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Getting around by boat

Whatever floats your boat
From ancient times, we Norwegians have been a seafaring people. Not just because we love the sea, but because we’ve had to be. Today, an excellent system of passenger and car ferries makes it both easy and pleasant to travel to even the most remote parts of the country.
A smiling couple in front of the MS Polarlys Hurtigruten ship in Lofoten, Northern Norway
Mountain hike in Lofoten.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

There may be changes to ferry and boat timetables because of the coronavirus situation.

Even today, car ferries are a fact of life in Fjord Norway and Northern Norway where fjords cut deeply into the landscape and make it impossible – or at the very least inconvenient – to get up or down the coast by car without crossing the fjord. Hurtigruten, the coastal steamer that serves more than 30 ports along the Norwegian coast, still traffic the coastline from Bergen in the south-west to Kirkenes in the far north daily.

Far from all the passenger boats in Norway accept cars, by the way. Many towns and cities have small passenger ferries, from tiny “Beffen” in Bergen and “Sundbåten” in Kristiansund to the ferries that connect Oslo to the islands in the Oslofjord.

A ferry along the hilly coast near the Kystriksveien, Trøndelag, Norway
Photo: Olav Breen

In the Lofoten Islands, the various boat services form the geographical glue that keeps many of the islands connected. Along the coast, express boat services serve to bridge the gaps that the trains cannot cover. From Stavanger via Bergen and to various communities in the Sognefjord area, catamarans provide speedy and convenient travel from one place to the next. The same goes for various small villages in the fjords, which in earlier times could only be reached by rowing boat.

Different ferries and boats in Norway

Especially in Fjord Norway, where you find the world famous fjords, 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, villages and islands large and small. They provide good logistics for a holiday of island hopping or an itinerary of your own choosing.

Be warned, there may be queues in the summer months. For the most popular ferries, we recommend that you queue early: Geiranger–Hellesylt and Lauvvik–Lysebotn.

The Norwegian coastal express Hurtigruten

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 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.

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Hurtigruten spring.
Photo: Hurtigruten ASA
Explore Norway with Hurtigruten

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 Mjøsa with the world’s oldest paddle steamer Skibladner. Or travel in the Jotunheimen mountains with the Gjendebåtene boats.

Plan your trip

Use our flight map to find your direct flight to Norway.

The travel planner Entur gives you travel suggestions from door to door in Norway by bus, train, metro, boat, and aeroplane, whether you want to check when the next bus is leaving from your destination, or you are planning a holiday from Vestfold to Vesterålen. You can also buy tickets for most trips with Entur (easiest if you use their app).

Download Entur from the AppStore or Google Play.

Ferries and boats in Norway

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

Hurtigruten – “The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage”
Operates between Bergen and Kirkenes

Operates in Fjord Norway, Eastern Norway, and Trøndelag

Operates in Eastern Norway, Southern Norway, Fjord Norway, Trøndelag, and Northern Norway

Fjord Line
Operates in Fjord Norway

Public transport in Rogaland in Fjord Norway

Rødne Fjord Cruise
Operates in Fjord Norway

Torghatten Nord
Operates in Nordland and Troms in Northern Norway

The Senja Ferries
Operates in Troms and Vesterålen in Northern Norway

Bjørklid Ferjerederi
Operates in Lyngen in Northern Norway

Bastø Fosen
Between Moss and Horten in Eastern Norway

Travel to Norway by ferry

Four car ferry companies sail daily from Denmark, Sweden, and Germany to several destinations in Norway. Most operators offer package deals for cars with passengers and discounts for seniors, students, and children.

Read more about getting to Norway by ferry

More ways to travel in Norway

Take advantage of top offers

See our selection of companies that work hard to make you happy all through your trip.

Start planning your trip

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