Traveling / Transportation in Northern Norway

Air Travel

In Nordland there are airports at the following locations: Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Mosjøen, Mo i Rana, Bodø, Røst, Værøy (helicopter service), Leknes, Svolvær, Stokmarknes, Andenes, Narvik and Harstad/Narvik-Evenes.

In Troms there are airports at the following locations: Tromsø, Bardufoss and Sørkjosen.

In Finnmark there are airports at the following locations: Alta, Hasvik, Hammerfest, Honningsvåg, Lakselv, Mehamn, Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Vardø, Vadsø and Kirkenes.

In Svalbard there are airports in Longyearbyen and Ny Ålesund. Today, Longyearbyen enjoys the status of being the world’s northernmost airport with regular traffic, and is served by daily flights from Oslo via Tromsø.

The airports are served by Widerøe (www.wideroe.no), Norwegian (www.norwegian.no) and SAS (www.sas.no).

A few examples of flights duration:

  • From Oslo to Bodø - 1 hour 25 mins.
  • From Oslo to Tromsø – 1 hour 50 mins.
  • From Oslo to Bardufoss – 1 hour 40 mins.
  • From Oslo to Alta or Kirkenes – 1 hour 50 mins.
  • From Oslo to Longyearbyen via Tromsø – 4 hours.

HURTIGRUTEN (Coastal Liner)

The countryside, your own experiences and some of the people you meet on a voyage on the Hurtigruten are difficult to put into words. Try a short or a long voyage, or combine your trip with a drive, train ride or flight, or why not spend a festive season on board. The Hurtigruten has 25 ports of call in Northern Norway. Visit www.hurtigruten.com for further information.

Fast Passenger Boats / Car Ferries

Boats provide an excellent means of seeing and getting to know the world’s most beautiful coastline, and sometimes they are a necessity in order to get to the best places. Car ferries and fast passenger boats are well-suited for sightseeing tours. Fast passenger boats: Fast passenger boats operate along the coast and are an effective and pleasant means of transport. Bodø and Tromsø are fast passenger boat hubs and a number of fast passenger boat services are also in operation on the west coast of Finnmark. Fast passenger boats are great for island hopping - with your bike, too.

Further information about services is available at www.177nordland.no, www.177troms.no and, for Finnmark, at www.veolia-transport.no

Buses

The Northern Norway Bus (Nord-Norgebussen, www.nor-way.no) runs two daily services from Bodø and Fauske to Narvik and Kirkenes. The northbound train from Trondheim and the southbound train from Fauske correspond with the bus from Fauske. (Bodø-Narvik-Kirkenes takes three days and involves two overnight stays on the way).

There are also bus services from Rovaniemi/Ivalo in Finland to Tana Bru, Vadsø, Kautokeino, Karasjok (daily, all year round),Lakselv and the North Cape. Additionally, there is a summer service from Rovaniemi to Tromsø. For information about buses to and from Finland, please contact Eskelisen Lapin Linjat: +358 16 342 2160 www.eskelisen-lapinlinjat.com

At www.177nordland.no and www.177troms.no you will find information about boats, ferries and bus services. The tourist information centres can also offer assistance with regard to information about these services.

Railway

Bodø, in the Salten region, is the northernmost point on the Norwegian national railway and has daily services to and from Trondheim and Oslo in the mornings and evenings (www.nsb.no). There is a rail service between Sweden and Narvik with up to four daily departures both ways. Please contact the tourist information centre in Narvik for timetables.



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