Ferry from Denmark via Faroes to Iceland
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 4:05 PM Last Post By: jedgerandclyde
Nov 13, 2012 1:48 PM
Nov 14, 2012 8:36 AM
1I have done the trip several times, and loved it (obviously...)!
But this was on the "old" Norröna, which was a tad less confortable and a bit smaller than the new one, so I can't comment on this ship. Except that the "couchettes" cabins look exactly the same, extremely basic (need your own sleeping bag, showers/toilets down the hall). Hadn't the money to afford a cabin, especially travelling on my own.
Restaurant and bars look also quite similar, and the "menu" too: good, fairly simple scandinavian cuisine with some typical faroese or icelandic dishes, and other "ordinary" fare. Meals are cheaper booked online, but better bring some snacks if on a budget.
Most of the daytime is spent on the decks, unless the weather is really foul (it CAN be!), and it's COLD outside, so be prepared!
Seas can be rough, hope the new Norröna has some stabilizers!. Otherwise, it's seasickness heaven...
Usually a mixed crowd, tourists of all sorts, local people, scientists, photographers, writers, etc. I have met interesting, various people to talk to.
The sea...is the sea. Sailing through the Faroes is magical, one of my favorite scenery, very impressive. The short (or longer) stopover in Torshavn is worth it, go ashore, visit...
Arrival through Seydisfjördur Fjord in Iceland is equally impressive (there may be snow in May, but also in July....you never can tell)
Wether it's worth the time and money is up to you, but think it's one of the last long "sea voyages" available...
Nov 15, 2012 2:01 PM
2Make sure that you are aware WHY you want to go this way - like have all the time in the world and loving to stay on a ferry? MUST bring your own car?
Do not expect to save money if this is for transport only - there are so many cheap tickets to Iceland and it is much cheaper to spend those extra days in your home.
Fortunately with the new direct route (not going to Norway and Scotland) the trip is not weeklong anymore.
Have not myself traveled on the new Norröna but told it is much more pleasant but this IS the North Atlantic which can be one of the roughest places on earth.
Nov 15, 2012 3:14 PM
3If you have watched 'Trawlermen', the BBC series about the trawler fleet from Peterhead in Scotland, you will understand the huge swells of the Atlantic and why the fleet does not usually fish there, because of the size of the ships opposed to the sometime size of the seas.
But of course the ferries that go to the Faroes are far, far bigger ships, but as No's 1&2 have pointed out very clearly that this is the North Atlantic.
Nov 16, 2012 9:12 AM
4Last time I did that trip, the waves were high enough to "die" on the last forward decks of the superstructure: there was a tiny porthole at the end of the corridor, from which we could see the fore deck. The glass was hit full force, the noise in the cabins was impressive. Every event on board was cancelled, even the main kitchens were closed. I was sleeping in the top berth (3 tiers...) of a 12-beds cabins, and I had to brace not to be tossed down, part of the night.
Well, trying to sleep...
Nov 17, 2012 10:30 PM
Nov 21, 2012 4:05 PM
6I have quite a library of travel photo's of the Faroes taken from the web, it seems to me to be one of the most dramatic of places on the planet, just an amazing set of images!
I am recovering from a series of strokes i had back in 2002, and i hope to get my passport renewed so i can travel again from Australia to Europe to do the things i have always wanted to do, and one of the things i hope to do is a sea voyage to see the Faroes.
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