Fred Olsen Express - a well established Canary Island ferry service

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The Fred Olsen shipping company was founded in 1848 and is based in Oslo, Norway. It was quite small scale, until the son of the founder took over and turned it into a huge multinational business.

Fred Olsen ferry
Photo: Childzy

It was in 1904, when the then president of the company established an agricultural centre on the Canary Island of La Gomera. It was through this that the company's connection with the Canary Islands was born.

Routes were established and a Spanish arm of the company was formed. Today, the company's express ferries connect most of the islands of the Canarian archipelago.


From Santa Cruz to:

  • Agaete, Gran Canaria

From Los Cristianos to:

  • Santa Cruz, La Palma
  • San Sebastian, La Gomera
  • Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera
  • Playa Santiago, La Gomera
  • Valverde, El Hierro

The company offers two regular ferries, two catamarans and, the jewel in the crown, a trimaran - the Benchijigua Express - all with the aim of a fast crossing, in maximum comfort and luxury.

Vessels are equipped with shops, bars, lounges, restaurants and sun decks, so that passengers, however brief their journey, may enjoy all the benefits they would expect on an actual sea cruise.

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