Mini cruises on the Copenhagen to Oslo DFDS car ferry provide bargain transportation and cheap overnight day trips from Denmark to Norway.
Cheap mini cruises on the Copenhagen to Oslo DFDS ferry are a popular way to see Munch’s The Scream and other sights in Norway on a two-day trip from Denmark. Spectacularly cheap deals are often available on these overnight cruises that allow travelers to spend around six hours in Oslo before returning to Copenhagen the following night. The best deals are usually mid-week during the colder months of the year and with luck could be cheaper than the price of a cup of coffee.
Cheap Mini Cruises from Copenhagen to Oslo
DFDS Seaways provides a daily passenger and car ferry service between Copenhagen and Oslo. Although an important part of Scandinavian transportation infrastructure, these ferry boats also offer a cheap way to do a day-trip from Copenhagen to Oslo.
Special deals are often available on these ferries as mini cruises that work as follows: depart Copenhagen at 16:30; arrive in Oslo the next morning at 9:45. Depart from Oslo the same afternoon at 16:30 to be back in Copenhagen to following day at 9:45. These mini cruises are bookable in either direction. (Mini cruise passengers must go ashore but may board the ship again around an hour later.)
Alternatives to mini cruises are of course regular reservations but these are much more expensive. For travelers planning to stay more than just a few hours in Oslo, other specials may be available e.g. ski holiday deals or short breaks that include a night(s) in an Oslo hotel.
Booking Cheap Mini Cruises from Copenhagen to Oslo
Mini cruises are generally the cheapest deals on the Copenhagen-Oslo ferries and can only be booked online via DFDS Seaways.
Promotion codes for the best deals are usually only advertised in the local media in Denmark or Norway, or sign up for the DFDS email newsletter. For these deals, the fare can be cheaper than the price of a coffee.
A special deal in early 2016 allowed two to mini cruise for DKK58 – that is less than € / $/ £ 10 while DKK99 per person in an outside cabin was possible in December 2016 / January 2017. In a generous mood during its 150th anniversary year, DFDS made it possible to book for DKK24 (around €3) over Christmas 2016 for sailings on many weekdays early in 2017.
The best deals are for quiet periods – usually midweek sailings during the colder months of the year. Mini cruise passengers cruise almost for free on a boat that must be sailing anyway in the hope that passengers will spend amply on food and drink on board.
There is of course no obligation to consume anything on board (but good luck trying not to!) Scandinavian travelers often take their own picnic meals on board but there are a variety of restaurants and bars on the ships that charge mostly regular Copenhagen prices. The breakfast buffet is very extensive and a good deal for big eaters – it may be sufficient to last many the whole day.
Taking the Ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo
Mini cruises are booked online and passengers receive an email confirmation. The reservation number is usually sufficient to retrieve the booking on the automated check-in terminals. Boarding passes are printed for each passenger – these open the cabin doors and are used for pre-booked meals and options. The same boarding pass is used on the return trip.
Currently, before boarding, passports are checked in Copenhagen by private security. Passports and some EU identity cards are generally the only acceptable documentation. The final inspection may be done in Oslo by Norwegian immigration officials after arrival. Immigration checks are generally not made on the Norway to Denmark routing.
Boarding is possible between 15:15 and 16:15. Mini cruisers must disembarked in Oslo (or Copenhagen in the reverse direction) but may go back on board any time from 11:00 onwards.
There is not much action in the ferry terminal (or neighborhood) in Copenhagen making it sensible to arrive on time rather than too early. The Little Mermaid is a 15-minute walk away but she is frankly a two-minute site.
The ferry from Copenhagen stops directly next to the city center of Oslo so there are many sights that mini cruisers can see within easy walking distance of the ferry terminal. The museums in the Bygdøy area are also very popular but allow sufficient transportation time.
For More on the Copenhagen to Oslo DSFD Ferries See Also:
- Book Cheap Mini Cruises Online at DFDS Seaways
- Book Tours and Adventures in Oslo through Get Your Guide
- Public Transportation to the DFDS Ferry Terminals in Copenhagen and Oslo
- Cheap Mini Cruises as Overnight Day Trips from Copenhagen to Oslo
- Taking the DFDS Ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo
- Best Sights to See in Oslo on a Mini Cruise Day Trip