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Update on the England - Norway ferry service - November 2010

12 November 2010
DFDS stopped their ferry service between Newcastle in England and Stavanger, Haugesund and Bergen in Norway at the end of August 2008.
Since then there has been no ferry service between the UK and Norway, and there is no obvious progress so there will probably be nothing in 2011 either. 2015 UPDATE ON THIS STORY HERE

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There is now no ferry service between Norway and England

Going nowhere fast


In February 2010 the Bergen tourism authority talked of the need to revive the ferry between Norway and England, and the Norwegian newspapers Stavanger Aftenblad and Bergens Tidende printed the same story about it - but since then it seems that they have no real interest in the issue.
We get a lot of enquiries about this ferry but at the moment we can only suggest that you make other plans - see below.

Current alternatives


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 It is no coincidence that the "low fares" airlines are growing while ferry services have been withdrawn.

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