The Splendid Ferry to Iceland from Denmark
Let’s start with an important fact:
Despite growing up in an Alaskan fishing town, I get seasick. So taking a North Atlantic Ocean ferry to Iceland from Denmark seems foolhardy.
But it was the right choice.
Read on to find out why.
The Premise: Smyril Line Round-Trip
Smyril Line runs a seasonal ferry to Iceland from the northern tip of Denmark (Hirtshals) to the Faroe Islands (Tórshavn) and on through to the eastern edge of Iceland (Seyðisfjörður).
We took this round-trip ferry to Iceland from Denmark via the Faroe Islands on the MS Norröna at the end of May 2023. As far as I know, it is the only ferry to Iceland from Europe.
Is the Smyril Line a Ferry or a Cruise?
Many passengers travel from Hirtshals to Tórshavn (and back) as they would on a ferry. One couple said they fly one way and take the ferry on the return journey.
In other words, it’s more practical than a cruise, similar to the overnight ferries we’ve taken from Croatia to Italy. I’d say the MS Norröna leans more toward cruise than ferry in terms of amenities. That’s why it was a delight.
Iceland Ferry Itinerary
Day 1: Leave Hirtshals at 3 pm
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Stopover in Tórshavn, 7:30 am to 1 pm
Day 4: Arrive Seyðisfjörður at 9 am
Day 5: Ferry docked in Seyðisfjörður, then departs at 8 pm
Day 6: Stopover in Tórshavn, 4 pm to 8 pm
Day 7: At sea
Day 8: Arrive Hirtshals at 11 am
If 8 days seems too long, you could take the ferry one way, as many tourists did. But we’re glad we did the…