Cruises to Bodo

Bodo, Norway

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Bodo, Norway. Perched just north of the Arctic Circle, Bodo beckons visitors with its mesmerizing landscapes and an incredible array of marine life. As your cruise ship sails into the port, the sight of jagged mountains hugging the shoreline and the glittering Atlantic Ocean create an enchanting welcome. In Bodo, the stunning vistas are complemented by the beauty of the Saltstraumen, the world's strongest tidal current. Expect to be captivated by the rugged natural charm of this town, from the azure waters teeming with life to the stunning skies displaying the magical Northern Lights during winter nights.

Cruise ships in Bodo dock conveniently at the port, located just a short walk from the town center. Ships typically arrive in the morning, allowing travelers to explore the town and surrounding areas during the daylight hours. The stay at the port can range from a few hours to a full day, depending on the cruise itinerary. The harbor area itself is lively, boasting a range of facilities including restaurants, tourist information, and shops. It also serves as a starting point for many local tours and excursions.


The charming town of Bodo is an intriguing blend of old and new. Traditional Norwegian houses sit comfortably alongside modern architecture, creating a harmonious blend. The town center is lively, with a number of shops, cafes, and art galleries such as the Northern Norway Art Museum. A must-visit is the Norwegian Aviation Museum, where you can learn about Norway's aviation history. Bodo also offers stunning views of the Landegode Lighthouse, a vital navigation landmark since the 19th century.

Bodo, in the heart of Nordland county, boasts a rich cultural heritage and history. With a strong maritime tradition, the town has been an important fishing and trading port. Over the years, it has evolved, but its connection with the sea remains ingrained in its local customs and traditions. The Kjerringoy Old Trading Post, now a living museum, offers a deep dive into the region's history. Festivals like the Nordland Music Festival and Bodo Jazz Open, celebrate Bodo's vibrant cultural scene.

Attractions and Activities

For outdoor enthusiasts, Bodo presents a world of adventures. A boat tour to witness the phenomenon of Saltstraumen is a must, while fishing enthusiasts might be tempted to try their luck in the teeming waters. Guided hiking tours on the beautiful Bodo coastal trail offer awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscapes. Bird watching at the nearby island of Rost, home to the largest seabird colony in the Atlantic, is a rewarding experience. In winter, a northern lights chase adds another layer to the adventure.

Local Speciality

When it comes to food and drink, Bodo offers a range of local specialties. Fresh seafood, especially the Atlantic cod, is a must-try. The local lamb dish, Fenalar, is also quite popular. Bodo's thriving microbrewery scene presents a wonderful opportunity to sample some local craft beers. And no visit to Bodo would be complete without tasting the traditional Norwegian dessert, Multekrem, made from cloudberries.

While in Bodo, take the opportunity to purchase locally made souvenirs that reflect the town's maritime heritage and natural beauty. Local craft stores offer a variety of items including handmade jewelry, knitted products, and traditional Norwegian handicrafts. Kjerringoy Handelssted, an old trading post, is a great place to find unique local products. Buying local also supports the community, making it a win-win proposition.

Best time to visit Bodo

The ideal time to visit Bodo largely depends on your interests. The summer months, when the town basks in the light of the Midnight Sun, are perfect for hiking and wildlife spotting. Winters, although chilly, offer the magical spectacle of the Northern Lights. Notable events include the Nordland Music Festival in August and the Bodo Jazz Open in February, bringing the town alive with music and festivities.

Bodo Cruise Schedule

A visit to Bodo, with its enchanting landscapes and warm hospitality, offers an authentic Norwegian experience. Its rich maritime history, thrilling outdoor activities, and delectable local cuisine create a tapestry of experiences that stay etched in memory. Whether you're watching the world's strongest maelstrom or tasting the local craft beer, Bodo ensures every moment is unforgettable. This captivating town above the Arctic Circle offers a peek into the soul of Norway, making it a highlight of any Norwegian Fjords cruise.