MS Smyril

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Name: 2005 onwards: Smyril
Owner: 2005 onwards: Strandfaraskip Landsins
Operator: 2005 onwards: Strandfaraskip Landsins
Port of registry: 2005 onwards: Tvøroyri, Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands
Builder: IZAR
Yard number: 399
Status: In service
General characteristics [2]
Tonnage: 12,650  GT
Length: 138 m (452 ft 9 in)
Beam: 22.7 m (74 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.60 m (18 ft 4 in)
Installed power: 4x MAN B&W 7L 32/40 diesel engines
Speed: 21 knots
  • 976 passengers
  • 200 cars

The Smyril is a passenger and car ferry owned and operated by the Faroese transport company Strandfaraskip Landsins. She is the largest ferry in the fleet and the 5th vessel to carry the name Smyril, which is the Faroese word for Merlin. The ferry takes 200 cars and 975 passengers.

Faroe Islands Autonomus constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark

The Faroe Islands, or the Faeroe Islands, is a North Atlantic archipelago located 200 miles (320 km) north-northwest of the United Kingdom and about halfway between Norway and Iceland—are an autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark. Total area is about 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi) with a population of 50,322 in October 2017.

Strandfaraskip Landsins company

Strandfaraskip Landsins is the public transport company of the Faroe Islands. It is owned by the Faroese government and runs ferries and buses. Until February 2008 the administration of Strandfaraskip Landsins was located in Tórshavn, but in 2007 Jacob Vestergaard, who was minister at that time decided to move the administration to the island Suðuroy in order to get more public jobs there and also because the largest ferry of the company is Smyril M/F which is on daily route between Tórshavn and Krambatangi on Suðuroy.

Ferry type of ship

A ferry is a merchant vessel used to carry passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo, across a body of water. A passenger ferry with many stops, such as in Venice, Italy, is sometimes called a water bus or water taxi.


The ferry services Suðuroy. It has 2-3 daily arrivals to Krambatangi, the Suðuroy ferry port. The trip from Tórshavn to Tvøroyri takes 2 hours. It is then possible to go by bus from the harbour of Krambatangi to all other villages on the island.

Suðuroy Island in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Suðuroy is the southernmost of the Faroe Islands. The island covers 163.7 square kilometres (63.2 sq mi). In 2017 there were 4,607 inhabitants, but there has been a gradual decline in the population numbers ever since the 1950s. In 2005 the population had been 5,036. Suðuroy region comprises this island and Lítla Dímun, the next isle northward in the Faroes, which is uninhabited.


Krambatangi is the ferry port of Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands. The ferry Smyril M/F disembarks 2-3 times daily from Krambatangi to Tórshavn. Krambatangi is located on the southern side of Trongisvágsfjørður halfway between Trongisvágur and Øravík, opposite of Tvøroyri. The ferry port was earlier on Drelnes, which is a few hundred metres further east of Krambatangi. But in 2005 a new ferry arrived, which was much bigger than the prior one, and therefore required a new ferryport at Krambatangi. Krambatangi does not belong to the municipality of Tvøroyri, and there have been some disagreements between the Tvøroyri municipality and Strandfaraskip Landsins (SSL) because they didn't pay harbour dues for entering the port of Tvøroyri. The Faroese court decided, that SSL ought to pay for entering the port of Tvøroyri, but SSL appealed the verdict.

Tórshavn Place in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Tórshavn is the capital and largest city of the Faroe Islands. Tórshavn is in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy. To the northwest of the city lies the 347-meter-high (1,138 ft) mountain Húsareyn, and to the southwest, the 350-meter-high (1,150 ft) Kirkjubøreyn. They are separated by the Sandá River. The city itself has a population of 13,089 (2017), and the greater urban area a population of 21,000.


The current Smyril was built at the IZAR shipyard in San Fernando, Spain. She entered service on the 15 October 2005.

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Previous vessels

Since the 1890s the Strandfaraskip Landsins have operated five different ships named Smyril.

Smyril (I)

Smyril I was built in the 1890s and began as a smaller transport boat in Tvøroyri in the Faroe islands.

Tvøroyri Village in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Tvøroyri lies on the north side of the Trongisvágsfjørður (fjord) on the east coast of Suðuroy, Faroe Islands. Tvøroyri is a village, and together with Froðba, Trongisvágur, Líðin and Øravík form Tvøroyri Municipality.

Smyril (II)

Smyril II was built in Frederikshavn in Denmark in 1931, arriving in the Faroe Islands in 1932. It was much more modern than the first Smyril, it had a large saloon with sofas, and it even had a small saloon for smokers. The ferry was welcomed with song and music on the harbour of Tórshavn. Two days after arrival, the ferry started to sail on route between the islands. It sailed from Tórshavn, the capital, to many villages, i.e. to the villages on the eastern side of Eysturoy, to the villages on the eastern side of Sandoy and to several of the villages on the eastern side of Suðuroy, to the village Vestmanna, which is on the west coast of Streymoy and to Vágar island and sometimes also to smaller island like Mykines and Nólsoy. Smyril II also sailed to Klaksvík. Smyril I left the Faroe Islands on the same day as the new ferry started on her route, after sailing between the islands in 35 years.

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Frederikshavn is a Danish town in Frederikshavn municipality, Region Nordjylland, on the northeast coast of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. Its name translates to "Frederik's harbor". It was originally named Fladstrand.

Denmark constitutional monarchy in Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

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Smyril (III)

Smyril III was built in Tórshavn, at the shipyard Tórshavnar Skipasmiðja, in 1967. It was a modern fast-moving and seaworthy vessel. With the new Smyril the sailing time between Torshavn and Tvøroyri was reduced from four to three hours. Smyril III could accommodate 300 passengers, but with the changes that were made in the infrastructure in the Faroes in the 1970s, the need for a larger vessel, a real car-ferry, grew to cover the community’s requirements.

Smyril (IV)

Smyril IV was built in 1969 as MV Morten Mols for the Danish shipping company Mols-Linien and bought by Strandfaraskip Landsins in 1975. [3] It began to show signs of wear against the strong Faroese elements in the mid 1990s and by 2003 it was facing extreme difficulties in sailing through the strong currents of the islands. It was eventually replaced and taken out of operation in October 2005 with Smyril V.

New harbour

The new harbour at Krambatangi in construction in 2003 Harbour for the new Smyril.JPG
The new harbour at Krambatangi in construction in 2003

A new harbour was built to accommodate the newer larger version of the Smyril in 2004. The new harbour is called Krambatangi. The former harbour was a few hundred metres further east, on the same side of the fjord of Tvøroyri, the southern side. The old harbour was called Drelnes. The new harbour Krambatangi is located between the villages Trongisvágur and Øravík, it is in Øravíkarlíð, not far from Trongisvágur. The villages around the fjord Trongisvágsfjørður are Øravík, Trongisvágur, Tvøroyri and Froðba. Tvøroyri, which is one of the largest village on Suðuroy is just on the opposite side of the fjord.

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