Autumn in Bodø & Salten

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Autumn is Coming!

– and we look forward to bringing out the cozy wool sweater, lighting candles, and snuggling up under a blanket with a warm cup of cocoa.

Just as much, we look forward to the trees changing colors, picking berries in the wilderness, discovering new food at restaurants, going on road trips on weekends, and hunting for the northern lights.

Bring your friends on a autumn trip

Weekend in Bodø

Weekend trip suggetions

A long weekend is delightful for unwinding. Whether you want a romantic getaway with your partner, a city trip with friends, or an activity-filled family trip to enjoy quality time together.

Check out these suggestions for weekend trips in Bodø & Salten.

What’s on this autumn?

Check out these autumn tips

We have tried to make the planning a little easier for you:

Cultural activities

National museums, award-winning architecture, renowned festivals, street art, and historical sites. Bodø is set to become the European Capital of Culture in 2024, and for good reason.

Go Northern Lights Hunting!

In September, the northern lights season starts in Bodø & Salten, and if you are lucky enough to witness it, you will have a magnificent experience. It leaves everyone in awe, whether you have lived in the north your whole life or are seeing it for the first time.

For the best chance to experience the northern lights, we recommend booking a tour with a local guide. They know exactly where and when to take you for the best view.

If you choose to go on your own, there are some things you should keep in mind. Here are our tips:

  1. Ensure it is completely dark and clear weather (there should be no clouds). Late in the evening is often best in the fall, even though it gets dark earlier.
  2. Go to a location outside the city where you can look north – it gives you the best chance.
  3. Light from the car or flashlight may be enough to prevent you from seeing the northern lights. So turn it off.
  4. You can find the northern lights forecast here.

How to take the best photos of the Northern Light

Taste the Autumn Produce at Our Exceptional Restaurants

In recent years, Bodø has seen an explosion of high-quality dining establishments. Here, you can indulge in dishes made from arctic ingredients, well-composed menus, and genuine northern hospitality.

Several of the city’s eateries have wine lists listed on the renowned Star Wine list. Others brew their own beer or serve local delicacies such as Møsbrømlefse and grilled stockfish, either in a traditional way or with a modern twist.

Inspiration for Your Culinary Journey

Come taste the passion

Get to know Bodø & Salten's food enthusiasts

Here are our recommendations for those who are on the lookout for magnificent and somewhat unique culinary experiences.


Salten’s local delicacy that you simply MUST try

Go hiking this autumn

In Salten, we are blessed with beautiful nature and well-maintained hiking trails. Large parts of the area are national parks, and autumn is the perfect time to explore new hiking destinations.

Hiking recommendations for autumn

Explore Saltens National Parks

Salten is home to a remarkable five out of nine national parks in Nordland, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

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