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Getting Around in Norway

By Air

The best way to get around Norway is to take advantage of air passes that apply to the whole region. If you're travelling extensively, special European passes are available.

Norway has excellent air service. Domestic flights are run by Braathens ASA (BU), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK) and Widerøe’s Flyveselskap (WF). Charter sea or land planes are available at most destinations. Reduced airfare tickets are available for families, children under 12 years of age (who pay half price), groups and pensioners.

By Sea/ Lake

Express boats sail up and down the coast, in sheltered waters and across open seas, to towns and villages, and islands large and small. They provide perfect logistics for a holiday of island hopping, or an itinerary entirely of your own choosing.

Even though a growing number of bridges and subsea tunnels are being built, it is the ferries that unite Fjord Norway.

Be warned, there may be queues in the summer months. For the most popular ferries, you are wise to queue early: Geiranger-Hellesylt, Gudvangen-Kaupanger and Lauvvik-Lysebotn.

The long-established Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Hurtigruten) sails from Bergen to Kirkenes in the far north. The entire trip takes about 11 days. Departures are daily and there are frequent stops along the coast. The ships can accommodate cars, making it easy to combine the two. This trip is an exquisite way to experience the natural beauty of the coast. What fascinates tourists most are all the tiny and not-so-tiny communities they stop by at along the way.

It is not only coastal Norway that offers boat trips. For example you can take a trip on Norways' largest lake, Lake Mjøsa, with the world's oldest paddle steamer Skibladner.

By Rail

The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) has a well developed network of tracks stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle.

Railway lines stretch for more than 3,000 kilometres accross Norway, with a total of 775 tunnels and over 3,000 bridges. Most of the routes go through changing scenic countryside, offering panorama views of suburbs, mountains, lakes and fjords.

The most famous of these rail stretches is the Bergen Railway, which runs between Oslo and Bergen over the mountain plateau Hardangervidda, the roof of Norway. Other spectacular railway lines are The Dovre Railway from Oslo and Trondheim with its side line the Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes, the alpine town by the fjord.

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