Travel like the locals

Published: 7/12/2019 Changed: 7/12/2019

‘Travel like the locals’ makes it both easier and cheaper to experience the fantastic scenery of Western Norway.

The video above gives you a taster of what you can experience in Western Norway.

Do you dream about going on a boat trip on the fjords or driving across the mountains, but don’t know any easy way of going about it?

‘Travel like the locals’ offers routes that are based on public transport. In contrast to the ordinary Skyss travel planner, the goal is not to find the quickest route, but to provide interesting round trip options.

·    The destination companies will manage this service, and answer travellers’ questions about tickets and travel. In Hordaland, the service will be managed by Destinasjon Voss.
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Where do you want to go?

Do you want to go island hopping at the mouth of the Hardangerfjord, starting in beautiful Rosendal? Take an afternoon trip from Eidfjord to Ulvik? Or how about a round trip in Folgefonna National Park? There are lots of options. The routes in Hordaland currently start in Odda, Rosendal, Eidfjord, Voss and Leirvik.

You travel without a tour leader or guide to show you the way – on your own, just like the locals. Most of the routes include several buses and boats, and you have plenty of time to switch between them. This means that you don’t have to worry about missing the next bus or boat, if you have to switch en route.


As well as making it easier for tourists to travel by public transport, this concept could also help to increase passenger numbers on bus and boat services with low passenger numbers, which will support public transport services in rural areas. 
Those travelling on their own will thus have better opportunities to experience Western Norway on public transport. 

Cooperation between three counties

‘Travel like the locals’ is a cooperation between the county authorities of Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland and Rogaland, and the public transport companies Kringom, Skyss and Kolumbus, and the destination companies in these three counties. The concept was first introduced by the fourth county in Western Norway, Møre og Romsdal, which introduced package trips by public transport for tourists in 2016. The three other counties have modelled their cooperation on Møre og Romsdal's concept. In autumn 2018, the matter was considered by the Western Norway Council, which led the other counties in Western Norway to establish a cooperation to provide this type of travel.

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Happy travelling!