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Gateway to Scandinavia 

We operate the UK's only ferry route into Scandinavia. Our ferries sail from Harwich to Denmark between two and four times a week depending on the time of year.

After a relaxing overnight crossing, you'll arrive next day before heading out to explore Denmark, Norway and Sweden and even northern Germany.

Unfortunately, this route has now closed as of 29 September 2014, however you can still get to Denmark and Scandinavia easily from our ports in Dunkirk, Calais and Amsterdam.


Only ferry route from the UK to Scandinavia
Easy access to Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Germany
Relaxing overnight crossing
Price includes transport for your vehicle and a private en suite cabin
No baggage restrictions

Harwich-Esbjerg route closure

We regret to say that, as of 29 September 2014, our route from Harwich to Esbjerg, the only route connecting the UK and Scandinavia, has closed. However, should you wish to travel to Scandinavia, then you can still do this with our routes from the UK to France and Holland. Plus, there are plenty of places for you to stop off en route, so why not check out our Road to Scandinavia page for more ideas and inspiration.

Onboard our cruise ferries

Travelling by ferry means you can travel with your vehicle; it also means you can enjoy a relaxing stress-free journey to Scandinavia. Enjoy the restaurants, bar, live music and shop and children will enjoy the play area and games room.

Have a good night’s sleep in your en suite cabin and arrive refreshed and ready for your Scandinavian adventure.

Onboard facilities

Discovering Scandinavia

After arriving in Esbjerg on Denmark's west coast, you'll have easy access to the rest of Denmark along with the rest of Scandinavia and beyond. Take the road south into Germany which is just 98 miles from port, whilst Sweden lies around 200 miles east. It takes under three hours to reach Copenhagen, with Malmö and Sweden just 29 miles away, over the Øresund Bridge.

Should you wish, you can even take a ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo. Continue your journey in your own vehicle, enjoying another relaxing overnight cruise before setting out across Norway.



Denmark is a beautiful country to visit. The scenic Marguerite driving route was created specifically to show tourists the best of Denmark, with hundreds of exciting destinations and attractions en route.

There's also vibrant Copenhagen, full of unique attractions including Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid in the harbour and Amalienborg Palace.

Visit our Denmark travel guide



Sweden is perfect for lovers of the outdoors with lush forests and woodland, lakes and mountains to the north. There's ample opportunity for skiing, climbing, fishing and watersports, whilst Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö have a charm unlike other major cities.

Visit the country's largest botanical garden in Gothenburg, Malmöhus Castle or the many art galleries in Malmö, or palaces, museums and galleries in Stockholm.

Visit our Sweden travel guide



Norway is also home to vast expanses of stunning countryside including stunning fjords, mountain ranges and vast plateaus. Head for Bergen to discover the fjords and see the world's largest wild reindeer herd at Hardangervidda National Park.

If you'd like to discover Norway's rich history and culture, visit Oslo for the Viking Ship Museum, Akershus Castle and the Edvard Munch Museum.

Visit our Norway travel guide



Germany lies a short drive south of our port in Esbjerg, and is perfect for a relaxing driving holiday with its charming towns and villages home to traditional brick gothic architecture as well as urban centres such as Kiel, Bremen and Hamburg.

The Wadden Sea National Park lies just off the rugged North Sea coastline and offers outstanding views of thousands of migrating birds.

Visit our Germany travel guide

Onward ferry connections

Our ferry routes link the UK to Scandinavia and beyond. With a range of routes, we make it possible to take your own vehicle as far as the Baltic region and Poland. Our ports in Kiel, Karlshamn and Klaipeda link Germany, Sweden and Lithuania, whilst our Copenhagen to Oslo route provides access north. Wherever you'd like to visit in Europe or Scandinavia, you'll find it easy and convenient to travel with DFDS Seaways.

Our holiday partners

We've teamed up with a number of partners to give you the perfect holiday. No matter your destination, budget or travel plans, our varied travel partners offer quality accommodation in popular locations.

View our holiday partner's

Onward connections

Here's a helpful list of onward ferry companies across Scandinavia and the Baltic region, not forgetting our very own Copenhagen-Oslo service:

Onward ferry companies

DFDS Seaways                                                   Tallink-Silja Line
Copenhagen - Oslo (Denmark-Norway)                   Helsinki - Tallinn (Finland-Estonia)              
Karlshamn - Klaipeda (Sweden-Lithuania)                Helsinki - Stockholm (Finland-Sweden)
Kiel - Klaipeda (Germany-Lithuania)                        Turku - Stockholm (Finland-Sweden) 
                                                                           Tallinn - Stockholm (Estonia-Sweden)
Scandlines                                                          Stockholm - Riga (Sweden-Latvia)  
Puttgarden-Rødby (Germany-Denmark)                  Helsinki - Rostock (Finland-Germany)
Rostock-Gedser (Germany-Denmark)
Helsingør-Helsingborg (Denmark-Sweden)
Rostock-Trelleborg (Germany-Sweden)
Sassnitz-Trelleborg (Germany-Sweden)
Rostock-Ventspils (Germany-Latvia)
Nynäshamn-Ventspils (Germany-Latvia)
Rostock-Hanko (Germany-Finland)
Århus-Aabenraa-Klaipeda (Denmark-Lithuania)

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