Hiking to Keiservarden – Classic Hike in Bodø

Keiservarden is a real classic for the people of Bodø. This mountain plateau is Bodø’s most visited hiking destination and is renowned for the wonderful views of the city, sea and the Lofoten islands. Keiservarden is one of the best places to experience the Midnight Sun.

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Keiservarden is the number one hiking destination for many in Bodø. Keiservarden is 366 m above sea level and climbing to the summit is not a very demanding hike.

Hiking Keiservarden in Bodø, Northern Norway

Keiservarden - view from top. Photo: Terje Rakke

360° panoramic view
 – when the weather is clear, you can enjoy a panoramic view. Once you have reached the highest point of Keiservarden, you are rewarded with a scenic view over the city of Bodø (if there are no clouds in the way).

The view from the top – you might be able to see the silhouette of the Lofoten, the islands of Værøy and Røst (the two outermost islands in Lofoten). To the east you will see the many peaks of the spectacular Børvasstind mountain range and the mountains near the Swedish border.

Hiking to Keiservarden in Bodø

Keiservarden. Photo: Per-Arne Skelvik

Stone stairs 
– several alternative routes lead to the top. In 2016 Sherpas from Nepal built stone stairs along our route, which saves the terrain from wear. This also makes the hike both easier and more fun. Keiservarden and the path are seldom deserted, so be prepared to meet the locals from Bodø on your way.

Keiservarden (The Emperor`s Cairn) is named after German Emperor Wilhelm II, who visited the hilltop in 1891 on one of his visits to Norway. On the top there is both a plaque in honor of Wilhelm IIs climb and a board telling about it.


800 NOK per person.
Minimum 2 persons.
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A total of 4 - 5 hours, including transport from downtown Bodø.

Group size & Capacity

Min: 2 pers. Available for groups. Please see details below.

Season & Availability

All year. Even possible in winter when good weather.

Booking and more information

Trip to Keiservarden

Nordland Turselskap

+47 90 63 60 86

Per Arne Skjelvik
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Terje Rakke
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