Reopen the Harwich to Esbjerg ferry!


Are there any updates on the UK to Scandinavia ferries situation? The quick answer is no.

I’ve just returned from a 2,224 km drive from Norway and feeling not only tired but perhaps more upset than ever that there are no ferry crossing between the UK and Scandinavia.

One of the most popular posts on this blog is how you’ll get ‘from the UK to Norway by car and ferry’. And sadly, it’s not a happy reading. The only help you’ll get on milage is the crossing between England and France. The next possible ferry is from Germany or Denmark onwards to Norway or Sweden. But this still involves a good drive from Calais.

DFDS’ historic passenger ferry route between Harwich and Esbjerg was closed down after struggling for a long time with high costs, loss of passengers and freight being switched to road transport.

Our last loophole was the freight ship from Ingham to Larvik. But this option is now ruled out as well as DFDS has made a strict no passenger allowed on board policy. You can send your car as freight but this comes at a rather high cost as well as the task of bringing it to Ingham and collecting it in Larvik.

The best solution for all travelling from South England, going to Norway, Sweden and Denmark would be if the Harwich – Esbjeg route would reopen. This could save us a drive of more than 1000km per way! Some of you in the comments section on my old posts have asked me to start a petition. But as such a petition already exist and I belive we are stronger together, I suggest signing the ongoing petition Reopen a direct ferry from the UK to Denmark.

Let’s hope this petition will get the attention of DFDS and its CEO, Niels Smedegaard. And that DFDS will reconsider their routes for 2018!

55 Comments

  1. Please start up Harwich to Esbjerg sailings. Used the previous DFDS many times, and the boat was always full. Very profitable I gather.

  2. I miss this ferry route harwich to esbjerg and esbjerg to harwich please bring it back

  3. I used to travel a lot from harwich to esbjerg and vice versa. I learned in 2017 that this was no longer in route anymore I still have family in Denmark and we still travel back and forth but I think they should bring it back

  4. On Dana Anglia every year since 1985, and then the later smaller ships till the last one. It is horrendous having to drive thru Holland and germany to reach denmark…..you get exhausted and its no longer a relaxing holiday. I always rent a summerhouse so I wish DFDS would do the crossing Harwich to Esjberg again. I miss waving my Danesbrog flag when arriving in Esjberg. Maybe if Brexit happens the duty free shop will offset the extra fuel charges….. or just charge us more to travel……it costs a huge amount to drive all the way….so i would rather pay an additional fuel levy…..also greener than driving all the way. Hope dana Anglia is okay since you flogged her off to sail in Polish waters. She was a grand old lady.

  5. I THINK IT IS SHOCKING SCOTLAND HAS NO FERRIE LINKS TO SCANDANAVIA, PARTS OF WHICH ARE CLOSER TO PARTS OF SCOTLAND THAN IS LONDON, THIS WOULD BENEFIT ALL CONSCERNED ECONOMICALLY AND CULTURELY . COME ON SCOTTISH GOV AND PUSH FOR THIS….

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