Explore ancient ports as you sail from Scotland to Iceland following the old route of the Vikings. Take in the Orkneys, Faroes and Shetlands on this 22 day hands-on sailing trip finishing in Iceland – where fire and ice meet to create an ever changing and ever evolving landscape.
On this epic voyage you’ll sail Scotland to Iceland via the Faroe Islands.
Starting from Ullapool in Scotland you’ll stop at the island of Hoy, the Orkney’s second largest, where you’ll find Ward Hill soaring 480m above sea level, Skara Brae, Maeshowe, and the Ring of Broadgar together with remarkable views of the surrounding islands.
Next you’ll sail to Fair Isle – your introduction to the Shetlands. Always a welcoming port, Fair Isle is perhaps the most successful remote community in modern times. In the Shetlands you’ll have time to explore sites like the Jarlshof-Prehistoric settlement, and Hermaness National Nature Reserve.
Sailing to the Faroes you’ll join a watch for an overnight sailing crossing and be rewarded by the awe-inspiring open water of the Atlantic. As you get closer, and if the weather cooperates, you have a lovely view of the cliffs of Slaettaratindur – Europe’s tallest sea cliffs standing at 883m above sea level.
In the Faroes you’ll find an authentic, culturally minded, sustainable, and extraordinary culture. National Geographic, chose the island chain as their number one 2015 destination. Wander through the Viking excavation site at Kvivik, or the Gjogy natural harbour and witness what is truly spectacular about this region.
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, will be your port of call as you spend a few days taking in all that the town has to offer. Museums, tours, restaurants, and relaxation. The perfect way to get your land legs once more before heading home.
- Explore a Viking excavation in the village of Kvivik
- See Gjogy natural harbour
- Bird watching in Hermaness National Nature Reserve
- Hike to Ambadalur valley to the site of Bugvin, the tallest free standing cliff in the Faroes
- Puffin, Gannet, and Fulmar Colonies in Mykines
- Cross a 35m free hanging bridge across the Atlantic