Fly All You Want Around Norway Is Back For 2016

I’m a big fan of the Widerøe.

Truth be told, I’ve never actually flown them. But I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for this outfit after they willingly sold thousands of tickets on United to anywhere in Europe for a couple hundred bucks. Because hey, they were making a $5 commission on each ticket. Take that Jeff.

It turns out that Widerøe is a lot more than just an occasional discounter of Star Alliance tickets — they actually have a fleet of their own planes and are probably the best bet if you want to visit every nook and cranny in beautiful Norway.

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Travis with his family in Bergen

And at least during the summer months, they have a really compelling offer. Fly All You Can for two weeks for a fixed price with an Explore Norway ticket.

Explore Norway 2016

As best I can tell, the offer is identical to last year, and the prices are the same at least for those paying in foreign currencies like USD, GBP, or EUR. (It costs more than last year if you pay in NOK — apparently the world’s glut of cheap oil is dragging down the Krone?)

The deal is fairly straightforward.

The country is divided into three zones and you buy the pass based on the number of zones you want to travel within.

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Explore Norway zone map

So you pay $435 for the first zone of travel, and then about $100 for each additional zone.

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Explore Norway pass prices for 2016

The base pass is good for two weeks, or you can buy an additional week. Your travel needs to occur between June 20 and August 29, 2016.

Widerøe doesn’t have many international flights, but they do fly from Aberdeen, Gothenburg (Goteborg), and Copenhagen (Koberhavn) and you can include that inbound and outbound segment as part of the pass.

Terms and Conditions

If you want to do this, be sure to study the terms and conditions, which actually seem fairly straightforward:

  • 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 members are eligible to Basic EuroBonus-points as follows:1 zone 3390 points, 2 zones 3990 points, 3 zones 4590 points, extra week 2000 points. The points will be registered when your journey is completed.

Booking Your Explore Norway Ticket

I have never done this deal so I don’t have first hand experience with the Explore Norway ticket. But I did have some issues with my Widerøe tickets on United back then, probably because it was shortly after the merger and pretty much everything at United was a mess.

While Widerøe has some strange call center hours, they provide absolutely fantastic web support via an instant message window on their website. I spent about an hour the night before our departure chatting back and forth with their representative about getting our tickets synced and reissued. Widerøe was wonderful to deal with — we even got disconnected once and the same guy answered the chat when I reconnected, leading me to believe their call chat centers aren’t all that big. I even had visions of him chatting with me while sitting with his laptop in an ice fishing hut out on a frozen lake. Which frankly sounds amazing to me.

At any rate, I would not hesitate to do business with Widerøe as their employees do seem to genuinely care about helping their customers and making sure that everyone has a fantastic experience when visiting their country.

Bottom Line

Norway is an amazingly beautiful place. With prices to match. We spent a long weekend in Bergen a couple years ago and rented a car for a day to drive out to see some fjords, mountains, and small towns. It was gorgeous.

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Driving our rental car in mountains above Osa, Norway (near Ulvik)

With this deal, it’d be possible to sample much of the country. Of course Norway is a pricey place (though perhaps slightly cheaper these days?) so it’s convenient that the Scandic hotel chain runs a concurrent offer for 13 nights of lodging at a fixed price.

Now if only we could use the SAS $99, $48, $88 one-way tickets from Los Angeles to Stockholm to position for this deal…..

Have you ever flown Widerøe? Do you think the Explore Norway pass is a good deal?

Comments

  1. I notice that they EUR and GBP prices are substantially cheaper than the USD ones. Do you get to choose or do they go in the currency of your credit card/billing address?

  2. @Travis

    “I even had visions of him chatting with me while sitting with his laptop in an ice fishing hut out on a frozen lake”

    Sorry to disappoint you Travis, but from what i have heard WF night support outside Norwegian office hours runs from the beach in Thailand.

    Employees are offered their normal salaries plus food and lodging in a beach house WF leases and a ticket for them and their partner if they are willing to working during the Thai day time for 1 month.

    Apparently it’s very popular during the winter months for some reason, can imagine why.

  3. I flew last year and managed to cover all 43 airports WF serves in two weeks, thanks to Club Carlson 2-for-1 in OSL/BGO/SVG/TRD/BOO/TOS. My SK Silver served me well for fast track security and lounge in the summer 🙂

    I met a guy who bought one-zone ticket and segment run for SK Diamond along with 50,000+ SK points. They are making it harder/impossible to game the system this year.

  4. Yes, last year it was really easy got get/maintain Eurobonus-status from this run, since you could actually manage to book the segments in booking class D –> 1000 pts/segment (+elite-bonus!)
    Now, a fixed amount of Eurobonus-points will be earned, dependent on the zones for choose.

    Still a great deal, and a marvelous experience!

  5. The reason their chat is so good, is that they have two offices – one here in Norway and one in Thailand. This way they can offer 24/7 chat, as customer service employees live a few months every year in Thailand.

    When it come to the Explore Norway ticket, I really recommend it. Norway is beautiful during the summer, and when taking advantage of the Explore Norway ticket, you get to see all the different parts of Norway. From Bryggen in Bergen, to the Atlantic Road near Kristiansund to the montanious north with the midnight sun. Living in Norway (quite far north), I will definatly take advantage of ticket once again.

    The only downside is that next year you cant register segments in SAS EuroBonus any longer. Many people qualified for Star Alliance Gold with SAS just through using this ticket for an insane amount of mileage running. This year the ticket sadly comes with only a fixed amount of bonus points earned.

  6. @Ole

    Tja!
    “The only downside is that next year you cant register segments in SAS EuroBonus any longer… This year the ticket sadly comes with only a fixed amount of bonus points earned.”
    Can you go a little deeper in details? Is it announced somewhere that you won’t get your segments and points credit for flex fares?

  7. @Denis:

    “EuroBonus members are eligible to Basic EuroBonus-points as follows:1 zone 3390 points, 2 zones 3990 points, 3 zones 4590 points, extra week 2000 points. The points will be registered when your journey is completed.”

    I Explored Norway last summer and it was an amazing adventure. I managed to get approximately 30 qualifying segments credited to my EuroBonus account, as well as roughly 20K qualifying basic points.
    I would do this trip again in a heartbeat, even with the imposed EuroBonus restriction. It’s the best way, hands down, to explore Norway.

    A few local favorites:
    Fly to Honningsvåg (HVG), rent a car and drive to the North Cape plateau (45 minute drive) – Norway’s northernmost point.

    Fly to Kirkenes (KKN), rent a car and drive to Grense Jakobselv, which is a river with the Russian-Norwegian boarder running in the middle of it.
    Also I’d recommend visiting the town of Kirkenes, it has quite a bit of history. Museums and memorials from WWII.

    Tromsø (TOS) is an amazing city, especially in the summer. Surrounded by snow covered mountaintops. Take the Fjellheisen (“mountain lift”)up to one of the mountains, and enjoy the view while drinking a local beer.

    Fly to Svolvær (SVJ) or Leknes (LKN) and you’re in the middle of the majestic Lofoten islands. Go camping or mountain hiking. Doing this myself in August!

  8. @Cecilie

    I saw the North Cape up in the air last year. I managed to sit in the cockpit and they even changed the flight plan so we could pass through the North Cape. What a wonderful experience!

  9. @Julie Gahan

    Most likely, as this has been an annual offer for the past 11-12 years as far as I know. The 2017 edition should be bookable online by February 2017.

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