Get the best of both worlds with spectacular nature experiences and buzzing city life in Bodø, situated in the southern part of Arctic Norway. This is an excellent base camp for your Arctic adventures. 

For the best northern lights experience, head out of town, to the surrounding area of Salten, where you can enjoy dramatic, pristine nature. Join a guided tour (local experts greatly increase your chances of seeing the northern lights and they know the best spots) or spend a few unforgettable days in a more remote spot. You might also be able to enjoy aurora with a cocktail in your hand at one of the city's stunning rooftop bars.

With its 50,000 inhabitants, Bodø is the hub of Salten. It has become a veritable cultural centre over the last years, thanks in large part to its award-winning new library and concert hall, Stormen. Bodø is gearing up to be the European capital of culture in 2024, so there is plenty to do and experience apart from the northern lights.

You can easily combine a few days in Bodø with some adventurous days in Lofoten or Vesterålen, or skiing in Narvik.

If you are the adventurous type, a RIB boat trip, dog sledding, or fishing are all strongly recommended. A visit to Saltstraumen, the world's strongest tidal current, is also a must.