Fly to the local airport
Flights available from the local airport
Explore the north-west corner of Iceland, and unlock its best-kept secrets. From unspoilt wild landscapes to nature reserves inhabited with skulks of Arctic Foxes. This is a perfect opportunity for wildlife lovers to see sightings of Gyrfalcon, puffins, sea eagles, and much more. The vastness of this scenery is completely breathtaking and provide some well-deseved peace and quiet. Along the adventure you’ll explore stunning beaches and coastlines, this an opportunity to see a truly magical place.
21st July: Joining the expedition
You will join our expedition yacht in Isfjordur, a small fishing community in the beautiful west fjords region of Iceland. Isfjordur is easily accessed with 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 dramatic fjords provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat while being immersed in the most wonderful scenery. We may even take this opportunity to undertake our first whale survey.
23rd – 24th July: Exploring
Our journey will start in amidst the dramatic west fjords and Hornsrandir nature reserve, parts of which are only accessible by boat. Far from the tourist crowds, we are free to enjoy Iceland our own way. Exactly where we go each day will be determined by the weather conditions, some days we may spend more time ashore, exploring, hiking or taking a swim in a natural hot pool. Some days we may sail for longer before choosing a sheltered anchorage to try your hand at catching your own dinner or simply enjoy watching the midnight sun paint the horizon as we swing gently at anchor far from the hectic modern world. Throughout 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. For the more adventurous there is the option to explore sheltered bays using our kayaks or paddleboards.
25th July: Return to Isfjordur
We will spend our final day enjoying the dramatic scenery of Iceland before returning to Isfjordur. That night we will moor up in Isfjordur and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
26th July: Leaving the boat
Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to explore the local town and soak up the Icelandic culture.
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.
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
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