Inverness has gained its first direct air link with Bergen.

Loganair is now running a year-round service with flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Lead-in fares to Norway’s second largest city start at £90.46.

The Scottish regional airline’s commercial director Kay Ryan said: “It’s fantastic to be able to create a direct link between Inverness and Bergen – directly benefiting both regions.

“Bergen is the ideal place for a holiday with so much on offer for visitors and we’re confident this will be a busy route for customers in Inverness. Early bookings have been encouraging, as people rush to get a holiday planned before peak season.

“Equally, we’re excited about opening up Inverness to tourists from Norway, using it as a base to explore the Highlands while also making both markets accessible for regional trade.

“There was demand from the business community in Inverness for a link to be established so we’ve worked to make this happen.”

Inverness airport managing director Graeme Bell added: “The Highlands are a popular destination for Scandinavian visitors. These additional services further increase connectivity between Scotland and Norway.

“We have been working with local businesses, in Scotland and Norway, to provide routes that best meet their needs.

“This new Bergen route is a result of that hard work. Scandinavia is a valuable market for business and leisure travellers, we look forward to supporting the new service and we are continuously looking for additional routes.”