A Classic and Easy Day Hike to Mt. Keiservarden in Bodø

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Bodø, Norway
4 hours
All year
Minimum age:
16 years old


Looking for the classic Norway hike? Want to discover the famous Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun, along with some Instagram-ready vistas? Hiking Norway can mean a lot of different things, but hiking Keiservarden’s year-round trail is the total Norwegian experience.

With vistas 366 meters above sea level and Norway trails that anyone can master, hikers with a wide range of experience come out to master Bodø’s famous mountain plateaus. Keiservarden attracts a crowd year round. When the skies are clear, its plateaus deliver an incredible view of the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun – whichever happens, to be in season. More than beautiful skies, Keiservarden offers a gorgeous view of a nearby town, coastal islands, or surrounding mountain ranges.

On a clear day, from the highest point of the mountain, you’ll be able to spot the nearby islands of Værøy and Røst. This Norway hike is also one of the best ways to view the Bodø cityscape. Look east on a clear day and you’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the Børvasstind mountain range.

If you’re looking for a good Instagram story, you’ve found it.

There’s a beautiful backdrop in every direction, making these mountain plateaus the perfect place for trip photos. If it’s your first Norway hike – or perhaps you simply forgot your rugged hiking shoes at home – you can still experience everything Keiservarden has to offer. That’s because Sherpas from Nepal arrived in 2016 to carve a staircase alongside the hiking route, making it easy to get to the summit.

This classic Bodø hiking trip has it all – even a few historical references. Keiservarden, or the Emperor’s Cairn, gets its name from Emperor Wilhelm II’s visit to Norway. The German emperor hiked to the top of the mountain in 1891. At the summit, you’ll find a plaque commemorating the emperor’s hike to the top.

If you’re looking for the ultimate hiking Norway experience, Keiservarden delivers the goods. Check availability by choosing a date now.

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A knowledgeable English speaking guide with a sense of humor also full of passion for this area
Snow spikes and headlamps to be able to enjoy even when it's dark and in winter time
Transport from town centre and back after trip are included in the tour price





What to bring

Your own hiking gear suitable for the weather conditions
Good footwear, hiking boots or sturdy running shoes are recommended
A small daypack for your snack, camera and some extra clothing

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