While Color Line’s route from Hirtshals to Kristiansand is a major passenger route, the Hirtshals-Larvik ferry is a big freight route – but with nice passenger facilities as well. The ship on the route is Superspeed 2 build in 2007 and sister ferry to Superspeed 1 used on the route to Kristiansand.
The Hirtshals-Larvik route is an important freight corridor from Jutland to the Oslo area. Larvik is located just 130 kilometres from the Norwegian capital. But the Hirtshals-Larvik route is also used by many Norwegians, especially in the summertime, when people from Oslo are enjoying their holiday in Northern Jutland and other regions of Denmark.
Superspeed 2 is modern catamaran build to cross the sometimes powerful waters of Skagerak – all year long. Only in extreme heavy weather, the ship will have to cease operations. The ship can carry 1.900 passengers and up to 764 passenger cars.
Facilities on board Superspeed 2 include several restaurants, cafes and a four tax free shops, thanks to facts, that Norway is not a member of the European Union. A special thing about Color Line is, that you need to reserve seats on board, if you want to make sure, that you can actually sit down during the crossing. You can choose between Voyager Class, the less expensive option or the Business Class Lounge. Both lounges are equipped with fly chairs with private screens and free entertainment. The business lounge do also offer free internet access, free coffee and soft drinks, free newspapers, ect.
The crossing time is 3 hours and 45 minutes when taking the Hirtshals-Larvik ferry. Color Line normally departures Hirtshals at 12.45 pm and 22.15 – however the specific departure time is shown, when choosing a date in the online booking. When you are arriving in Hirtshals by car, you can tune into FM 95,3 MHz and listen to a special Color Line Channel with traffic info n Danish, English and German.
Facts on Hirtshals-Larvik ferry:
Ferry Company: Color Line
Crossing time: 3 hours 45 minutes in both directions
Meeting time before departure: 1 hour for car travellers and 30 minutes for walking passengers
Color Line terminal in Hirtshals:
Color Line terminal in Larvik:
Reservation by phone:
(+45) 99 56 19 00
By Henrik Lange, Highways-Denmark.com
Photo: Color Line