Numerous ferries connect Norway with other European countries, including daily crossings from both Denmark, Sweden and Germany. From April 2022 you can also sail directly from the Netherlands.
You can often find discounts for senior citizens, students and children. Package deals are also usually available.
In this article, you will find all the information you need about the different ferries to Norway.
Norway has an extensive coastline, with many fjords and islands. In Fjord Norway and Northern Norway, travellers often have to rely on ferries and express boats for transportation. Choosing a ferry can often dramatically shorten the length of your trip.
Express boats and car ferries sail up and down the coast, in sheltered waters and across open seas, to towns, villages and islands big and small. They provide good logistics for an island hopping adventure or an itinerary of your own choosing.
Be prepared, there may be queues in the summer months. For the most popular ferries, it is recommended to arrive early. This includes the Geiranger–Hellesylt and Lauvvik–Lysebotn connections in Fjord Norway and at Bognes-Lødingen and Bodø-Moskenes in Northern Norway in particular.
The long-running Hurtigruten sails from Bergen to Kirkenes, in Finnmark. The journey, Bergen–Kirkenes–Bergen, takes 11 days. This voyage offers you 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 call at along the journey.
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 on shore.
Havila Kystruten also offers cruises and port-to-port tickets. Havila has departures twice a week and some of the most environmental-friendly ships in the world.
In the last half of the 1800s, Norwegian inland ships made it possible to transport passengers and freight across Norway's major lakes and inland fjords.
Many of these vessels are still sailing their regular schedule and transporting goods and passengers today.
Use our flight map to find direct flights to Norway.
The travel planner Entur has suggested routes in Norway by bus, train, metro, boat, and plane. Check when the next bus is leaving for your destination, or plan a trip from Vestfold to Vesterålen, for example. You can also buy tickets for most trips with Entur (easiest with the app).
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
Secret Atlas - Svalbard and Northern Norway. Small Ship with 12 guests.
Operates in Fjord Norway, Eastern Norway, and Trøndelag
Operates in Eastern Norway, Southern Norway, Fjord Norway, Trøndelag, and Northern Norway
Operates in Fjord Norway
Public transport in Rogaland in Fjord Norway
Rødne Fjord Cruise
Operates in Fjord Norway
Operates in Nordland and Troms in Northern Norway
The Senja Ferries
Operates in Troms and Vesterålen in Northern Norway
Operates in Lyngen in Northern Norway
Between Moss and Horten in Eastern Norway
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.
See our selection of companies that work hard to make you happy all through your trip.
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