Norway: Getting there, getting around once you’re there
Information updated: July 2014
Norway is beautiful. It soars. It stretches the mind. You get to look far, far into the distance. You are not crowded at all because Norway has plenty of elbow room.
Getting around in Norway turns out to be one of the pleasures of visiting Norway. Getting to your destination presents you with unexpected pleasures.
And you have a lot of first-rate choice when it comes to how you’ll travel inside Norway.
Air Travel to Norway
- SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) flies nonstop to Olso from New York (EWR Newark airport)
- United Airlines also flies nonstop to Oslo from Newark EWR airport.
- Icelandair flies direct to Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, and Trondheim. Direct in this context means there is a stopover in Iceland which you can make a layover, if you choose, at no extra cost.
- Norwegian flies direct New York–Oslo
Air Travel within Norway
There are over 50 airports in Norway making even remote places such as the Lofoten Islands and the North Cape easily accessible by plane.
Airlines that operate domestic flights within Norway:
- Widerøe Widerøe offers The Explore Norway Ticket which includes unlimited flights for two weeks in the summer!
Train Travel in Norway
Traveling by train is a highly rewarding way to get around Norway. Norwegians have built trains through some fantastic terrain. The level of service and the quality of the train ride is very high.
- NSB Norwegian State Railways operates most of the passenger trains in Norway with a systems that stretches from Norway’s far south to Bødo above the Arctic Circle.
- One of the most famous of these rail stretches is the Bergen Railway which runs between Oslo and Bergen over the mountain plateau Hardangervidda. Its side line, the spectacular Flåm Railway, is one of the world’s steepest railway lines (on regular tracks) starting high up in the mountains and ending at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjord.
- Other railway lines of note are the Dovre Railway between Oslo and Trondheim with its side line, the Rauma Railway, between Dombås and Åndalsnes – the alpine town by the fjord.
- Norway’s incredible National Tourist Routes are best visited by car.
- Find extrensive listing and information here.
- Airlines also offer car rentals in associate with airline ticket purchase.
Ferries and Boats
With its long and intricate coastline, dotted by thousands of islands and laced by hundreds of fjords, ferry service is a long-established and important aspect of travel in Norway for residents and tourists alike. Even with Norway’s amazing bridges, ferry service is often the only way to get from here to there. Following, a list of some of the biggest ferry services, with links for more details. Ferry service is a wonderful way to experience the fjords.
- Norled and Tide operate in Rogaland, Hordaland, Sunnmøre and Trondheimfjordd. Offering tourist fjord cruises as well.
- Fjordline sails from Denmark and between the two capitals of Fjord Norway, Bergen and Stavanger.
- Kolumbus operates from Rogaland county with a number of routes to/from Stavanger.
- Senja Ferries operates in Northern Norway, Troms and Vesterålen.
- Rødne Fjord Cruise. Sightseeing in the Lysefjord including Pulpit Rock
- Fjord 1 is a major ferry company based in Molde. Operates throughout much of Norway.
Sogn og Fjordane: Florø, Nærøyfjord, Vågsøy, Askvolle, Solund
More og Romsdal: Molde, Ålesund, Sande, Giske, Sandøy, Kristiansund, Smøla
Hordaland: Bergen, Fedje, Astevoll, Radøy, Sveio
Rogaland: Stavanger, Sandnes, Haugesund, Eigersund, Skudeneshavn, Utsira, Sola, Karmøy
Finnmark: Alta, Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Gamvik, Hammerfest, Nordkapp, Vadsø, Vardø
Sør-Trundlag: Trondheim, Hitra, Agdenes
Hurtigruten has been sailing the coast of Norway for more than 125 years. Originally created to connect towns along the coast, carrying post and cargo (which it still does), Hurtigruten (Norwegian for the “fast route”) carries passengers in beautifully-outfitted ships. These cruises are very quiet and subdued, nothing at all like the party boats that ply the Mediterranean or Caribbean. Hurtigruten sails daily, going north from Bergen and south from Kirkenes, with 34 ports of call. The scenery is spectacular. This could be the way you get to Lofoten for example. There is no better way of seeing lighthouses up close than from the Hurtigruten ships.
Bergen Helikopter AS offers helicopter tours as well as destination transportation from Bergen. An exciting way to arrive for your lighthouse stay!
Widerøe Fight to Hammerfest
Sognefjord on a ferry