The coastal route Bergen-Kirkenes

The Ministry of Transport and Communications is the competent authority for issuing a licence for the coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes, and for procuring sea transport services on the route. The current contract with Hurtigruten AS entered into force in 2012 and expires on 31.12.2019, with an optional 1-year extension.

The current coastal passenger route agreement

This page provides information about the current Coastal Agreement.

The tender for the future coastal agreement

This page provides updated information about the public purchasing process and other relevant documentation related to the competition for future procurement of transport services for the coastal route.


Key activities in the coastal tender

Practical information about upcoming activities in regards to the tender on the future coastal agreement will be announced on this webpage.

Ongoing study of potential environmental benefits

The Ministry has commissioned a study to determine the potential environmental benefits through the procurement of the future coastal route contract.

Ongoing study regarding suitable vessels for the coastal route service

The Ministry has commissioned a study regarding requirements for the vessels involved in the operation of the coastal route service, to enlighten whether custom-built vessels are required or if there are vessels in the international market that may be used for the operation.