City of the sea eagle
When you return home from Bodø, you'll have memories that will last a lifetime. One of the most striking of these will be your recollection of the magnificent sea eagles that fly above the city and rest on the rocky outcrops of the shore.
It's these graceful and proud birds that have given Bodø the title city of the sea eagle. They are one of the unique attractions of this alluring part of the world.
Another sight that attracts hundreds of thousands of travellers to Bodø each year is Saltstraumen, the world's most powerful maelstrom.
The word maelstrom suggests conflict and force. This is exactly what you can witness in breathtaking form here in Bodø. There are two fjords on the city's coastline that have a 2-mile (3-km) long and 492-ft. (150-metre) wide sound between them. Four hundred million cubic metres of water rush into the sound every six hours at speeds of up to 20 knots. The result is an incredible sight of thunderous waves and spinning whirlpools.
The Saltstraumen maelstrom is exhilarating to watch. For something more relaxing, visit Kjerringøy Island 30 minutes or so by car from Bodø. Smaller islands and rocks shelter this remarkably scenic place and help create an alpine environment. You can wander on sandy white beaches and rest on the top of impressive cliffs.
While you’re here, don’t forget to call in at the famous Kjerringøy Trading Post. The historical wooden buildings sit picturesquely among the delightful island setting.
Bodø is very much a centre for outdoor pursuits. Fishing in the nearby lakes and rivers is excellent. The trout and salmon are of particularly good quality. You can also take to the sea and try your luck fishing from a chartered boat.
Other pursuits include hiking, cycling and guided walks. You're unlikely to run out of places in Bodø to engage in these activities. There are 17 nature reserves within the municipal borders of Bodø that you can visit. There's also a popular recreation area at Geitvågen 10 km north of the city.
While outdoors, you may wish to experience the midnight sun, although you can do so only from 2 June to 10 July. If you can't make these dates, consider travelling to Bodø in the autumn or winter. Weather permitting, the astonishing light display of the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights, will amaze and entertain you.
Norwegian Aviation Museum
One of the other chief attractions of Bodø is the Norsk Luftfartsmuseum, or Norwegian Aviation Museum. You will almost certainly pass it when you visit Bodø. It’s a striking piece of modern architecture on the main road close to the city centre.
The glass and steel structure of the museum is in the shape of a two-bladed propeller. Inside, there are two main exhibition halls, one for civilian aircraft and the other for military planes. Some of these planes are rare and well worth a visit.
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