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Getting around by boat

Whatever floats your boat
Norway is a coastal nation, ferries and boats are among our most important modes of transportation. Enjoy strolling along the deck in the sun, grab a bite to eat in a cafe or restaurant, or hop on a cruise!
A smiling couple in front of the MS Polarlys Hurtigruten ship in Lofoten, Northern Norway
Mountain hike in Lofoten.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Travel to Norway by ferry

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

There are a lot of ferries connecting Norway and other European countries, including daily crossings from both Denmark, Sweden and Germany. You can often find discounts for pensioners, students and children. Package deals are also usually available.

In this article, you will find all the information you need about the different ferries going to Norway.

Car ferries and express boats in 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 times 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 large and small. They provide good logistics for a holiday of island hopping or an itinerary of your own choosing.

Be prepared, there may be queues in the summer months. For the most popular ferries, we recommend you arrive early, such as at the Geiranger–Hellesylt and Lauvvik–Lysebotn connections in Fjord Norway and at Bognes-Lødingen and Bodø-Moskenes in Northern Norway.

A ferry in the autumn near Kystriksveien in Northern Norway

The Norwegian coastal express – Hurtigruten and Havila

The long-established 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 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.

Havila Kystruten also offers cruises and port-to-port tickets. They are sailing the same route twice a week, with some of the most environmental-friendly ships in the world.

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Hurtigruten spring
Hurtigruten spring.
Photo: Hurtigruten ASA
Explore Norway with Hurtigruten

Norwegian inland ships

In the last half of the 1800s, Norwegian inland ships made it possible to transport passengers and freight across Norways great lakes and inland fjords.

Many of them are still sailing their regular schedule today, and may be used as transportation.

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

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

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

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Take advantage of top offers

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

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