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 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.
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?