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From Bergen to Lofoten

I'll be taking a trip to Norway in summer 2021 (hopefully!) and I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way to get from Bergen to Bodo, so that I can then take a flight to Svolvaeir in Lofoten. What is the quickest/most efficient way to get between Bergen and Bodo? Thanks in advance!

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Look at the Hurtigruten ships. It is how locals travel from place to place along the coast.

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Wideroe flies nonstop Bergen to Bodo. SAS/Cityjet flies Bergen to Bodo via Trondheim.

But if you want to go to Svolvaeir, book Wideroe Bergen (BGO) to Svolvaeir (SVJ) via Bodo as a single ticket.

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You have gotten some great advice. Hurtigruten will let you see the scenery along the way, but is slow. Flying will be faster but you will not be able to enjoy the scenery.

And as mentioned, do not self connect in Bodö! Book a single ticket from Bergen to Svolvär (Can be done both trough SAS and through Wideröe). Or, fly to Bodö and then take the ferry over to Lofoten, the scenery from the boat should not be missed in my opinion.

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We wanted to do a cruise up the coast of Norway, all the way to the North Cape.

I looked at NCL and Royal C., which had very nice cruises. Also. looked at Hurtingen.

Hurtingen visited many ports, but many for only a few minutes, not enough to visit the port. They only had 3-4 nice excursions for the entire trip. Also, the cost was higher than the cruise lines. Further, our cabin would not have had a balcony.

Dining was reported to be good on Hurtingen, but didn't seem to compare with a Royal Caribbean cruise. We picked Royal and it was great. We visited six great ports and it was great. The dining was nice and the entertainment on the ship was super.

We didn't have to pay for any alcoholic drinks, since we had loyalty benefits. Alcohol would have cost more on Hurtingen.

Before you decide, do your own research. is a good source.

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The comparison does not work as Hurtigruten are not typical cruise ships which is why we chose them. They are delivering passengers and goods to the small coastal towns and cities. They offer excursions through another company if you want to have one.. We walked around the towns ourselves.
We had about 350 on our ship, very few Americans, mostly Scandinavians and Germans, some British too.
The food was exceptional, slanted to Scandinavian, lots of varieties of herring at breakfast and lunch which we loved. Entertainment was a pianist and a singer in the lounge and the scenery.
We loved this experience.