12 things to do with youth this summer

Summer holiday in Northern Norway? Is there anything exciting to do there? Absolutely! This is our “summer bucket list”. See how many activities you can cross off your buck list this summer. Remember to share them on Snap, Insta and Tik Tok.

2021-04-2419:34 Julie Abelsen

Rib-rafting i Saltstraumen 

How about an action-packed RIB safari in the world’s strongest tidal current? Fitted out with a flotation suit, life jacket and goggles, you will be warm and safe as you speed across the fjord towards mighty Saltstraumen, regardless of the weather. Stella Polaris and Explore Salten can take you on an exciting RIB safari to Saltstraumen including white-tailed eagles, history and a few tall tales added in for good measure.

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RIB-rafting in Saltstraumen, Photo: Tommy Andreassen

Saltstraumen from land, Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

Snorkling i Saltstraumen 

If you want to experience this natural phenomenon from below the surface, you can join Nord & Ne on guided diving or snorkelling trip in Saltstraumen. 

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Steinbit i Saltstraumen, Foto: Saltstraumen Dykkecamp


Join a fishing trip by boat with Arctic Cruise or Explore Salten, or fish from the rocks on a bright summer’s night and return with fresh fish for supper.

Fishing, Photo: Explore Salten


If you enjoy excitement and dare to have a physical challenge and test your fear of heights, you could climb to the summit of Strandåtinden at Kjerringøy on a guided excursion with Albmi Adventures, or join Nordland Adventures up to the summit of Stetind in Tysfjord. Imagine sending a Snap from the top of Norway’s national mountain! If you prefer the lowlands, you can test your climbing skills at Mørkvedhallen Climbing Centre.

Stetind, Foto: Nordland Turselskap

Klatring på Stetind, Foto: Kenneth Haeger

Mørkvedhallen Climbing Center 

Mørkvedhallen Climbing Center is one of Europe's newest and most modern indoor climbing facilities. This is a favorite with both young people and adults in Bodø. Try automatic filing system, high rope walls up to 15 meters, boulder walls and lots more.

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Foto: Mørkvedhallen Klatresenter


There are many caves in the Salten region. On a guided caving trip with Nordland Adventures, you can experience huge giant’s kettles, wonderful stalactites and foaming waterfalls in Aspfjordgrotta. Albmi Adventures can also take you on an exciting caving adventure.

Grottetur, Foto: Erik Thallaug

Glacier walking 

If you want to try glacier walking, you can make the trip to the Svartisen glacier in Meløy, just a 90-minute drive from downtown from Bodø. Svartisen is Norways second biggest glacier, and one of the most accessible in Europe. Also it is the perfect insta-spot for your holiday photos!

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Glacier walking, Photo: Arctic Wanderlust

Glacier Walking, Photo: Arctic Wanderlust

Svartisen seen from Brestua café, Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

Sea kayaking 

This wonderful nature-based experience brings you get closer to the birds and fish and gives you a whole new feeling of being a part of it all. Hush. Is that an otter swimming past? Everything occurs safely and on nature’s terms on a guided sea kayaking trip with Rett kjøl. Remember your camera.

Kajakkpadling, Foto: Karoline O.A. Pettersen


Many places rent out gear for Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). Check out the options where you are. At BUA you can rent lots of equipment for free.

SUP, Foto: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

Flight simulator and Norwegian Aviation Museum 

Fulfil your dream of flying with a session in a flight simulator at the Newton Flight Academy, and experience the surprisingly interesting civil and military aviation history at the Norwegian National Aviation Museum, which is the largest aviation museum in Europe and covers 10,000 m².

Photo: Marthe Mølstre/Norwegian Aviation Museum

Flight simulators, Photo: Marthe Antonsen

Royal Bowling eller Bodø Action Hall 

Take your gang for some competitive action at Royal Bowling or Bodø Actionhall. Bry pool, lazertag, escaperooms and more!

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> Bodø Action Hall

Pool at Royal Bowling, Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

Nordlandsbadet Water Park 

We can’t guarantee that the bathing temperature will reach 20 ˚C at all the wonderful beaches in the Salten region, but we certainly can at the Nordlandsbadet indoor water park. It’s always warm enough to swim here.

Photo: Bodø Spektrum