P&O Ferries to reopen ferry service from the UK to Scandinavia?


The last ferry link between the UK and Scandinavia ended in 2014. News is that the Scottish Government has called for a summit with ferry operators to explore the potential for a new service between Scotland and Scandinavia. And apparently P&O Ferries are willing to consider it.

P&O Ferries is a British-based company that operates ferries from the United Kingdom to Ireland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Throughout its history since the late 60s, P&O Ferries has operated in five main areas, centred around Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton, the Irish Sea and the North Sea.

The company has, as many other ferry companies, closed several of its services due to a strong competition with cheap air fares and the Channel tunnel. But the company has announced they’d like to consider the Scottish Government’s initiative.

“We are always looking for new opportunities and would be happy to sit down with the relevant parties to discuss a route between Scotland and Scandinavia.” said a spokesperson from P&O Ferries.

It will be interesting to follow the development from this discussion. Our previous post on how to travel from the UK to Scandinavia by car and ferry is one of the most read posts on this blog. We believe it’s beyond doubt that there’s a great demand on both sides of the North Sea for a direct passenger ferry link.

To open talks about a new service between the UK and Scandinavia is a smart move by Scotland. It could be significant post-brexit for the country’s economy if the ferry service is being brought back.

Why it matters to us

You might wonder what it means to us, having the ferry service brought back. Many would wonder why we wouldn’t choose to fly. As I’ve read in your comments we all have our reasons to prefer the ferry. It could be the convenience of bringing your own car or the less hassle associated with a ferry vs driving for endless hours. Anyway, aren’t road trips back in vogue?

We travel several times a year to our Norwegian house renovation project. For us, the best route is to get to Fredrikshavn where we can jump on the ferry to Gothenburg and drive straight north, to Trysil in Norway.

London to Fredrikshavn is a 900+ miles drive through France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany before we reach Fredrikshavn in Denmark. If P&O Ferries decide to open a new service between, let’s say Aberdeen and Esbjerg, this means we’ll be saving 200 miles on our drive.

But imagine how many miles would be saved on our journey to Scandinavia, for all of us living in England, if only P&O Ferries would consider reopening the passenger ferry Newcastle or Harwich to Esbjerg…

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57 Comments

  1. I’d go to Scandinavia at least once a year if only the Newcastle-Bergen ferry was reinstated!! Driving from Northumberland just isn’t an option as it’s too far And costly to drive!! Since a no deal Brexit is looming we surely could do with alternatives to flying. So please please make it happen! Has anyone considered a petition via 38 degrees?

  2. Please Please..Re-instate the Newcastle to Bergen route. Every year I check online and read that shipping company’s are under discussion to open the route but without success.
    My father was Norwegian and I have a large family in Norway. Sadly my father passed away and is buried on a beautiful island with my grandmother.
    Since a child, I and my family have crossed the North sea. There were Three crossings per week. and the ferry was packed with many students, Visitors,families, cars, bikes, camping vans, trucks of all sizes. My sister and I were returning to the UK following a wonderful visit with our family. When the radio in the car informed us that the ferry was no more.. Finished. We were shocked. We did travel to Norwich crossed over to Denmark which took us 3 days In all and very costly. shortly following, that Ferry crossing was finished. Again the Ferry was packed. Why ?

  3. I am disappointed to find there are no ferries to Scandinavia as Iam planning a trip there but no way am I going to drive from N. England to cross at Dover and then drive north from there. Please open up the ferry links again.

  4. The route that would get most traffic would be east cost England to Gothenburg. This would serve Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo i.e. all of Denmark, and the most densely populated parts of Sweden and Norway.

  5. I come from Shetland and have been living in Norway for more than 10 years now and currently for me to drive home it is a 4000 km round trip, and it would take 5 days travel each way and cost around £2000.
    We have a van that we travel and camp in and camping is a huge thing here, I have met people from all over and so many share the opinion that they would love to visit the UK but it is just too far and to expensive when you add up all the miles and multiple ferries it takes to get there. I look at the map and find it so frustrating when I see how short the distance is from say Bergen to Shetland or the mainland UK. Please someone restart a link to Skandinavia even just for the summer months.

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