Boden is an incredibly scenic town in the northern region of Sweden, and while it is a thriving hub for business, it also offers plenty of opportunities to relax, sightsee, and get out in nature. Corporate travelers visiting Boden for any amount of time and looking for things to do will be pleased to find that Boden has a nice mix of outdoor activities, as well as culture and charm that can be explored around every corner. At Guestly Homes, we know how important it is to have a balance between business and leisure, so we’ve put together some suggestions for ways our guests can take some time to unwind and immerse yourself in the local culture of Boden.
Outdoor activities are one of the most popular things to do in Boden, Sweden. Boden is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and lush green landscapes, making it a great location for outdoor enthusiasts or those who simply enjoy connecting with nature. The town offers a variety of outdoor activities all year long. In the summer, Boden residents take advantage of the longer days by spending time enjoying outdoor activities. Boden offers a variety of hiking trails and paths, from easy walks along the Lule River to more challenging trails through dense forests. Nearby nature reserves and national parks, such as Muddus National Park and Piteå Archipelago, provide ample opportunities for exploration and outdoor adventures. The area is also surrounded by many lakes and rivers, which are ideal for those that enjoy canoeing or kayaking. Getting out on the water is a wonderful way to connect with nature. It’s also a great way to enjoy viewing the local wildlife in their natural habitat. The Lule River and surrounding lakes are also a great place to go fishing for salmon, trout, and grayling.
In the winter, Boden transforms into a snowy wonderland, but the hearty locals and visitors continue to enjoy the peaceful landscape. Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and ice fishing are some of the most popular winter activities in the area. And of course with sturdy boots and warm layers, you can still enjoy hiking and taking walks in the nearby nature preserves. No matter what time of year you are visiting Boden, you will be able to get outside and enjoy a range of activities.
Boden serves as the gateway to the Northern reaches of Sweden, and it has a rich history going back several centuries. Because of its history, there are quite a few cultural attractions to check out while visiting Boden. Perhaps the most well known landmark in Boden is the Fortress (Bodenfästning), a massive military structure built in the late 19th Century. Visitors can explore this significant historical site, touring the tunnels, visiting the museum, and enjoying the impressive surrounding views while learning more about Sweden’s military history.
Boden’s Church Village (Kyrkbyn) is another cultural site that is well worth a visit. This historic area is filled with well-preserved wooden houses, churches, and picturesque streets. It offers a glimpse into the town’s architectural heritage, and it’s a perfect place for reflection and relaxation. Visitors can take a leisurely walk through this peaceful neighborhood and admire the architecture and tranquil ambiance.
Finally, the Boden Railway Museum is another great stop for those interested in train history. This museum showcases a fascinating collection of vintage trains, railway equipment, and memorabilia. It’s a great place to learn about the development of railroads in Sweden.
The food scene in Boden is an eclectic mix of traditional Swedish fare and international flavors, so there is plenty to choose from for a meal out. For a relatively small town (around 17,000 residents), there’s a good variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars. If Swedish cuisine is what you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to try dishes like reindeer stew, lingonberry jam, pickled herring, and gravlax (cured salmon). But of course, there really is every type of restaurant in Boden, and some very good restaurants that specialize in Swedish fusion, mixing in international flavors. You’ll also find warm and welcoming cafes and bakeries, serving freshly made pastries, sandwiches, coffee, and more. If you’re looking for a more laid-back atmosphere, Boden has a good assortment of pubs and bars as well, offering delicious pub food and drinks.
Saunas are a big part of Swedish culture, and enjoying time in a sauna is a great way to unwind and relax after the workday. Some of our Boden accommodations offer an on-site sauna, so you can enjoy the warming effects without even leaving your house. There are also of cource several sauna facilities around Boden, offering the traditional wood-fired saunas withe modern spa facilities, massage services, and more. This is a great way to treat yourself and enjoy an integral part of Swedish culture. Plus, saunas are known to have numerous health benefits, such as improved circulation, stress relief, detoxification, and much more.
Boden’s location in the northern part of Sweden makes it an excellent place to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), a truly mesmerizing sight. The Northern Lights can be seen during the winter months, typically late September through late March, aligning with the long, dark nights of the Arctic. The Northern Lights are most commonly visible in the norther regions of Sweden, making Boden a perfect place to witness this incredible natural phenomenon. Look for a night with clear, dark skies, and go outside from Midnight to the early dawn hours for the best chance of viewing the stunning green lights. There’s also an Aurora forecast that will help predict the best times to view the lights. A winter stay in Boden is simply not complete without viewing the Northern Lights!
If you are planning a stay in Boden for work (or play), Guestly Homes would love to host you. We have a wide variety of homes and apartments with fully equipped kitchens, homey living spaces, and all the amenities of home – perfect for the working traveler. Browse our Boden corporate rentals today, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can assist with your search or trip planning!