Update on the England - Norway ferry service - December 2013
16 December 2013
Still going nowhere fast
In 2012 and 2013 there has been interest from businesses and communities in both the west coast of Norway and north-east England to find a solution. This summer most of the attention has been on a british-based company called Norwegian Seaways, and on 7th November it seemed that a new service was being announced - but later the next day Bergens Tidende said that the situation was confused and that there IS NOT any confirmation of a new service. Since then it has been very quiet.
We get a lot of enquiries about this ferry but at the moment we can only suggest that you make other plans - see below.
There are three main alternatives now if you are coming from the UK:
1. DFDS to Esbjerg and second ferry to Norway
DFDS run a service from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark 3 times a week. It is then a 3 hour drive to Hirtshals in northern Denmark where you can get ferries to Stavanger and Bergen with Fjordline or take one of the new Colorline Superspeed ferries to either Kristiansand or Larvik
2. Stena line to Hook of Holland and second ferry to Norway
Stena line have 2 sailings every day between Harwich and Hook of Holland. The advantage is short ferry crossing which is much cheaper than the Esbjerg crossing. The bad news is a much longer drive - 10 hours or more - via Hamberg and traffic congestion to Hirtshals in northern Denmark where you can get ferries to Stavanger and Bergen with Fjordline or take one of the new Colorline Superspeed ferries to either Kristiansand or Larvik. Take this option particularly if you want to combine a trip to Norway with one or more other countries in Europe.
3. Fly to Norway and rent a car
Of course it can be an advantage to have your own car with you - especially if you will bring camping equipment or other bulky items with you - but it is worth checking out the deals on offer from the airlines and car hire companies. It is no coincidence that the "low fares" airlines are growing while ferry services have been withdrawn.
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