NO FERRY TO NORWAY FOR THE SUMMER.
Plans to revive the direct UK-Norway ferry link are on hold for the time being.
Update 7 MAY 2014: Norwegian Seaways has not given up on the idea of a UK – Norway ferry. See the latest here.
Update 30 Juy 2014: see the latest on Norwegian Seaways.
Norwegian Seaways will not launch its UK-Norway ferry service in time for summer 2014.
Judging by the response to our original story in November, that will come as bad news for a lot of people.
The plan had been to run a ferry between Newcastle, Bergen and Stavanger, re-establishing the direct ferry link between the UK and Norway that ended in 2008.
Norwegian Seaways chief operating officer Paul Woodbury told @DriveEurope by email last night, ‘We remain fully committed to the process and continue to work closely with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and other authorities and organisation both sides of the North Sea. Raising the full capital required for a quality, compliant and sustainable ferry operation is the loadstar and whilst we are pleased to have made progress to date, until fully funded it would be inappropriate to comment further.’
However he did add, ‘I acknowledge the comments made on your website and thank you and your followers for the ongoing and positive support.’
Since DFDS withdrew from the Norway route in 2008 there has been only one direct, scheduled service between the UK and Scandinavia: DFDS Harwich to Esbjerg, Denmark.
Limited passenger places are available on DFDS Freight ships between Tilbury/Immingham-Gothenburg/Brevik. Otherwise, to reach Norway, drivers are forced to catch another ferry from northern Denmark, or cross into Sweden via the Oresund Link.