Widerøe are a Norwegian regional airline operating flights all over Norway, with some international flights too. They are Norway’s third largest airline, and operate to 43 of Norway’s 45 airports. They operate a large number of their networks as PSO (Public Service Obligation) flights connecting remote communities across Norway, using a fleet made almost entirely of Dash 8s, from the 100 to the Q400. They also operate a handful of Embraer E190 E2 aircraft on some of their longer sectors.
For years I’ve dreamed of flying with Widerøe on some of their ‘milk run’ flights across Northern Norway. They operate many multi-sector flights across the remote communities in this region.
Usually these flights can cost over £200 each to get on, but Widerøe offer a unique ‘Explore Norway’ pass which allows for unlimited flights across their entire route network for a two week period. The price varies depending on which regions of Norway you wish to explore – but I took advantage of their entire Norway pass, which also includes international connections from across Europe. This cost me £450, which represents excellent value for money for the sheer number of flights it allows you to take.
I arrived into Bergen, Norway’s second busiest airport and one of Widerøe’s largest hubs, after a connecting flight inbound from Aberdeen on a Dash 8-Q400.
My first flight was to Widerøe’s home town and main hub Bodø. Bodø is located north of the Arctic Circle and is an hours’ flight north from Bergen. My ride for this flight was one of Widerøe’s larger aircraft, the Dash 8 Q400.
My flights across Norway were simply incredible. The Explore Norway pass is a great way to see first hand how aviation is connecting remote communities across Norway. The crew are absolutely incredible and are only too pleased to share information about Widerøe’s operation in this part of the world.