 must-do autumn activities

2020-09-1713:24 Kristine Solli

Autumn is a time for indoor cosiness. It’s tempting to crawl onto the sofa with candles and lovely warm blankets, especially on days when the wind is howling in our ears. However, on other days, autumn offers great hiking weather and it’s a perfect time to be outside among nature’s shades of yellow, red, brown and orange.

Salten also has many autumn activities that suit everyone.

See our 9 suggestions of pleasant autumn activities:


1. Hunt the Northern Lights

Photo: Roger Johansen

Hunting the Northern Lights is the perfect autumn activity and, when it finally works out with the weather and the Northern Lights appear, a magical experience awaits. The Northern Lights can be experienced best on completely cloudless evenings, preferably around 23:00 or later and away from the bright city lights. Remember to turn off your torch and the lights on your car.

The Northern Lights season in Salten is from 1 September – 1 April.


> See our guide of the best places to experience the Northern Lights


2. Head into the forest

Photo: Karoline. O.A. Pettersen

Few activities beat a hiking trip surrounded by nature’s beautiful shades of yellow, red, brown and orange. Remember to dress warmly and enjoy an evening meal outside under the starry sky. Here are 10 local hiking suggestions, from short hikes through forests to challenging hikes up high mountain peaks. The hikes are well marked, and some paths are suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

Photo: Dan Mariner


3. Visit a museum

Photo: Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum

Visiting museums is enjoyable and educational. Explore the museums, galleries and exhibitions of Bodø and Salten – there is something for all ages and interests! Learn about the Norwegian aquaculture industry at Salmon Centre Bodø, or about the life and works of Knut Hamsun at the Hamsun Centre. Experience Norwegian history through military and civil aviation history at the Norwegian National Aviation Museum, be fascinated by beautiful pictures at the Karl Erik Harr Museum or go on a street art hunt in downtown Bodø. 

> Find your favourite museum in our overview


Photo: Hamsunsenteret 

Photo: Hamsunsenteret

Bonus suggestion: Test out the Nobel dinner at the Hamsun Centre – a four-course culinary experience. Enjoy a cultural historical and culinary journey back in time to the highlight of Knut Hamsun’s literary career. Between the courses, there will be formal speeches and fascinating anecdotes from Hamsun’s big evening.


4. Explore Salten’s national parks

Salten has no fewer than five national parks, all of which are exciting in their own way. Use the autumn to explore magnificent outdoor and nature-based experiences. At Rago you can hike in spectacular and contrasting landscapes and experience genuine wilderness. Làkho and Junkerdal offer a unique flora and wonderful fishing. At Saltfjellet-Svartisen you can experience a rich fauna and visit the largest glacier in Northern Scandinavia: the Svartisen glacier. If you are planning a trip with children, the countless hiking trails and campfire sites make Sjunkhatten the perfect destination.


> Read more about Salten’s national parks


Rago nasjonalpark, Photo: Frank Dahl


5. Han Sylte’s Christmas shop

Photo: Han Sylte

For the seventh year in a row, Han Sylte will open their traditional Christmas shop. They specialize in spreading the joy of Christmas, Christmas nostalgia, Christmas atmosphere and tasty products from their small “colonial” in Valnesfjord. Enjoy autumn and the weeks leading up to Christmas by making a trip to this beautiful Christmas universe. You can buy Christmas presents, household items, local food and Advent calendars. They even sell old traditional glossy pictures – that’s nostalgia.


By the way, they always serve freshly baked cinnamon buns and hot chocolate. 

Photo: Han Sylte

Follow the Christmas shop on Han Syltes Facebook page


6. Cooking course with Heges matopplevelser

Hege is a “chef on wheels” who offers outdoor cooking courses. Keen to add an extra dimension to your mountain hike, trip with a group of friends or Sunday outing with your family while learning to cook really good food outdoors? If so, Hege is the perfect choice. She holds her courses where you are: in the mountains, in the forest, on the seashore or indoors. The cooking is based on local ingredients from Salten and Nordland, including some self-produced ones.

Photo: Heges matopplevelser


7. Attend a concert at Stormen

Stormen concert hall, Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

Autumn is the perfect time for indoor experiences – and you get precisely that at Stormen. The autumn programme is full of great concerts and theatrical performances to suit all and sundry.

> See Stormen’s programme


8. Cycle on the nature path in Saltdal

Photo: Karoline O. A. Pettersen

In Saltdal, a nature-based cycling path has been established throughout the municipality. Cycling is said to be therapy for the soul. Noting can be more perfect than cycling surrounded by genuine Northern Norwegian nature. You can rent bikes for the experience at Saltdal utstyrssentral (equipment centre), so you avoid bringing your own if you come from far away. Saltdal Tourist Centre also has two e-bikes for rent. 


Photo: Karoline O. A. Pettersen


9. Enjoy a weekend getaway to these special places

Manshausen. Photo: Manshausen

Sometimes you simply need a bed for the night, while other times you seek accommodation that is an experience in its own right. In Bodø & Salten, you will find several places to stay that are a little out of the ordinary and perfect for a weekend break.

Jakobsbakken. Photo: Tom Roger Olsen

These places have one thing in common – they offer a unique accommodation experience you won’t forget in a hurry. How about spending a night in one of the award-winning Manshausen cabins on a small island near the open sea? Or in the middle of the lush nature in the charming dome in Følvika?  Perhaps you fancy falling asleep to the sound of lapping waves and the distant cry of seagulls at Tranøy lighthouse or waking up refreshed at Jakobsbakken

> Find your perfect place to stay