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Air travel in Norway Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Norway is an extremely long and narrow country.  If you look at the map, you will see that it really isn´t very far from Bergen to Stavanger, Ålesund, or Trondheim.  It takes a long time to drive to most places in Norway, whether it be on the coast or in the mountains.  However, as the crow flies, it shouldn´t take more than about a few hours to get from one end of the country to the other.  Unfortunately, the number of flights available that fly directly from Bergen to another city is small.  Same goes for flying from Tromsø to Trondheim (which is of course a longer distance) or many other combinations of cities.

Gardermoen on the map

I was told that I was lucky to get a direkte rute (direct flight) from Tromsø to Bergen.  Usually flights are directed towards Oslo, where you will have a (hopefully) short overgang (layover), and then you will bytte fly (switch planes) to head to your final Norwegian destination.  My friends that work on cruise ships often board and depart out of Ålesund.  They live in Tromsø.  It would make sense for them to  just fly directly south to Ålesund, but instead they have to fly to Oslo, where one can sometimes expect to have an overnight overgang before one can proceed on to Ålesund, or wherever it may be.

I guess the reason for all of this hassle is simply that there aren´t enough people who want to go from Tromsø to Bergen at the same time.  But there are a lot of people who want to fly from Tromsø to Oslo, so it´s easier and cheaper for the airline to send you on that flight, and then fill up a plane of people who want to go from Oslo to Bergen.  This is quite irritating, as you can imagine, but such is the market, right?

For those of you who have not flown to or inside Norway, you may be wondering how many flyplasser (airports) there are and where they are located, and which flyselskaper operate in Norway.  There are no less than 46 flyplasser in Norway, one in every major city, and many small cities.  It is simply essential to have flyplasser located close to just about everywhere due to the difficult and lengthy travel time via another mode of transportation other than flying.

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I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I majored in Norwegian and History. During college, I spent almost a year living in Oslo, Norway, where I attended the University of Oslo and completed an internship at the United States Embassy. I have worked for Concordia Language Villages as a pre-K Norwegian teacher and have taught an adult Norwegian language class. Right now, I keep up by writing this Norwegian blog for Transparent Language. Please read and share your thoughts! I will be continuing this blog from my future residence in the Norwegian arctic!