Scottish Hebrides to Arctic Norway Ocean Passage

£2240

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£2240

(watch leaders – £2390)
16 nights

The stunning western isles of Scotland, the incredible Faroe Islands and the beautiful archipelagos off the north-west coast of Norway. In between, enjoy some lovely open ocean sailing, with a shorter passage to the Faroes and then a 600nm ocean passage up to Norway. En route, cross the Arctic Circle at sea.

This ocean adventure sailing trip is a Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage, giving you an opportunity to further your skills.

Trip highlights
Visit the stunning west coast of Scotland
See some of the Faroes with their awesome volcanic cliffs and millions of sea birds
Enjoy open ocean sailing into the Arctic Circle, higher than Iceland
Cruising in the beautiful archipelagos of northern Norway
Expect nearly 1000nm of sailing

This is one of our absolute favourite trips, as we sail and explore three of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world: the western isles of Scotland, the incredible Faroe Islands and the archipelagos off the north-west coast of Norway. In between, we have some lovely open ocean sailing, with a shorter passage to the Faroes and then a 600nm ocean passage up to Norway. En route, we will cross the Arctic Circle at sea.

Trip Start: 17 May 2019

Trip End: 01 June 2019

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

57ft Expedition Yacht

Vessel Length

57ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Single berths (max 9 crew)

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

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Included

  • Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.

Additional

  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
  • Any meals you eat ashore

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Oban, Scotland

Getting back

Bodø, Norway

This is one of our absolute favourite trips, as we sail and explore three of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world: the western isles of Scotland, the incredible Faroe Islands and the archipelagos off the north-west coast of Norway. In between, we have some lovely open ocean sailing, with a shorter passage to the Faroes and then a 600nm ocean passage up to Norway. En route, we will cross the Arctic Circle at sea.

ITINERARY

This is a typical itinerary. What makes an adventure holiday so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of this is guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.

Day 1: Joining day
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs (the closer to 1200 the better but we know flights and such like don’t always work like that, so don’t worry!) Get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty of things to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Scotland and the Hebrides are such a special area with so much to see and do. Watch Leaders please note you must join the boat 24 hrs earlier (see below)

Day 2: Briefings and training.
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great ocean sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day, everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s more to learn and practice every day. We’ll find a beautiful anchorage for the night.

Days 3-5: Sailing, training and exploring in the western isles and Hebrides
We should now have a few days sailing and exploring in this most beautiful area of the world. There are amazing anchorages, famous whisky distilleries and wonderful views as we sail around. All the time we will be keeping an eye on the weather, ready to charge north to the Faroes.

Days 6-7: Sail to the Faroes
When the wind is right, we will set off for the c. 350nm to the volcanic archipelago of the Faroes. This is a great introductory offshore passage, taking about two days. You will start to get a feel for the open ocean, living and sailing in a watch system and learning how to run a ship offshore. The near vertical cliffs and millions of sea-birds will soon appear over the horizon and we will probably make landfall in the capital – Torshavn.

Days 8-10: Exploring the Faroes and preparing for the main passage to Norway
The northern Faroes are particularly beautiful and if the weather is good to us we will have time to sail and explore a little here. It is a wild, green, untamed land with grass on roofs, whales, puffins and a unique way of life. You really do have to visit the Faroes! All the time we will be watching the weather and doing final preparations for the big voyage north.

Days 11-15: Ocean passage to Arctic Norway
It’s time though to say goodbye to the Faroes and set off north for one of the most rewarding passages possible. Land will soon disappear over the horizon and we will be all alone except for the puffins, auks, common guillemots and kittiwakes as they see us on our way. We may well see a whale or two as day turns into night and we helm under the stars and via the moon. Ocean life is a wonderful and timeless rotation of watches, navigation and routines. It’s the perfect time to learn from our hugely experienced instructors, who are on hand at every stage of the way. Then, at 66° 33’N we cross into the Arctic Circle, and morning, noon or night we’re cracking open a bottle of bubbly and taking some photos! But we need to keep heading northeast, for just over the horizon now is the goal of north-west Norway, in all its beauty. If we make good time, we may even have time to visit some of this beautiful archipelago.

Day 16: Debriefs, clean up and goodbyes
It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs (we prefer if you don’t, but if you need to catch a ferry or flight, you can leave as early as you need to on the last day)

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

“Highly recommended!”

Sara

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