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Old 21 Nov 2010
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Ferry UK to Scandinavia?

Is anyone aware of any plans for the reinstatement of ferry services from anywhere in the UK to anywhere in Scandinavia for 2011?

It appears to me that our only option at the moment will be to cross from Harwich to Holland and head north.

Is there a quicker alternative?
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You may want to consider DFDS ferry from Harwich to Esjberg in Denmark. Drive east across Denmark to Copenhagen and take the sea bridge to Malmo in Sweden or drive to North Denmark and take ferry from Hirtshals to Kristiansand in Norway (Color lines).
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Hook of Holland and Esbjerg are the best options but the Esbjerg ferry is 3 times the price of the other. Earlier this year I used the Holland ferry it was £127. DFDS wanted more than £400!!. If you have a bike that can do 80mph all day then the autobahns aren't too bad. Apart from all of the road works. I did it on my 250, I camped in Denmark on my second night.
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DFDS Tor Line do Immingham to Gothenburg. It's a freight route, but the cabins and 'driver's mess' (where you take meals, make tea/cofee, video and tv lounge) are better than their own passenger ferries. Bit steep in terms of cost, but it does include meals. I lived in Sweden from 2006 - 2009 and used it a lot. I'm from near Newcastle and they used to do ferries direct to Sweden and Norway, then closed them both in 2007. Also be aware that the shortest non-direct route is Harwich to Esbjerg, as has been stated, but, it's still a long and boring way into Sweden and you have to factor-in bridge crossings or ferry from Denmark to Sweden. A lot depends on where you are. If in south of England, Harwich is worth considering (Stena Line). If in the North, Tor Line is best. It's a nove experience too, you get to meet a slightly different type of traveller.
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Thanks for that very useful information everyone. Much appreciated. It looks like we have a few options for going one way and coming back another. The Thor Line looks particularly interesting.

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The main problem with one way tickets is they're usually close to the return price. I should check the cost against a return ticket before going the one out/one back route. I guess they expect to make their money on what you spend on the ferry and prefer you use their boat twice for maximum profit.

However, if you're not sure what date you will be coming back you can book a flexi ticket for the return sailing for a little extra which gives you some options.
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Hi

I have just booked:


Paid £257 inc 2 meals for Harwich, UK to Hirtshals, Denmark one way ferry, 19 hrs, mid june 2010. No discount for return journey.

Return leg is looking like £350, but i'm going to ride back to UK overland to Calais, France.

Paid €79 return for Hirtshals, Denmark to Kristiansand, Norway crossing, 2hrs 15 on the fjordlines ferry

For Denmark to Norway, Fjordlines seems cheaper.

Fjordlines also do a Hirtshals to Stavenger and Bergen service which is also quite cheap if you have time on your hands and want to get further north without racking up the miles.

Hope this helps

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Perhaps surprising, but there is a ´ferry´ (well, I dont know, if you can really call it that - it´s not a normal ferry, and probably has very limited # of cabins) between Norway and the UK (but I have no personal experience of this, no idea what it costs, etc):
DFDS Seaways' Brevik - Immingham freight ferry shipping route - DFDSSeaways.com/Freight
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Perhaps surprising, but there is a ´ferry´ (well, I dont know, if you can really call it that - it´s not a normal ferry, and probably has very limited # of cabins) between Norway and the UK (but I have no personal experience of this, no idea what it costs, etc):
DFDS Seaways' Brevik - Immingham freight ferry shipping route - DFDSSeaways.com/Freight

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...-sweeden-37749

yep has been done, however, it is a freight priority service, so you can be 'bumped' off if full- so good if you have time on your hands

I have emailed DFDS 3 times about this and never got a reply, not going to bother ringing them now as i've booked via Harwich but I think persistence is the key!
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Did the Immingham-Brevik route last year with two bikes.
Was good value for money, wouldn't hesitate to use them again.

Full story is in this thread
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...e-arctic-55055
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yep has been done, however, it is a freight priority service, so you can be 'bumped' off if full- so good if you have time on your hands

I have emailed DFDS 3 times about this and never got a reply, not going to bother ringing them now as i've booked via Harwich but I think persistence is the key!

finally got an answer and some info on one of the freight routes, this came through a month or two ago:

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Ahoy There!
Information for Passengers on Freight Vessels
· Thank you for enquiring about the service to Gothenburg, Sweden, from Immingham. Here are some details to assist you.
· We have seven sailings between Immingham and Gothenburg each week as per the enclosed schedule.
· Advance bookings are accepted but please note our vessels are working freight ships and priority is given to freight drivers and their vehicles. We also reserve the right to alter schedules and vessels or transfer to alternative sailings if this should become necessary. It is therefore important to contact this office prior to departure to confirm sailing and bookings times. This should be done between 1500 hrs and 1700 hrs one full working day prior to departure.
· The fare is as per the attached tariff.
· If after booking and paying for your tickets you cannot sail, we offer a full refund on your ticket, subject to cancellation. Please also note that we can only accept payment either by cash or credit card. We can only accept payment in the form of a cheque if received sufficiently in advance to enable clearance of funds. All enquiries and payments should be made between 0900 hrs and 1700 hrs Monday to Friday.
· Should you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact our booking department:
· Immingham office
Tel: 01469 552616
Fax: 01469 552691
· Our details are also available on our website at Ro-Ro freight ferry shipping - DFDSSeaways.com/Freight
· Tilbury office
· Tel: 01469 552656
· Fax: 01469 551180
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Passenger Fares 2011
One Way Fares
Berth in 2-berth cabin with shower and toilet
01 Jan 11 – 31 Dec 11
GBP SEK
Adult 170.00 1900
Children < 5 not accepted
5-15 yrs incl 85.00 950
Cars, Minivan up to 6m long
1.85m high 140.00 1600
Van, Caravans, motorized
caravans and trailers
up to 6m long 185.00 2150
up to 12m long 460.00 5300
up to 18m long 740.00 8500
Extra meter 42.00/m 480/m
Motorcycle (lasing onboard is owners 55.00 650
responsibility)
Meals included in fares (including non-alcoholic beverages)
Bookings subject to change or cancellation due to ISPS restrictions, altered schedules etc
with or without notice.

Should Bunker and Currency costs increase substantially during 2011, we reserve the right to add surcharges accordingly.
Conditions of Carriage details available on request
Above rates subject to Port Tax
Passengers £3.46
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IMMINGHAM - GOTHENBURG
Freight Schedule
Gothenburg - Immingham and vice versa
Departure Gothenburg Arrival Immingham
Monday 20.00 Tuesday 22.00
Tuesday 20.00 Wednesday 22.00
Wednesday 20.00 Thursday 22.00
Thursday 15.00 Saturday 04.00
Friday 20.00 Saturday 22.00
Saturday 22.00 Sunday 24.00
Departure Immingham Arrival Gothenburg
Tuesday 04.00 Wednesday 08.00
Wednesday 05.00 Thursday 08.00
Thursday 05.00 Friday 08.00
Friday 05.00 Saturday 14.00
Saturday 11.00 Sunday 15.00
Sunday 04.00 Tuesday 08.00
Note: DFDS Tor Line reserves the right to make changes to the above schedule
Schedule
Tilbury – Gothenburg vice versa

Departure Gothenburg
Arrival Tilbury
Tuesday
19.00
Thursday
08.00
Thursday
19.00
Saturday
08.00
Saturday
18:00
Monday
08.00
Departure Tilbury
Arrival Gothenburg
Tuesday
19.00
Thursday
08.00
Thursday
19.00
Saturday
09.00
Saturday
16:00
Monday
08.00

Note:
DFDS Seaways reserves the right to make changes in the above shedule
Local times are used for all departures and arrivals
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