Some of the finest countryside in the northern hemisphere can be found in the country of Norway. Fantastic islands, fjords and snowy hills are abound in this part of the world. Northern lights can be enjoyed from dark and atmospheric locations all across Norway. The wild life hear also attracts a huge number of tourists each year, all year round.
Norway’s capital, Oslo, is by European standards, a very quite and relaxed city. With only half a million residents, traffic is somewhat underwhelming and this city is well worth a visit, with a long history and interesting culture. The port of Oslo provides ferry services to several European countries including Germany and Denmark. Two ferry operators are involved with these routes and they are Color Line and DFDS Seaways. Color Line will take you from Oslo to Kiel in Northern Germany. Departures occur three times daily but the duration of this journey is very long at about 20 hours.
Color Line also operate a regular crossing to the Danish city of Hirsthals and this takes roughly 12 hours. If you wish to travel to Copenhagen, which is also in Denmark, you may use DFDS Seaways; this is a 16 hour journey.
Outside of Oslo, there is Stravanger, a major port on the southwest coast of Norway. This is an industrial port, with fishing and the oil industries using this port daily. Ferries also depart from here. You can get from here to Newcastle in the UK and the ferries for this crossing a provided by Fjord Line. The ferry will stop at additional Norwegian ports Haugesund and Bergen. Unfortunately the total journey time is 27 hours, but this may still be the best option if you wish to travel with your vehicle. Be sure to turn up at least an hour before the ferry departure time, if you are with a car.
Those who need to travel to Sweden may consider using the Norwegian port of Kristiansand. DFDS Seaways have a regular ferry service from Kristiansand to Gothenburg in Sweden. This service departs two times per week.