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Iceland- Faroe – Shetland – Norway Expedition

37,500 NOK / £3,400 per person*

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37,500 NOK / £3,400 per person*
*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

12 nights

This expedition from Iceland to Norway follows the same route as the Vikings and others have sailed for thousands of years between east and west, and offer a good and well-balanced mix of coastal sailing and ocean crossing. The historical ties between Norway and all these places like Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Shetland, are strong, and as modern Vikings from Norway, we are used to being welcomed along the way.

We begin by exploring the fjords on the north and east coast of Iceland, before heading for the beautiful archipelago of the Faroe Islands. The crossing of the sea takes 2-3 days, and in the Faroe Islands, we will spend another 2-3 days to see and explore. We continue to Shetland where we spend a couple of days on land before we set sails across the North Sea with course for Norway and Ålesund.

There will be 2 or 3 professional crew, of which all are great sailors, and of which at least one of us has solid experience from similar expeditions. We will work as guides and polar bear guards when we are ashore in the terrain. Along the way, sailing or on motor, we will include all participants in the sailing. We will generally sail at all times of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off.

It’s not just any sailboat we use on this trip, but our 70-feet expedition boat Valiente. She is a very steady and comfortable boat built in steel, made for sailing in Arctic waters. The boat is well equipped and has a large outdoor area, a wheelhouse and a 360-degree-view lounge. For pictures and more info about Valiente see link here.

This expedition is like our other adventures, primarily a major exploration, but also a great opportunity to learn a lot about sailing and navigation, and not least the use of a boat as a starting point for explorations and experiences ashore. Are you ready for the autumn’s long-distance trip from Iceland to Norway, via the Faroe Islands and the Shetland?

On this trip last year we had several days with a lot of wind and heavy weather, and for some, it became a strenuous trip. However, everyone agreed that it was a wonderful experience that no one would have been without. In particular, they never forget about the encounter with a big fin whale in the midst of the big waves at sea.

Trip Start: 2020 September dates TBC

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

70ft Expedition Yacht

Vessel Length

70ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Double cabin

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

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Included

  • Experienced skipper and crew on board
  • Accommodation onboard during the whole trip
  • Search & rescue insurance for all crew members
  • Comfy-package with bed linen, duvet and pillow
  • All meals that we eat onboard along the way
  • A sustainable, local, eco-friendly, unique, exotic and exclusive holiday full of experiences
  • Free use of equipment such as ribs, kayaks, fishing gear etc
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour-fees etc
  • High-quality safety gear for all crewmembers

Additional

  • Transportation Svalbard and back home from Iceland
  • Possible visits to a restaurant or other activities that cost extra
  • Drinks like wine, beer or exclusive apple juice and other luxuries.

Practical Info

Level of trip and risk level

This is a trip for most of you who feel like joining this kind of trip! However, you must be prepared for both no wind and sailing in heavy weather. If you are a beginner, we will make you into a sailor as soon as possible, and if you are experienced you will have responsibility and greater challenges. You will contribute to the sailing, cooking and operation of the boat on this trip.

In terms of risk, we sail a safe and sturdy steel boat that is well equipped for this type of trip. However, all sailing in general, and sailing in arctic regions, involves a certain risk that you must be willing to take. On this trip, we sail in waters that are exposed to heavy weather and wind, and there are few other boats nearby. Feel free to contact us for a chat and guidance about risk.

Travel

The trip starts in Iceland and ends in Norway. A few row to Iceland, a few more sail, but most fly. There are many different routes to Iceland, check out SAS.no norwegian.no and icelandair.is From Ålesund and back home there are also flights, or you can get to Bergen or Trondheim and catch a train from there to where you live.

Changes in the program

This program should be viewed as a starting point that we adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to continually improve the tour program for the better. With us along the way, we always have lightweight boats for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and equipment for bonfires and trips ashore – we are ready for adventure!

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Fly to Akureyri Airport

Getting back

Depart from Ålesund Airport

This expedition from Iceland to Norway follows the same route as the Vikings and others have sailed for thousands of years between east and west, and offer a good and well-balanced mix of coastal sailing and ocean crossing. The historical ties between Norway and all these places like Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Shetland, are strong, and as modern Vikings from Norway, we are used to being welcomed along the way.

We begin by exploring the fjords on the north and east coast of Iceland, before heading for the beautiful archipelago of the Faroe Islands. The crossing of the sea takes 2-3 days, and in the Faroe Islands, we will spend another 2-3 days to see and explore. We continue to Shetland where we spend a couple of days on land before we set sails across the North Sea with course for Norway and Ålesund.

There will be 2 or 3 professional crew, of which all are great sailors, and of which at least one of us has solid experience from similar expeditions. We will work as guides and polar bear guards when we are ashore in the terrain. Along the way, sailing or on motor, we will include all participants in the sailing. We will generally sail at all times of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off.

It’s not just any sailboat we use on this trip, but our 70-feet expedition boat Valiente. She is a very steady and comfortable boat built in steel, made for sailing in Arctic waters. The boat is well equipped and has a large outdoor area, a wheelhouse and a 360-degree-view lounge. For pictures and more info about Valiente see link here.

This expedition is like our other adventures, primarily a major exploration, but also a great opportunity to learn a lot about sailing and navigation, and not least the use of a boat as a starting point for explorations and experiences ashore. Are you ready for the autumn’s long-distance trip from Iceland to Norway, via the Faroe Islands and the Shetland?

On this trip last year we had several days with a lot of wind and heavy weather, and for some, it became a strenuous trip. However, everyone agreed that it was a wonderful experience that no one would have been without. In particular, they never forget about the encounter with a big fin whale in the midst of the big waves at sea.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Trip start in Akureyri

We meet at 1200 on the quay in Akureyri. We start with getting to know each other, before we go through the schedule for the week. We get to know the boat and the equipment, and finish packing provisions and equipments. The life onboard requires cooperation, and before departure we go through routines and procedures onboard, for sailing and emergency situations. We set sails as soon as we are ready.

Day 2-4: Northeast coast of Iceland

From Akureyri we sail eastward and gradually southward and get to know this part of the icelandic coast. We expect to see a good amount of whales along the way and we can spend time getting to know these big animals well. If we for some strange reason, do not find whales by ourselves on our own boat, then we can invite onboard someone from one of the many whaling-towns along the coast who has more knowledge than us. We also have time to be flexible and stop at some of the more interesting places and villages in these areas, or just go for a hike somewhere if we want to.

Day 4-6: Ocean crossing from Iceland to the Faroe Islands

The actual crossing is 240-250 nautical miles and takes 2-3 days depending on the weather. As we approach the Faroe Islands, wave height and direction determine where we can go ashore first. There are heavy ocean currents around the Faroe Islands, and if we do not take into account the waves, weather and wind in combination with the currents, we can put the boat and crew at risk.

7-8: Island hopping and time on land on the Faroe Islands

There are several great places, but the most interesting to most sailors is the capital of Torshavn. The amount of time we can spend on land depends on the weather forecast for the next few days and the continued ocean crossing to Shetland and Norway. But one thing is for sure; we are going ashore on more than one of the Faroe Islands.

Day 9-11: Ocean crossing to Shetland and time ashore on Shetland

The ocean crossing is 150 nautical miles, and after our previous experience, this is a distance we now eat for breakfast. It takes about one 24 hours. When we get to the fjords of Shetland we will see what we will do and how we spend time, but we will try to stop by the capital of Lerwick. We are not quite home yet so we have to pay attention to the weather forecast in terms of the last stage home across the North Sea.

Day 11-13: Sailing across the North Sea towards Stadtlandet and Ålesund

The last stage across the North Sea is 180 nautical miles to Bergen, and a little more to Stadt and Ålesund. Wind and weather conditions will determine where we first hit land in Norway, but the trip will end in Ålesund. If we have time to stop elsewhere on the Norwegian coast then that’s a bonus. The last night we spend together with a good dinner and drinks. Thank you for a great adventure in the wake of the Vikings!

KIT LIST

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)

Hat

Balaklava

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

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

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