Car hire from Bodø Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
Bodø is a small town in the centre of Norway on the fringe of the fjords. It’s an area of epic natural beauty with a few ferry routes to other islands in the area, as well as being an easy access point for the Lofoten Islands.
Where to hire a car in Bodø Airport
There are a number of car hire companies available to use in Bodø airport, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. There is a small choice of cars available that are suitable for exploring this part of the country, including hatchbacks, estates and SUVs.
Petrol stations close to Bodø Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a petrol station almost immediately outside of the airport. Take the Riksveg 80 to the right when leaving the airport, and the fuelling station will be on your left after 1.7km.
Driving around Bodø Airport
The roads around Bodo are in a good condition, however you may want to consider alternative transportation if you’re travelling during winter or between islands. In peak season, car rentals move fast in northern Norway, so it’s recommended that you always book in advance. Generally, the speed limit in Norway is 80km per hour. It’s fairly easy to reach the E6 from bodo, which connects north and south Norway. Major ferry routes from the area depart from Bodo.
Popular destinations to drive to from Bodø Airport
Bodø is home to Aspmyra Stadium, as well as a ferry dock which operates several routes to and from Moskenes and Vaeroy. There are a few places to stay in Bodo, before you start exploring the rest of Norway’s magic hinterland.
Bodo Airport is quite literally on the edge of the town of Bodø, just follow the directions outside of the airport to reach the town. There are some central car parks in Bodo, which are useful if you’re stopping by the shops. All drivers in Norway pay an annual public parking fee, which you should discuss with your car vendor. Electric cars are exempt from the fee.
This is another island just south of Bodo, ideal for exploring the fjords in this area. To reach it, follow the RV80, then turn left onto the Fv17. Continue on this toll road to reach Saltstraumen. This journey takes just 30 minutes.
Saltfjellet–Svartisen National Park
This park is a favourite with adventurers, with many of Norway’s most dramatic peaks and glaciers all within 30 minutes of each other. The Svartisen Glacier is perfect for serious climbers, too.
If you continue past Saltstraumen, you’ll be treated to epic views of fjords and Norwegian coastline. By following the Fv17 and the signs for Saltfjellet–Svartisen National Park, you’ll find yourself in one of the most picturesque parts of Norway, which actually borders Sweden.
Alternatively, drive north on the E6 outside of Bodo to discover more of Norway. This will bring you to the south of the Lofoten Islands, and if you continue you’ll reach north Norway – perfect for spotting the Northern Lights!