Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fjord Line back with service Kristiansand - Hirtshals spring 2010

Fjord Line has, after finally making an agreement with Kristiansand Harbour Authority, decided to reopen its service between Kristiansand and Hirtshals in northern Denmark from April 2010.

It will be the fastest connection between Norway and the continent, as it will only take the high speed vessel Fjord Cat (photo) 2 hours and 15 minutes to cross the Skagerak. Its competitor, Color Line, has two new high speed ferries that use 1 hour more than Fjord Cat to Denmark.

The disagreement between local authority and Fjord Line is based on the fact that the company only wanted to operate sailings during peak season, i.e. during the summer months. This as the Color Line operates sails all year.

Kristiansand Harbour Authority has finally backed down and decided that Fjord Line may sail after all from April through September, providing Color Line with much needed competition. This will also gain travelers as they will have access to lower fare.

The new service, Fjord Line Express, will sail Kristiansand - Hirtshals three times per day.

Ferry connection from Norway to European Ports per September 26th 2009

View Ferry services from Norway to European ports in a larger map

On this map you will find markers that display status on ferry connection to Norway.
  • A red marker means that ferry is seasonal and not in operation or that an earlier ferry connection has been cancelled.
  • A green marker shows that there is a new connection planned to this destination.
  • A yellow marker means that there is a seasonal ferry service operating to this port.
  • A boat button means that service is in operation all year around from one or several European destination to this specific port.
(Photos - Fjord Cat Fjord Line Website, Hirtshals lighthouse and sand dunes: Tomasz G. Sienicki )

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