Ferry to the Faroes

Everyone seems to arrive very early for the ferry and it feels like a well oiled mechanism – we’re give a yellow sticker with lane 18 marked.  Yellow stickers are for Faroe passengers, and these get onto the ferry after the Iceland bound vehicles.

Exciting to see the Faroes sign

Our ferry to the Faroes

I can see the attraction that our loyal followers have for the couch. I have spent most of the afternoon ensconced in one in the Naust café & lounge on the M/F Norrona as we head to the Faroes. I have eaten, slept and spent time starting the redrafting the three pages on motorcycle equipment camping equipment etc to better reflect the passage of time since they were first written back in 2014. It is a lot more comfortable than being in the saddle all day. Any one want to swap?

Danish Danish

We sailed out of Hirtshals on a bright sunny day onto a calm sea with Streak and Storm lashed to the deck down below after a little struggle with the securing ropes. It took me a while to realise that the locking mechanisms did not work for many of the straps and old fashioned knots were the go. We have 36 hours before we reach the Faroe Islands so time to relax and enjoy the many restaurants and bars. Our travelling companions include a fleet of RV’s from Italy, about 40 motorcycles including a couple of Nimbus motorcycles, a 1936 and 1955, and I thought that a Nimbus was a magic flying broom used in Quiditch games from a Harry Potter movie.

A Nimbus. Famous Danish motorcycle. You guess the type.

All aboard.

They have got themselves a good spot on the ferry

Looking at my phone, which was using global roaming via the extra AU$5 per day Vodaphone package I see I am still connected to the phone and 3G out to sea. Maritime Roaming? Eeek! I switch off the Global Roaming and phone to flight mode. I see a message from Vodaphone advising me that I will be charged AU$5 per minute for calls, AU0.75 for text and AU$5 per 1MB for data. It was just a seamless transition, lucky I am not a heavy mobile app user. A trap for the unwary, such as me.

Due to our late booking we were only able to secure a “couchette” for the first leg of this journey. Anne’s view of the couchette experience:  Our 6 birth ‘cabin’ is on deck 2, burried in the bowels of the ship, below both car decks that is 2 levels below the cars.  If that wasn‘t bad enough, the saloon type swing doors from the couchette room open inwards, that means that in an emergency, you would have to remember to pull into the room rather than push out.  Being claustrophic, that is a double whammy that I don’t know I’ll be able to cope with.  I tried sleeping on the top deck, but being the kids’ area, and with mostly citizens of a culture where kids rule, kids can play all night and make as much noise as they want even after midnight (while their parents sleep peacefully in their own room), so in the end, I relented and joined Anthony in our illustrious couchette room.  It wasn’t all bad, because we had the whole room to ourselves.  And I did sleep.

Our couchette doors

Apart from the couchette room doors opening inwardly, we are very impressed with the ferry.  It has several comfortable seating areas, 2 eating areas, one ‘cheap’ cafetatia type and one with more luxury dining.  We even had live ‘pub music’ in the bar last night.  Breakfast in the Diner/cafetaria was ‘free’ for couchette passengers and quite adequate.  Different brochures on the Faroes and Iceland kept being resupplied.  There is an information desk where you can buy various tours, if they not already fully booked 😦 as I found out yesterday.  Oh well… there might still be a cancellation for us to get to Mykines.

If you have forgotten anything, fret not, the duty free shop has it all, from butterfly/packable ladies shoes, to the all important motorcycle stickers, wollen and hiking clothing, underwear, jewellery, wool and knitting needles, architecture Lego, electronic spares, alcohol and chocolates.

Someone likes Toblerone

On the way back, we’ll try and remember to take our swimmers out so that we can enjoy the scenery from the top deck, from the comfort and warmth of the hot spas!

We spend the first day at sea skirting the Norwegian coast with the possibility of a glimpse of the Orkneys promised at five am tomorrow. I think I will give that a miss and just buy the postcard. The sea is so calm barely a white cap in sight all day. We are so lucky as neither of us are great seafarers and we have avoided shipborne travel wherever possible. I am surprised to see water running down the windows on the opposite side of the ship given the calm seas, no big waves but regular window washing to keep the view clear for all us passengers. Great Service.

Beautiful sunset just before midnight

The next day, we arrive at Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. This is the weather we are expecting for the next week.

The weather as we approach the Faroes

One of the first off the ferry, we head straight to our hotel – thought a night in a hotel would be good after the overnight ferry. We get a very odd greeting, with the owner/manager telling us he has booked us into another hotel – no explanation, no apology, just “this is a very nice hotel”. Back into town we go, and this new hotel definitely has a fabulous location!

Torshavn cathedral and harbour from our hotel window

We could just fall into bed and sleep but we have a shower and decide to explore the capital before treating ourselves to a rather delicious dinner at Aarstova restaurant.

Torshavn harbour

Torshavn harbour

Tinganes houses, Torshavn

Tinganes houses, Torshavn

Aarstova restaurant, Torshavn

Despite the dreary weather, we are both looking forward to the coming week on the Faroes although Anne is more excited than Anthony at the idea of camping in those conditions. Anne & Anthony

14 comments on “Ferry to the Faroes

  1. Thank you for your post, so soon after your arrival! Love the way the Faroese use fun colours to brighten up their world. Hope the weather is not so inclement that Anne has to give up her camping! Really sorry but i love the couchette doors, great design with huge ‘eyes’ to put your hands through to pull doors inwards, or does the whole thing look efficient but isn’t?
    Hope the travelling conditions prove easy despite the grey skies. XXX

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    • Sorry but while they look fun no, the design is ridiculous as you have to pull both doors towards the inside to get out as each one is too narrow just to open one. Plus it is a real safety hazard. Remember how the law and all exit doors changed in France when we were kids when a disco burned down with too many killed due to the doors opening inwardly. We’ve loved the colourful houses too :-). Suite au prochain numéro regarding camping!! Xxx

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  2. Happy days that the sea was calm. Love the sunset at midnight – hope you’re got blockout curtains so you can sleep well. I’m furiously acquiring new geography and landmarks so I can keep up ha ha. Enjoy the Faroes and look forward to the next instalment B xx

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  3. Question : how do they mow the grass on the sloping rooftops?
    So the Faroes are as backward as the UK in matters of safety; don’t think I could have slept in that couchette-cabin – altho’ sleeping on deck can have its pitfalls : I was once woken up – drenched – by a member of crew hosing down the deck at dawn, scared out of his wits when what he thought was a pile of loungers came to life.
    Do hope the weather has cleared up. xx

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    • No mowing – must be a special type of grass and seeds – still need to find out from a local to explain it all. Oh that poor crew member – I can just imagine his fright if he thought youbwere a pile of blankets/cushions. Weather just stagnant but not raining. Xx

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  4. You should have slept on deck. A few well chosen glares (from Anne, because she’s already scary !) and I’m sure the kids would have decided to stay near their parents. Remember to fill up with fuel at every opportunity!
    Keep safe.

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  5. Torshavn harbour looks like something out of the past. So cute. Hope the weather doesn’t stop you both from camping. Jack and Lauren became engaged yesterday. Very exciting for us all. Stay safe. Lots of love

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