The eco-friendly ships MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord will resume traffic in May/June and permanently sail between Bergen, Stavanger, Hirtshals, and Kristiansand. This means that these ships from the Fjord Line (Norway's second-largest shipping company) will no longer call at Langesund. This route will be stopped from this season. At least by Fjord Line.
Langesund has been one of Fjord Line's fixed ports of call since 2014. The good news is that travelers who have booked tickets to/from Langesund will be rebooked.
In case travelers don’t want to opt for the rebooked tickets, they can choose to have the journey refunded or receive a gift card that can be used on another journey.
The press release by CEO Brian Thorsted Hansen explains: “This is how we want to strategically strengthen the route between Kristiansand – Hirtshals, and with this, we can offer a very good year-round offer to our travelers with a wide selection of departure times. We will continue to supplement our offer with the very fastest alternative, the catamaran Fjord FSTR, spring, summer, and autumn as before.”
If the strengthening of the route Kristiansand – Hirtshals has something to do with the newly opened route from the Netherlands to Kristiansand remains unclear.
Brian Thorsted Hansen also adds “Since the start of 2020, the Fjord line has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the energy crisis. We have continuously adapted our operation to meet these challenges, most recently with a reduced sailing schedule and the ongoing dual-fuel engine conversion of our LNG ships, MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord”.
It will take you approximately 3 hours and 55 minutes to reach Kristiansand from Hirtshals via MS Bergensfjord/MS Stavangerfjord. The crossing time with the catamaran fast ferry Fjord FSTR will take 2 hours and 25 minutes to complete the route.
About Fjord Line
- Headquarters: Egersund, Norway
- Area served: Norway, Denmark
- Founded: 1993
- Current Fleet: Stavangerfjord, Bergensfjord, Oslofjord, Fjord FSTR
- Ship Facilities and Services: Air conditioning, ATM, Bar, Disabled facilities, live onstage entertainment, Power sockets, Restaurant/bistro, Self-service restaurant, Tax and duty-free shop.