Ferry from Newcastle to Bergen in Norway
On the 1st September 2008 one of the most historical passenger shipping links in Europe ended as the MS Queen of Scandinavia sailed her final voyage between Newcastle and Bergen.
For over 50 years there had been a passenger ferry connection between Newcastle and Bergen. This closure leaves just one remaining ferry connection between the UK and Scandinavia, the ferry operated by DFDS Seaways from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark.
The route had been run by DFDS Seaways (Fjord Line) for the last few years of it’s life and the route also included the Norway ports of Stavanger and Haugesund.
DFDS announced that route was losing money and had been for many years despite efforts to improve the profitability the route. It made the move to close the route due ensure the future profitability of the passenger ferry side of the business.
The m.s. QUEEN OF SCANDINAVIA, which sailed on the Bergen route from 2007 until the routes closure in September 20o8 was chartered out for various uses before permanently being chartered to St. Peter Line for use on a new route between St Petersburg and Helsinki, the ship was renamed the m.s. Princess Maria.
The oldest record of a ferry connection bewteen Bergen and Newcastle we could find was the North Sea ferry TS Leda which was a passenger and cargo vessel operated by Bergen Line between 1953 and 1974 as a twice weekly ferry service between Bergen, Stavanger and Newcastle upon Tyne.
The link between Newcastle and Bergen continues though when each year Newcastle receives a traditional Christmas tree as a gift from the people of Bergen, Newcastle’s twin city. You can also Fly from Newcastle to Bergen.
Hopefully this historic ferry connection will one day be reopened.