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Ísafjörður to Húsavík

£1,799pp

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£1,799 per person

6  nights

Experience the wild Icelandic landscape, mountains, glaciers, fjords and waterfalls. On this adventure, you can unplug from everything and enjoy soaking in a natural hot spring while the midnight sun paints the world in ever-changing colours. This trip showcases the best Iceland has to offer, from jaw-dropping scenery, pristine beaches, and enchanting wildlife. A trip to ‘Europe’s cetacean hotspot’ will provide you with dolphins dancing in the bow waves, and an opportunity to survey, and gather scientific data on the local marine life, including many whales. Jump onboard and complete a major explorer’s must-do and sail across the arctic circle.

Trip Start: 28 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

Ísafjörður, Iceland

Flights available from the local airport

Getting back

Húsavík, Iceland

Fly to Akureyri airport

Experience the wild Icelandic landscape, mountains, glaciers, fjords and waterfalls. On this adventure, you can unplug from everything and enjoy soaking in a natural hot spring while the midnight sun paints the world in ever-changing colours. This trip showcases the best Iceland has to offer, from jaw-dropping scenery, pristine beaches, and enchanting wildlife. A trip to ‘Europe’s cetacean hotspot’ will provide you with dolphins dancing in the bow waves, and an opportunity to survey, and gather scientific data on the local marine life, including many whales. Jump onboard and complete a major explorer’s must-do and sail across the arctic circle.

ITINERARY

28th July: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Ísafjörður, a small fishing community in the beautiful west fjords region of Iceland. Ísafjörður is easily accessed with its own airport with regular flights from Reykjavík. 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.

29th 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. We will anchor up for the night and enjoy a cosy evening onboard watching the sunset as we swing gently on our anchor.

30th July – 1st August: Exploring

Our journey will start in amidst the dramatic west fjords and Hornstrandir nature reserve, parts of which are only accessible by boat. Far from the tourist crowds, we are free to enjoy Iceland our own way. Our journey will continue along the ruggedly wild north coast rich with deeply indented fjords and wildlife. 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.

2nd August: Arrive in Húsavík

We will spend our final day enjoying the dramatic scenery of Iceland before sailing into port in Húsavík. These waters are renowned for having the most prolific whale sightings in Europe so we will have our eyes peeled and recording clipboards ready. That night we will moor up in Husavik and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap 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. Husavik is a short bus ride from the airport at Akureyri from where you can begin your journey home or arrange some additional time exploring Iceland.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas 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.

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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LOCATION

“I would thoroughly recommend an adventure with Kraken.”

Tom

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