Does anyone know a Mitfahrzentrale-style website for Norway, for planned hitch-hiking? I need to travel from Kiruna (Sweden) to Tromsø (Norway) on 20 December, and the first train arrives in Narvik two minutes after the last bus to Tromsø has left. Among several alternatives (leave on 19/12, take a taxi to catch up with the bus, find a one-way rental via returbil.no) I'm considering a pre-arranged hitch-hike (I don't want to hitch-hike in the polar night; I have a flight to catch 21 December). Is there any website like the German Mitfahrzentrale for organised hitch-hiking in Norway?
There is a similar exchange for hitch-hikers in Norway called haikeren.no. I haven't used it, but I would find it strange if you find any offers for a ride on an odd route like Kiruna-Tromsø on a specific date. You can of course place your own ad to tell that you are looking for a ride, but I don't think the site is well known and much in use. Even if you got a catch, I am not sure if I would rely on an offer if you really need to be in Tromsø on time to get your flight.
If you are looking for other options, I have a few suggestions:
The first one is pretty tight, but since the new train schedule adds almost two hours to the journey time from Stockholm to Narvik, there is at least a chance that the train will not run late so often.
- Train from Kiruna Central (dep 12:33) to Katterat (arr 15:06)
- Taxi from Katterat to Trældal (27km, appr. 25 Minutes)
- Bus from Trældal (dep ~15:55) to Tromsø (arr 19:50)
You probably have to pre-order a taxi to Katterat station and perhaps check if the bus stops in Trældal (I would be very surprised if it did not).
Another option is that if any of the car rental companies in Kiruna by chance have a car with Norwegian license plates present, you may get a good deal if you take it back to Norway for them. Otherwise, cross-border one-way-fees are usually very high.
So, the answer would be: similar websites are popular in several European countries, but not in Norway in particular.