NorthLink cancels tonight’s sailing from Lerwick to Aberdeen because of bad forecast

Tonight’s sailing of the NorthLink ferry Hjaltland at 7pm from Lerwick to Aberdeen has been cancelled due to a forecast of gale force winds and sea-height conditions of up to 10 metres.

The northbound sailing by the Hrossey, normally at 5pm from Aberdeen to Kirkwall and Lerwick, has been delayed until 8pm. Due to the poor weather forecast, particularly in the Fair Isle gap area, she will make a slow passage to arrive at Kirkwall around breakfast-time tomorrow morning. Check-in times at Aberdeen will remain as standard.

The Hrossey‘s departure from Kirkwall for Lerwick will be delayed until the forecast gales and high seas have moderated. If she is able to depart Kirkwall early to mid-afternoon on Friday then she would be expected to arrive in Lerwick around midnight.

Thereafter, services continue to remain weather-dependent and passengers should check for updates on the NorthLink website but it is proposed that the following services will apply:

On Friday the Hjaltland will sail south from Lerwick at 5.30pm to Kirkwall and Aberdeen.

On Saturday the Hjaltland will sail north from Aberdeen  at 5pm to Kirkwall and Lerwick.

On Saturday the Hrossey will sail south from Lerwick at 7pm hours direct for Aberdeen.

NorthLink apologises to passengers for the disruption caused. Travellers are advised to call the NorthLink travel line on 0845 6000 449 or to check on the website at


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