The first direct airlink between Inverness and Bergen commenced on Thursday (May 10) , as part of Loganair’s largest ever schedule between the UK and Norway’s second largest city.
Operating all year round and three times per week, a journey time of one hour and 25 minutes connect the two destinations with services on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Passengers depart Inverness at 10.35am on the weekday services and at 1.55pm on Sundays.
Asides from offering a new option for holidaymakers setting off from Inverness, the region is also expecting an influx of Norwegian visitors, eager to explore Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.
Bergen is a coastal city, steeped in history and surrounded by seven iconic mountains - a bucket-list destination for fans of cultural activities, top-class food and stunning landscapes.
A vibrant city with plenty going on, its famous colourful wooden wharf boasts UNESCO World Heritage Status while fans of the outdoors can make a short trip to enjoy picturesque mountain walks amongst Norway’s towering fjords.
Film fans will be interested to hear it is the setting which inspired the makers of Disney’s hit animation, Frozen, recreating many of its most prominent features.
The route is also aimed at business passengers, connecting the two regions and their business communities.
Kay Ryan, Loganair’s commercial director said: “It’s fantastic to be able to create a direct link between Inverness and Bergen – directly benefiting both regions.
“Bergen is the ideal place for a holiday with so much on offer for visitors and we’re confident this will be a busy route for customers in Inverness. Early bookings have been encouraging, as people rush to get a holiday planned before peak season.
“Equally, we’re excited about opening up Inverness to tourists from Norway, using it as a base to explore the Highlands while also making both markets accessible for regional trade. There was demand from the business community in Inverness for a link to be established so we’ve worked to make this happen.
“Launching our largest ever schedule to Bergen during the summer of 2018, our commitment to the city remains strong.”
Graeme Bell, Inverness Airport’s managing director said: “The Highlands are a popular destination for Scandinavian visitors. These additional services further increase connectivity between Scotland and Norway. We have been working with local businesses, in Scotland and Norway, to provide routes that best meet their needs.
“This new Bergen route is a result of that hard work. Scandinavia is a valuable market for business and leisure travellers, we look forward to supporting the new service and we are continuously looking for additional routes.”
Lead-in fares between Inverness and Bergen commence at £90.46 and all reservations include 20kg of complimentary baggage allowance.