Boden initially was a town known as a railway junction in Northern Sweden and is also famous for the Boden Fortress that was constructed in the beginning of 20th Century, built to protect and defend Sweden’s from likely encounter from the Russians (and the Britons for a while!) and was the center of northern defense. The mission was to protect what today is called the Northern Mega-Structure Complex, which means the iron-ore mines and fields in the far north, the railway to transport the ore and the harbors ship it out. This was, and still is the lifeblood of northern Sweden and foreigners was not permitted to stay in Boden until 1997, in the aftermath of the end of the Cold War. Since then, the town has taken an other direction and is now internationally thriving and “aliens” are now welcomed with open arms. This history turned into a Defence Museum and one preserved fortress (out of 5). Many former military buildings and facilities have now found new uses, among them the old Oatmeal Magazine that was turned into a fantastic Art Gallery. There is now a wide selection of things to do in Boden from activities, tours, attractions, shopping and more- Please see below to perfect your break away.
Tours, attractions and activities
Apart from our Activity Program you can do: Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Visit the Sami, Area 66 – Lasergame, Dog Sleigh, Snowmobile, Horse Drawn Sleigh, Arctic Horse Riding and Chasing the Aurora Borealis- Northern Lights. Find more options on this link that will take you to the local tourism board
You can also check what’s cocking on this Event-link.
A popular attraction – Northern Lights, can be made available for the best views, our watchers based in wilderness camps are on a 45 minute alert, ready to organize the best view for an amazing display show. On arrival your host will provide you with reindeer fur to lie in the snow, keeping you warm while you watch the Arctic skies sparkle.
Boden is situated 110 km south of the Arctic Circle. If you so whish, we can take your there and arrange a Arctic Circle Ceremony and you receive a Arctic Circle Certificate. This activity is not included in our program, but we´ll be happy for any inquiry in good time before takeoff.
Other local amenities in Boden
It is quite easy to navigate in the town. The two highest buildings, the Bodensia Hotel, in the very center, and the church, standing in the north, can bee seen from almost everywhere. The main street runs roughly from east to west. It starts at the train-station as “Kungsgatan” (King’s Street), ends up at the beginning of the pedestrian area and continues as “Drottninggatan” (Queen’s Street) through that area and continues across the railway and finally ends up by the Military Garrisions.
The Statoil gas station is always open. It is more like an American drugstore, except the drugs and has a Mini-market, with ready-made hamburgers, sausages, soft-drinks, beer, cigarettes, papers, etc.
Systembolaget – Only one – at the end of the pedestrian area, going west.
Frasse’s – Across the street from the Bodensia Hotel.
MAX Hamburgers – with a DriveThru. Is located on the fringe of town, eastwards. Get a cab or a map and have a nice walk.
Allstar Sportsbar – A bit more sophisticated burgers. Close to # 43 Mini-Mall
Tea & Coffee
There are three nice Café’s in the pedestrian area of the town Centre and the Enter mall: — Hanson’s Café, Opalen Café and Le Croissant.
If you take a walk to the Defence Museum, they have a small café, or you could extend the walk a few hundred meters to the Retro Café in the old garrison.
Zorba’s is closest to the Centre and you find “Tre Kronor” close to the railway station. In the other direction you find “Milano” on the other side of the railway crossing.
Approximately 20 places around the town where you can have some kind of lunch, recommendations below:
The Bodensia Restaurant, Norrigården (Old farmhouse close to the church), Allstar Sportsbar, The Ming Palace, Oregano, Da Vinci
Eating Out (Dinner)
The Bodensia Lobby-bar, Allstar Sportsbar, Pär & Mikkes, The Bull and Susie Q’s.
International & Special
Far East – Vietnamese, Thai & Kök, Arctic Thai Grill, Ming Palace – Chinese, Panelen – Meat, The Bull – Meat, Allstar Sportsbar – American, Sushi & Te – Japanese, Susie Q`s – American
Subs & Sandwich
Subway (in the #43 Mini-mall) and Dagoberts (Dagwood’s)
A unique exposition of Boden during the great wars and the Cold one – How “The Baltic Lock” rose & got obsolete. (Get cab or map and have a nice walk)
Visit the Aqua Park
The Nordpoolen Aqua Park (500 m from the town centre – one of Sweden’s best)
The “Strajk Alley” Bowling Alley – close to the Ice-hockey arena. Go west.
Strand Fysiocenter (400 m walk toward the railway station, by the lakeside) and Strand24 (300 m in the other direction, close to the pedestrian area.
At the Nordpoolen Aqua Park and Fitness24seven at #43 Mini-mall
The Pagla Slopes (Smaller slope for kids and early beginners. There is a ski tow – get cab or map)
The Storklinten Slopes (Alpine skiing– 200 m drop and ski rental. Call us to get you there)
The Illuminated Tracks (Several around town– closest behind the church)
Ski Equipment Rental
Skifix (Get a map or a cab)
The Storklinten Slopes (In the shop)
The Saga Theatre – sometimes there is direct live (digital) Opera from the Metropolitan, NY and other opera houses.
There are several places. Best way is to check at the Tourist Office
Indoors (Rent skates & get information at the Tourist Board)
Outdoors (as above)
Lotus Night Club (on top of The Bull) or Allstar Night Club.
Taxi & Buses
There are three cab companies in the town. Largest with 24h service, air-port service and most cars are Boden Taxi (0921-177 00). Next in size is Taxi 16 000 (0921-16 000), also with air-port service and operates most of the time, but closed when demand is very low. Taxi 16 000 operates with fixed prices for frequent fares. Cat Cab, (0921-50 400) is mainly operating at peak demand and have few cars. They are very service minded and doesn’t mind if you call at off hours and help you if they can.
There are local and regional lines. The local takes you almost everywhere within the town limits, with 4 different lines (link for timetable here). For the villages in the community and other places in the region there is NLL. As the region is sparsely populated take off times are not frequent, but you get where you want. It is recommended that you make up your plans in good time.
Time-tables and service net-work maps can be found at the Tourist Office in the Enter Shopping Mall.
Call us to take you out on a safari! An additional charge of £50.00 is levied for the use of individual machines and should the snowmobile suffer accidental damage, you, the customer is liable for the first 9000SEK of the cost of repairs, so please drive carefully.
Occasionally the weather conditions may be unsuitable or other circumstances may cause changes to the itinerary. We reserve the right to change the program if this should be the case
Although we provide all guests with high quality extreme weather clothing for the duration of their visit; in the form of hats, boots, suits and mitts. We must point out to all visitors that we strongly recommend that you travel in warm clothing; waterproof footwear and wear hats and gloves. Additional personal clothing should include thermal under garments, wool or thermal socks and additional layers of lightweight clothing such as vests. The temperatures really can be quite extreme and it is much more fun when you are warm!