The Kristiansand Cuxhaven ferry route connects Norway with Germany. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Holland Norway Lines. The crossing operates up to 3 times each week with sailing durations from around 18 hours.
Kristiansand Cuxhaven sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
The Norwegian city of Kristiansand is located in Vest-Agder county and is Norway's fifth largest city. The city was founded in 1641 by King Christian IV from who the city takes its name. The 'sand' component of the name refers to the sandy headland the city was built on. Many tourists visit the city, especially during the summer months, and of particular importance is Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park which is just to the east of the city. With just under 1 million visitors in 2012, the zoo is actually Norway's second most visited attraction, after Holmenkollen. Most of the zoo's animals are shown in their natural habitats. Animals on display include wolves, lions, tigers and lynx. Although the amusement park is open during the summer, the zoo is open all year round.
The city's port provides ferry connections to destinations in Sweden, Denmark and the UK. The two main routes that operate out of Kristiansand are to Gothenburg in Sweden, which begins and ends in Newcastle in the UK, and to Hirtshals in Denmark. The ferry terminal has good passenger facilities which include public telephones, toilets, a convenience store and good access for disabled passengers.
Cuxhaven is an independent town and seat of the Cuxhaven district in Lower Saxony, Germany, situated on the shore of the North Sea at the mouth of the Elbe River. Its town quarters Duhnen, Döse and Sahlenburg are especially popular vacation spots on the North Sea.
The origins of tourism in this area date back to 1816 when a seaside resort was founded in Cuxhaven, and Cuxhaven has been a state-recognised climate seaside resort and centre of the holiday region of Cuxland ever since 1964. With just over 50,000 citizens, Cuxhaven is not a very large city. However, the area boasts roughly 3 million booked nights a year, making it one of the largest seaside resorts in Germany.
The fishing industry and the harbour are the two other main traditional businesses in Cuxhaven. The city has made great investments in the modernisation and expansion of the port facilities during the recent years.