Summer is fast approaching, and with it, United’s largest ever Transatlantic expansion. Besides announcing a bunch of flights to new destinations it never served before, the carrier is resuming old routes many believed had been axed for good. One of those is the Newark flight to Norway, which has returned after a six-year pause.
Since May 20, American have again been able to fly nonstop to the Scandinavian country, bringing an end to the era of stopovers in other European hubs. The seasonal flights, which run through September 2022, will strengthen the links between the United States and Norway and make it easier for U.S. travelers to visit the Viking homeland:
The Gateway To The Fjords Is Open To Americas
Following six years of absence, United finally reinstated flights to Norway this summer, after flight UA270 departed from New York-Newark (EWR) bound for Bergen (BGO) on May 20. Although it is not the country’s capital, a title that the metropolitan Oslo holds instead, this is one of Norway’s top destinations and the gateway to the scenic fjords.
The flight was the city’s first transatlantic operation since October 26, 2018, when Norwegian Airlines operated its last nonstop between Bergen and New York-JFK. Now, it’s United’s turn to offer an air bridge between the two hubs, marking the airline’s return to Norway after it cut its daily service to Oslo back in 2016.
1,014 seats will be offered in total, and out of United’s busy summer schedule, this will be their only route in Scandinavia. As confirmed by Norwegian news outlet Kommunikasjon, United is operating the service on a Boeing 757-200, with 16 Business Class seats, 45 Economy Plus, and 108 other Economy seats.
What Is The Flight Frequency And How Much Do They Cost?
Flights are seasonal and the service will be available until September 27, with fares ranging between $716 and $779 one-way, depending on the selected date, seats, and of course, availability. They leave every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 20:40, EST time, and arrive to Norway 10:05, local time, the following day.
Returning flights leave Bergen every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:55, arriving to Newark at 14:25, making this route simply ideal for Americans considering a week-long vacation across the pond. Bergen is also now another option for those who are dreaming of a European vacation, but cannot pick one out of all the European nations that have reopened.
Celebrating the launch, Marcel Fuchs, United’s General Manager of International Sales, affirmed the direct route will expand United’s European route network. As Fuchs reiterates, Newark ‘opens the gateway’ from the U.S. to Western Norway, providing ‘easier access to the world-famous fjords’ for American tourists.
Previously, United Airlines offered direct service to Oslo, situated 287.5 miles east of Bergen. Although it is the country’s capital and its busiest hub, Oslo does not provide easy links to the country’s iconic fjords and incredible nature, unlike Bergen. By adding Bergen to its summer schedule, United is making sure those attractions are within easy reach of Americans.
Norway Has No Covid Restrictions In Place
Luckily for tourists, Norway has fully scrapped its Covid entry requirements. For 5 months now, Americans have been allowed to visit the country without any health documentation, including vaccination certificates or negative tests, irrespective of immunization status. Norway was, in fact, one of the first in Europe to lift all Covid curbs.
Besides being fully open for tourism, which means border control for Americans arriving in Bergen is smoother than ever, Norway has similarly relaxed Covid mandates within the country. Masks are no longer required in a majority of settings, including on flights operated by the flag-carrier Norwegian Airlines.
From Bergen, visitors can explore Norway’s world-famous fjords, including Hardangerfjord, the second largest in the world, and Steindalsfossen, where 50 meter-tall waterfalls and other incredible nature can be found. Bergen is also a strategic hub to explore other parts of Norway and Scandinavia as a whole, with excellent train and flight connections.
Find out more about Norwegian landmarks on the Visit Norway website.
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