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Smyril Line Ferries cruise the North Atlantic visiting the Faroe Islands, Iceland and the Shetland Islands. Book Smyril Line Ferries online to save on published brochure ferry ticket fares.

Smyril Line Ferries offer regular fast passenger, car and freight ferry services on the following routes:-

Bergen- Lerwick - Bergen
Bergen - Seysdisfjordur - Bergen
Bergen - Torshaven - Bergen
Hanstholm - Lerwick - Hanstholm
Hanstholm - Seysdisfjordur - Hanstholm
Hanstholm - Torshaven - Hanstholm
Lerwick - Seysdisfjordur - Leriwck
Lerwick - Torshaven - Lerwick
Seysdisfjordur - Torshavn - Seysdisfjordur
Torshaven - Bergen - Torshaven

all of which may be booked online.

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About Smyril Ferry Line

Smyril Line Ferries was established in 1982 with the aim of operating a passenger/vehicle ferry service on the North Atlantic linking Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Scotland/Shetland, Norway and Denmark.

The North Atlantic Link has been succesfully operated with their MF. Norröna 12,000 GRT and a capacity for 1,050 passengers and 300 cars, and since April 2003 a new ferry and a capacity for 1,482 passengers and 800 cars and a service speed of 21 knots.

The new North Atlantic cargo company, Smyril Blue Water, offers its customers a unique transport concept for rolling freight between Scandinavia, Europe and the North Atlantic countries, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The company offers direct transport on wheels all the way from the shipper to the recipient. In this way the company can also transport for instance fish and cooling goods in uninterrupted cooling chain without re-loading for the temperature regulated goods.

The Faroese shipping company, Smyril Line, and the Danish cargo company, Blue Water, have together established the new company.

Smyril Blue Water will have its own offices in the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Denmark. South-bound from the North Atlantic mainly fish is transported, and north-bound from Denmark and the continent to the Faroe Islands and Iceland all kinds of goods – from daily supplies to building materials etc. – are transported.

The new company wants to utilize the common synergy between Smyril Line and Blue Water. The main objective of the new cargo company is to deliver the best transport service in the North Atlantic based on a unique door-to-door concept with short transport times.



Smyril Line Ferries Routemap

Smyril Line Ferries sail the following routes using fast, modern and safe ferry ships.

Bergen to Lerwick
Bergen to Seysdisfjordur
Bergen to Torshaven
Hanstholm to Lerwick
Hanstholm to Seysdisfjordur
Hanstholm to Torshaven
Lerwick to Bergen
Lerwick to Hanstholm
Lerwick to Seysdisfjordur
Lerwick to Torshaven
Seysdisfjordurto Bergen
Seysdisfjordur to Hanstholm
Seysdisfjordur to Lerwick
Seysdisfjordur to Torshaven
Torshaven to Bergen
Torshaven to Hanstholm
Torshaven to Lerwick
Torshaven to Seysdisfjordur

Smyril Line Ferry Route Map

Smyril Line Ferries Destinations

  • The Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands - Port of Torshavn - Smyril Ferries

From a distance the Faroe Islands appear small and are often overlooked, but after having set your foot on this archipelago, located in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Scotland, there is no return – it is as if you are surrounded by irresistible forces sucking you ever closer to the core of the Faroe Islands. In amongst the lakes filled with salmon and trout, the twisty rivers, the fertile valleys, the magnificent waterfalls, the green mountains compartmentalised by alternating fjords and caves and the awesome sea cliffs with bustling birdlife you will feel very small and insignificant as you observe all these elements interacting with each other in what is always an impressive and sometime also a harsh environment.

The Faroese nature provides a tailor made environment for the millions of birds on the islands, some of which migrate south over the winter only to return for the Faroese summer period.

The Faroe Islands do not only have rewarding and attractive activities on offer for the keen naturalist, wildlife watcher, trekker or diver. The Faroes have something for everyone; whether you are seeking tranquillity to alleviate you from the daily stress or whether you are after hair-rising adrenaline-pumping challenges the Faroe Islands will have it on offer.

By virtue of its geography, isolated in the mid North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroese culture, tradition, art, language and its tales have been kept intact through the centuries – a noteworthy achievement considering how the 50,000 inhabitants on the islands at the same time have managed to adjust to modern society. Despite having preserved these historical values so well, these values are still an integral part of the modern society and that makes the Faroe Islands stand apart from any other tourist destination. The unique design of the Faroese boat leaves little doubt that the Faroese are descendents of the Vikings, and the Faroese ring dance, a central part of the Faroese culture and language, is still being danced, giving a vivid illustration of the dramatic events that took place centuries ago.

The three main islands are connected by bridge and underground tunnel making it effortless to get around, however a better appreciation of the islands’ diverse landscape, wildlife, nature and tradition is best obtained by travelling to one of the smaller islands that normally are easily accessible.

More information on the Faroe Islands is available at

  • The Shetlands

Shetland Islands - Port of Lerwick - Smyril Ferry Lines

Shetland is located 150 km north east of Scotland. The distance from its capital, Lerwick, to Aberdeen, Bergen and Tórshavn is around 350 km. The Shetland Islands cover an area of approximately 1400 km2 and contains more then 100 islands, where Mainland is by far the biggest covering around two thirds of the total area.

The Shetland Ponies, violin music and knitting wear are features most frequently associated with Shetland and its culture.

However, there is more to Shetland than its culture. The wildlife in Shetland is well known for its diversity, and its bird life is especially fascinating. The landscape is beautiful and yet contrasting and is similar to the North West coast of Scotland.

Shetland’s history is well preserved through the meticulous safeguarding of various survivals from ancient times right through to modern time. The Scandinavian heritage from the Viking period is imbedded in the society particularly through the language, music and the well known national festival Up Helly Aa.

The population in Shetland is 22,000. Most Shetlanders lead a modern life having access to all facilities expected of a modern society. Notwithstanding this, every effort is being made to guard and maintain the ancient history and culture, as is evident when visiting Lerwick - that makes Shetland a unique tourist destination.

It is advisable to visit a tourist information centre to gauge the full range of opportunities Shetland has on offer to tourists. In addition to the normal activities such as bird watching, trekking, fishing and sailing excursions, cycling and diving, the tour operators do also have various activity-packages on offer.

More information on Shetland is available at

  • Iceland

Iceland - Port of Torshaven - Smyril Ferry Line

The unique nature combined with breathtaking natural beauty makes Iceland stand apart from any other country. All the elements - ranging from fire to ice, from sub-soil to sky - are seen flexing their muscles in the most amazing manner; displaying nature as nowhere else in the world. Iceland, located in the north western corner of Europe, is magnificent, beautiful and mysterious all at the same time, and it is continuously posing more questions than it answers. It is a country that you will never manage to fully explore.

Travelling by car is the most popular transportation mode when visiting Iceland. The reward for those having chosen Iceland as their destination is a combination of fascinating scenarios where giant glaziers, volcanoes, peaceful bays, beautiful landscapes, bubbling fountains, rumbling waterfalls, caves, rivers and lakes are on display, and as the day comes to an end the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun are serving as a reminder and an appetizer for tomorrow’s beauty waiting to be displayed all over again.

Whether it is for young or old, individuals or groups, Iceland is awash with opportunities and offers excitement, entertainment, fun or piece of mind. River rafting, bird - and whale watching, horse riding, volcanic excursions, fishing and driving snow-scooters are among the more popular activities. Iceland is probably best known for its scenes of rising steam coming from its geothermal waters which are located all around Iceland. Swimming in these warm waters underneath the sky in the summer or during the freezing winter is an exhilarating experience.

These are some of the reasons why many tourists regard Iceland as the ultimate tourist destination.

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Smyril Line Ferry Ships

MS Norröna

Smyril Line MS Norröna

“Norröna” is both a passenger and cargo ship. The passenger part is of a cruise ship standard, so that the time on board becomes a natural part of the travellers’ holiday.

  • The cabins

The cabins are extremely well fitted out. There are for instance sofa-beds in all cabins – i.e. sofa during the day and bed at night. All cabins have also TV, bath and wc, wardrobes, writing desk and dressing table, trouser press and fridge. In addition all outboard cabins have trouser press and fridge. In addition all outboard cabins have panoramic windows.

  • Many modern facilities

Passengers have many possibilities to pass the time on board “Norröna”, which has swimming pool and fitness centre with sunbeds and sauna, and a large and good playroom for the children. There will be a large selection of goods in the shops, which will be approx. three times the size of those on board the present ship. There will be great emphasis on passenger comfort, in order to make sure that all will enjoy a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation. That is why all the passenger areas are situated on the outboard side of the ship with panoramic views, whilst service areas, such as shops, stores, kitchens and pantries are situated inboard on the ship.

  • A tranquil ship

All that can be done, has been done, in order that the travellers are not disturbed by noise, vibration or rolling. The model of the “Norröna” which is approx. eight meters in length, was no fewer than 15 times in the test tank in Hamburg, where it got a very good recommendation. The normal procedure is that the lower rating the ship receives on a test rating ladder from 1 to 10, the better the ship is. The model of the new North Atlantic cruise-ferry received a final 1.8 on the test rating ladder in Hamburg. Only very few cruise-liners receive such good results.

  • Large cargo space

Special emphasis has been made in order that as much cargo as possible can be carried on the ship to and from the Faroe Islands, because during the winter time there is great need for cargo space. The “Norröna” has three times the capacity for both trailers and cars, compared with the “Norröna I”. The cargo capacity is 3,250 tonnes, that means that with two return trips per week, she can carry 2 x 2 x 3,250 = 13,000 tonnes of cargo with the ship per week during the winter months. That is the same as 400 trailers of 40 ft. In this calculation the number of cars is put at a maximum of 50 cars per trip during the winter, due to the fact that the number of passengers decreases. There will, however, always be a mixture of both passengers and cargo all the year around.

  • The daily operation of the ship

A great part of the ship will be closed during the winter months, when few passengers are on board. The crew who at most number 118 during the high season during the sommer months, will only be 20 to 25 during the winter, all depending on the number of passengers carried. The engineroom does not require a watch and can be manned by five men against 10 on the present ship. A total of 14 persons can operate the new ship – three on the bridge, five in the engineroom and six on the deck.

More About Smyril Line


1982 - On the 1st November Smyril Line was founded by Mr Óli Hammer together with Jógvan í Dávastou and Andrias Joensen; all three have remained employees with the Company since its inception. Smyril Line embarked on a fund raising exercise and successfully raised sufficient equity funds to take the Company forward. The fund raising was well supported by the Faroese public. Following the fund raising the Company bought the passenger ferry “Gustav Wasa” from a company called Lion Ferry. The ferry was modified at the Flensburg ship yard and named the Norröna; the total investment in the ferry was DKK 136 million. The Norröna was build at Rendsburg ship yard in 1973, has a capacity of carrying 1,050 passengers and 300 cars and has a cruising speed of 20 mph.

1983 - Early in June the Norröna commences operating the route previously serviced by another passenger ferry called Smyril. The first two years prove financially challenging but the financial situation improves thereafter.

1984 -The Norröna’s routes are changed to its current format. In the Autumn Smyril Line opens its first office abroad, in Bergen, Norway.

1985-86 - The Company’s finances received a boost when a lucrative leasing contract was signed with NATO. NATO leased the Norröna for the purpose of providing transportation for military training camps in the Baltic Sea, North Sea and the Irish Sea. On three occasions during the 1980’s the Norröna was leased to service as a refugee ship in Copenhagen. Smyril Line opened offices in Reykjavik and Copenhagen. The Danish office was subsequently relocated from Copenhagen to Hantsholm where a new office and a warehouse were built.

1988 - Smyril Line acquires a building owned by Vilhelm Nielsen and converts the building to an office. The office building was completed in 1990. Later Smyril Line also acquired another building located next to its offices.

1991 - Smyril Line acquires Hotel Borg and changes the hotel’s name back to its original name, Hotel Føroyar.

1995 - the Norröna is showing its age, so the Company starts planning to replace the Norrönawith a newer ferry

1998 - The timetable is rescheduled so that the Norröna is in operation throughout the year, although initially the only route in service during the winter months is between Tórshavn and Hanstholm. The decision to build a new ferry is reached during the year.

1999 - In November Smyril Line signs a contract with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in Flensburg to build a new ferry. The contract is subsequently transferred to Flender Werft in Lübeck. Smyril Line leases a freight ship to operate the freight routes thereby allowing the Norröna to operate exclusively on the passenger routes. Later in the year Smyril Line extends the lease for the freight ship to cover the full year to ensure sufficient capacity for the high demand for freight transportation. The company opens a new hostel.

2001 - On the 1st October the construction of the new ferry begins and the hull was completed on the 7th January 2002. Smyril Line opens a new office in Lerwick.

2003 - The Norröna is handed over to Smyril Line on the 7th April and enters into service on the 10th April. The Norröna has a capacity of carrying 1,482 passengers and can carry up to 800 cars. The Norröna is 36,000 GT, 164 metres long, 30 metres wide and can reach a cruising speed of 21 mph.

2005 - Smyril merges with Blue Water to offer the most competitive passenger and freight ferry service on the North Sea.



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