Fly All You Want Around Norway This Summer For $435

Norway might just be my favorite country to visit in the world, and that’s no small statement considering I’ve been to over 50 countries now. The entire country is basically one big national park. The food is fantastic.

My family has been to Oslo a couple of times, Bergen, and last fall we spent a long weekend in Stavanger where we hiked Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). It was spectacular, easily one of the best day hikes I’ve ever done.


Travis with his family at Pulpit Rock

OK, so Norway is a little on the expensive side. But if you learn some tricks, it’s manageable. I recommend stocking up on Choice Hotel points, for example, so that you can essentially get your room and board for about $120 per night.

One deal we haven’t taken advantage of yet is the Widerøe Explore Norway Ticket. This unique All-You-Can-Fly offer is available each summer and seems like a pretty good deal if you want to bounce around and see a lot of different parts of Norway in a short time.

They’ve run this deal for the past few years and sure enough, it’s back for the summer of 2018.

Explore Norway 2018

The offer is pretty similar to those of the past, though prices have increased slightly.

The way it works is that they divide the country into three zones and you buy the pass based on the number of zones you want to travel in.


Explore Norway zone map

So you pay $420 for the first zone of travel, and then about $77 for each additional zone.


Explore Norway pass prices for 2018

The base pass is good for two weeks, or you can buy an additional week. Your travel needs to occur between July 1 and August 31, 2018.

Widerøe has added a couple of international flights since last year, and you can include those flights as part of the southern zone. They now fly to Aberdeen, Billund, Gothenburg (Goteborg), and Copenhagen (Koberhavn) which means if you live in any of those cities, you can even get your positioning flights to and from Norway included. From mid-August they also have flights from Hamburg, London, and Munich (München).

Terms and Conditions

If you want to do this, be sure to study the rules:

  • You may fly as much as you like, but not more than 4 times between the same city pairs (e.g. Oslo-Sogndal).
  • 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% off 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 3460 points, 2 zones 4070 points, 3 zones 4680 points, extra week 2040 points. The points will be registered when your journey is completed.

Booking your Explore Norway ticket

I’ve never flown Widerøe but I have booked tickets with them. If that sounds odd, it’s because about three years ago they sort-of-not-mistakenly sold United tickets at a huge discount. So I booked a few and ended up interacting with the Widerøe staff to clean up some schedule changes and whatnot.

While Widerøe has some strange call center hours, they provide absolutely fantastic web support via an instant message window on their website.

I would not hesitate to do business with Widerøe as their employees 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 and it keeps drawing me back time and again.

If you only have a limited amount of time and want to sample a lot of different places in the country, the Widerøe Explore Norway Ticket could be a good deal.


Returning from Pulpit Rock

Have you ever bought an Explore Norway ticket?

Comments

  1. They do this every summer, so if it is too late to plan for this summer, plan for the next.

    Norway is packed with tourists in the summer and often times hotels sell out. Plan accordingly.

    No, you can’t use this to segment run your way to EB Gold or Diamond.

    Some of the routes up north are connected like the UA Island Hopper or AS Milk Run, one after another, so you can potentially knock out 5-6 airports with no plane change if collecting airports is your thing.

    Widerøe just put their new Embraer E190-E2 in service, so good chance to try a new plane.

  2. Be aware that Wideroe flights, although it will count as SAS Eurobonus, won’t count as Star Alliance flights if you use any other Star Alliance FF program, even if you book them on SAS site as SAS flights.

  3. Any news if scandic is offering the perfectly matching hotel promo again? Some years they do, some they don’t.

  4. You need to try Trolltunga next time, Travis! (the kids are probably still a little too young for that one)

  5. @Michael
    Widerøe does not fly to Longyearbyen. you need to get a roundtrip flight from OSL or TOS. It does not cost that much if you book early.

  6. Saying Norway is ‘a little on the expensive side’ is the understatement of the century.

    It’s the most expensive country I’ve ever visited.

  7. Billiken — For sure, that looks awesome. We’ll put it on the list for a few years from now!

  8. Max muilero — I know the promo you are talking about, but don’t see it for this summer. There are some summer offers though.

  9. emercycrite — A bit busy with what you might call my “regularly scheduled activities”. haha.

    Also, the cruel irony of family travel is that the more you travel, the less time you actually have to write about travel. So you end up with plenty to say, and no time to say it. That’s how it works for me at least.

    But fear not, I’m still here!

  10. I have traveled with the Explore Norway ticket twice (2013 and 2015) and it was awesome! I might have to do it again this year, just to knock out the 10-or-so last airports that I haven’t been to, in Norway 😉

    My favorite hotel in Norway is Scandic Havet in Bodø. Ask for a harbor view room 🙂 Be sure to rent a car at your destination, as public transport is very limited in the more rural areas.

  11. I managed to visit all 43 airports WF serve in Norway with the 3-zone pass in 2015. I met someone who used the 1-zone pass to segment run for SK Diamond. Unfortunately, that is no longer possible after 2015.

    In summer, SK Silver would suffice for priority line and SK lounges at OSL/TOS to enjoy free beer/soup/snacks 😛

  12. @Ted How long did it take to hit all 43 airports? I’ve been meaning to try the same but haven’t made plans yet.

  13. @Ben (not Lucky) One can hit all 43 airports within 2 weeks with advanced planning. Be aware some routes only have one flight per week, and weekend flights usually sell out fast though.

    FYI, my route map is the following: https://openflights.org/trip/25117

  14. Ted — That is awesome. Thanks for sharing! Tiffany had wondered if any OMAAT readers had ever done this deal — so I think the answer is YES!!

  15. I used the two zones pass to segment run for EBG back in 2013, before they took away that opportunity. But the most spectacular scenery is to be found on the public service obligation flights that has never counted towards status anyway. I would strongly recommend going to Andøya (ANX) and Lofoten (LKN and/or SVJ). The coastal route from Trondheim (TRD) to Bodø (BOO) via Brønnøysund (BNN) and Sandnessjøen (SSJ) is also spectacular if the weather cooperates.

  16. Having lived in Norway, I smiled at the claim that Norway is “a little on the expensive side”. A visitor to Norway will find it phenomenally expensive.

    I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry at the further claim that “the food is fantastic”. Whilst some of the fresh produce is very good indeed (summer fruits during their short season and fish would be good examples) the standard of cooking really is very, very poor.

    I can’t disagree with the comments about Norway’s scenery, however, which is spectacular.

  17. Spot on Andromeda. Perhaps if visiting over Summer when the range is greater due to being in season, it may appear that food is better. Most of the year food is quite limited, and there is not a great range. May be fine if you’re visiting gourmet markets as a tourist, but in general, everyday food is not as impressive as elsewhere in Europe.

  18. That’s a slightly misleading headline… You can’t fly all you want around Norway for $435 this Summer, it’s $589 and only for 2 weeks. Certainly a good deal still for the way many people on sites like this would use it (though I’d personally try and minimize my time travelling on a plane in Norway and maximise it on the ground – scenic flights aside).

    And although Norway is an almost unbelievably beautiful country, I’m as perplexed at the “great food” line as the others commenting. There’s certainly nothing wrong with it, but I’ve never met anyone whose comments about a trip to Norway included “the food was amazing”!

  19. Travis, I’m glad you’re back! Your tip about getting the family room at the Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion in Oslo was great for me last year, thanks! I appreciate the family information.

  20. To adress the point of the food in Norway.. As a Norwegian..

    Sure, the norwegian Food scene is quite limited, but I can guarantee you, that in the larger cities(BGO/OSL/SVG/TRD, and also some of the cities further north, there are true gems to be found!

    In Bergen, you can eat at Lysverket,
    https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2017/07/18/dining/lysverket-restaurant-norway-neo-fjordic-cuisine.html

    Other greats in Bergen includes a trips to Cornelius, on a secluded island outside of the town, with a scenic boat ride to get there. Or to eat at the old meat market in 1877 at kjøttbasaren.

    All on the pricey side, for Traditional norwegian Dishes, visit Pingvinen. A cheaper option.

    In Stavanger you have many options, including a Sushi Michelin Star restaurant, Sabi Omakase, and Re-Naa.

    In Oslo, there are many options, and as a native Bergen, I must say alltough slightly less options, but also a smaller city, Oslo can compete with many european cities, and there are great foods to be found..
    (Im currently in Berlin in a MR/Friendvisit/Foodtour, so my hobby is to fly and eat my way trough the world)

    I would say Norwegian traditional food is slightly similar to what is to be found of traditional foods in Germany and the alp coutries..

    Lots of potatoes, cured meat, sausage
    Etc, if that is not your thing, try some of the seafood, if you put your dollars in, and stay away from the tourist traps, lots of great food are to be found!

    Come enjoy!

    Chris

  21. Travis- Are mixing Norway with some other country?.If not, I can’t understand you wrote this with a straight face. Going there often for work and I can’t believe you claim that

    a) it is a little on the expensive side.

    It is the most expensive place I have been and very poor value for money generally.

    b) the food is great

    As others have noted, food is quite bad and generally weird, not in a good way.

    This seems like one of Daniel’s post.

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