Lying to the north of the Arctic Circle, the city of Bodø, Norway, is battered by tidal currents, blessed with the Northern Lights, and besieged by the largest concentration of sea eagles anywhere in the world. A stay in a hostel here offers plenty to do both in Bodø and the surrounding areas. See spitfires and starfighters at the Norwegian Aviation Museum. Visit the impressive structure of Bodø Cathedral and admire its detached steeple, stained-glass windows and tapestries. See the world’s most powerful maelstrom, Saltstraumen, which pushes billions of gallons of water through narrow fjords, creating huge whirlpools. Or take a trip to the beautiful Lofoten Islands for excellent fishing, bird watching or nature safaris - if you’re lucky you may see killer whales there. Head over between the beginning of June and mid-July to experience the extraordinary midnight sun.