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Ferry routes in Northern Norway

Across fjords and out to islands: ferries are a vital part of traveling along the coast of Northern Norway.

Due to the large distances in Northern Norway, many people enjoy spending their holidays here in a car. Below you will find some of the important car ferries, sorted by geography, south to north.

  • Ferry routes in Nordland fylke (county) are listed on Reis Nordland (Norwegian only).
  • Ferry routes in Troms and Finnmark fylke (county) is listed on Tromskortet.

The Coastal Route

The fantastic Coastal Route from Central Norway to Bodø has a number of ferry crossings. For additional info on this route, it has its own website.

Other car ferries in Helgeland-Salten

On the E6

The main north-south artery has one single ferry crossing left, with numerous departures. 

Lofoten and Vesterålen

The archipelagos are now bridged with the mainland. However, some ferry crossings shorten the trip considerably. 

  • Bognes – Lødingen From the E6 towards Harstad and Vesterålen. Also a good alternative if the fery Bodø-Værøy Moskenes is full
  • Melbu-Fiskebøl  From the Lofoten Islands to the Vesterålen Islands.
  • Bodø-Værøy-Røst-Moskenes Much-used connection to the southern end of the Lofoten chain. Pre-booking is a good idea.

Island of Senja

Summer-only ferries make for helpful ferry crossings from other destinations.

Troms and Finnmark

Bridges and tunnels have made many ferries obsolete, but look out for the following: 

  • Flesnes-Refsnes Useful between Harstad and the Vesterålen Island
  • Sørrollnes-Stangnes Useful from Harstad to the mainland when heading north.
  • Breivikeidet-Svensby og Lyngseidet Olderdalen Useful from Tromsø towards Alta and the North Cape
  • Øksfjord-Hasvik For travellers to the island of Sørøya

About ferries

  • In winter there is usually plenty of capacity
  • Popular ferry crossings, notably to Lofoten and Senja, are sometimes full in summer, and cars are left behind.
  • Car reservations are accepted at some crossings, not at others.
  • Cancellations due to bad weather happen, but not very often.
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