11 autumn activities for families

There are many exciting family activities in Bodø & Salten – both cosy outdoor activities in the crisp autumn air and large indoor facilities for energetic children! Here are our autumn holiday recommendations for families with children.

2020-09-2912:47 Julie Abelsen

1. Bratten activity park

Bratten activity park is a paradise for children – just outside downtown Bodø. The young ones can drive electric “Pelle the police” cars at the mini traffic school, run across the grassy field and climb up the climbing frames. You will also find outdoor training equipment for teenagers and adults. If you get cold or hungry, have a break in the rustic shelter, light an open fire, grill sausages and enjoy the view of the island Landegode.

Mini “Pelle the police” cars at Bratten activity park, Photo: SL Media

A playground with a view at Bratten activity park, Photo: SL Media

2. Saltstraumen – The world’s strongest tidal current

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!

Read more about experiences at Saltstraumen

RIB trip at Saltstraumen. Photo: Tommy Andreassen

3. Dog sledding

When the ground is covered by snow in late autumn, dog sledding is a fantastic experience for young and old alike. Nordland Turselskap offers day trips in Bodø, while up in the high mountains at Sulis (where the snow comes earlier) you can og dog sledding at Jakobsbakken Mountain Resort. You can also spend a night here in a cosy accommodation at what was once an old mining village.

Dog sledding at Jakobsbakken. Photo: Visit Bodø

4. Outdoor parks

There are several outdoor parks in downtown Bodø for our youngest visitors to enjoy. The brand new Solparken (Sun Park) and playground on Torget is very popular among the locals. From here, it’s a short walk to cafés serving local coffee and the city’s best cinnamon buns. Rensåsparken has a skate park and a frisbee golf course, and if you head to Leif Jensson’s place in Vestbyen you will discover one of best playgrounds in town. In the autumn of 2020, a new playground and activity area featuring exciting play equipment opened at Kvartal 99.

Lake Bodøsjøen is also a wonderful outdoor area for those wishing to have a barbeque, feed the ducks and play on beach. This is also the site of the Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum, which opened in 2019 and features a fantastic exhibition and café.

Solparken. Photo: SL Media

5. Nordlandsbadet

Nordlandsbadet indoor water park is the perfect place for children who love the joys of water play with highlights such as water slides, a diving platform, wave pool and lazy river. You can spend many hours at Nordlandsbadet, especially on rainy autumn days.

Nordlandsbadet, Photo: Bodø Spektrum

6. 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.

Photo: Bodø Action Hall

7. 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 Mørkved climbing centre you can try bouldering, rope climbing, auto-belay climbing or play in the children’s room.

Photo: Mørkvedhallen Klatresenter

8. Norwegian National Aviation Museum and 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.

PHoto: Martin Losvik

9. Stormen library and concert hall

Stormen Cultural Quarter is situated in the heart of Bodø. Stormen Library has a fantastic children’s section and a café where you recharge your energy. It’s the perfect place to relax with a good book or take in other cultural impressions. Award-winning architecture and impressive sections combine to provide a library experience that is out of the ordinary. The library often arranges events and activities, so it’s not your typical “quiet” library. Stormen Concert Hall hosts many productions, including ones aimed at children. It seats 900 and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the world’s best concert halls for performing acoustic music. Check out the programme when you arrive in Bodø. We recommend attending a performance at the new concert hall!

Photo: Thomas Litangen

10. Royal Bowling

In downtown Bodø, you will find Royal Bowling, where young and old alike can enjoy bowling, play pool, snooker, shuffleboard, air hockey and arcade games.

Photo: Royal Bowling

11. 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.

See more places to eat in Bodø & Salten

Photo: Egon Bodø