BODØ AMID HISTORY, ART AND NATURE: NORWEGIAN AVIATION MUSEUM, BODIN CHURCH AND RØNVIKFJELLET VIEWPOINT
Culture & local gems , Less than 1 hour walking
In a nutshell
The ideal tour to visit some of the symbols of the picturesque and lively city of Bodø: from the Norwegian Aviation Museum displaying an exceptional collection of military and civilian period aircraft and the church of Bodin combining different architectural styles to the Rønvikfjellet viewpoint to admire the whole of Bodø and the Lofoten Wall.
- Tour of picturesque Bodø
- Norwegian Aviation Museum with military and civilian period aircraft
- Bodin church with onion-shaped dome
- Rønvikfjellet viewpoint with 360° views of Bodø and the surroundings
- We leave the port behind us and get ready to discover the lively and picturesque city of Bodø on the northern shore of Saltfjorden just north of the Arctic Circle. The city was founded in 1816 as an alternative to Bergen for commercial fishing activities and herring in particular. On 27th May 1940, during the Second World War, Bodø was heavily bombed and razed to the ground by the Germans. Its reconstruction only ended in 1959 and changed the city completely.
- Today, Bodø has a population of about 46,500 (in 2009) and is a busy trading hub as well as the administrative centre of Nordland county. It is known as the “City of the Sea Eagle” due to the strong presence of white-tailed eagles and, due to its position north of the Arctic Circle and provides visitors with the chance of experiencing the midnight sun in summer (June 2nd - July 10th) and the polar night in winter (December 15th-29th).
- Our first stop is at the Norwegian Aviation Museum displaying numerous period examples of military and civilian aircraft covering an area of 10,000 sq metres. From the main road, we immediately spot the building's unique modern grey outline with tinted windows and looking like a giant propeller. Inaugurated in 1994 as the National Museum of Norway, it is now visited by over 40,000 people a year and displays many aircraft dating back to the Second World War such as the famous Spitfire fighter, Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, bomber Junkers JU 88 and surveillance aircraft U2 as well as other famous models such as JU 52, Twin Otter and F28.
- We continue our tour and reach the church of Bodin, a lovely stone church with an onion-shaped dome located approximately 3 km from the centre. Built originally around 1240, it is the oldest building in Bodø. The exterior was considerably altered during the Lutheran Reform, which also added the bell tower, while the interior was embellished with a series of Baroque elements in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Renaissance pulpit dates back to 1650 while the Baroque altar, one of the church treasures, was made in 1670. The nave was added in 1784, though the Medieval part of the church was demolished in 1894 and a replica was then rebuilt.
- We leave the church of Bodin behind us and head to the third and last stop on our excursion - the Rønvikfjellet viewpoint located 2 km from the city centre and 164 metres above sea level. This peak, which offers lovely 360° views of Bodø and its surroundings, is named after Wilhelm II, the German Emperor and King of Prussia who visited it in 1899 and, every summer, it provides a wonderful setting for live music evenings.