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!


  1. We live in Northumberland and have had to travel on an expensive overnight ferry via Amsterdam, through the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark to visit our family in Sweden followed by a holiday travelling through Sweden and Norway. At the moment we are sitting in our tiny campervan on a random campsite in Germany having caught an overnight ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen then travelled a full day with another day travel ahead of us tomorrow before reaching Amsterdam for our overnight sailing home to North Sheilds. THIS IS CRAZY! Why don’t the ferry companies recognise that the North of England and Scotland desperately need access to the rest of Europe without having to drive excessive distances to get there. The North East used to have direct ferry access to Scandinavia but closed those routes several years ago in favour of making travellers go south. From the North of England access to ferries from Scotland, even Shetland would be preferable to having to travel south to sail back up the North sea to Scandinavia!!

  2. I have relations in Tromso. A ferry to Norway would be a Ideal for me and the Motorhome. Unfortunately the not so popular Norwegian government has decided to Toll many of its routes, ignoring the effects its had on tourism throughout Europe. Its now reached Tromso. This has put an extra £200 on my visits. I have to bypass Norway and travel up through Sweden. I suspect they stopped the Ferries to prevent the Hoards of angry Vikings; who are now heavily taxed (£4 for a small loaf of bread), having great shopping trips to the UK, thus starving their own of commerce.

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

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

  5. 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

  6. 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… 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.


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