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Faroe Isles to Stornoway

£2,320pp

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£2,320 per person

9 nights

We leave the magic remote lands of the Faroe Islands, passing sheer cliff faces, green rolling hills, and sea bird playing in the ocean spray. This adventure offers amazing opportunities for wildlife watching, hiking,  photography, and so much more. You’ll also get the opportunity to witness the sea stacks shaped like troll’s finger, as well as collecting data for ocean research to maintain the beauty of this incredible area. Head back over to the rolling countryside of wild Scotland, and relax after an adventurous sail across the North Atlantic Ocean.

Trip Start: 22 Aug 2021

Trip End: 31 Aug 2021

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

57ft Steel Expedition Yacht

Vessel Length

57ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Accommodation on board, including bedding and duvet.
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board.
  • Use of onboard equipment, including SUP
  • Use of an expedition sailing suit, and offshore standard lifejacket.
  • Professional and qualified crew.
  • Use of our rib to get ashore and explore.
  • Use of scientific and ocean survey equipment.
  • Expedition permits and rifle where required.

Additional

  • Travel costs to and from start/end point of trip
  • Any food ashore

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

Extras

Experience level: There is no sailing experience required to join this expedition, we can show you all the ropes as we go. Our aim is to explore the secluded nooks and crannies of the coastline rather than take on extended crossings. Boards and paddles will be provided but you should bring your own wetsuit/drysuit and PFD if you have one.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Fly to Vagur Airport

Getting back

Stornaway, Scotland

Direct flights and ferries from Oban

We leave the magic remote lands of the Faroe Islands, passing sheer cliff faces, green rolling hills, and sea bird playing in the ocean spray. This adventure offers amazing opportunities for wildlife watching, hiking,  photography, and so much more. You’ll also get the opportunity to witness the sea stacks shaped like troll’s finger, as well as collecting data for ocean research to maintain the beauty of this incredible area. Head back over to the rolling countryside of wild Scotland, and relax after an adventurous sail across the North Atlantic Ocean.

ITINERARY

22nd August: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Torshavn, the principal town of the Faroe Islands and home of vibrant Norse culture. Torshavn has good transport links to the Faroe Islands airport in Vagur. We will meet you on board with a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the local beaches and get your first taste of life on board. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about the yacht, living afloat. We will cook a hot dinner onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crewmates.

23rd August: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The local waters provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat and get a first glimpse of the local wildlife. Depending on the weather conditions we may spend a couple of days exploring the Faroe Islands giving plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique scenery of towering sea cliffs and plunging waterfalls. We might even undertake our first whale survey.

24th – 29th August: Expedition

Once the conditions are right, we will set out on our crossing to Scotland. The crossing of around 250 miles will take us 2-3 days to complete. We will work in a watch system, taking it in turns to sail the boat through the day and night with the chance to experience the magic of sailing under a sky full of stars. During the crossing, you will have the chance to get as involved as you like in sailing as well as our ocean research projects such as microplastics sampling and wildlife surveying. We will make landfall in the Outer Hebrides where we can anchor up, get some rest and celebrate making our ocean crossing. Now we the chance to step ashore and spend time exploring, hiking, photographing and simply enjoying the rugged scenery of this farthest outpost of the UK.

30th August: Arrival in Stornaway

We will spend our final day enjoying the scenery of Outer Hebrides before heading into the vibrant port of Stornaway. We will moor up for the night in Stornaway and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

31st August: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to explore the local town and soak up the Icelandic culture or arrange to stay a few extra days in the area to explore Iceland further. From Stornaway you can take the ferry to Ullapool on the mainland or fly to destinations across the UK.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas the we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests on board, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests. Where and when we are able to paddleboard will be dependent on the conditions. We will be looking for some safe sheltered areas to explore.

KIT LIST

Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket, the warmer the better

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)

Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

Boots – Wellington type boots. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Rucsac – for on land exploring

Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

Swimwear – you might not fancy a dip in the Arctic waters but a local hot tub can be a treat that you don’t want to miss out on

Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries onboard but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

Entertainment – books, music etc for rest time

Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

Head torch – ideally with a red light function

Sunscreen – 24hr daylight can be relentless

Sunglasses

A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

Passport / visas

Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

Kitbag – this must be squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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LOCATION

“Trip of a lifetime & perfect for the solo traveller….”

Tori

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