The best places to see the Northern Lights in Bodø and Salten

With its beautiful nature and hidden places, Bodø and Salten is a great place to spot the Northern Lights. Either you want to climb a mountain to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Aurora Borealis, or want a romantic night on the beach – we got it all in our region. Here we made a list of some places to experience the light – or maybe you want to find your own secret Northern Light spot?

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Many tourists are going to Bodø during the winther to see the Northern Lights. But where should you go to see it, to get the strongest lights? 

We spoke with some Northern Light photographers to get the best tips on where to go. The list contains places you can go alone, and places you can go with guides who will drive you around and help you take photos.

Use the map at the bottom to see where the places are.

By yourself:

Turisthytta (Keiservarden parking lot)

At the parking lot on the mountain you will get an amazing view over the city and the ocean. The mountain is close to the city center, so you can walk there from the city, take the bus or drive there yourself.

If you decide to drive up, be sure to remember to turn off the car lights when you reach the top. The lights will make the Northern Lights look weaker.


Mjelle is a beautiful beach just about a 30 minute drive from downtown Bodø. The beach itself is worth a visit, but with the Northern Lights above it will be even more magical.

Engeløya (Batterie Dietl)

Many of the most eager Northern Lights photographers are recommending this place, which is located on the northern side of Engeløya, Steigen.

Here you wont get too much light pollution, and a great view over the dark sky. This island is located in Steigen, which is a three hour drive from Bodø.

Accomondation in Steigen: Click here to see places to spend the night.

 Engeløya in Steigen is a very popular place for photographers to see the Northern Lights Foto: Kamilla Lund 

READ MORE: How to take the best photos of the Northern Lights 


Sandhornøya is an island located 1,5 hours outside Bodø city centre. The island is known for its long and beautiful beach, which is a perfect place to experience the Aurora.

There is a bridge to the island, so you don’t have to worry about ferry times.


Løp is a 15 minute drive from Bodø Centre. Here you can watch the Northern Lights from the beach. It is not far to walk, and you will get a magical sight of the lights reflecting in the water.


If you are planning a trip to Kjerringøy, you can combine a night watching the Northern Lights, with traveling to Kjerrinøy the next morning. Festvåg is a great place to see the lights and is also where the ferry leaves. It takes about 30 minutes to drive here.


This is one of the most popular places to take a bath in Bodø during the summer, but it is also a fantastic place to see the Northern Lights during the winter.

Northern Lights photographers are recommending this place because of the reflections from the ocean and the lack of lights from the city.

You will find the popular place 10 km from Bodø, and it takes about 15 minutes to drive.

The Polar Circle on Saltfjellet is a very populra place to take photos of the Northern Lights. Photo: Tommy Pettersen 

Arranged tours: 

The Arctic Circle

On top of the mountain, Saltfjellet, we have the Polar Circle. It is an amazing place to see the Northern Lights if you want the mountain feeling.

The mountain is 129 km from Bodø, and it takes about two hours to drive. If you don’t have a car, we recommend booking a guided tour with Polar Tours. They will pick you up in Bodø and drive you both ways.

It costs 1490 NOK. Book your trip here.


This mountain is ideally situated on edge of the Northern Lights oval, the area in which you are most likely to experience the magnificence of the Northern Lights.

We recommend you to book a guided tour with Jakobsbakken Mountain Resort. They will safely pick you up in Bodø, and also drive you home that same night.

For 2500 NOK you will get the transport, bonfire, coffee and food with the Northern Lights.

The trip can be booked here.