International travel to Norway

By Airline

Most people travelling to Norway will probably choose to travel by airline. The most international connections go to/from Oslo International Airport Gardermoen. This airport has direct connections to virtually all Norwegian airports, most cities in northern Europe and some cities in the United States. Most travellers will find it valuable to fly with one of the great international carriers with a stop at their home airport. Check out SAS (Copenhagen), KLM (Amsterdam), BA (London), Air France (Paris) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt). For those crossing the Atlantic, Icelandair has the shortest route with stop in Reykjavik. They sometimes provide good deals too.

Some of Norway's smaller Airports also have internatinal connections. There are flights from Copenhagen, London and Amsterdam to Bergen/Flesland, and Stavanger. Braathens operates an airline from Murmansk, Russia to Tromsø.

By Train

Many travellers use trains, due to favorable prizes and relaxed atmosphere. There are direct international trains to Oslo S (Central Station) from Copenhagen, Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm. There is also a train-line from Östersund (Sweden) to Trondheim. This is served by several trains each day with connections to Stockholm. It is also possible to go directly to Northern Norway by train. The rail-line from Kiruna (Sweden) to Narvik was built to ship out copper from the mines of Kiruna. This line played an important role during the war. Today the line is served by normal trains, which give the visitor an impression of the contrast between Sweden's deep forests and Norway's fjords and steep mountains.

By Bus

There are a number of international bus-connections from various cities on the continent. Most terminate in Oslo. Inquire at your local travellers agent. For travellers going to Finnmark there is a bus-service from Oslo to Alta through Sweden. It should be possible to board this bus in one of the Swedish Bottenviken-coast-towns. (I.e. Torneå, Umeå, Skellefteå.)

By Boat

There are a number of international ferry-services. Ferries from Kiel and Copenhagen go directly to Oslo. Some ferries approach the towns on the Norwegian south-coast from Denmark. The shortest of these is the ferry from Hirtshals to Kristiansand which takes about 6 hours.

There are also ferry services from Hanstholm in Denmark and Newcastle in England crossing the North Sea to Stavanger and Bergen. More determined travellers can also reach Bergen with the Smyril Line from Iceland and the Færøyar.

The only international boat-connection in Northern-Norway is the catamaran-connection between Murmansk and Kirkenes.

By Car

Taking your own car to Norway can be a very nice experience. Be aware of the special driving conditions in the country, especially in the winter. Although all of the ferries crossing Skagerak, Kattegat and the North Sea takes cars, most choose to drive through Sweden. The possibilities of roads to take from Norway to Sweden are endless. Those going to Finnmark will probably choose to go through the northern end of Finland before driving to Karasjok, Kautokeino or Kirkenes. If you are going to North Cape, be aware that you're missing a lot by not taking the Norwegian highway E6 at least one of the ways!

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