Update on the England - Norway ferry service - February 2015
22 February 2015
STILL going nowhere fast
In the last 2 or 3 years there has been interest from businesses and communities in both the west coast of Norway and north-east England to find a solution. In 2013 most of the attention was on a british-based company called Norwegian Seaways, but there was no conclusion - Bergens Tidende said that the situation was confused. Since then it has been very quiet.
There is now a group of people in the UK, calling themselves ICFN (International Campaign for the Ferry to Norway) promoting the idea of bringing back a ferry service, and liaising with Norwegian Seaways. Their website is ferrytonorway.com
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 two remaining alternatives now if you are coming from the UK:
1. Stena line to Hook of Holland and second ferry to Norway
Stena line have 2 sailings every day between Harwich and Hook of Holland. These are short ferry crossings and are cheaper than the Esbjerg crossing used to be. This is a long drive though - 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.
2. 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 It is no coincidence that the "low fares" airlines are growing while ferry services have been withdrawn.
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