7 things for groups of friends to do in Bodø

Are you going on holiday with a group of friends this autumn? If so, Bodø is a great choice! Here are some suggestions of what you can get up to.

2020-09-2912:52 Kristine Solli

1. Go to one of our best restaurants

Photo: Thomas Litangen

OhmaBjørkLyst på and Larsen Mat og Vinbar – we can mention one good restaurant after another, and all are in a class of their own. Try Ohma’s dry-fried beef strips or sushi, Bjørk’s delicious Italian pizza, Larsen’s fiesta menu or grilled stockfish at Lyst på. Wondering about grilled stockfish? We can confirm that it’s incredibly good.

Photo: Thomas Litangen. Restaurant Ohma. 

Larsen og Lyst på also have extremely good wine lists in a class rarely seen in Norway. Both are on the prestigious Star Wine List.

Photo: Thomas Litangen


2. Hike up to Keiservarden

Photo: Bodø Outdoors. The view from Keiservarden.

Many enjoy getting away from the city centre and heading up to a mountain summit. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to enjoy one of the nicest views, Keiservarden (The Emperor’s cairn). The route up Keiservarden starts from Maskinisten. The walk up to the cairn takes just over 30 minutes, is reasonably easy and you will be rewarded with wonderful views. You can also walk up in the evening and cross your fingers that the Northern Lights will appear. You can either walk from downtown Bodø to Maskinisten or catch the bus to the bus stop with the same name.

> See a description of the route up to Keiservarden


3. The bars with the best views

Photo: Scandic Havet. The view from Roast.

If you are in a festive mood, head out for a night on the town. Start your evening with good drinks at the sky bars Top 13 or Roast, which offer without doubt the best views of the city.

Photo: Thomas Litangen. Hundholmen.

If you get into the mood for louder music and dancing, we recommend heading to Hundholmen or Dama Di (PS: Hundholmen is also an extremely good restaurant.)


4. Go shopping

Photo: Ingrid Oline. Ingrid sells hand-drawn illustrations on everything from cards and gift tags to shopping bags and books.

Visit Northern Norway’s largest shopping centre City Nord, or the charming shopping centre Koch in downtown Bodø. Talking about downtown Bodø, you will also find many local shops selling unique products.

See our tips of the best place to go shopping in Bodø and Salten


5. Events at Stormen

Photo: Visit Bodø. Stormen Concert Hall.

Each Friday there is a lunch concert at Stormen Concert Hall. Entry is just NOK 50, including a coffee. It’s usually the Arctic Philharmonic performing, but sometimes others play. Stormen has many exciting events year-round, so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Attend a concert by Kristian Kristiansen, see a stand-up show by Tore Sagen or a performance by the National Norwegian Touring Theatre. You can also visit Stormen’s beautiful library, which is a library in a class of its own.


6. Relax at Spektrum Wellness Centre

Photo: Spektrum velvære

During a hectic holiday trip, it’s wonderful to completely relax at Spektrum Wellness Centre. You can choose between six different saunas, an indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, an ice grotto, footbaths and more. You can book various wellness treatments and massages. If you are feeling energetic, you can head down to the Nordlandsbadet indoor water park and dive into the pool.


7. Bowling and Action Hall

Photo: Bodø Action Hall

Royal Bowling has disco bowling during the weekend to set the mood for the evening. Challenge your friends to a few rounds of bowling, a game of pool or see who is best at shuffleboard. At Bodø Action Hall you can continue the competition with laser tag or work together as a group in the escape room.