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TheNorwegian Pilot Guide, Den norske los, is produced and maintained by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service.  In version 1.0 there will still be content from the pdf editions that has not yet been georeferenced. We are working on this on an ongoing basis. Translation of content into English is not complete, but will be published in 2020.

The description of the waters

The publication contains supplementary information that is displayed in the charts service as an important reference tool for use when planning a voyage and provides a detailed description of the Norwegian coast. The Norwegian pilot presents data from various data owners, such as Norwegian ports, the Norwegian Coastal Administration, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Mapping Authority.

The Norwegian pilot, Volume 1. General information, which provides general information of significance for mariners, is not yet part of the digital Norwegian Pilot Guide, it will be released at a later date. NB! Last updated May 2018.

The Norwegian pilot, Volume 7. Svalbard and Jan Mayen are not yet part of the digital Norwegian Pilot Guide, it will be launched at a later date. NB! Last updated May 2018.

Mandatory publication

Vessels subject to registration are required to have the Norwegian Pilot Guide on board the vessel. However, smaller vessels will also benefit greatly from the Norwegian Pilot Guide, as it is adapted to meet the specific needs for information of the leisure fleet.

Important source of information

The publication contains sailing directions for the various fairways and channels. It provides information on harbours, destinations and anchorage areas.
There are also aerial photos, sketches and panoramic views, in addition to information on wind and tidal currents. Other information includes ship and boat yards, marinas, bunkers, local businesses, quay lengths and depths etc..

Nautical Charts

The official charts from the Norwegian Hydrographic Service will be updated more frequently than the Pilot Guides. This means that in the case of any inconsistencies between the chart and the Norwegian Pilot Guide, the information in the chart should take precedence.


Notices of corrections to The Norwegian pilot can be sent by e-mail from Den norske los or submit notices of necessary corrections to the Norwegian Hydrographic Service, P.O. Box 60, N-4001 Stavanger, Norway, or send an e-mail to  to


We are working on an API for The Norwegian pilot, but no date has yet been set for when this will be available.

Download the historical editions of The Norwegian Pilot Guide (pdf):

 NB! Last updated May 2018.