The Colorline

Just for something a little different and to save us from driving all the way around Sweden To Norway and back we decided to take the big car ferry, the Colorline. Our adventure across the North Sea started in Hirtshals in the north of Denmark and took us to Larvik in Norway.

I get horribly sea sick and naturally I was nervous getting on board. We arrived early at the harbour not really knowing what the process would be for getting our car on the boat, so waited on the dock for the ferry to arrive. It was cold and very, very windy which just made the sea choppier. I knew once we were past the sea break wall I could be in for the next four and a half hours of nausea and misery.

We finally were able to drive up the ramp, park our car in the car transport area. We made our way to the indoor passenger seating area on the second deck and took our seats for the voyage. As we found out later wandering around, we were lucky to secure a table and chairs for the journey at all.

As I feared, it was up and down, left and right, and the old familiar feeling in my stomach arrived. The Danes and Norwegians on board didn’t seem to be bothered at all, I guessed at the time that it was their deep ingrained seafaring DNA that was proving useful at the time! Thankfully my own unaccustomed stomach and the choppy waves only lasted about 20 minutes, the sea smoothed and we were able to enjoy our journey and people watching along the way before arriving in Norway for the next part of our adventure.

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Skills: Denmark, Norway