Travel to Norway
Flying to Norway
Major airlines running direct flights to Norway from the UK include British Airways (www.ba.com), Norwegian (www.norwegian.com), Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) and SAS (www.flysas.com). From the USA, there are direct flights with Norwegian and SAS.
The cheapest time to fly to Norway is during the autumn and winter months when the chilly weather puts a dampener on climbing, wildlife watching and angling – all the activities that make the country such a pleasure in the summer. If you’re prepared to brave the cold, it’s worth taking advantage of the cheaper fares for a chance to see the Northern Lights or indulge in a spot of skiing away from the alpine crowds.
To Oslo: from London - 2 hours; New York - 7 hours.
Visit Scandinavia/Nordic Airpass: valid for travel on SAS flights between Denmark, Norway and Sweden and on domestic routes within Norway.
Travelling to Norway by Rail
From the UK, you can take a Eurostar train to Brussels, an ICE train to Hamburg, then catch connections to Oslo via Copenhagen and Gothenburg (March to October only). NSB (Norwegian State Railways) (tel: 8150 0888, in Norway only or +47 6105 1910; www.nsb.no) operates international services from Oslo to Stockholm and Gothenburg. Throughout the year, you can travel by train to Copenhagen and catch an overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo.
InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 29 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 15 days, 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.
Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Reductions are available for travellers under 26. Children under 12 are free when travelling with an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Voyages-sncf.com (tel: +44 844 848 5848, in the UK; www.voyages-sncf.com).
Eurailpass: offers unlimited train travel in up to 28 European countries. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months, three months, five days in 10 days, 10 days in two months or 15 days in two months. The Global Pass allows travel across all participating countries. The Select Pass is valid in four bordering countries. The Regional Pass lets you travel in two bordering countries. The One Country Pass offers travel in one of 27 countries.
Adult passes are valid for first-class travel, while youth passes (under 26) are valid for second-class travel. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult using an Adult Pass. The passes cannot be sold to EU citizens or residents. Available from Eurail (www.eurail.com).
NSB operates a minipris ticketing system which involves putting tickets up for sale in batches with early bookings resulting in cheaper fares. Minipris tickets must be bought at least one day in advance, are non-refundable and cannot be changed but can give you savings of up to 75% of the standard fare. See www.nsb.no/en/our-tickets/minipris for more information.
Driving to Norway
The only direct international road connection routes are from Sweden or Finland and Russia in the far north. For travellers from the UK, Eurolines (tel: +44 8717 818 177; www.eurolines.co.uk) operates daily services to Oslo from London via Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Other international bus services to Norway depart from northern Finland, Gothenburg and Stockholm in Sweden and Murmansk in Russia.
Getting to Norway by boat
There are no direct sea routes from the UK. Fjord Line (tel: +47 5146 4099; www.fjordline.com) operates services to Bergen via Stavanger from Hirtshals in Denmark. There is also a service to Kristiansand.
Color Line (tel: +47 8100 0811; www.colorline.com) connects Kiel (Denmark) with Oslo, Hirtshals (Denmark) with Kristiansand and Larvik, and Strömstad (Sweden) with Sandefjord.
Stena Line (tel: +47 2317 9100; www.stenaline.com) operates services from Fredrikshavn (Denmark) to Oslo.
DFDS Seaways (tel: +47 2162 1340; www.dfdsseaways.co.uk) operates a daily overnight crossing from Copenhagen to Oslo.