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Sailing the Wild West of Iceland

Sail, hike and relax on this 14 day sailing voyage through western Iceland to the edge of the Arctic Circle on a traditionally rigged 1915 tall ship that retains all its early 20th century charm.

Highlights:

  • Take part in a hands-on sailing adventure, with training from the crew
  • Fall in love with the bright yellow buttercups that positively cover the Isle of Flatey
  • Explore the Vatnsfordur Nature Reserve and enjoy the great northern and red-throated diver
  • View the towering mountains of Dynjandisvogur and Borgafjordur
  • Visit Jon Sigursson’s birthplace, the man who helped to win independence for Iceland
  • Wander the glacial lagoon of Kaldalon at the foot of Drangajokull glacier
  • Discover the glaciers of the Breidafjordur Islands
  • Hike on the shores of the pristine Vatnsfordur Nature Reserve

You’ll get right to it by starting out with the longest leg of the journey, from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, to the West Fjords.  Along the way you’ll dock at Stykkisholmur, Iceland’s loveliest town, for an excursion to Snaefellsjokull one of the country’s greatest glaciers. Discover rich bird life and endless hiking opportunities in Vatndalsvan.

Next up is the real heart of the adventure:  Hornstrandir National Park.  Located in the rather inhospitable western most corner of the country, it faces the Denmark Strait and is right on the edge of the Arctic Circle.  There’s hiking, magnificent cliffs, sizeable bird colonies, and a chance to glimpse the sleek Arctic Fox.  Hornstrandir is one of Icelands true gems.

The voyage will also stop at the ports of Skykkisholmur, Vatndalsvan, Adey Island, and Isafjardarjup. Marvel at the remoteness of the region and fall in love with its natural beauty.  With abundant hiking opportunities at every stop, this voyage is ideal for those that want the chance to stretch their sea legs frequently.

Enquire today to learn more and reserve your place.

 

The first leg of this trip will be the longest. You will leave Reykjavik and set sail for arguably Iceland’s prettiest town, Stykkisholmur, a convenient stop to plan our excursion to the Snaefellsjokull. After having a close look at one of Iceland’s great glaciers will set of for the largest of the Breidafjordur Islands, Isle of Flatey. Covered in bright yellow Buttercups it sets itself apart.

After having enjoyed the tranquility of this superb little Island our journey north continues. Fjords are waiting to be explored. It is a short hop to Vatnsfordur Nature Reserve. Endless hiking opportunities along the shores of Vatndalsvan, and its rich bird life. Sailing west we leave the bird cliffs of Latrabjarg to starboard and head north. The West fjords are at their best when we glide into Dynjandisvogur and Borgafjordur, closed by towering mountains.

With every mile we sail to the north we are getting closer to another highlight of this trip, Hornstrandir National Park. On the very edge of the Arctic Circle facing the Denmark Strait, Hornstrandir makes up the unhospitable North West corner of Iceland. Hiking is the main activity in this area. The cliffs are home to the country’s greatest bird colonies.

After cruising the Hornstrandir area there might still be time to visit Adey Island. Having had a close look at Kaldalon glacial lagoon at the foot of Drangajokull glacier we will arrive in Isafjardarjup.

More Details

Hands-on sailing

You will join the ship as ‘voyage crew’ and divided into ‘watches’ on the days that the ship sails through the night. Under the keen eye of a watch leader you will be responsible for navigating, sail handling, food preparation etc. during your watch. Training will be provided by the ship’s crew and no prior experience is required.

Crew

The crew consists of three or four permanent professional sailors. This crew is partially made up of the family and completed with some dedicated sailors that we have met around the world.

The crew give their heart and life to sailing and can show all the tricks of trimming the sail to the fullest and teach anybody how to bake some amazing homemade bread.

The Cabins

There are 8 cabins, each for 2 persons. The cabins are situated in the middle of the ship and two of the cabins are in the front.

Your bunk is inside one of the two person cabins. Your bed will be either the high or the lower bed of a bedbunk. All beds are over 80cm wide and 2 meters long. Each bed has a reading light for the evening hours. The cabins are ensuite. In a wet cell you will find a shower, of course with hot and cold water, and a toilet, that when possible flushes with outside water. In the cabin itself you will find a fountain and mirror. Your clothing can be stored in closset and your bag or suitcase can be stored under the bed.

The food

On board, we do not work with a set menu. The menu is developed on board with influences of her surroundings. We try and cook with as many local fresh products as possible. Around the North Sea, when it gets colder you will find some ‘stamppot’ (Dutch mashes potatoes specialty) with smoked sausage on your plate.

During a longer stay on board you will hardly ever see the same dish come by. Most of our meals are served with a salad or fruit on the side. During longer trips we take good care of our vegetables and fruit to ensure that you will enjoy fresh food as long as possible.

The meals

Breakfast depends on the sailing situation. When underway breakfast is at 8, a buffet where you will find fresh baked bread when we are underway for longer periods, with cereals and sometimes even porridge. When we are anchored or in harbour we will eat breakfast outside in fine weather, or inside together on a table with an egg, or ‘wentelteefjes’ (French toast), or a fresh smoothy.

Lunch is almost always served with something warm or special, can be soup, sausage rolls, fresh fruit or special bread.

Dinner is at 18:00 hours when we are sailing. When the weather is good and it is still nice and light outside we will serve dinner in a buffet style outside. If this is not possible you will find a buffet downstairs with the possibility to eat inside or outside. When we are not sailing and eating inside you will find a set table where we can enjoy the meal together.

The cook on board is one of the crew.

When you go sailing, you will go on a culinary trip around the world. You will find influences of all the places we have visited and will be surprised with a beautiful meal every night.

Dates: 1-14 June 2017

Price:  2,520 EUR (2,145 EUR for 15 – 25 year olds)

Start point: Reykjavik, Iceland

End point: Isafjordur, Iceland

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • All meals
  • Coffee and tea
  • Blanket, sheets, pillow and covers
  • Sail training program
  • 3-4 crew members guiding the group

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Soda and alcoholic drinks (during sailing no alcohol will be served)
  • Towels
  • Excursions ashore
  • Transfer to and from the vessel
  • Visa if needed
  • You can not wash clothes on board

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BRING

  • The right clothes for the right weather – always expect rain!
  • Swimming clothes
  • Photo camera
  • Two pairs of footwear
  • Sense of humour
  • Open mind

Operator

This is one of our favourite vessels in the world! An old Herring drifter (Logger) built in 1915, Vlaardingen she is 28 meters long over deck (38 meters overall) and takes 16 trainees on her voyages. No previous sailing experience is needed and experienced and new sailors love her equally.

A family of four professional sailors have owned and run this vessel since 2006 and sail her with true passion. Built for the North Sea she’s a fast sailor and her rigging is as traditional as it gets.

We love that the boat’s appearance is kept as traditional as possible yet combined with modern techniques and equipment. Everyone on board is part of the informal sail training program that is designed to get the best out of everyone whether you join for 2 days or a longer ocean crossing.

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