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Jan Mayen Expedition

£3699pp

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13  nights

Embark on the most exciting, remote arctic adventure to date. This trip not only allows you to explore the beautiful shores of Northern Iceland, and its gorgeous Nation Park, but takes you to one of the remote places in the world. Jan Mayen is an island only visited by true adventurers, the offshore passage is a once in a lifetime journey in itself. Jan Mayen is a volcanic island partly covered by glaciers, and accommodated for adventurers, not tourists. Travelling around this island rich in history and scenery via boat gives you unlimited access and the best seat in the house. Experience the midnight sun, stunning wildlife and jaw-dropping views on the ultimate Arctic adventure.

Trip Start: 21 Jul 2021

Trip End: 03 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

Isfjordur, Iceland

Flights available from the local airport

Getting back

Husavik, Iceland

Fly to Akureyri airport

Embark on the most exciting, remote arctic adventure to date. This trip not only allows you to explore the beautiful shores of Northern Iceland, and its gorgeous Nation Park, but takes you to one of the remote places in the world. Jan Mayen is an island only visited by true adventurers, the offshore passage is a once in a lifetime journey in itself. Jan Mayen is a volcanic island partly covered by glaciers, and accommodated for adventurers, not tourists. Travelling around this island rich in history and scenery via boat gives you unlimited access and the best seat in the house. Experience the midnight sun, stunning wildlife and jaw-dropping views on the ultimate Arctic adventure.

ITINERARY

21st July: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Isfjordur in the spectacular west fjords region of Iceland. Isfjordur has its own airport with regular flights from Reykjavik. 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.

22nd July: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The fjords around Isfjord provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat in sheltered and dramatic surroundings. Depending on the weather conditions we may spend a couple of days exploring this region of Iceland, including the Hornstrandir nature reserve while we wait for the right weather conditions to begin our passage.

23rd July – 1st August: Expedition

The passage to Jan Mayen is a serious offshore passage, one that very few people make, into some of the most remote parts of the ocean. Once the conditions are right to take on this epic voyage we will set sail north. The crossing of around 450 miles will see us crossing the arctic circle and will take us 4-5 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 the midnight sun. During the crossing, you will have the chance to get as involved in sailing as well as our ocean research projects such as microplastics sampling and wildlife surveying. As the volcano of Jan Mayen comes into view we will know that we have succeeded in reaching one of the most remote places on earth. We will anchor in one of the few bays around the island and venture ashore to set foot where few people have done before us. Weather permitting we will have a couple of days to explore the islands with the worlds most northerly volcano and immerse ourselves in the experience of true untamed wild. Then it will be time to set sail, bound for Husavik in Iceland, sailing through waters know for some of the most prolific whale sightings in Europe.

2nd August: Arrival in Husavik

We will moor up for the night in Husavik and enjoy our final evening on board to toast our epic adventure and swop stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

3rd 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. Akureyri airport is a short bus ride away and connects to flights across the world via Reykjavik for those

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 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.

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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