Although it’s possible to travel by sea to Iceland aboard the luxurious Norröna ferry (w smyril-line.com), the journey is recommended only to those with a cast-iron stomach – the gales, storms and colossal swell of the North Atlantic will quash any romantic images of following the Vikings’ sea-road. One huge advantage, however, is that you can bring your own vehicle into Iceland this way.
The ferry departs once a week, year-round, from Hirtshals in Denmark, travelling via Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands to Seyðisfjörður, in Iceland’s East Fjords. Facilities include en-suite cabins, a swimming pool, a shopping arcade and even a fitness centre.
High season (mid-June through to late August) one-way fares from Denmark to Seyðisfjörður are €427 per person for one vehicle and two people sleeping in a couchette; a private cabin costs €574 per person.