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Ferries and boats in Norway

Especially in western Norway, where all the world-famous fjords are, the road suddenly ends and the journey continues by ferry.

Express boats and car ferries

Express boats and car ferries sail up and down the coast, in sheltered waters and across open seas, to towns and villages, and islands large and small. They provide perfect logistics for a holiday of island hopping, or an itinerary entirely of your own choosing.

Be warned, there may be queues in the summer months. For the most popular ferries, you are wise to queue early: Geiranger - Hellesylt, Gudvangen - Kaupanger and Lauvvik - Lysebotn.

For more information about ferry and boat timetables, please contact the following companies:

Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage)

The long-established Hurtigruten sails from Bergen to Kirkenes in Finnmark. The journey Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen takes 11 days. This voyage is an exquisite way to experience the natural beauty of the coast. It is indeed "the world's most beautiful sea voyage". What fascinates tourists most are all the tiny and not-so-tiny communities they stop by at along the way.

Departures are daily and there are frequent stops along the coast. The ships can accommodate cars, making it easy to combine the cruise with a holiday in different places ashore.

Boat trips on inland lakes

It is not only coastal Norway that offers boat trips. For example you can take a trip on Norway's largest lake, Lake Mjøsa, with the world's oldest paddle steamer Skibladner. Or travel in the Jotunheimen Mountains with the Gjende Boats.

 

Travel to Norway by ferry

There are many ferries sailing from Denmark:

From Germany (Kiel) Color Line's ships Color Fantasy and Color Magic take you to Norway. Color Line also sails from Sweden (Strömstad).

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Last updated:  2013-02-27
Ferry at quay in the Sognefjord, Norway - Photo: Kurt Hamann/Innovation Norway
Ferry at quay in the Sognefjord, Norway

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Ship at port in Oslo harbour, Norway - Photo: Kjersti Solberg Monsen/Innovation Norway

Ferries and boats in Norway

Especially in western Norway, where all the world-famous fjords are, the road suddenly ends and the journey continues by ferry.

Ferries and boats in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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