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Ferry, Nordland, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/IN/Nordland Reiseliv
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Getting to Nordland and around

Travel to Nordland by train, car, plane, ship or ferry.

By car

The E6 road runs right through Nordland. The E10 road runs from the Swedish border near Narvik all the way out to Moskenesøy, the outermost of the inner four main Lofoten Islands.

You can also choose the beautiful Kystriksveien - the coastal highway that runs along fv. 17 from Steinkjer in Central Norway right up to Bodø.

Other scenic routes worth driving are the national tourist route through Lofoten and the national tourist along the coast of Helgeland.

By ferries

Nordland is a long, narrow coastal county, which also means that there are many ferry connections. The ferry trips give you a break from driving. Use the time to admire the beautiful landscape or relax with your fellow passengers.

Road ferry connections in Nordland: 

  • E6 Bognes - Skarberget:  25 minutes
  • E6/rv. 85 Bognes – Lødingen: 60 minutes
  • E10/fv. 81 (E6) Svolvær – Skutvik: 2 hours
  • E10/fv. 82 Fiskebøl – Melbu: 25 minutes
  • Fv. 80/E10 Bodø – Moskenes: Approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • E6/fv. 827 Drag – Kjøpsvik: Approximately 45 minutes
  • Fv. 82/fv. 86 Andenes – Gryllefjord (Senja): 1 hour and 45 minutes (summer service)

Kystriksveien (fv. 17) includes the following ferry connections in Nordland:

  • Forøy – Ågskardet: 10 minutes
  • Jektvik – Kilboghamn: 1 hour
  • Leirvika – Hemnesberget: 25 minutes
  • Nesna – Levang: 25 minutes
  • Tjøtta – Forvik: 1 hour
  • Andalsvåg – Horn: 20 minutes
  • Vennesund – Holm: 20 minutes  

By plane

Nordland has two main airports: Bodø Airport and Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes. These have routes operated by SASNorwegian and Widerøe from most other Norwegian airports.

Widerøe also flies between a number of short-runway airports in Nordland: Andøya Airport Andenes, Stokmarknes Airport Skagen, Svolvær Airport Helle, Leknes Airport, Røst Airport, Narvik Airport Framnes, Mo i Rana Airport Røssvoll, Mosjøen Airport Kjærstad, Sandnessjøen Airport Stokka and Brønnøysund Airport Brønnøy.

Between Bodø and Værøy you fly with helicopter to/from Værøy Heliport.

By train

The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) operates the Nordland Line which runs between Trondheim and Bodø. The train calls at the following stations in Nordland: Bodø, Mørkved, Valnesfjord, Fauske, Rognan, Røkland, Lønsdal, Dunderland, Skonseng, Mo i Rana, Bjerka, Drevvatn, Mosjøen, Trofors, Svenningdal and Majavatn.

By bus

Nor-Way Bussekspress operates a number of express bus routes to and in Nordland. There are also many different local bus companies to get you around the county.

By Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage)

Nordland actually encompasses a quarter of Norway’s coastline and the different Hurtigruten ships ply the whole of this beautiful seaway.

Take the whole voyage and join one of the many excursions in Nordland, or combine your journey in Nordland with shorter stretches by Hurtigruten.

Hurtigruten’s ports of call in Nordland are: Risøyhamn, Sortland, Stokmarknes, Svolvær, Stamsund, Bodø, Ørnes, Nesna, Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund.

By express boats

There are daily return services between Bodø - Sandnessjøen and Bodø – Svolvær, with extra departures on certain days during the summer. There are also express boat services from larger ports elsewhere in the county, with daily departures out to the islands and along the coast of Nordland.

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Last updated:  2013-08-05
Svolvær Airport, Lofoten in Nordland - Photo: Lena Conlan/Crossing Latitudes
Svolvær Airport, Lofoten in Nordland
Ferry in Nordland, Norway - Photo: Fabrice Milochau/Nordland Reiseliv
Ferry in Nordland, Norway
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By boat, Nordland, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/IN/Nordland Reiseliv

Getting to Nordland and around

Travel to Nordland by train, car, plane, ship or ferry.

Getting to Nordland and around

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Getting to Helgeland and around

Getting to Helgeland is easy whether you choose to drive, fly, catch a train or travel by Hurtigruten!

Getting to Kystriksveien and around

Most people explore Kystriksveien by car, but there are plenty of options for those who prefer public transport.

Getting to Lofoten and around

There are daily flights into the airports in Lofoten. Travelling around Lofoten is most easily done by car, bike and ferries.

Getting to Bodø and around

Bodø is the hub of Nordland, and a great base to further explore the region, and the rest of Northern Norway.

About Nordland


Nordland is known for wildlife safaris and stunning scenery. National Geographic Traveller has rated Lofoten among the best islands in the world.

Key facts about Helgeland

Helgeland is a large and majestic region covering 18,000 square kilometers in the southern part of the county of Nordland.


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