Although setting sail into the sunset is not for everyone, it certainly has certain originality attached to it. Whether you’re looking to try something new or perhaps enjoy a few quiet moments at sea, taking a ferry to Iceland could be the perfect start to your Icelandic getaway.
With ferries departing from Europe on a weekly basis, you are guaranteed to find plenty of open dates to suit your schedule. Add in the possibility to bring your car along with you and you won’t need to think twice about your decision.
Getting to Iceland by ferry
Smirylinne is currently the only company that operates the M/S Norönna ferry to Iceland. The ferry departs Hirtshals, Denmark passes by Tórshavn, Faroe Islands before finally docking in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.
M/S Norönna sails to Iceland all year round, offering a weekly departure. The ferry docks in the Faroe Islands before continuing its onward journey to Iceland. This gives a few hours to explore the island’s fantastic natural backdrops and enthralling landscapes.
The journey at sea takes three days from Denmark to Iceland, passing by some interesting landmarks along the way: the Scottish Shetland Islands archipelago and Britain’s most northerly lighthouse, to name a few.
The ferry itself has been recently refurbished and hosts a wealth of activities on-board that guarantee you won’t be left bored! From open-air Jacuzzis to cinemas and all in between, M/S Norönna has made sure your entertainment is one of their top priorities.
Accommodation on-board is also available for an additional fee, providing cabins to suit every budget. It’s worth mentioning that traveling by ferry is much more expensive than booking a plane ride to Iceland but the comfort of having your own car and crossing the oceans like a true Viking outweighs the cost factor.
Things to do around Seyðisfjörður
M/S Norönna docks in Iceland in the fishing village of Seyðisfjörður. Nestled in between Strandartindur and Mount Mt. Bjólfur, this picturesque little town has it all! Famous for its arts and crafts, traditional wooden fishing houses, and vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere, Seyðisfjörður offers its visitors a lot of outdoor and cultural activities to choose from.
Visit one of the village’s many museums, take a walk to the iconic Blue Church, or indulge in some tasty locally sourced cuisine. There are multiple hiking routes available for those wanting to explore the surrounding region by foot and during summer. You might even get a chance to join in on the fun at the Blacksmith Festival, or even the infamous LungA art event.
Ferries in Iceland
If crossing the Atlantic isn’t for you, why not choose one of the many shorter ferry routes within Iceland whilst exploring some of the island’s finest natural attractions. Here are a few of our top favorite routes:
The small yet charming island of Viðey offers visitors a chance to admire Reykjavik’s beautiful skyline from a distance. The island is also home to the infamous Yoko Ono Peace Tower in memory of John Lennon. A great way to spend a couple of hours in between tours! You can find the ferry timetable here.
The Westfjords ferry Baldur departs from the north-western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, at Stykkishólmur, and goes to the south of the Westfjords, at Brjánslækur. It is by far the best option if you want to discover the magnificent Westfjords by car. The ferry takes two to three hours depending on the tide and weather and makes a brief stop at Flatey Island.
The Westman Islands Ferry
Found just off the Southern Coast of Iceland, the Westman Islands is an archipelago created by sub-oceanic volcanic eruptions. Numerous hiking trails are scattered all over the island. The Beluga Whale Sanctuary as well as the Puffin Rescue Centre are worth a visit!
The only inhabited island of Heimaey can be reached from two different ports. The ferry Herjólfur from Landeyjahöfn offers a crossing of just thirty minutes, whereas the Thorlákshöfn route makes it in two hours and a half. Both allow bikes and vehicles on board.
Grímsey Island Ferry
Grímsey Island lies near the Northern coast of Iceland, just within the Arctic Circle. The ferry runs three times a week during high season and is the perfect way to explore this remote yet full of birdlife spots. Check the schedule of the ferry Sæfari here.
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