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February 3: Bodø becomes European Capital of Culture 2024

Bodø24 (940 x 788 px) (940 x 600 px)

Among the events of great interest of Bodø2024 is the historical route Via Querinissima, a historical route of European interest. Via Querinissima arises from the memory of the journey of the Venetian merchant Pietro Querini who was shipwrecked in 1431 on the remote island of Røst, in the Lofoten Islands, writing a precious diary on the habits and customs of the local populations and starting the traditional stockfish trade between the Serenissima and those islands.

Bodø2024 will host the first edition of the Marcialonga Arctic Ski Race on March 9th, which will become part of the Ski Classics races together with the Marcialonga, the Norwegian Birkebeinerrennet and the Swedish Vasaloppet. According to the organizers, the Marcialonga Arctic Ski Race promises to be particularly spectacular, with a route that winds through snow-capped mountains and sheer cliffs and with the possibility to see the Northern Lights.

The official launch of Bodø European Capital of Culture, for the first time beyond the Arctic Circle, will take place on 3 February in the presence of H.M. Queen Sonja of Norway. In the evening an outdoor show is planned to take place in the city port. The fulcrum of the long-awaited event will be a floating wooden platform in the shape of an otolith, which symbolizes local culture and tradition and recalls the changing shapes of the Northern Lights.

For the full program of events: Bodø2024