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6th August 2021 to 19th August 2021

Iceland to Faroe Isles Expedition

£3249 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
This Viking voyage of discovery will take you from the magical shores of Iceland to the isolated Faroe Islands, discover the unknown.
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Nights onboard
13
Vessel type
57ft Steel Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
57ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)
Insurance Required
Yes

Unleash your inner Viking as we re-create a historic Viking ocean voyage from Iceland to the Faroe Isles.

13 Nights: 06 - 19 August 2021

£3,249 per person

From one stunning Island to another, this trip will allow you to witness glorious landscapes and stunning wildlife. You'll depart the more civilised lands of Iceland and arrive in the remote rolling hills of the Faroe Islands; a place where sheep outnumber humans, waterfalls cascade off the jagged cliffs, and where the picturesque villages hide under their turfed roofs. As you cross the Atlantic Ocean, you'll feel the powerful majesty of these wild and windswept islands. On route, you'll get the opportunity to live like the Vikings and try your hand at ancient Viking navigation techniques, as well as ocean research, and collection of microplastics. Un-plug from everything and enjoy soaking up your surroundings, and reward yourself at the end of the adventure with relaxing on the secret magical Island watching the Puffins and enjoying the delightful peace and quiet.

6th August: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in vúsavíkn the wild north coast of Iceland. Húsavík is a short bus ride from Akureyri airport which has regular flights from Reykjavík. When you arrive 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.

7th 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. The area around Húsavík is known for having the most prolific whale sightings in Europe, a good spot for our first whale survey.

8th – 17th August: Expedition

We will spend the first few days working our way along the east coast of Iceland, anchoring in the evenings with a chance to explore ashore and enjoy hiking, photography or maybe a swim in a natural hot pool. Once the conditions are right, just like the Vikings before us, we will set out on our crossing to the Faroe Islands. 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. There will be the opportunity to try your hand a navigating like a Viking using traditional techniques such as the sunstone and sun-board. We will feel like true explorers as we approach the Faroes and the islands begin to appear from the ocean and we are greeted by towering sea cliffs and flocks of soaring sea birds. We will choose a sheltered and secluded anchorage allowing you time to rest from our epic voyage as well as the chance to step ashore and spend time exploring, hiking, photographing and simply enjoying these magical islands. We will spend the rest of the expedition weaving our way towards Tórshavn, passing bird cliffs, visiting small communities and witnessing towering waterfalls crashing into the ocean.

18th August: Arrival in Tórshavn

We will spend our final day enjoying the unique scenery of the Faroe Islands before heading into port in the main town of Tórshavn. We will moor up for the night in Torshavn and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

19th August: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to explore the local town and soak up the vibrant Norse culture or arrange to stay a few extra days in the area to explore the Faroe islands further.Tórshavn is well connected by bus with the Faroe island’s airport in Vágar.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas that 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 onboard, 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.

  • 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.
  • Travel costs to and from start/end point of trip
  • Any food ashore
  • Open to beginner sailors.

Húsavík, Iceland. Fly to Akureyri airport

Torshavn, Faroe Islands. Fly from Vágur airport.

6th August: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in vúsavíkn the wild north coast of Iceland. Húsavík is a short bus ride from Akureyri airport which has regular flights from Reykjavík. When you arrive 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.

7th 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. The area around Húsavík is known for having the most prolific whale sightings in Europe, a good spot for our first whale survey.

8th – 17th August: Expedition

We will spend the first few days working our way along the east coast of Iceland, anchoring in the evenings with a chance to explore ashore and enjoy hiking, photography or maybe a swim in a natural hot pool. Once the conditions are right, just like the Vikings before us, we will set out on our crossing to the Faroe Islands. 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. There will be the opportunity to try your hand a navigating like a Viking using traditional techniques such as the sunstone and sun-board. We will feel like true explorers as we approach the Faroes and the islands begin to appear from the ocean and we are greeted by towering sea cliffs and flocks of soaring sea birds. We will choose a sheltered and secluded anchorage allowing you time to rest from our epic voyage as well as the chance to step ashore and spend time exploring, hiking, photographing and simply enjoying these magical islands. We will spend the rest of the expedition weaving our way towards Tórshavn, passing bird cliffs, visiting small communities and witnessing towering waterfalls crashing into the ocean.

18th August: Arrival in Tórshavn

We will spend our final day enjoying the unique scenery of the Faroe Islands before heading into port in the main town of Tórshavn. We will moor up for the night in Torshavn and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

19th August: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to explore the local town and soak up the vibrant Norse culture or arrange to stay a few extra days in the area to explore the Faroe islands further.Tórshavn is well connected by bus with the Faroe island’s airport in Vágar.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas that 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 onboard, 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.

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