Rødne operates one of Norway’s biggest fleets of express boats, including catamarans with advanced carbon fiber hulls designed for high speeds.
The 14 boats owned by Rødne include 10 express passenger boats, two ambulance boats and two traditional car and passenger ferries. Our two biggest boats have a capacity of nearly 300 passengers each and our fastest express boat can do about 35 knots (65 kph), while our fastest vessel overall is an ambulance boat that can hit 44 knots (over 80 kph).
In April 2020, a new flagship, our first battery-powered boat Rygerelektra joined our fleet. The new boat is Rygerdronningen’s sister ship and has a future-oriented focus on sustainable tourism and great experiences. Both boats were designed and purpose-built for fjord cruises and sightseeing, and they have a capacity of 297 passengers each.
The names of all our boats start with ‘Ryger’, which is the ancient Norse word for people from our district, Ryfylke.
Why does the name on our boats start with Ryger?
‘Ryger’ stems from a Viking Age name for people from a region that roughly corresponds to modern Rogaland county. The northern part of the county, where we have our headquarters and base, is known as Ryfylke, which came from the ancient Norse Rygjafylki. So the ‘Ryger’ in our boat names is a tribute to our region and history.