Bodø – European Capital of Culture in 2024

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Step into the Heart of Arctic Culture!

Bodø is the first European Capital of Culture north of the Arctic Circle.

The year will be filled with 1000 cultural events, and the program will follow the light throughout the year in the arctic.

It will be the largest cultural happening in Norway in over a decade.

Scroll to see our best tips during the year!

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Coming Highlights during the year

Highlights March – May

Spring Optimism

Blossoming together

The season embodies the spirit of renewal, forward thinking, and youth. We celebrate the boundless optimism that blooms as the Arctic landscape awakens from its winter slumber. As the northernmost region above the Arctic Circle, Nordland experiences a rapid transformation in daylight, visible to the naked eye from one day to the next.

This season is not only about the physical transition from darkness to light but also about the renewal of the human spirit. ‘Spring Optimism’ is a time to come together, nurture togetherness, and reinforce our shared European identity. It’s an opportunity to cultivate a warm, democratic society and work collectively to prevent the onset of any new cold war. Join us as we embrace the optimism of spring, a season that inspires hope, unity, and a brighter future.

Events you don´t want to miss out on during spring

Tips for your spring adventure

Highlights June – August

Midsummer Madness

Embracing Arctic Summer’s Endless Light

When summer hits the Arctic, ‘Midsummer Madness’ takes over, bringing with it a sense of excitement and joy under the magical Midnight Sun. A special feeling of happiness and energy approach us during the long, bright summer nights in the northern regions, especially above the Arctic Circle.

‘Midsummer Madness’ represents a time of happiness and liveliness because of the unique experience of having daylight all day and night. It’s when people enjoy outdoor activities, spend time with friends and family, and take part in various celebrations that define the summer season. These celebrations include parties, concerts, outdoor games, as well as simpler pleasures like picking berries, fishing, or having a meal outdoors in the arctic nature.

Midsummer Madness events to check out

youth doing gymnastics in beautiful nature

Things to do in Bodø & Salten during summer

summer in the arctic is stunningly beautiful with white sandy beaches, steep mountains, crystal clear waters and midnight sun adventures

More tips for your summer adventure in Bodø & Salten

Highlights September – October

Autumn Storms

Navigating the Winds of Change

As autumn arrives in the Arctic, ‘Autumn Storms’ brings a season of cultural exploration and meaningful events. With shorter days and the return of northern lights, a unique atmosphere sets the stage for artistic expressions, discussions, and historical insights.

‘Autumn Storms’ marks a shift from lively summer to a deeper cultural exploration phase. The season provides a platform for discussing important matters, reflecting, and celebrating the intellectual and artistic richness of the Arctic. Engage in substantial topics, join insightful dialogues, and participate in diverse cultural events exploring politics, literature, and history.

Check out these autumn events

European Capital of Culture 2024

Things to do in Bodø & Salten during autumn

autumn is perfect for weekend getaways, unique accommodations and culinary delights

More tips for your autumn trip to Bodø & Salten

Highlights November – December

Arctic Light

Captivating Colors of the North

As the year ends in the Arctic, we embrace a season where even the ‘mørketid’ or ‘dark period’ becomes an inspiring canvas. Despite the lack of sunlight, the Arctic skies transform into a captivating display of colors.

‘Arctic Light’ marks a season of introspection and visual splendor, with the Northern Lights taking center stage. Immerse yourself in the captivating hues of the Arctic winter, where dimmed lights unveil enchanting colors and unexpected beauty.

We celebrate the Arctic’s unique character and cultural diversity, where the ever-changing light inspires artistic expressions, captivating art, and music.

Check out these arctic light events

Winter and wind at Keiservarden

Things to do in Bodø & Salten during winter

From snowy hikes to heartwarming holiday traditions, Bodø & Salten’s winter season is a true Arctic experience

Cultural experiences available the whole year around in Bodø & Salten

January – February

Here comes the sun

Welcoming back the sun

The return of the sun after the long polar night, marks a new beginning. In Nordland, the first rays of sunlight gently caress the landscape on January 13th, heralding the onset of a fresh season.

Throughout this season, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a dynamic array of Sami events, lose yourself in mesmerizing concerts, explore captivating art exhibitions, and be spellbound by performances that convey the unique experiences and profound history of the Sami people and the region.

Events you don´t want to miss out on during the first season of the Capital of Culture Year

culture night, Bodø centre

Things to do in Bodø & Salten during winter

We have gathered some tips for you when travelling here during the first arctic season

Check out our tips for your winter adventure

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