Fly All You Want Around Norway This Summer For A Fixed Price

Last week I posted about How To Stay In Norway This Summer For $80 Per Night by taking advantage of the Scandic hotels promotion. With that deal, you get 13 consecutive nights in Scandic hotels for $1,030 between June 18 and August 27. Given that Norway is one of the most expensive (and beautiful) countries on the planet, this seems like a really good deal.

Of course lodging is only one piece of the puzzle — you probably aren’t going to spend all 13 nights in one place so you’re going to want to move around.

Well, it turns out that Widerøe is running a matching offer on airfare called Explore Norway. For a fixed price, you get unlimited flights over a two week period. This is basically an All You Can Fly. 

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I’m not joking. This place is gorgeous. The whole country should be a national park.

Widerwho?

Widerøe is the largest regional airline in Scandinavia. They have 450 flights per day to 48 destinations on a fleet of Dash 8s.

For many of us, our first exposure to Widerøe was in 2013 when they willingly sold thousands of super cheap tickets for travel on United. You could fly from the US to Europe for a few hundred dollars. They later admitted that they knew this was a mistake fare, yet went ahead and sold the tickets anyway. In fact, there were rumors that they actually added server capacity to sell even more tickets. Because hey, they were making $5 from every ticket sold and it was Jeff that was going to take the loss. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play that game?

So anyway, that’s how Widerøe became a household name within the community. They are a real airline and have decent customer service, particularly if you like to interact over web chat.

Now back to the deal.

Pick a Zone, Any Zone (Or All the Zones)

The first thing to decide is where you want to travel within Norway. There are three zones to choose from, each covering roughly 1/3 of the country. You can choose to travel entirely within one zone, two zones, or the entire country.

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The prices are as follows.

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So you basically pay $435 for the first zone that you want to travel in, and then roughly $100 more for each additional zone. You can also add an additional week of travel onto any of the plans for $280.

International Connections

Widerøe doesn’t have an extensive international route network, but they do fly to Aberdeen and Newcastle in the United Kingdom as well as Copenhagen, Denmark, and Gothenburg, Sweden. If you are originating from any of those cities, you can include the international segments at the beginning and end of the trip as part of the Southern zone.

I take this to mean that you can’t use the Explore Norway ticket to bounce around between Denmark, Sweden, and the UK — it is called the Explore Norway ticket after all. But if you are originating from one of those cities, just being able to include the “positioning” flight into Norway and then back as part of the deal is a nice perk. For those coming from the US, you could also decide to book into, say, Denmark, spend a few days there, and then head up to Norway, thus adding a country for roughly the same cost.

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Fine Print

  • You may fly as much as you like, but not more than 4 times on each segment.
  • Except for the first flight, you are free to change your itinerary within your travel period.  You can book up to 2 hours before departure, but note, availability might be limited on the most popular flights. We advise you to book early.
  • The ticket is not refundable after the first flight is booked, and name change is not possible.
  • Children 2-11 years old get 25% when they travel with a parent or grandparent (children under 12 years can not travel alone).
  • Connecting flight to/from Norway from/to one of our international destinations are included in the price for zone Southern Norway. Note: Only as first and last flight on your Explore Norway trip.
  • EuroBonus-points can be earned on selected flights.

That last point is interesting. Reader Cecilie left a comment on the Scandic post stating that this could be used to earn Star Gold status by crediting eligible Widerøe flights to SAS.

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Good Deal?

This seems like a great way to explore Norway for two weeks. Two people traveling together could get their lodging and flights covered for $1,130 per person — $515 for lodging and $620 for airfare. Scandic hotels provide breakfast, so that’s covered as well. I didn’t price out individual Widerøe flights for comparison, but it seems that you could get to $620 pretty quickly.

I suppose it comes down to how many places you want to visit. And I’ll be honest, All You Can [fill in the blank] type offers usually bring out the glutton in me. I’ve come to learn that buffets just make me sick because I just. can’t. stop. eating.

The takeaway here is that I would suggest not going overboard on the number of destinations and actually spending a few days in a place rather than just hopping around. Then again, in my younger days, I would totally have tried to hit every airport Widerøe flies to, so who am I to judge….

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Bottom Line

I love the co-marketing going on here. Scandic and Widerøe have combined to offer a very compelling package and are jointly promoting it. That’s really cool and I wish we would see more of it.

Norway is an amazing country. We only spent a few days in Bergen, but we absolutely loved it. One of our biggest deterrents to going back is the cost, and these deals from Scandic and Widerøe can really make that manageable. I wish we could go, but with Babymoon 3.0 on the way next month, I think our return trip to Norway will have to wait.


Have you flown Widerøe? Have you done an Explore Norway ticket in the past? How did it work out?

Comments

  1. @Keith

    Not the first year this fly all you can offer has been active, have been mentioned in the past on Flyertalk for getting *Gold.

  2. >This is basically an All You Can Fly.

    Oh, cool.

    >They have 450 flights per day to 48 destinations on a fleet of Dash 8s.
    >Dash 8

    nopenopenopenopenope

    Not going on a turboprop. Never again.

  3. I don’t see Norway on the Hyatt nor SPG map. Ergo it doesn’t exist.
    Lucky would never cover anything like this. What’s next? Selling Scandic CCs?

  4. @ABC At this moment, it is hard for Hyatt to break into Norway since it is a small market and there already many decent hotels in that country.
    Also, Norway is not really a popular destination like Bangkok, so probably not enough tourists. If you take a look at Bangkok, you will see even though there are already many great hotels there, still there many people waiting to enter that market because it is a huge market.

  5. I love the sense of adventure in this. If I lived in Europe I would definitely consider it – two great offers timed together – why not?!

  6. This is an extremely good and generous deal. Considering a flight such as, for example, OSL-SVG can cost (with Wideroe) about €180 return (and that’s the cheapest I’ve found) and you pay only €165 more for an unlimited amount of flights for 2 weeks, this is a no-brainer in my opinion.

  7. I bought all 3 zones, and I’ve already booked the majority of my flights, 37 of them which are eligible for EuroBonus accrual. The flights are booked in Y, D or C fare buckets, and the point accrual varies from 250 EB-points to 1000 EB-points Note that there’s no way you can pick and choose what fare bucket you want. It seems like you’re given whatever’s available. I have maybe 40% of my flights in C. There’s no difference in the service or seats on board, you just get more EB-points.

    Advice to Widerøe-newbies: Bring your noice cancelling headsets 😉

  8. I’m trying to understand this clause of the fine print: “You may fly as much as you like, but not more than 4 times on each segment.”

    Does that mean you can’t fly Oslo to Trondheim more than 4 times total during the two week period?

  9. ENOTTY —

    I would imagine that it means that you can’t fly Oslo-Trondheim or Trondheim-Oslo more than 4 times total. So basically what you said, but including the other direction as well.

  10. Zklz — Interesting. I’ve wondered why their are few American chain hotels. This is the place to use your Choice points if you’ve got them.

  11. @ENOTTY – Correct, you can only fly on the direct Trondheim (TRD) – Oslo (TRF – note, this is Sandefjord Airport Torp, NOT OSL, Oslo Airport Gardermoen) 4 times.

    But you could always book and fly for example Trondheim-Bodø-Sandefjord (TRF) 4 times, in addition to the 4 times you fly direct Trondheim-Sandefjord.

    Tip! Check out Widerøe’s “hubs” where they have particularly many connections. Bergen, Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø are the main ones with the most flights.

  12. Widerøe has had this offer every summer for many years now. So if its too late to arrange a visit this summer, know that the offer will most likely be available next year too.
    It is a great offer and Widerøe is a safe company. They have a low season during summer, as most business customers are on holiday, so they try to fill up the seats with tourists.

  13. In previous years, the old rule was each city pair can only be booked twice. But the easy workaround was to book seperately. For example, booking TRF-TRD & TRD-BOO seperately once having booked twice TRF-BOO with the option to stop at TRD.

    They’ve tightened the rules this year to limit each segement up to four times, probably due to more EuroBonus earning routes starting 1/29/2015. However, it is still possible to fly the same route more than four times technically by booking “direct flights”, but that is a different story.

  14. Stayed at a Scandic out of the way in Sweden and was VERY impressed. Rooms were comfortable and updated and the free breakfast was great. Too bad Hawaii with family looms in 3 weeks or we’d certainly hit Norway, what a steal (in Norway terms anyway 🙂

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