Ferries from Norway to UK may return

New routes from Stavanger and Bergen to Newcastle under discussion


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Norway has one of the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly ferry systems in the world. Pictured above is the MF Hydra, a zero-emission vessel operated by Norled on the Hjelmeland-Skipavik-Nesvik route in the Stavanger region.

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Since 2008, there has not been a ferry link between England and Norway, after the old ferry between Bergen and Newcastle ceased to operate.

Now, however, the route could be set for a return in 2026 after Bergen Cruise Line (BCL) announced that it will raise capital to fund a new ferry link from Bergen and Stavanger to Newcastle.

“We will reestablish an all-year, direct, high-quality, cost-efficient, low-emission cruise-ferry route between Norway and England,” BCL said in a press release.

The company has said it would offer departures three times a week during peak season and twice-weekly trips throughout the low season.

Beginning in Bergen, the ferry would stop in Stavanger before continuing to Newcastle on the northeast coast of England.

According to BCL, the ferry would be more than 656 feet long and have the capacity for 2,380 passengers. The ferry will include a large car deck and space for cargo. It will also feature a shopping passageway, several restaurants, a casino, theater, beauty parlor, fitness center, and several bars, including an English pub.

In the fall, the firm will begin the process of raising NOK 2.1 billion for the project.

In the past, other companies have tried to reinstate the sought-after route between Norway and England. In 2013 and 2016, projects were launched to bring back the ferry, but without success.

This article originally appeared in the July 29, 2022, issue of The Norwegian American.

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