[font color=\'#000000\']My pleasure, Lisa.
Re Aurora, you might see some, although the deep winter nights are usually better than early fall. Actually there's no telling when it occurs the most spectacularly. That depends largely on solar activity.
Concerning where to go south of Bodø, you'll find more variety along the coastline, that is the scenery is more spectacular. If you follow the coastal road past Ørnes you will also go through a tunnel beneath Svartisen and get to a spot on the north side of Holandsfjorden where you get nice views of the glacier and one of it's arms. Since the roads largely follow the shore line and the mountains (mostly jagged nunataks from the last glacier age) that rise to about 1000 meters, there is lots of dramatic and nice scenery. And I might add, almost regardless of wheather. I have travelled both routes and in my opinion the coastal one is the more spectacular. You can get to Beiarfjorden (not all the way to the bottom of it, but sufficiently close), by turning left just after the bridge across Kjellingsundet, to Kjelling and proceed along the gravel road as far as it goes. Some spectacular scenery as well as the rear of Bjørvasstindan (The sharp peaks just south of the fjord at Bodø, cearly seen from the airport).
I haven't travelled Lofoten by road, yet, but I have flown a lot in the area. Your'e in for some more spectacular countryside. I don't think I can offer you any particular advice there.
Again, hope this can be of some help and happy trip!