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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.
Hurtigruten sailing under a bridge in Tromsø
Hurtigruten in Tromsø.
Photo: Bård Løken / www.nordnorge.com / Tromsø
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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.

Kystriksveien

Kystriksveien.
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
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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.

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

Fjord1
Operates in Fjord Norway, Eastern Norway, and Trøndelag.

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

Fjord Line
Operates in Fjord Norway.

Kolumbus
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

Many ferries sail to Norway from Denmark:

Color Line
Stena Line
DFDS
Fjord Line

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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