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Travel the seaway

between Trondheim and Kristiansund

Hop onboard the Kystekspressen express boat no. 800 for an adventure along the coast and islets outside Trondheim – all the way to Kristiansund in the stunning Northwest.

Bon voyage!

Express boat from Trondheim to Kristiansund .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Express boat from Trondheim to Kristiansund .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Map: Express boat route from Trondheim - Kristiansund .
Photo: Maverix / Visit Norway
Map: Express boat route from Trondheim - Kristiansund .
Photo: Maverix / Visit Norway

All aboard!

Our route starts in the vibrant city of Trondheim.

Express boat from Trondheim to Kristiansand .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Express boat from Trondheim to Kristiansand .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Before you leave, we hope you have a chance to check one or two things off the bucket list of all there is to experience in Trondheim.

Of course, the iconic Nidaros Cathedral is a must-see.

Nidarosdomen, Trondheim .
Photo: Mykola Ksenofontov / Visit Trondheim
Nidarosdomen, Trondheim .
Photo: Mykola Ksenofontov / Visit Trondheim

There are also plenty of "must eats"!

In 2022, Trondheim and Trøndelag has been named European Region of Gastronomy, and you will find everything from low-key, tasty eateries to exclusive Michelin restaurants.

Beautiful decoration of caviar plate .
Photo: Øystein Moe/Helmet/Explore Trøndelag
Beautiful decoration of caviar plate .
Photo: Øystein Moe/Helmet/Explore Trøndelag

Find a comfortable seat and visit the snack bar for a coffee.

Travelling with Kystekspressen is a stress-free and more environmentally friendly holiday.

Travel tip: The AtB Summer pass gives you unlimited travel for seven days in the Trøndelag region. The ticket can be purchased in the AtB Mobillett app and can be used on AtB's ordinary public transport services by bus, tram, boat, and ferry (not including vehicles), and local trains.

Express boat from Trondheim .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Express boat from Trondheim .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Experience stunning scenery in every season. The Trøndelag region is known for its highly unpredictable weather – but a storm can be beautiful too!

The boat makes a few stops at some small communities on the way out of Trondheim. After 1 hour, you'll arrive at Brekstad on the Fosen peninsula.

Express boat in Trondheimsfjorden .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Express boat in Trondheimsfjorden .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Hire a car and explore the Fosen district, with its many charming fishing villages (like Råkvåg, pictured here) and wild coastal scenery along the road.

From Brekstad, there are also buses that can take you around the area. Check the travel planner Entur to find stops close to your destination.

Råkvåg at Fosen .
Photo: Marius Rua / trondelag.com
Råkvåg at Fosen .
Photo: Marius Rua / trondelag.com

It's well worth making the drive to the unique beach hotel at Stokkøya (1 hr 20 mins). Sink your toes into the sand and grab a drink at the world famous Beach Bar, or relax and let some of Norway's leading chefs serve you the catch of the day.

Why not try some kayaking or windsurfing?

Crowded beach bar at Stokkøya .
Photo: Christian Houge / Visitnorway.com
Crowded beach bar at Stokkøya .
Photo: Christian Houge / Visitnorway.com

Back on the boat ...

After 40 minutes, you'll arrive at Sandstad on the island of Hitra, one of the ten largest islands in Norway.

Seafood heaven ahead!

Hitra in Trøndelag .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Hitra, Trøndelag .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Crab, shellfish and salmon from this area can be found on plates at some of the very best restaurants in the world.

A must-do: Indulge in the famous seafood buffet at Ansnes Brygger restaurant. A real feast!

Ansnes Brygger, Hitra .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Ansnes Brygger, Hitra .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

If you are a gourmet, you should also head to Hitra Gårdsmat, a farm shop where you can sample distinctive and award-winning "grotto" cheeses organically produced locally.

Hitra Gårdsmat is located on a small island outside Hitra called Helgebostad. The easiest way to get here is to rent a car and take a little road trip!

Hitra Gårdsmat, Trøndelag .
Photo: Marius Rua / trondelag.com
Hitra Gårdsmat, Trøndelag .
Photo: Marius Rua / trondelag.com

Or rent a boat and some fishing equipment and catch your own dinner! Want to increase your chances? Go fishing with a local guide in the open sea!

Hitra and the neighbouring island of Frøya are part of an archipelago consisting of many thousands of islands, islets and reefs.

Spend the night in a traditional fisherman's cabin, hop on the boat in the morning, and continue on to the Northwest.

Fishing at Fosen in Trøndelag .
Photo: W. Krause / media-army.de / Visitnorway.com
Fishing at Fosen in Trøndelag .
Photo: W. Krause / media-army.de / Visitnorway.com

After 1 hour and 15 minutes, you reach Edøya, the gateway to Smøla, Møre and Romsdal's northernmost municipality.

Edøy at Smøla, Nordmøre .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Edøy at Smøla, Nordmøre .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

The island has a flat, prairie-like landscape, consisting mostly of marshes and small ponds.

Get the most spectacular views from a kayak or grab your fishing rod and enjoy the view from land!

Smøla, Nordmøre .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Smøla, Nordmøre .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

With its huge archipelago, Smøla is the place to go for powerful nature experiences. One of the main attractions here is the unique sea eagle safari and photo safari.

Experienced local guides will help you snap the perfect shot of majestic eagles. Truly the opportunity of a lifetime!

Smøla in Northwest .
Photo: Smøla Naturopplevelser
Smøla in Northwest .
Photo: Smøla Naturopplevelser

Hello there! All around Smøla you can also meet these cute wild sheep that roam freely in the coastal landscape.

Wild sheep is also a local delicacy.

Smøla sheep Nordmøre .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Smøla sheep Nordmøre .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

At Villsaugården farm, you can enjoy lovely surroundings, pet sheep, and sample delicious local produce from the farm shop and restaurant.

Romantic weekend? Rent one of their three fantastic ocean view cabins.

Villsaugården, Smøla .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Villsaugården, Smøla .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Have you ever visited a new place that just makes you say 'wow'? It's easy to get that feeling when you arrive at Veiholmen.

You really feel like you're driving straight into the Atlantic as you make your way out to this little fishing village, which is connected to the main island by bridge.

Veiholmen, Smøla .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Veiholmen in Smøla .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Cosy fishermen's cottages, guest marinas, and eateries like OlsenNaustet (a restaurant in a converted boat house) are ready to welcome you at Veiholmen!

OlsenNaustet, Veiholmen, Smøla .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
OlsenNaustet, Veiholmen, Smøla .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Leave Smøla with some new memories in your backpack, and head towards Kristiansund – the clipfish city.

Edøy, Smøla .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Edøy, Smøla .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Now, what do you want to do first? Eat delicious bacalao? Visit Norway' oldest opera house, go hiking, or visit the old fishing village on Grip island? 

At Varden viewpoint, you can get an excellent view of the city and start planning your next move.

Varden viewpoint in Kristiansund .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Varden viewpoint in Kristiansund .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

The tiny ferry Sundbåten takes you between the four different islands that make up Kristiansund.

Kristiansund .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Kristiansund .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Disembark at the Milnbrygga wharf, where you can visit the Norwegian Clipfish Museum and learn more about the city's unique clipfish history.

Norwegian Clipfish Museum in Kristiansund .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Norwegian Clipfish Museum in Kristiansund .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Don't leave before you've tried Kristiansund's speciality fishan – fresh fish and chips. Sample it at the popular Fishanbua by the harbour, or in one of the city's restaurants.

Kristiansund in the Northwest .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway
Kristiansund in the Northwest .
Photo: Fredrik Ahlsen, Maverix / Visit Norway

Ready to feel like James Bond? Hire a car and drive on the spectacular Atlantic Road!

In No Time to Die, you can see Bond's iconic Aston Martin in a dramatic car chase on this stunning 36-kilometre-long coastal road. 

If you're not ready to go back to Trondheim yet, which you can do by both bus and express boat or car, ...

Storseisundet, Atlanterhavsvegen .
Photo: Roger Ellingsen / Nasjonale Turistveier
Storseisundet, Atlanterhavsvegen .
Photo: Roger Ellingsen / Nasjonale Turistveier

... continue to the beautiful Art Nouveau city Ålesund!

Drive, or travel like a local by bus, from Kristiansund via the Atlantic Road - to Molde and Ålesund.

Along the rest of the route, you can enjoy some of the most beautiful mountains and fjord landscapes in Fjord Norway!

Ålesund .
Photo: Nicolai Berntsen
Ålesund .
Photo: Nicolai Berntsen

Travelling with the coastal express boat

The coastal express boat, locally called Kystekspressen, connects Trondheim to the coastal communities outside Trondheimsfjorden, Smøla, Aure, and Kristiansund. The vessels operating on this route are built in carbon fibre, which leaves a smaller footprint.

Route 800 Trondheim – Kristiansund takes three and a half hours, and stops at seven ports between the two cities.

If you are travelling from Trondheim, the boat departs from Trondheim hurtigbåtterminal close to Rockheim, Pirbadet and Clarion Hotel & Congress. In the opposite direction, the boat departs from Kristiansund hurtigbåtterminal, located on the harbour on Kirklandet.

If you prefer to travel by bus, you can take the Mørelinjen, route 905, between Trondheim and Kristiansund. Note that on some departures you have to change to a corresponding bus during the trip. Find timetables and itinerary details with the Entur app.

Kristiansund is also a great starting point for further experiences in Fjord Norway. There are numerous daily express bus services along the coast, and you can travel within the region and from island to island on numerous ferries and express boats.

Plan your trip

Find tickets and fares, timetables and more information about traveling with Kystekspressen at AtB.

Travelling by ferry

It's easy to find a ferry in Norway:

Find routes, check departure times, and get traffic reports, all in one place, on the website of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen).
Some terminals also have webcams that show if there are any queues.

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