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1. Posted by aveyergotalight (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I am looking to find the best car ferry service to Scandinavia for next year when hopefully we will be loading our campervan for a trip to Sweden and Norway. Any ideas please? cheers.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I don't know where you're coming from, but why think about ferries at all? Ever since the Oresund Bridge was finished, that's been the (cheapest, and frequently fastest) way to get to Scandinavia.

3. Posted by aveyergotalight (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Sorry, I wasn't that clear....Travelling from the UK. cheers.

4. Posted by Sandalsand (Respected Member 45 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

As far as I know there are no more ferries from the UK to Scandinavia. You will have to cross the Channel and drive through Denmark if you want to ferry directly to Norway or cross the bridge to Sweden. There used to be a line from Newcastle to Bergen and Stavanger on the Norwegian west coast. Not any more. :(

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Sep-2011, at 15:07 by Sandalsand ]

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 6278 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Just checked the Norway guide here on Travellerspoint and it recommends DFDS Seaways. Just checked their site and they still seem to have ferries to Copenhagen and from there to Oslo!

6. Posted by staaleand (Full Member 30 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

There is a car ferry from Hirtshals (in the north of Jutland (Denmark) to Kristiansand in Southern Norway (it is run by Color Line). If you want to see both Norway and Sweden (and don't want to drive the same way twice) you can drive the Oresund bridge from Denmark to Sweden. See what parts of Sweden you want to see ( going from South to North). Then driving to Norway and working your way south to the town of Kristiansand and take the ferry to Hirtshals. As a bargain you get to see quite a lot of Denmark as well (without too much driving - compared to Sweden and Norway Denmark covers a small area ). I would prefer this to taking a ferry between Copenhagen and Oslo. If you want to know more about this, please ask.

7. Posted by aveyergotalight (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much for that information. It will be very useful when planning our trip. You seem well knowledged in the area, and therefore I may well be asking more questions as I start to plan a touring route.

8. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 115 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I used ferries to Sweden several times per year over 15 years and was based in UK, Belgium and Sweden at various times.

Cheapest way from Goteborg to UK was Goteborg - Fredrikshafn, then drive Denmark - Germany - Holland - Belgium - France and ferry to UK. The Fredrikshafn crossing was 3 hrs by ferry and about 1 hr by catamaran. A long days drive gets you to London by early evening.

If you have more money and want a restful trip, I used to take the Goteborg - Kiel ferry. It left at 19.00 each evening and arrived at 09.00. The ferry had restaurants and a nightclub. Of course, you'll need to cross the channel first.

Both routes still run. Check :

n.b. Using the bridge still leaves you requiring a ferry between Denmark and Germany.

Another little known option is TOR line - - who have a ferries running from :

Brevik - Ghent
Brevik - Immingham
Copenhagen - Oslo
Esbjerg - Harwich
Esbjerg - Immingham
Gothenburg - Ghent
Gothenburg - Immingham
Gothenburg - Tilbury
Rosyth - Zeebrugge

Crossings to Goteborg take over 24hrs and I've taken ferries to Esbjerg then driven to Frederikshafn to catch a 2nd ferry from there.

These are primarily freight services and tourist bookings can be made through :

Gothenburg (Tel: +46 31 65 08 67 , Monday - Friday 10:00-11:00 / Email: at )
Immingham (Tel: +44 14 69 55 26 16 Email: ukpax at )


9. Posted by aveyergotalight (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Fantastic help, many thanks. The Stena link is very useful. We do need to find the shortest ferry routes as after being tossed about on so many ferries, we love to use the channel tunnel. (If I want a fairground ride i'll go to Alton Towers)
Do you know the aprox mileage from The French ferry ports to Fredrikshaven?

10. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 115 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

It is 1200 - 1300 km.

It is a long drive, but there are only a few places with traffic.

Synchronise toilet, food and fuel stops to make best time and reckon on 12 hrs to Frederikshafn.

I used to leave home (near Uddevalla) at 04.00 and reckon to be in London by 21.00. Of course, in those days there were very few cameras ;)


[ Edit: Edited on 19-Sep-2011, at 09:17 by mpprh ]