Rødne operates one of Norway's largest fleets of express passenger boats, including advanced design, high-speed catamarans with carbon-fiber hulls. The 17 boats owned or operated by Rødne (as of the fall of 2018) include 12 high-speed, catamaran ferries, two ambulance boats and two car and passenger ferries and a fast, single-hull passenger ferry. The largest has a capacity of nearly 300 passengers, while the fastest ferry can do about 35 knots (65 kph/40 mph), and the fastest ambulance boat can hit 44 knots (80 kph/50 mph).
The company’s biggest and most expensive boat ever, the state-of-the-art, 297-passenger Rygerdronningen, was joining the fleet in April 2018. It was designed and built exclusively for sightseeing.
Many of the boats' names begin with Ryger, which is the ancient Norse name for people from our district.
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.