Bodø is a town and a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. Bodø, located just north of the Arctic Circle, is the largest urban area and city in Nordland county, and the second-largest in North Norway. The village of Bodø was granted township status in 1816.
The town lies just north of the Arctic Circle where the midnight sun is visible from 2 June to 10 July. Due to atmospheric conditions, there is no true polar night in Bodø, but because of the mountains south of Bodø, the sun is not visible from the city from early December to early January.
The municipality of Bodø has lots of wilderness to offer hikers. About 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of Bodø lies the popular recreation area Geitvågen. The area is inhabited by a large number of white-tailed eagles. Sjunkhatten National Park is partly located in Bodø municipality, and there are also 17 nature reserves. Sundstraumlian nature reserve has undisturbed mixed forest with marble bedrock, Skånland with coastal pine forest, Børvatnet protecting a birch forest with many orchids, and Bliksvær nature reserve with well-preserved coastal nature of many types and a rich bird life.
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