Norröna in 2005
|Port of registry:||Tórshavn, Faroe Islands|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9227390|
|Capacity:||1500 passengers and 800 cars|
Travel to the Faroe Islands and Iceland
Today there are only two options for travel to or from the Faroe Islands as an ordinary passenger: One way is to fly from Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Norway or The United Kingdom to the Faroe Islands with the Faroese airline Atlantic Airways, and the other way is to sail with the ferry Norröna from the Faroese ferry company Smyril Line, whose home port is Tórshavn on the Faroe Islands. The trip from Denmark to the Faroe Islands directly takes approx. 36 hours and from Tórshavn on the Faroe Islands to Seyðisfjörður on Iceland takes approx. 18 hours. Meanwhile, Norröna is the only way to take your own car with you to the Faroe Islands and Iceland from Denmark or from the Faroe Islands and Iceland and reverse.
The old Norröna
The old Norröna was built in 1973 at Nobiskrug in Rendsburg in Germany as Gustav Wasa. From 1984 she was called the Norröna and sailed for the owner Smyril Line between Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway. The successor is the new Norröna (from 2003). But the old ship is still sailing under the flag of the Faroe Islands - as a missionary ship under the name Logos Hope.
The new Norröna
The new Norröna is a modern cruiseferry. It was built in Lübeck, Germany and had its maiden voyage in April 2003. Norröna has a total LOA (length over all) of 165 m, and a width of 30 m (34,23 with lifeboats). She has a total of 318 passenger cabins and 72 crew cabins,which accommodates the space of approx 1500 passengers and 118 crew members. She has a total of 1830 m of trailer lane, with place for 800 cars. Her cruising speed is approx 21 knots.
In the winter months
The ferry also sails in the winter months, but there are few tourists on these trips and therefore only a crew of 20-25 is needed. In the winter months the ferry also changes from being a luxury ship to be more a container ship.
Operation in Adverse weather conditions
When the weather is bad on the Faroe Islands, the ship may dock at the alternative ports of Klaksvík or Runavík instead of Tórshavn. In November 2007 the Norröna lost power in heavy seas near the Shetland Islands, the ferry began to roll and eighty cars were damaged on the car deck. The ship was forced to stop at Lerwick for emergency repairs to the heavily damaged stabilisers.
Smyril Line and the Norröna in economic
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