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Woooodentop
08-09-08, 20:55
Has anyone heard if there is a ferry to Norway from the UK for 2009???

AdamA
08-09-08, 21:08
Only for freight.
Unless you go all the way up to Thurso.
Harwich to Denmark, Denmark to Norway seems to be the best option now.

Woooodentop
09-09-08, 10:01
Thanks Adam
Wots the Thurso option???

AdamA
09-09-08, 10:22
http://www.smyril-line.com/
IIRC these guys run a Scrabster - Bergen service.
Not really looked into it as living in Fareham the Harwich service makes much more sense.

Harwich to Denmark comes in under £300 each with two people and two bikes, then its 200 miles through Denmark to the north coast and 160euros to get the ferry from Denmark to kristiansand.
Crossing is overnight, gets in around midday IIRC and you can be in Norway by the same evening.#


When you looking at going?
Funners and me are off next June.

Woooodentop
10-09-08, 09:11
Living in N. Wales the Harwich option would be better for me too.
I was going over in June 2009 and planning on doing the SW area up to Trondheim.

AdamA
12-09-08, 18:10
Just had this pointed out to me:
http://www.dfdstorline.com/DfdsTorLine/EN/Schedules/NorthSea/NorBridge/

It's a commercial crossing but they will take private passengers and vehicles too.
Fares are here:
http://www.dfdstorline.com/DfdsTorLine/EN/Presentation/Passengers/PassengerFares/NorBridge.htm

It is a little cheaper than going via Denmark, but the crossing times aren't as convenient.

ThorH
14-09-08, 20:40
The best (only?) option seems to be DFDS Harwich - Esbjerg (DK), and then some ferry up to Norway.

ebbo
17-09-08, 10:42
I was talking to my son (who lives in Norway) last night, he says the Norwegian tourist people are trying to get another ferry company interested, he mentioned it may be subsidised? But don’t hold your breath, if it happens, it happens. I’ll report here if my lad hear's any more.

If anyone get it, I hope its P&O, just cos the food on the Hull-Zebrugge ferry is so good!

Ian916
17-09-08, 12:03
was told by a Norwegian last week that the ferry runs out of Newcastle - into Stavanger, - Google maps confirms this as a route.

AdamA
17-09-08, 12:06
was told by a Norwegian last week that the ferry runs out of Newcastle - into Stavanger, - Google maps confirms this as a route.

DFDS ceased to run the service this month.

Hence this thread.

Gav
03-10-08, 11:16
I seem to remember there was talk of a route from Rosyth.

Mike L
04-10-08, 18:37
I was talking to my son (who lives in Norway) last night, he says the Norwegian tourist people are trying to get another ferry company interested, he mentioned it may be subsidised? But don’t hold your breath, if it happens, it happens. I’ll report here if my lad hear's any more.

If anyone get it, I hope its P&O, just cos the food on the Hull-Zebrugge ferry is so good!

I'm going to watch this one with interest. as we're planning another trip next year. :)

cornwallgser
09-10-08, 12:21
Just started a thread on 'Open Invite'. I'm planning Norway trip next June/July and may be interested to link up with you if it's an option.

Monsieur
14-12-08, 15:34
Any news on UK-Norway ferry options for 2009?

RadioActive
14-12-08, 15:44
Not that me or my mate have discovered so we're thinking that it will have to be via Denmark :(

wully
14-12-08, 16:56
Not that me or my mate have discovered so we're thinking that it will have to be via Denmark :(

You'll need the ipod- Denmark ( well Jutland anyway) has the most boring,straight roads. Well surfaced but boring.

At least it's not too far to the ferry from Esbjerg..

AberdeenAngus
30-05-11, 08:54
Thinking of Norway later in the year.

Pisses me off that there are no passenger ferries any more.

So far the freight route from Immingham to Brevik is still my best bet but thought I would check with the collective.

Anyone know of anything else ?
Any rumours of new operator taking on the UK - Norway route ?

Dr Feelgood
30-05-11, 19:49
Not much news on that one. The passenger options from up here :flag(Aberdeen) is Rosyth-Zeebrugge, Newcastle-Ijmuiden (Amsterdam). All other ferries further down the east coast all go to a port south of Ijmuiden....that is, unless you go to Harwich for the Esbjerg run, which is the only passenger ferry from the UK that actually heads north.....HOWEVER, you can (by phone only, no online booking systems...) call DFDS and get a ticket for Immingham (Grimsby) to Esbjerg on their cargo run. They only have a limited number of cabins and prioritize commercial purchases over private/passenger but it is feasible and does cut some time/miles off if you are in the north of the country.:D

AberdeenAngus
31-05-11, 09:14
I thought the Rosyth ferry had been binned ?

Anyway - just had word back from DFDS about the Immingham - Brevik freight service.

Bike & rider will be aboot £230 each way, including meals and accom.
Not too bad when you consider the alternative.

I've attached the details in case they're of interest to anyone else.

Dr Feelgood
31-05-11, 11:59
Rosyth/Zeebrugge with Superfast did indeed cease in the autumn of 2009 but Norfolk line started it again in late spring 2010

Good deal on the Immingham deal. Thanks for posting:beerjug:

gerarddwatts
31-05-11, 12:20
No ferries at all Scotland to Europe.

Fern
31-05-11, 13:58
where did I read that the commercial service is so under-demand that sailings in June-aug are frequently dropped?

Dr Feelgood
31-05-11, 16:06
[QUOTE=Dr Feelgood;2739047]Rosyth/Zeebrugge with Superfast did indeed cease in the autumn of 2009 but Norfolk line started it again in late spring 2010

My apologies....:blast This is from the DFDS/Norfolk line Website

The former Norfolkline ferry service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge has now closed. However if you need to travel to Europe, the Newcastle - Amsterdam ferry is the perfect alternative, and could save you time and money.

ebbo
31-05-11, 16:39
I thought the Rosyth ferry had been binned ?

Anyway - just had word back from DFDS about the Immingham - Brevik freight service.

Bike & rider will be aboot £230 each way, including meals and accom.
Not too bad when you consider the alternative.

I've attached the details in case they're of interest to anyone else.I traveled on the Immingham - Brevik ferry and came back via Gothenberg, Sweden last autumn, so a little more info for anyone interested.

Our ferry booking was made provisionally as DFDS said they may have to cancel it if one of there regular customer requests the same route and they are overbooked. ie, if they are busy you might loose your place…

The cabins are very nice indeed, best I’ve stayed in to date and include a little table area, settee and the normal shower and toilet. There is a dinning area with adjoining lounge inc a big flat screen tv, various sat tv channels but few in English and there is ether a DVD player and dvd’s or a video player and tapes, can’t remember which.
Meals are at set times, 3 times a day but in the dinning area there is unlimited tea/coffee etc and there is a fridge full of milk and juice at hand. Often there are snacks around so you won’t go hungry. You get exactly the same grub as the crew but they are on the other side of the boat. Take a book, no take two, and a dvd maybe…

There is no bar, entertainment or duty free but they do some times open a little kiosk for chocolate stuff and beer, ask.

Customs are very hit and miss, Hull departure, not interested… just a passport check.
Brevik were very suspicious of my arrival, asked lots of silly questions while trying to be my buddy LOL.
Gothenburg exit, quite high security, sign in at ID Services first (that’s a BIG tip) and all vehicles are escorted to the ferry from the entry gate (Port 6 gates), no strolling around, got it!
Hull arrival, no customs on site at all.

Be aware, as far as I could tell there are no waiting rooms or services for customers as you might find at normal ferry ports, and ferry times are distinctly odd… if it’s cold, dark and raining while you’re waiting to get on the ferry, its just hard luck…

Immingham Riverside departure port here: N53 38.218 W0 12.393
Brevik port here: N59 03.943 E9 41.785
Gothenburg ID Services here: N57 41.957 E11 51.944
Gothenburg Port 6 entry gate here: N57 41.689 E11 49.812
Gothenburg chips & coke here: N57 42.345 E11 50.875

Copy and past Lat/Long in to Google maps or Garmin mapping as you please, it could save you quite some anguish knowing where your supposed to be in the dark.

Lastly, I thought it a great way to get to Norway.

AberdeenAngus
31-05-11, 19:14
Superb info - especially the location fixes.
Thanks for posting.

Farmboy
31-05-11, 19:35
same as Ebbo,

dont the Imm to Goth route a few times, last year it was a doddle but as a first timer its all a bit odd as there is no obvious place to wait or book in etc.

When you get to Gotherburg ferry on the way home do not forget to head past the ferry for about 500 yards ( follow the wagons ) all cargo and passengers need to book in at the house in the car park prior to getting on the ferry.

Was great last year as the World cup was one so we just sat there and watched footy all day and night.

Just booked up again yesterday, its nothing like the passenger ferry bookings and takes about 5 minutess from start to finish - No bullshit.

ebbo
31-05-11, 20:42
all cargo and passengers need to book in at the house in the car park prior to getting on the ferryAh... the memories, the confusion, how it all comes back :D Gothenburg terminal ID Services is the blue building as seen from the car park - Thanks farmboy :D

Farmboy
31-05-11, 20:50
the very place,

First time I went I waited 3 hours in the ferry que before the truckie in front told me to go get stamped in as we were boarding in 5 minutes :eek::eek:

Flapped like fook rode down the road, got there just as 20 Polish and Estonian drivers arrived and began arguing in several languages with the guy behind the counter :blast

got back with seconds to spare

Fond memories indeed :D

teamemmenracing
02-02-12, 10:14
whilst I was waiting in the queue at Stavanger for the Hirshals boat - one of the Fjorline men told me that Fjordline were about to open up a stavanger / aberdeen route ........ no idea how true and when ...... but rumours are always good

Farmer Palmer
02-02-12, 12:44
whilst I was waiting in the queue at Stavanger for the Hirshals boat - one of the Fjorline men told me that Fjordline were about to open up a stavanger / aberdeen route ........ no idea how true and when ...... but rumours are always good

That would do it for me...........!:thumb

I really miss the Newcastle-Norway ferry and don't get me started on the Iceland one:blast

FP.

ebbo
02-02-12, 12:49
whilst I was waiting in the queue at Stavanger for the Hirshals boat - one of the Fjorline men told me that Fjordline were about to open up a stavanger / aberdeen route ........ no idea how true and when ...... but rumours are always goodSuperb first post! Lets hope that happens, an overnight ferry from Aberdeen could work for me, quite fancy another trip to Norway!

Welcome to UKGSers’ :thumb2

Farmer Palmer
03-02-12, 12:18
Superb first post! Lets hope that happens, an overnight ferry from Aberdeen could work for me, quite fancy another trip to Norway!

Welcome to UKGSers’ :thumb2

+1 :thumb

FP.

AberdeenAngus
03-02-12, 12:33
whilst I was waiting in the queue at Stavanger for the Hirshals boat - one of the Fjorline men told me that Fjordline were about to open up a stavanger / aberdeen route ........ no idea how true and when ...... but rumours are always good

YOU..........FECKIN...........DANCER !

:JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB

aRTy_Hexhead
03-02-12, 19:51
That would be a great route.

Let's hope they don't price themselves out of a potential market as Superfast Ferries did with the Rosyth - Zeebrugge crossing.

:flag

ghiribizzo
03-02-12, 19:55
If you do a bit Google... Apparently they are now building 2 new Ferries with an option on a third. Decision by May/June to take the third or not. It would be used on the Aberdeen route.
So here's hoping - but looks one for next year at the earliest

Farmboy
03-02-12, 20:09
Funny how rumours usually end up becoming reality.

Now all I need to do is start a rumour that they are going to run a passenger ferry from Whitby to Moskenes and thats my trips sorted out for the rest of my life :rolleyes:

I really like the Immingham to Gothenburg ferry but still miss the Newcastle to Stavanger ferry even if its just for the attempts at moonwalking in rough seas on the dance floor :JB

Chris

ebbo
03-02-12, 22:13
Now all I need to do is start a rumour that they are going to run a passenger ferry from Whitby to Moskenes and thats my trips sorted out for the rest of my life :rolleyes:Now that would be some ferry :eek: :thumb2

ebbo
03-02-12, 22:15
If you do a bit Google... Apparently they are now building 2 new Ferries with an option on a third. Decision by May/June to take the third or not. It would be used on the Aberdeen route.
So here's hoping - but looks one for next year at the earliestI didn't know they had an option on a third boat, but if they do your right, next year, but that might suite me,

Cheers :D

AdamA
04-02-12, 12:24
Don't get your hopes up too high. Obviously the news may just have not filtered down to customer services yet but I just got this reply:

Hallo, Adam!

Thank you for your inquiry!

Unfortunately, as far as we now there will no ferry *between Uk and
Norway.

Have a nice day!

Vennlig hilsen/Best regards



Agnes Berentsen
Reisekonsulent

Lo-IQ
04-02-12, 13:02
what about the ferry that stops at Kirstiansand on route to Sweden? from memory it goes from inningham?

it's more for freight but does the job!

AdamA
04-02-12, 13:37
what about the ferry that stops at Kirstiansand on route to Sweden? from memory it goes from inningham?

it's more for freight but does the job!
It stops at Brekvik.
From post #6 in this thread:

Just had this pointed out to me:
http://www.dfdstorline.com/DfdsTorLine/EN/Schedules/NorthSea/NorBridge/

It's a commercial crossing but they will take private passengers and vehicles too.
Fares are here:
http://www.dfdstorline.com/DfdsTorLine/EN/Presentation/Passengers/PassengerFares/NorBridge.htm

It is a little cheaper than going via Denmark, but the crossing times aren't as convenient.

Website has changed since then tho:
So http://freight.dfdsseaways.com/dfds_ferries/north_sea_ferries/brevik_immingham_ferries/ gets the route.
Enquiries for passenger transport on this route should be direct to Brevik (Tel: +47 38 10 55 14) or Immingham (Tel: +44 1469 55 26 98 / Email: ukpax@dfds.com ).

Farmboy
04-02-12, 17:59
Yeah the DFDS cargo ferry goes from Immingham and Tillbury docks to either Brevik or Gothenburg or a combination of the two if your really unlucky and book the wrong one.

I have never had a problem on the ferry and I really rate it but it would still be nice to have an alternative option as the cargo ferry only supports about 12 passengers in total

I do like the look of my Whitby to Moskenes option though :drool means more time in Lappland

Chris

Lo-IQ
04-02-12, 18:32
I've done the cargo ferry a couple of times....:thumb2 it's abit dull, great for catching up on sleep.

I even got to drive it for a while:thumb2

finding the access to the ferry was abit of a challenge...:augie

Farmboy
04-02-12, 18:50
I had a drive myself in July

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb39/chib1177/343.jpg

Must be the smallest joystick in the world compared to the device being driven - its the joystick closest to the captains left elbow ( hes the one in the White shirt )

smaller than my old Atari Joystick.

You need to do the ferry at least twice just so you know where you are going, A tad daunting the firs time for sure :eek

Farmboy
04-02-12, 18:52
I had a drive myself in July

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb39/chib1177/343.jpg

Must be the smallest joystick in the world compared to the device being driven - its the joystick in front of the piece of paper closest to the captains left elbow ( hes the one in the White shirt )

smaller than my old Atari Joystick.

You need to do the ferry at least twice just so you know where you are going, A tad daunting the first time for sure :eek

Chris

AdamA
04-02-12, 19:41
.

You need to do the ferry at least twice just so you know where you are going...

and the post too it seems. :D

What's the issue then, finding the ferry terminal?

Lo-IQ
04-02-12, 19:51
can't find my thread but cos its freight it's in the freight terminal which had little in the way of sign posts.

at Gothenburg the ferry terminal is in the middle of town but the freight one is the other side of the fjord and not sign posted, easiest way to find it follow the smell of piss, once in the carpark with the portacabin your in the right place. :thumb2

At Kristiensand Norway which is what the boat driver dude called it (sorry for the spelling) it's out of town down a big hill. and it was called Brevick on the ticket... but it wasn't brevick... according to the Slagnav

Immingham they told me off for not having a HiViz jacket....:blast which nobody told me I needed....:blast

found it...

http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233189&highlight=gothenburg

Farmboy
04-02-12, 20:19
Best Advice I can give is when you get off the Ferry at Gothenburg mark it on your Sat Nav so you can find it again - makes it a doddle on the way back. If you dont have a sat nav then your on your own :eek:

On the way back as you arrive at the Ferry dock gates, just carry on down the road for about 1/2 mile until you see a single storey blue building on the left in the centre of both carriageways where all the lorries park.

Park up and go through the security gate into the building and join the que behind the Polish truckers.

When your done head back up past the ferry dock and wait in the Hotel at Arken pretending your a guest, i usually spend a good few quid in the little shop next to the Desk and they leave you alone, sit in the chairs on the left of the doorway and relax.

When its time to go, head back to the dock through the gates and wait in the que on the right by the locked gate as directed by the Staff. Customs will come and collect you and take you to the ferry.

Simples ( well after the first year it is anyway ) HTH

Chris

Lo-IQ
04-02-12, 20:29
farmboy has it pinned mark your places you need to get back to as you go along. Sadly I had to be a relief driver and the matey whom I replaced didn't bother on the outward trip...:blast

made the satnav nearly useless...:blast

AndyT
04-02-12, 21:47
YOU..........FECKIN...........DANCER !

:JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB :JB

Your note joking either that would be superb. I fancy taking my Van Van up to the Norkapp for a laugh:D