6th September 2023 to 20th September 2023

Iceland, Faroe Islands & Hebrides Whisky Expedition

From £4200 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings on an unforgettable voyage among the islands of the North Atlantic. 
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Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
14
Vessel type
70 foot Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
70 foot.
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 12.
Insurance Required
Yes

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings on an unforgettable voyage among the islands of the North Atlantic. Experience Iceland's volcanic rocks and hot springs, via the Faroe Islands’ green-clad mountainsides and waterfalls that plunge straight into the sea, to the Hebrides' unbeatable sandy beaches and world-famous whiskey traditions.

14 Nights: 06 - 20 September 2023

48,200 NOK / £4,200 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator's local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

Day 1: Welcome aboard in Iceland!

You meet in the harbor in Isafjordur in Iceland at 16.00, where the boat is ready and waiting. You get to know each other and go through safety routines and basic boat handling. Before you set off, you finish storing all the supplies and equipment you need for the trip. On your expeditions, everyone is part of the crew and participates in tasks on board, so the first day you go through routines, practice man-overboard drills, etc. You set off on the first evening to begin your adventure.

Day 2 – 3: Along the coast of Iceland

You spend days sailing along the northwest and west coast of Iceland, where you explore the inaccessible Westfjords and the unique landscape here. You sail further south along these western areas, where you find some of Iceland’s most active volcanic areas. Here, the Snæfellsnes peninsula is a natural stop, with the towering Snæfellsjökull mountain located at the far end of the peninsula. The national park around the mountain extends all the way from the shoreline up to the 1446 meter high glacial peak.

Day 4 – 6: From Iceland to the Faroe Islands

After the first leg sailing along the coast of Iceland, you arrive at Vestmannaeyjar and the lonely lighthouse Pridrangar which stands all by itself on top of a pinnacle in the middle of the sea. From here you head southeast towards the Faroe Islands. The crossing is around 370 nautical miles and will take about 3 days. During the crossing you really get to feel what it is like to be at sea with a large sailboat, and you feel the forces of nature and experience the wildlife. You may be visited by whales, and the seabirds will make the journey with you. When you finally reach the coast of the Faroe Islands, you will find a good harbor, perhaps in one of the well-known traditional villages Gjogv or Saksun.

Day 7-8: Faroe Islands; coastal cliffs and waterfalls

In the northwestern part of the Faroe Islands you find some of the most spectacular sights the archipelago has to offer. Here, the Atlantic Ocean has formed steep cliffs and pinnacles that plunge straight into the sea. You sail past the island of Mykines, and maybe go ashore and visit Mykines lighthouse, the westernmost lighthouse on the Faroe Islands. On this voyage you pass the village Gásadalur with its world-famous waterfall, Múlafossur, and the formations Drangarnir and Tindholmur. Other nice stops are Vestmanna, with its famous bird mountains, and Midvagúr with the hike to Leitisvatn.

Day 9: Thorshavn

Before you sail further south, you have to stop by the capital of the Faroe Islands, Thorshavn. This is a very charming city, which could easily be the backdrop for the latest Hollywood movie about Vikings. The old town is intact and features narrow streets between log houses with peat and grass on the roof. The town is bustling with life, and you spend some time exploring what this historic city has to offer.

Day 10 – 11: From the Faroe Islands to the Hebrides

From the southern tip of the Faroe Islands it is about 170 nautical miles to the Hebrides on the northwest coast of Scotland. This is a significantly shorter crossing than the previous one, and this stretch will take you one and a half to two days. You get another chance to connect with nature out on the ocean, without cell phone coverage, but maybe with dolphins playing in the bow wave.

Day 12 – 14: Whiskey-sail around the Hebrides and the west coast of Scotland

You spend the last days of the trip exploring the beautiful Hebrides. Here you sail between medieval castles and small villages with grassy hills and rocky shores as a backdrop. The Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Skye are among the places you will sail to on your way through the sea area which the Scots call The Minch. Here you can find whiskey distilleries like pearls on a string, and you take time to sail by and taste the goodies. Talisker Distillery at Isle of Skye is a really good distillery just on your route, which you want to stop at.

Day 15: Ending the trip in Oban

The trip comes to a close as you enter the harbor at the lively and important harbour city of Oban. If you have enough time as planned, you arrive the night before and end a successful expedition by going out to eat at one of the local restaurants. In any case, you arrive at Oban in time to pack your things, clean up the boat, and disembark by 12.00.

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Extra co-skipper and guide/crew onboard
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation onboard in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • All the food we eat onboard during the trip
  • An environmentally friendly, local, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • Use of our shared trip-equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment, etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour fees, etc.
  • Personal safety equipment; Helly Hansen inflatable lifejacket
  • Survival Suit and Search and Rescue insurance for everyone on board
  • Teaching, advice, and guidance about boat life and sailing
  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Optional activities where we hire external guides and equipment, such as kayaking, glacier hikes or surfing
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – optional, but recommended.

Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also allows you to start your holiday in a special way. Cycling, taking the train, or driving a car together can be good options! Feel free to add some extra time before and after your trip, since up north the weather can be unpredictable and might affect your plans!

Travel Iceland

From Iceland there are many different routes. One option is the daily ferry route from Denmark via Faroe Islands. There are also several daily departures and arrivals by plane from the Nordics, Europe and America.

Travel Scotland/Oban

Oban on the northwest-coast of Scotland can be easily accessed from both the UK and from abroad. In the UK there are both trains and buses to Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London. From Glasgow, Edinburgh, or London there are flights in all directions.

Safety and risk – in general

We take safety seriously and on our trips we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. On board a boat and on trips, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us it is important that you as a guest and participant are trained quickly enough to be a participant – not a passenger. It contributes to learning, a sense of achievement, and increased safety for all. It’s also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses: you are trained to be one of the crewmembers on board. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.

Sikkerhet og risiko – ekspedisjon

På våre ekspedisjonsturer krysser vi havstrekk over flere dager, og/eller seiler vi inn i områder langt fra folk og med ekstra risikomomenter, som sjøis og dårligere sjøkart. Dette er ekstra risikofaktorer, som vi håndterer ved å ha ekstra fokus på de situasjonene vi kan komme opp i blant alle våre mannskaper som seiler denne typen turer. Vi seiler i disse områdene kun i de mest optimale sesongene; og benytter oss av større og svært solide båter, som både er utstyrt og dimensjonert for å takle denne typen ekspedisjonsturer og farvann svært godt. Vi er helt klare på at seiling er den tryggeste og mest tilgjengelige måten å besøke disse svært utilgjengelige plassene. Imidlertid innebærer all seiling generelt, og særlig seiling i arktiske strøk og over åpent hav, en viss risiko som du må være klar over og villig til å ta. Ta gjerne kontakt med oss for en prat og veiledning om risiko.

Level of this trip

This is a sailing expedition where we will undertake multi-day sea crossings, which can be an incredibly wonderful and special experience! You do not need to have sailed before to be on board, and we are joined by both people who have never sailed before and experienced sailors. If you are a beginner, we want to make you a seaman / woman as soon as possible, and if you are experienced, you will quickly get more responsibility and greater challenges. The group and crew will be divided into watch teams so that we can learn from each other and help each other out.

The boats we sail on our expeditions are large, robust, and sail well in the open seas.. However, we do not control the weather, and we must be prepared for wind and potential heavy seas that we might encounter offshore. From light breezes to sailing in hard weather with several meters of swell, and the proximity to the forces of nature on such an expedition is something most people find very unique and rewarding!

Equipment/packing

As with all activities, there is plenty of specialized equipment and clothing for sailing. We do not expect you to buy lots of new equipment to join any of our trips, so, use what you have, borrow what you need from a friend, try to purchase used equipment, and if you have to invest in new equipment – buy quality items that will last. What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and layered clothing underneath. Some jackets may not be waterproof enough, or might not perform well in saltwater, so you might want to consider purchasing or renting a set of “oilskins” from us to use on the wettest days (included for borrowing onboard Alma). A pair of higher rubber boots for landings from the dinghy is very nice to have, in addition to slippers to wear below deck. Out on the high seas and in the Arctic, it is cold even in summer, so bring both swimwear and plenty of warm clothes. We will send you a detailed recommended packing list in good time before departure.

Food and cooking

On our trips you will be part of the crew onboard and get the chance to participate in all aspects of the running of the sailboat. This includes the cooking, where everyone is taking turns in the galley! Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. Before the trip we set up a menu and purchase what is needed. We offer good menus with healthy “boat friendly” food. If you have allergies or preferences, let us know in the registration form and we will take that into account. During the trip, we often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat.

What we expect from you

We want you to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, cleaning the boat, or contributing in other ways when required. You will be split into a watch team, with the teams working in rotations of 4 hours on and 8 hours off, with a rotating system to make sure that the night-shifts are divided equally among all watch teams. Our trips require a little work from the participants – and you must be open to contribute and open up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people get along very well. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least doing things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting and memorable stories :)

Life on board and accommodation

Life on board a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some it can be perceived as quite intimate and crowded, which one should be prepared for. On our trips everyone participates in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered crew. We would like to get to know you well and hope that you will get to know everyone else on the boat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity, and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences will take your focus as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.

Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. The accommodation is generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some of which have bunk beds. Figuring out who sleeps where can be a bit of a puzzle, but we do believe we’ve gotten quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations.

We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always abundance of fresh water. This means it will not be possible to shower every day, but more or less every other day we are either in a harbor with fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or enjoy a sauna. A morning swim in the sea is free and is available all year round!

What kind of people join this trip?

Many come alone, some travel as couples, and others travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and interesting people you will become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but this isn’t so important to us. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old as long as you want to go on a trip and intend to do your part in making this a great trip for everyone. Most of our participants are usually between 25-55 years old. The number of participants varies from trip to trip, but on these trips we are usually between 6 and 11 people.

Environment and sustainability

In general sailing is an environmentally friendly activity,, and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as possible. We encourage crew and participants to travel as environmentally-friendly as possible, and we use local ingredients and resources as much as we can. We also run trips where we collect litter and clean ocean trash from beaches.

Philosophically, we often say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability: we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity and food. In order to run sustainably, knowledge, patience, flexibility, and hard work are required. The same can be said about many other things that one tries to do in a sustainable way.

Please see 'Other Practical Information Section'

Please see 'Other Practical Information Section'

Day 1: Welcome aboard in Iceland!

You meet in the harbor in Isafjordur in Iceland at 16.00, where the boat is ready and waiting. You get to know each other and go through safety routines and basic boat handling. Before you set off, you finish storing all the supplies and equipment you need for the trip. On your expeditions, everyone is part of the crew and participates in tasks on board, so the first day you go through routines, practice man-overboard drills, etc. You set off on the first evening to begin your adventure.

Day 2 – 3: Along the coast of Iceland

You spend days sailing along the northwest and west coast of Iceland, where you explore the inaccessible Westfjords and the unique landscape here. You sail further south along these western areas, where you find some of Iceland’s most active volcanic areas. Here, the Snæfellsnes peninsula is a natural stop, with the towering Snæfellsjökull mountain located at the far end of the peninsula. The national park around the mountain extends all the way from the shoreline up to the 1446 meter high glacial peak.

Day 4 – 6: From Iceland to the Faroe Islands

After the first leg sailing along the coast of Iceland, you arrive at Vestmannaeyjar and the lonely lighthouse Pridrangar which stands all by itself on top of a pinnacle in the middle of the sea. From here you head southeast towards the Faroe Islands. The crossing is around 370 nautical miles and will take about 3 days. During the crossing you really get to feel what it is like to be at sea with a large sailboat, and you feel the forces of nature and experience the wildlife. You may be visited by whales, and the seabirds will make the journey with you. When you finally reach the coast of the Faroe Islands, you will find a good harbor, perhaps in one of the well-known traditional villages Gjogv or Saksun.

Day 7-8: Faroe Islands; coastal cliffs and waterfalls

In the northwestern part of the Faroe Islands you find some of the most spectacular sights the archipelago has to offer. Here, the Atlantic Ocean has formed steep cliffs and pinnacles that plunge straight into the sea. You sail past the island of Mykines, and maybe go ashore and visit Mykines lighthouse, the westernmost lighthouse on the Faroe Islands. On this voyage you pass the village Gásadalur with its world-famous waterfall, Múlafossur, and the formations Drangarnir and Tindholmur. Other nice stops are Vestmanna, with its famous bird mountains, and Midvagúr with the hike to Leitisvatn.

Day 9: Thorshavn

Before you sail further south, you have to stop by the capital of the Faroe Islands, Thorshavn. This is a very charming city, which could easily be the backdrop for the latest Hollywood movie about Vikings. The old town is intact and features narrow streets between log houses with peat and grass on the roof. The town is bustling with life, and you spend some time exploring what this historic city has to offer.

Day 10 – 11: From the Faroe Islands to the Hebrides

From the southern tip of the Faroe Islands it is about 170 nautical miles to the Hebrides on the northwest coast of Scotland. This is a significantly shorter crossing than the previous one, and this stretch will take you one and a half to two days. You get another chance to connect with nature out on the ocean, without cell phone coverage, but maybe with dolphins playing in the bow wave.

Day 12 – 14: Whiskey-sail around the Hebrides and the west coast of Scotland

You spend the last days of the trip exploring the beautiful Hebrides. Here you sail between medieval castles and small villages with grassy hills and rocky shores as a backdrop. The Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Skye are among the places you will sail to on your way through the sea area which the Scots call The Minch. Here you can find whiskey distilleries like pearls on a string, and you take time to sail by and taste the goodies. Talisker Distillery at Isle of Skye is a really good distillery just on your route, which you want to stop at.

Day 15: Ending the trip in Oban

The trip comes to a close as you enter the harbor at the lively and important harbour city of Oban. If you have enough time as planned, you arrive the night before and end a successful expedition by going out to eat at one of the local restaurants. In any case, you arrive at Oban in time to pack your things, clean up the boat, and disembark by 12.00.

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

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