When Ralph Waldo Emerson said “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey”, we’re willing to bet he was talking about Norway. How could he not be? Travelling through the country means passing by its imposing mountains, deep glacial fjords and lush green forests. Peer out of the train, car, bus or ferry window and glimpse slices of Norway's secret scenery that would be missed by those only focused on the destination. With its extensive transport network, you can travel seamlessly from A to B while soaking in the journey’s surrounding landscapes. Read on for our guide to transport in Norway.


By Ferry

With one of the longest coastlines in the world, it’s no surprise that ferries are one of the most important (and scenic) forms of transport in Norway for its residents. Sandwiched between the blue sky and blue waters, ferries weave around the islands and fjords and visit popular spots along the west coast like Bergen, Flam and Sognefjord. A few express crossings, such as Bodø to Svolvær, can take you through choppier waters, so those prone to seasickness may want to opt for a different form of transport, such as flying. For those who love the water, a cruise is a spectacular way to soak in the panoramic views of fjords and islands, all from the comfort of your own private cabin.

By Train

Reliable, speedy and spacious, Norway’s extensive train network threads through the country and links major cities like Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen. Trains are the ultimate form of slow travel, and an eco-conscious alternative to flying that supplies you with close-up views of mountain ranges, waterfalls, national parks and forests. Some longer routes offer sleeper trains, so you can rest your head while rolling towards your next spectacular stop off.

By Car

For those keen on flexibility, Norway is a great country to take the reins and explore by car. A mixing pot of large highways into cities and narrow roads winding through fjords, to travel by car is to venture to remote places that are sometimes inaccessible by any other forms of transport in Norway. Keep in mind that some roads are difficult to navigate in the winter’s snow and ice, while others close altogether.

By Bus

Norway boasts an excellent bus network and it’s a popular way to travel for locals, with frequent buses in large cities, and comfortable coaches equipped with Wi-Fi and power outlets. Some of the most scenic routes include the Haukeliekspressen between Oslo and Seljestad, and the Sognefjordekspressen between Bergen and the fjords.

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