In August 2008 the ferry service from Newcastle to Bergen and the west coast of Norway
was discontinued so at present there is no direct ferry service.
If you want to take your own car to Norway the easiest route is to use the DFDS service
which sails overnight from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark. Then drive for about 4
hours to one of the ports on the north coast of Denmark and then a ferry fto Norway.
The nearest port in Denmark is Hirtshals. Fjord Line sails from here to Stavanger
and Bergen in western Norway and Color Line operates frequent fast ferries to Kristiansand
on the south coast. The Kristiansand route will be considerably cheaper and quicker,
but leaves you with a six to eight hour drive to the western fjord area.. The southern
coast itself is an idyllic area and has a lot to offer as a holiday destination.
A practical and significantly cheaper alternative from the UK is to take a short
channel crossing to France, then drive through Holland, Germany and Denmark to Copenhagen,
from where you can take an overnight ferry to Oslo at very reasonable cost. Nearly
all of the southern and western part of Norway is then within a day’s drive.
You are likely to find that the shorter ferries between Denmark and Norway are surprisingly
cheap. You should be aware that this is due to the popularity of duty free shopping
with Scandinavians, and that the bars on board are usually quite busy.
Any of these routes to the most popular parts of Norway effectively means a three
day journey each way, so you do need to plan to be in Norway for at least a week
for this to be worthwhile. Flying and hiring a car will nearly always be a better
and cheaper option for most people.
The easiest way to book multiple ferries and to check alternative fares on different
routes is to use a specialist ferry booking web site such as www.aferry.co.uk. You
should be able to get schedule details and a quote within a few minutes but let us
know if you need help. Fares usually vary according to demand (the same as with
flights) and it is not possible to give a simple guide to fares. The earlier you
book the lower the fare will be. Fares can vary significantly according to the sailing
date, so do try various dates if possible, especially when booking at short notice.
Fares also vary quite a lot according to the size of your vehicle, which may be
important to anyone driving a people carrier, camper van or car with a roof box.
Being able to take as much luggage as you want in your own vehicle is a great advantage,
and for many people the journey by sea is an enjoyable part of the holiday. An overnight
stay may well be necessary on the way. We can quote for this in Norway, but elsewhere
we recommend you use an online booking system such as www.booking.com .
We are always happy to book the accommodation only if you want to make your own travel
DFDS sails from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark, from where there there is a choice
of ferry connections to Norway.
Color Line operates fast ferries between Hirtshals in Denmark and Kristiansand on
Norway’s idyllic southern coast, which is usually the quickest and cheapest route.
Fjord Line now offers the only ferry service to Bergen, departing from Hirtshals