How to bring a vehicle on the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express

You can bring a vehicle on board, no matter if you're travelling from A to B or going on an epic journey along the Norwegian coast. We've answered frequently asked questions to help you drive on and off our ships without a hitch.

Frequently asked question

We highly recommend pre-booking a spot on the car deck. You can show up on the day, but there's no guarantee we'll have a free space.

In most ports, you walk onto the ship, check in, and then return to your vehicle. Our crew will then inform you when it’s your turn to drive on board. In Bergen, please walk into the terminal and check in.  

Short-stay ports
We ask guests embarking at ports where we dock for 15 minutes or less to drive onto the ship before checking in. A member of our car deck crew will hand you a transit card. Please show this card to reception staff during check-in. Visit our sailing plan to view how long we stay in each port.  

Please provide reception staff with the following information during check-in: 

  • License plate number 
  • Type of vehicle 
  • Colour of vehicle 

Please be ready to drive on board at 18.00 in Bergen and no later than one hour before departure in Trondheim, Bodø, Tromsø and Kirkenes. For all other ports, please arrive no later than 30 minutes before departure.  

In Bergen, there's a parking lot near the terminal marked with ‘Hurtigruten and FjordLine’.  

In Trondheim and Bodø, there's a parking lot close to the pier. It's also possible to park on the pier, but there's limited space.  

In Tromsø, vehicles park just outside the berth.  

In Kirkenes, there's a marked parking lane on the pier. 

Our smaller ports do not usually feature a parking lot. However, you can park in a suitable place close to the pier.  

Please note: The order vehicles enter the ship depends on their port of disembarkation. You’ll receive further information during check in.   

In many ports, our crew can drive your vehicle on and off the ship. However, please note that we cannot guarantee this service. 

Yes, except for our seasonal stops in Geirangerfjord and Hjørundfjord, as we don’t dock in these two locations. Instead, we anchor offshore, and guests are brought on board by tender boats. 

Unfortunately, no caravans or trailers are allowed on board. Please see the below information regarding acceptable vehicle dimensions.  

No, as guests aren’t allowed on the car deck while the ship is sailing. Therefore, please take the luggage you require from your vehicle and board via the terminal in Bergen and via the pier in other ports.  

The car deck only opens when the ship is docked. Therefore, you can enjoy the views right up until we reach land. The crew will show you to your vehicle, and you can start your engine when notified. Please note: On southbound sailings, the crew drive all vehicles off the ship in Trondheim due to the early hour (06.30) of our arrival. You can collect your keys in reception.  

The following dimensions apply to vehicles: 

  Max length in meter Max width in meter Max height in meter Max weight in kilo
MS Kong Harald 6,40 2,40 2,25 5000
MS Nordkapp 6,50 2,45 2,10 5000
MS Nordlys 6,50 2,40 2,20 5000
MS Polarlys 6,50 2,45 2,20 5000
MS Richard With 6,40 2,40 2,30 5000
MS Trollfjord 6,30 2,40 2,30 5000
MS Vesterålen 5,40 2,30 1,90 2800
MS Nordnorge 6,50 2,40 2,30 5000