It is 16 years since Kristiansand last had a ferry route to a country outside Scandinavia. But now Norway’s southernmost ferry port is once again connected by a long-distance ferry route. This time to Continental Europe, more specifically Eemshaven in the Netherlands with the Dutch shipping company Holland Norway Lines.
The newly established shipping company has chartered Tallink’s 2002-built cruise ferry ROMANTIKA and put the ferry under the Dutch flag. Several similar initiatives have been short-lived throughout history, but I believe that there is a market for Holland Norway Lines’ initiative and that the route therefore has a good chance of surviving and developing.
I visited Kristiansand last Sunday to photograph ROMANTIKA’s second ordinary call in Norway. Later in the spring or early summer I will also be taking a trip to Eemshaven with ROMANTIKA; An obvious route to the Netherlands via FJORD FSTR from Hirtshals when you live in Jutland.