Smyril Line is crossing The North Atlantic all year long on route from Hirtshals in Denmark to Tórshavn on The Faroe Island (Danish: Færøerne), located almost half way between Denmark and Iceland. From the beginning of April to the end of October, Smyril Line continues from Tórshavn to Seydisfjördur on the east coast of Iceland.
Smyril Line operates the route with the modern ferry Norröna, build in 2003. The ferry is a unique combination between a freight ferry and a cruise ship, combining the need for freight transport across the North Atlantic with leisure travel to The Faroe Island and Iceland in the summer months.
The facilities on board Norröna includes restaurants, bars, tax free shopping, swimming facilities and comfortable cabins in different sizes, from regular cabins with 2, 3 or 4 beds with private shower and toilet to De Luxe Cabins with chairs, sofa and table and a big double bed. Norröna also offers a suite if the journey across the North Atlantic should be something really upscale.
The trip itself with Norröna from Denmark to The Faroe Island and Iceland is quite a spectacular journey, especially when passing some of the 17 islands of The Faroe Islands and when entering the shallow sound on the east coast of Iceland leading into Seydisfjördur.
However, the weather in the North Atlantic can be rough in the fall, during the winter months and in the springtime, so be prepared for some rolling. Norröna is however build specific for the North Atlantic conditions, so the trip is normally relative calm, even in rough weather.
Norröna leaves Hirtshals every Saturday year round at 15.00 bound for Tórshavn and Seydisfjördur (April through October). From mid June to end August, Norröna also have an extra departure from Hirtshals on Tuesdays at 9.00 am. In the summertime it takes 30 hours to sail from Denmark to The Faroe Island, while the crossing during the winter month can take up to 36 hours.
Tórshavn is the capital of The Faroe Island, while Seydisfjördur is a small harbour town in East Iceland. From Seydisfjördur you can drive all the way around Iceland, using the ring road numbered Highway 1. The driving distance from Seydisfjördur to Rekjavik via Highway 1 is 675 kilometres (via North Iceland) or 720 kilometres (via South Iceland).
Facts on Hirtshals-Faroe Islands-Iceland:
Ferry Company: Smyril Line
Crossing time to Tórshavn: 30 hours (mid June to end August)
Crossing time to Tórshavn: 36 hours (September to mid June)
Crossing time to Seydisfjördur: 48 hours (April through October)
Meeting time before departure: 90 minutes
Address on Smyril Line terminal in Hirtshals:
Reservation by phone:
(+45) 96 55 03 60
By Henrik Lange, Highways-Denmark.com
Photo: Smyril Line