ferries and fast boats
there are one or two ferries in the south of Norway, it is when
you reach the Stavanger area that you realise just how important
the sea - and transport over (or under) the sea is here.
Without the many car ferries and various types of fast boat, people
would not be able to travel and commute around the Ryfylke or the
Hardanger and Bergen areas to the north.
Bridges and tunnels are slowly replacing the car ferries, but there
are still many of them here - waiting to take you across.
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ferries in the Stavanger - Ryfylke area:
is a network of car ferries that makes possible the links between
roads either side of Boknfjord and the Ryfylke. If you're heading
north or east from Stavanger you will need at least one ferry.
Some ferries mainly serve the islands of the Ryfylke and the people
who live there, but it is worth island-hopping to get a feel for the
way of life here.
operates the Mortavika - Årsvågen service on the E 39,
operates services by Sand and Hjelmeland and Stavangerske
operate the other ferries
boats in the Stavanger - Ryfylke area:
fast boats - either conventional or catamaran (twin hull) - criss-cross
the fjords in the region, allowing many people to commute to work
Most of these are operated through Kolumbus
- the Stavanger to Bergen fast boat
Bergen - Stord - Haugesund - Stavanger fast boat service is known
as Flaggruten - the Flagship route. These powerful
double-deck catermarans stop at a few places along the way, including
Haugesund and Stord. Unfortunately, the service was stopped at new year 2014
in the Hardanger and Bergen regions:
Most of these services
are operated by TIDE