Family weekend in Saltdal & Bodø

Bring your family on a weekend escape to Bodø & Salten. Our city and region have loads of indoor and outdoor activities that young and old alike will enjoy. It’s hard to find time for everything during a weekend, but here are some of the highlights you should try to fit in.

Day 1: Go on a road trip to Saltdal

The inland nature in Saltdal is beautiful regardless of the season. Discover many large forests and nice trails. The national park municipality has many wonderful hikes and experiences for culture and outdoor enthusiasts. Saltdal is just over an hour’s drive from Bodø.


The first experience of the day is a walk to the majestic Ingeborgfossen waterfalls. This is a wonderful and easy walk, which the whole family can manage. You will be rewarded with a fantastic view!


Rognan is the municipal administrative centre in Saltdal. It’s a natural place to stop along the route, with shops, cafés and places to stay. Right in the centre of Rognan, you will find the century-old pier where you can experience one of the last authentic building environments in Norway. If you are lucky, you may meet boat builder Kai Linde, who builds charming Nordland boats.

The bike path in Saltdal

A bike path has been developed throughout Saltdal municipality – right from Storjord to Rognan or vice versa. The stretch between Storjord and Nordnes follows an idyllic nature trail through a forest and beautiful nature. You will find benches and a rustic shelter on this route. The stretch from Nordnes to Rognan combines a purpose-built path and parts of the “old road” through Saltdal farmyard and along the banks of the Saltdal river. The path is well marked with signs the entire way.

You can rent bikes at Nordnes Kro & Camping

If you drive (or bike) all the way in to Storjord, you can visit the Nordland National Park Centre – a visitor centre for the nine national parks in Nordland County. You will find an activity yard and nature guidance – an educational and fun experience for young and old alike. Experience art and nature exhibitions in beautiful architecture and picturesque surroundings. The building also houses an art gallery devoted to the paintings by Per Adde and Kajsa Zetterquist.

The climbing area near the Nordland National Park Centre is popular with children. The place is an ideal starting point for various walks and hikes in the area.

Lunch at Nordnes Kro & Camping

Nordnes Kro & Camping serves various dishes for lunch and dinner. Try the exciting Salten treat Møsbrømlefse! 

You can also buy fishing licences here.

Fishing in the Saltdal river

The Saltdal river is renowned for good salmon fishing and is a perfect place for fly fishing. One of the best fishing spots is at Storjord, where two rivers, the Junkerdalselva and Lønselva, merge and form the Saltdal river.

We would like to remind you about the importance of good fishing etiquette.

Our recommendations in Saltdal

Day 2: Active indoor activities

If the weather is unfavourable, Bodø has a wide range of indoor activities suitable for the whole family. 

Norwegian National Aviation Museum & Newton Flight Academy

Experience Norwegian history through civil and military aviation. The Norwegian National Aviation Museum is an enormous museum full of huge aircraft, strange inventions, historic artefacts and fascinating stories. The “Bædi & Børdi” app is a digital travel guide that guides the youngest visitors through the museum in a fun way. Slightly older children can look for yellow boxes and solve problems, while the whole family can conclude their visit in the family area featuring cool air experiments.

If you are keen for more action, the family can test their skills in the flight simulators at Newton Flight Academy just outside the museum. Try taking the controls of the aircraft on the approach to Bodø.

Thing to do with the kids

The Kids Dream Day


Right next door to the Norwegian National Aviation Museum is Northern Norway’s largest indoor water park, Nordlandsbadet, which is the perfect place for children who love the joys of water play. Highlights here include water slides, a diving platform, wave pool and lazy river. You can spend many hours at Nordlandsbadet. 

Mørkvedhallen Climbing Centre

This is a big favourite among children in Bodø – and with good reason. This is one of Norway’s largest and newest indoor climbing centres. At Mørkvedhallen Climbing Centre, you can try bouldering, rope climbing, auto-belay climbing or play in the children’s room.

Bodø Action Hall

Discover 800 m² of action and fun! Try laser tag, virtual reality experiences, the escape room or arcade. Bodø Action Hall is easily accessible in the heart of downtown Bodø.

Lasertag // Foto: Bodø Actionhall

Dinner at one of Bodø’s child-friendly restaurants

Bodø has several child-friendly restaurants, but if we ask the children they often recommend classics like Peppes Pizza and Egon. Both offer children’s menus and children’s playrooms, which always prove popular.

Day 3: Outdoor activities

Use your final day to explore the wonderful North Norwegian nature and the spectacular natural phenomena in the area.

Saltstraumen – the world’s strongest tidal current

No trip to this region is complete without experiencing Saltstraumen. 

This natural phenomenon is equally spectacular, whether you are age seven or 70. When the tide turns, huge volumes of water must pass through a narrow strait, forming enormous whirlpools in the water. Saltstraumen can be observed from the land or on the water in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB). No matter which option you chose, a spectacular experience awaits!

Get inspired

Family trip to Saltstraumen


The Bodø & Salten region is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. Explore the nature just outside your hotel – hike to the top of Bodø’s city mountain Keiservarden (The Emperor’s Cairn), light a fire on the beach or check out one of the spectacular waterfalls in the region.

Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

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