The express boats are fast and comfortable, and enable you to move efficiently between the regions of Northern Norway. However, local boats take you to Northern Norway’s smaller, secret spots.

Southern Nordland Express: Bodø - Svolvær
Sør-Troms: Harstad-Finnsnes-Tromsø
Nord-Troms: Tromsø-Skjervøy 
Advance bookings are neither necessary nor possible. Refreshments are sold on board, and the necessary safety information is provided prior to departure. The express boat terminals are central located in the coastal towns and cities.
Local routes
Local boats take you to Northern Norway’s small settlements. They are indispensible when you travel off the beaten track. However, you need to plan ahead if you get off as it may be a couple of days before the boat calls again. An alternative is to go on the full round-trip, not leave the boat at the destination and treat it as a mini-mini-cruise. Click on the following links to view a full list of options in the respective counties:
Nordland
Troms
Finnmark
A few recommended local routes to watch out for:
• The rural route in Sørøysund, which takes you from Hammerfest to the island of Sørøya
• The islands in Måsøy, for the end of the National Tourist Route to Havøysund
• The local boat to the island of Tussøy, which provides the connection for the nine residents of this island to the west of Tromsø
• Værran, the unique group of islands and skerries just off the coast of Bodø, which is a densely populated mini fishing village: Bodø - Islands
• The fjord route between the islands of Hamsun, Kjerringøy - Steigen: Tårnvik - Nordfold
• The small communities along the Reinefjorden in the outermost part of Lofoten situated beneath fantastic mountains
• The island communities in the Rødøybassenget right on the Arctic Circle, including legendary places like Myken and the historic trading post Selsøyvik
The boats vary from small high-speed vessels to catamarans and ferries. All boats feature indoor lounges and as a general rule there is also deck space. Refreshments are often limited to a cup of coffee, so it can be a good idea to bring a picnic lunch. The passengers and crew are well acquainted so information on board can be limited. As they say in the north, “it never hurts to ask”, so if you are in doubt about something just ask the crew. 
Timetables
We have attempted to include links to the routes. Feel free to contact the local tourist information offices or visit www.177nordland.no, www.177troms.no and www.177finnmark.no for more information. 
Timetables are subject to change owing to public holidays, new vessels replacing older ones and public tenders, so we recommend that you double-check all information provided on this page. 
Consequently, we disclaim all liability for errors or changes. 

Express boats

Express boats link many coastal towns and cities in Northern Norway. The express boats are fast and comfortable and offer efficient transport, making them far quicker than the equivalent journey by road.

Advance bookings are neither necessary nor possible. Refreshments are sold on board, and the necessary safety information is provided prior to departure. The express boat terminals are central located in the coastal towns and cities.

Local routes

Local boats take you to Northern Norway’s small settlements. They are indispensible when you travel off the beaten track. However, you need to plan ahead if you get off as it may be a couple of days before the boat calls again. An alternative is to go on the full round-trip, not leave the boat at the destination and treat it as a mini-mini-cruise. 

A few recommended local routes to watch out for (the list is not complete):

Helgeland:

  • 18-151: Rørøy-Brønnøysund - catamaran to the island of Vega from Brønnøysund
  • 18-191: Trænaruten - cataraman via Lovund  to  Træna from Sandnessjøen
  • 18-411: Rødøy - cataraman in the  Rødøy basin to legendary calls like Myken Lighthouse and the old trading post of Selsøyvik

Salten

  • 18-433: Meløy - boat to the islands of Meløy and Støtt from Ørnes
  • 18-539: Værran - island communities off Bodø
  • 18-553: Nordfold - fjord boat schedule to small communities

Lofoten/Vesterålen:

  • 18-773: Reinefjorden - from Reine to communities in the Reinefjord (practical for hikers)
  • 18-704: Øksfjord - Svolvær - boat to communities along the Øksfjord
  • 18-837: Hadsel - ferry from Stokmarknes to small communities along on the islands of Austvågøy and Hinnøya  islands (handy for cyclists)
  • 18-866: Øksnes Vestbygd: Local boat from Myre to the islands in the west of Øksnes municipality (handly for clyclists between Bø and Myre)

Troms:

  • 6: Harstad-Bjarkøystedene- Sør-Senja: Catarmaran from Harstad to the islands of Bjarkøy and port on Southern Senja 
  • 4: Tromsø-Lysnes: Catamaran from Tromsø to Lysnes on the island of Senja
  • 182: Bellvik-Vengsøy-Mjølvik: Ferry from Bellvik near Tromsø to the island of Vengsøy and other communities in the archipelago

Finnmark:

  • 003: Bygderuta i Sørøysund connects Hammerfest with surrounding island communities
  • 005: Måsøyexpressen connects the islands of Rolvsøy, Ingøy and Måsøy with Havøysund
  • 010: Tanaruta goes to small communities along the Tana fjord from Skjåne

Links are to the county public transport organisations, in Norwegian only. 

The boats vary from small high-speed vessels to catamarans and ferries. All boats feature indoor lounges and as a general rule there is also deck space. Refreshments are often limited to a cup of coffee, so it can be a good idea to bring a picnic lunch. The passengers and crew are well acquainted so information on board can be limited. As they say in the north, “it never hurts to ask”, so if you are in doubt about something just ask the crew. 

Timetables

Timetables are subject to change owing to public holidays, new vessels replacing older ones and public tenders. Consequently, we disclaim all liability for errors or changes.