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Esbjerg is a city and port on the west coast of the Jutland Peninsula, in Demark. The city is the fifth largest in Denmark, with a population of over 100,000.

Ferry services from Esbjerg connect Denmark to Nordby, as well as across the North Sea to the United Kindom. During the summer, services are also available to the Faroe Islands. The city also benefits from a railway station, operated by Danish State Railways. Routes from the city travel to Copenhagen.

How to get to Esbjerg from
Route 1:

Iceland is not the easiest place to get to, whether that be by air or overland. The best way to travel overland between the UK and Iceland is by one train and two ferry trips. If you are tempted to brave this journey, be aware that it certainly isn't the shortest of trips; taking a total of 4 nights. Saying that however, if you have the time to spare, the reduced stress of avoiding the airport, and having time to yourself at sea could be worth considering.

The journey starts in London, with a train journey from London's Liverpool Street Station to Harwich International. You will need to catch a service that gets you to the ferry terminal in time for the 16.00 ferry check-in opening time.

Once you arrive at Harwich, you will need to check in (either as a foot passenger or with your vehicle) before boarding the ferry. The crossing takes around 19 hours in total, and you will have reserved a cabin when booking your ticket. There is plenty to do onboard during the crossing (to find out more, click on the Harwich - Esbjerg route link below).

On arrival in Esbjerg at 13.00, you will need to make your way to Hirtshals, which is in the north of the country. Depending on what time of year you are travelling in, you may need to spend a night in Denmark before boarding the ferry the following day (view the route details below for more information). On-board, you will once again find your cabin. This will be your home away from home for the next 3 nights, so get settled in! Fortunately, there is plenty to do on board, as detailed on the route page found below.

The ferry arrives in Seydisfiordur 3 nights later, unless you choose to stop over in The Faroe Islands.. Depending on where you want to go in Iceland you will need to drive or catch a bus to your chosen destination. Seyðisfjörður is a 7 or 8 hour drive from Reykjavík by car, or 8 or 9 hours by bus. It is possible to catch public transport from the ferry terminal to the city, but this involves a one-night stopover in Akureyri. More information on these public transport options can be found at www.dice.is or www.bsi.is.

Route 2:

Esbjerg is one of the gateways to Scandinavia. Fortunately, for those travelling to/from the United Kingdom, there is a frequent ferry service which runs between Denmark and the United Kingdom, operated by DFDS.

The M.S. Dana Sirena is a medium-sized ferry, capable of transporting over 600 passengers as well as 400 vehicles. As this is an overnight journey, there are three types of cabin available for passengers, Commodore Deluxe Class, Sirena Class and Seaways Class. There is also plenty to do onboard, with three restaurants, a cafe and two lounge bars. There are also shopping opportunities, children's activities and an on-demand film service.

Esbjerg is around 170 miles from Copenhagen, which can be reached by car of train. Access is also available to Malmo in Sweden. Other ferry services from Esbjerg include the ferry to the Faroe Islands and Iceland.