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8th September 2020 to 16th September 2020

Shetland Bus Expedition: Historic Re-Creation

£1395 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Take part in a culture rich expedition as we cross the ocean on an epic historical re-creation from Norway to the Shetland Islands.
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Nights onboard
8
Vessel type
57ft Steel Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
57ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)
Insurance Required
Yes

This is an expedition with a very special mission: Re-create the historic Shetland Bus Voyages on this epic adventure.

8  Nights: 08 - 16 September 2020

£1,395 per person

These voyages, that took place during WWII, went under the code name of the ‘Shetland Bus’, involved crucial and dangerous top-secret missions by sea between the Shetland Islands and Norway. Just like the famous Dunkirk voyages, small vessels took on plucky missions on the hazardous seas.

The route that we will be re-creating is that followed by the top-secret operatives of the “Shetland Bus’. The Shetland Bus as it was known as, was a lifeline for transporting troops, supplies and valuable reconnaissance information between its base in the Shetland Islands and members of the Norwegian resistance. The Shetland Bus Expedition is our way of embracing our maritime heritage as well as honouring the brave servicemen and women who played a role in the vital Shetland Bus.

The timelessness of ship-based routines and experiences, from watch-keeping, and traditions passed down through generations of sailors to the feeling of losing sight of land, the feel of salt on your face as you are perched on a restless sea are all characterful factors of this historical journey.

The voyage: 330 nautical miles

8th September: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Kristiansund. A vibrant city with regular flights on the coast of Norway. 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, be shown around the boat and meet the rest of the crew. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about the yacht and life onboard before we sit down for an expedition briefing and more info on the Shetland Bus voyage. Then dinner will be provided onboard, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crewmates.

9th – 10th September: Setting sail

We will begin with safety briefings and a review of the weather forecast to determine if the time is right to set out across the ocean. If the weather isn’t favourable for the crossing we may spend a couple of nights making our way down the coastline of Norway, exploring the stunning fjords where the daring missions of yesteryear took place.

11th – 14th September: The crossing

The main part of the expedition and our chance to see what life was like for our daring heroes. The crossing itself will take between 2 and 4 days depending in exactly where we set out from and the weather that we encounter on the ocean. During the crossing, we will be working ‘watches’ to keep the boat sailing through the day and night. Our aim will be the Harbour of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. On arrival we will have our passports details checked by the authorities, (even if we are on a top-secret mission), then we will be free to explore the town or indulge in a beer or two or simply a well deserved uninterrupted sleep!

15th September: Shetland Bus museum, Scrabster

Providing that we manage to complete our mission in time, we will jump on the bus for a trip to the excellent Shetland Bus museum in Scalloway to learn more about the heroes of the past with our new-found respect for the conditions that they endured and feats that they achieved.

16th September: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing the Shetland islands.

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. 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.

Kristiansund, Norway

Lerwick, Shetland Islands

The voyage: 330 nautical miles

8th September: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Kristiansund. A vibrant city with regular flights on the coast of Norway. 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, be shown around the boat and meet the rest of the crew. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about the yacht and life onboard before we sit down for an expedition briefing and more info on the Shetland Bus voyage. Then dinner will be provided onboard, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crewmates.

9th – 10th September: Setting sail

We will begin with safety briefings and a review of the weather forecast to determine if the time is right to set out across the ocean. If the weather isn’t favourable for the crossing we may spend a couple of nights making our way down the coastline of Norway, exploring the stunning fjords where the daring missions of yesteryear took place.

11th – 14th September: The crossing

The main part of the expedition and our chance to see what life was like for our daring heroes. The crossing itself will take between 2 and 4 days depending in exactly where we set out from and the weather that we encounter on the ocean. During the crossing, we will be working ‘watches’ to keep the boat sailing through the day and night. Our aim will be the Harbour of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. On arrival we will have our passports details checked by the authorities, (even if we are on a top-secret mission), then we will be free to explore the town or indulge in a beer or two or simply a well deserved uninterrupted sleep!

15th September: Shetland Bus museum, Scrabster

Providing that we manage to complete our mission in time, we will jump on the bus for a trip to the excellent Shetland Bus museum in Scalloway to learn more about the heroes of the past with our new-found respect for the conditions that they endured and feats that they achieved.

16th September: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing the Shetland islands.

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. 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