08 February, 2023

Wideroe to start new Bergen - London Stansted route next month.

A new Widerøe flight linking London Stansted and Bergen will offer travellers from London and the East of England easy access to Norway's famous fjords from 26 March 2023.

Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will operate a twice-weekly service to the country’s second-largest city using a 110-seat Embraer E190-E2 aircraft.  Flights will depart London Stansted at 18.40 on Fridays and 11.30 on Sundays.

A World Heritage Site located in the west of Norway, Bergen, is renowned for its Bryggen harbour district, one of Europe's oldest ports, and as the gateway to Norwegian fjords.

Simon Gorrighan, London Stansted’s Aviation Director, said:  "We're delighted to welcome Widerøe to London Stansted, adding yet another new destination to our growing network and giving passengers even more choice when travelling from their local airport.

This new route makes a beautiful region of Norway more accessible to UK travellers as well as being an important route for business, especially the energy industry in Norway and the East of England."

Christian Skaug, Widerøe’s Commercial Director, said:   "We are very pleased to be flying to London Stansted from 26th March and being able to maintain London as part of our route map. London Stansted has smooth and convenient connections to the City of London, which we know our customers will appreciate."

Several other new flights will be available from London Stansted this summer, including Belfast, Newquay, Edinburgh, Asturias, Klagenfurt, and Leipzig with Ryanair.

Meanwhile, Emirates is launching a second daily service to Dubai on May 1 and Jet2 is also adding new flights to Rome and Athens.

Bergen is known as "The heart of the fjords"....

Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway and yet it also offers small-town charm alongside a metropolitan character that matches any European tourist destination. 

The UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen, the Hanseatic wharf is a key relic from times gone by, when the city was a key centre for trade between Norway and Europe.  These days, the wharf is host to a museum, shops, galleries, and restaurants, popular with locals and visitors alike. 

Not far away is a jolly and lively fish market which has a long history of providing the locals with freshly caught sea creatures since 1276. Although, the market now also sells more than just fish, offering fruit and veg,  souvenirs and handicrafts.  

There is a vibrancy about Bergen which might be because around 10% of the population is made up of students and that means there is always something happening at one of the many bars, venues or restaurants.  

KODE is one of the largest museums for art, design and music in all the Nordic nations and is a wonderful building dating back to 1896 which has undergone a complete renovation over the last couple of years. 

Not far away is the home of Norway's most famous composer Edvard Grieg which is now a museum and exhibition centre.