01 July 2011

Smyril in Tórshavn, 26 May 2011


IMO 9275218
Built 2005, IZAR San Fernando, Spain
Tonnage 12 320 GT
Length 135,00 m
Width 22,70 m
Draught 5,60 m
800 passengers (winter) / 975 passengers (summer)
96 passenger cabins
200 cars or 30 trailers
1 830 lane metres
4 MAN B&W diesels, combined 13 440 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 21 knots

Smyril is a small(ish) local ferry belonging to Strandfaraskip Landsins, a public transport company owned by the Faroese Government (the company also operate buses in addition to ferries). Smyril is also the name of a local subspecies of the Merlin (Pigeon Hawk) and it has been a traditional name in the Strandfaraskip Landsins fleet, with five different ships carrying that name having sailed for the company since the 1890s.

The current Smyril was built in 2005 by the IZAR shipyard in San Fernando, Spain as a replacement for the aged Smyril (4). Since October 2005 the (current) Smyril has sailed on a route connecting the Faroese capital Tórshavn to Tvøroyri in Suðuroy (South Island). The crossing takes about two hours with 3 daily departures from each port. Between September and October 2010 the Smyril was docked for four weeks in Denmark, during which time she was replaced by the chartered Tallink ferry Regina Baltica. Sometime after 2006 the Smyril's funnel was rebuilt with extended exhausts, possibly during this 2010 docking.

The photographs below show the Smyril at, and departing from,the harbour of Tórshavn on 26 May 2011. All photos are taken from onboard the MSC Poesia. Click on the individual images to view larger size.

In Tórshavn for a very quick turnaround. Notice the mooring line from the MSC Poesia in front of the Smyril's bow; there was very little extra space between the two ships.
Barele fitting in the image taken from the aft decks of the MSC Poesia. Smyril Line's Norröna on the left.
Departing. Again in the background is the Norröna and also the Faroese parliament buildings (Tinganes) on the left (the red buildings on the point of the peninsula).
A "little" bit of fisheye-like distortion in this picture - though it's not nescessarily a bad thing.
Heading south and (eventually) towards Tvøroyri, with the "suburbs" of Tórshavn in the background.
No caption needed, really.
The bolt-upright exhausts in the funnel (very similar to those of the Norröna, actually) are a later addition but in actual fact they somewhat improve the ship's looks in my opinion.


  1. Yes, the funnels are a later additon, and at a start I didn't think they did improve the look of the ship, but now I think they fit ok. In my opinion Smyril is a very beautiful passengership.

  2. Thank you for the comment! I agree the Smyril is a very attractive ship, with nice, sleek and clean lines (I especially like the long bow). As said in the entry, for some reason I never liked her original funnel. It somehow seemed too small for the ship and the added exhausts make the whole ship look more powerful.

  3. I agree the Smyril MS Norröna is a very beautiful passengership. But the service onboard is also great!. Not to forget the magnificent beauty of the destinations it sails to : Iceland and the Faroe Islands. And if you would want to sail with the ship. Smyril line actually right now have some offers whether you want to go to Iceland, Faroe Islands or both. You can find info on these here:
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    1. Thank you for the information! I'm very keen to returnto Icealand the Faroe Islands and to get a chance to sail on the Smyril. I will definately check out your links!