Lerwick is the only town of the Scottish Shetland Islands, but it is home to a very big and busy port. Ferries arrive and depart from there every day, with one of the ferry routes going to Bergen in Norway.
The Lerwick to Bergen ferry route is operated Smyril Lines, which also operates to various parts of Scandinavia, and is particularly proud of Iceland being one of their destinations.
Ferries from Lerwick to Bergen run two times weekly and the journey takes approximately 11 hours, and most of the journey is overnight. All passengers are provided with cabins for a good night’s sleep onboard the ferry. There are various types of cabin for different needs and budgets. There are the couchette cabins, situated beneath the car park deck, with six to nine berths in one cabin. There are also cabins for couples, cabins for families and shared cabins for those travelling together but are not necessarily a couple. Of course, there are also the suites.
Included in the fare is only the cabin and transportation price. Meals are not included on the ferry route, except for breakfast. Prices differ depending on if you bring a vehicle onboard and the size and class of the cabin. For example, adults bringing their car onboard and staying in a suite room with a sea view will pay a larger price than a foot passenger hiring a standard room with a deck view.
All ferries are fully equipped to help those passengers with disabilities, and are also child-friendly. There are shops onboard, bars, restaurants, a pool, as well as activities for children, and comfortable lounge areas where you can sit and watch the sea and the sky, and relax.