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Holiday with kids

Canoeing, water park, nature park, bowling, playland - it is not difficult to fill a holiday with child-friendly activities in our region.

2018-06-2213:50 Stine Eidissen Bya

Bodø and Salten has a lot to offer - also for the smallest. If you are planning a family holiday in Bodø and the surrounding area, you have plenty to choose from. The city is compact and you can actually walk from the airport to the city center in 20 minutes. From Bodø there is a short way out into the neighboring municipalities. On our website you will find many activities that can be easily adapted to children. Simple mountain walks, canoeing, caving, fjord safaris, climbing, deep sea fishing and much more.

Child-friendly activities in Bodø:
In the city there are beautiful parks, such as Rensåsparken which has skatepark and frisbeegolf. In Vestbyen you will find a brand new playground at Jensson's Square. And no matter where you are in the city, lots of great hiking trails are near. In the town you will also find pearls such as Kvalvika and Bodøsjøen, with beaches and easy access to the sea. These places are accessible by public transport. Close by you`ll find Nordland Cultural Center, with duck pond, animals and a café with good baking.

Outdoor life in Salten:
It is easy to entertain the children outdoors - in a region with lots of great sandy beaches, simple mountain walks, fjords, valleys, rivers and water. Throughout the area you will find well-marked hiking tours with shelters, bonfires and bathing opportunities. The region has five national parks, including Sjunkhatten, which is called the children's national park. It is easily accessible and extends over the municipalities of Bodø, Fauske and Sørfold.

Festivals in Salten:
There are many festivals in the region, especially in the summer. Here you will find an overview of festivals in Bodø/Salten.

Some of our favorite kids activities:

* Nordlandsbadet is open all year, and is very popular among children and teenagers. Here you can spend many hours, perhaps particularly when the weather is bad. Here the kids can play in slides, power channels, wave pools and diving boards. In summer, the outdoor pool is also open.

* Stormen library has a great children's section and cafe where you can replenish with energy. Award-winning architecture and content-rich departments provide a library experience beyond the ordinary. The storm concert hall has many productions, also for children. Check out the program when you come to town - we recommend seeing a show in the new concert hall!

* The Norwegian Aviation Museum has a great new exhibition. With the app Bædi & Børdi, the smallest get a fun, digital travel guide that guides the children through the museum. The slightly larger children can look for yellow boxes and solve tasks, while the whole family can finish the trip in the family area The Air Room with cool air experiments. Here are hosts all July, with first class model flight simulator, parental parking and exciting play with air. The hosts have new activities for the kids every single day. In addition, the museum has opened a Lego room, where the kids can unleash their imagination on a four-meter-long Lego-table, with tons of Lego.

* The Nordland Museum has 20 different museums and many child-friendly events  throughout the year. Check their calendar here.

* In the town center you will find Royal Bowling, where adults and kids can settle down with bowling, billiards, snooker, golf simulator, shuffleboard, air hockey and slot machine games.

* Bodø Action Hall offers laser roof, escape room, paintball and much more for young and old. The Action Hall is located on the 2nd floor of Glasshuset in Bodø city center (entrance by Bjørk Restaurant).

* Newton Flight Academy offers one of the coolest experiences in the city - in a full motion flight simulator. Here you can take off from Bodø Airport and admire the landscape while trying to master the flight in a realistic way. Very fun for the whole family. Children under the age of 12 can try this if they are accompanied by an adult.

* A ride in the RIB to Saltstraumen will offer lots of action for the biggest kids. If you are extra daring it is possible to go snorkelling in Saltstraumen, while the smallest can see the world's strongest maelstrom from the shore. There are also very good fishing opportunities here all year round.

* The Salmon Center has free entrance and offers guided tours, focusing on the aquaculture industry. Salmon Center can be found both in the center of Bodø and in Inndyr (Gildeskål).

* In the summer, the children can meet Pelle Police Car himself. The small police car with the big heart welcomes children every Wednesday at 13.00, outside the police house. The event is free.

* The Emperor path up to the Keiservarden is a great trip for the children as well. The tour starts 10 minutes by car from the center, and the sherpa path makes it relatively easy to walk to the top, without steep climbs. At the top there is a shelter that provides protection if the weather is bad. The view from here is formidable.

* The interactive playground on the town square (opposite the Glass House) is popular with the slightly larger children. Here they can be active in a different and fun way.

* Walking along the harbour (Moloen) is very popular with both residents and visitors in Bodø. In the summer we recommend a stop at the Molokroken café, where you can buy juice, waffles and ice cream. If you take a picnic basket with you, you can also sit on the rock by Molostua and relax while admiring the view of the city and all the boats coming in. The kids can wave to Hurtigruten when it passes, or go exploring the area. When the tide is low, you will also find a very small sandy beach if you climb over the wall at the start of the trip. There are also benches that you can sit undisturbed on and enjoy the view.

* Bratten activity park can be found in spectacular surroundings north of the city center. This is an area adapted for families with small children, with electric Pelle cars, rebus tracks, frisbee golf, climbing ships etc. The facility is open to everyone.

* Visit Craig Alibone Chocolate and test the local macaroons, chocolates or the amazing ice cream he makes. Handmade in Bodø with the highest quality!

* Take a coffee or soda at the Top 13 (Radisson) or Roast at the Scandic Havet - and enjoy the view of the city. Nice for kids during the daytime.

* Take a street art walk through the city center. In Bodø there is lots of cool street art, which is easily accessible in a half hour walk.

* If the weather is bad, Lekedilla can help kill a few hours. Here children under 10 can ravage slides, trampolines, ballbinge and much more.

Outside the city:

* Bjørklund farm is situated on Strøksnes in Sørfold, north of Bodø. Raspberries, strawberries and vegetables are grown here. Fjøset has now become a café, where fresh baked goods and freshly harvested products from the field are served. At Strøksnes you can also visit Artigskogen, or take a detour from the E6 and visit beautiful Gjerdalen, Kobbvatnet or Vakkerlivatn.

* Meløy has a lot to offer. For example, a great family trip can go to Svartisen. There you can stay idyllically on Engen Farm, which is within walking distance of Svartisen. At the glacier you can eat at Brestua café, and by all means check out Svartisen Moose - where the children can greet and feed three domesticated moose. A great experience!

* Camping at idyllic Langsanda on Sandhornøy south of Bodø can be a nice introduction to the tent life, as there is a service building with a toilet and shower that is open to everyone. Thus, it is extra easy to bring the smallest kids on tour. In Gildeskål you can also get rented bikes, canoes, kayaks and other hiking equipment on Inndyr.

* If you are interested in outdoor activities, eg. Albmi Adventures take you on tour. They have climbing courses, river paddling, hiking, caving and much more on the program. Something for action-wanting teens maybe?

* Hamarøy not only offers great scenery - a visit to the Hamsun center and accommodation at Tranøy lighthouse should please most children and young people.

* Kjerringøy (north of Bodø) offers beautiful sandy beaches, Kjerringøy Handelssted with Bædi and Børdi for the smallest, Ramsalten wetland center and lots of other great attractions. A gem for the whole family!

* Finnvalli Nature Park, Vesterli (Misvær) - great area with bathing water, barbecue areas, hammocks, canoes. Perfect for a day trip. Read great blog posts about Finnvalli Natural Park here.