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.
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.
The prices are as follows.
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.
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.
- 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.
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….
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?