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
Why We Love This Adventure
- Discover the Orkneys, Shetlands, Faroes, and Outer Hebrides all in one remarkable voyage
- Learn about life on a tall ship or brush up your sailing skills
- Be part of the crew - past experience not needed
A voyage from Ullapool to the Faroe Islands and onto to Iceland.
Orkneys, Shetlands, Faroes. One of the highlights in the sailing season for this operator. Setting sail from Ullapool a course north is set to first visit Stornoway, the Orkneys and then onwards to the Shetland Islands. Fair Isle is the first stop, then on to Foula or the mainland of the Shetlands. When the winds are good, a crossing of less then 24 hours will take you to the Faroe Islands. So much unspoiled nature, amazing walks and miles on end to sail between the islands.
First stop after leaving Ullapool will be Stornaway. The next day there will be time to explore the sites of Gearannan black house village and the Callanisch standing stones. That evening the ship will leave and set sail for Hoy, Orkney’s second largest island. In the end of the afternoon a short hop will bring you to Stromness. From Stromness an excursion around the main Island, visiting sites like Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe, will show you all the best views. After Stromness the journey continues north, to call at one of the more remote Islands like Westray or Sanday. This will be the stepping stone for Fair Isle, the first of the Shetlands.
Next stop will be Lerwick, the famous old herring port, a good base from where to start exploring the main land. Unst will be the last stop on The Shetlands. Hermaness National Nature Reserve has a great variety of wild live, birds as well as mammals.
Leaving Unst you will feel the real Atlantic. The group gets split up in watches as you will sail the 190NM to the Faroe’s. Normally a distance like that will take a day and a half sailing. Take this time to get the feeling of the open water and make some miles during your evening or night watch.
First port of call will be Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe’s. After clearing customs and immigration, the exploring of the Islands and magnificent fjords, can start. The Islands have much to offer. Places like the Viking excavation site at Kvivik. Gannets bomb diving at their largest colony at Vestmanna. Take the steps down to Gjogv natural harbour and be overwhelmed by the nature surrounding you. Make the hike to Ambadalur valley and gaze at the marvellous site of Bugvin, the tallest freestanding cliff column in the Faroe’s.
The Faroe Islands are way out there in the North Atlantic current. This group of 18 islands is fully exposed to the fury of the Ocean. It is raw and rough, home to some of the world’s most awesome views. It will be the last thing you will see before making landfall at Iceland!
Sailing into Iceland
Arriving at Iceland, first port of call will be the capital city of Reykjavik. After clearing customs, there will be a few days left for some serious exploring, with plenty to see and lots of optional adventurous day trips within easy reach of the capital.
Your journey will end on the 7th at 10:00 in the morning. It is a great end of an epic journey in the footsteps of ancient explorers.
Price15 - 25 years old €3,190 and 25>years old €3,850
- Full board including three meals a day
- Coffee and tea
- Blanket, sheets, pillow and covers
- Sail training program
- 3-4 professional crew members guiding the group
What's Not included
- Soda and alcoholic drinks (during sailing no alcohol will be served)
- Excursions ashore
- Transfer to and from the vessel
- Visa if needed
- You can not wash clothes on board
Trip Duration22 days
Start LocationUllapool, Scotland
End LocationReykjavik, Iceland
Average Group SizeMax 16 people (including crew) and can be sailed with a group as small as 8 or even 4 people
There are 6 cabins, each for 2 persons. The cabins are situated in the middle of the vessel, which makes them as stable as possible.
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 room you will find a shower, (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 the closet and your bag or suitcase can be stored under the bed.
On board, there’s no set menu. The menu is developed on board with influences of her surroundings. The cook tries to use as many local fresh products as possible. Around the North Sea, when it gets colder you will find some ‘stamppot’ (Dutch mashes potatoes speciality) with smoked sausage on your plate.
During a longer stay on board you will hardly ever see the same dish twice. Most meals are served with a salad or fruit on the side. During longer trips they take good care of the vegetables and fruit to ensure that you will enjoy fresh food as long as possible.
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 the crew are anchored or in harbour you can eat breakfast outside in fine weather, or inside together on a table with an egg, or ‘wentelteefjes’ (French toast), or a fresh smoothie.
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 you are sailing. When the weather is good and it is still nice and light outside they 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 you are not sailing and eating inside you will find a set table where everyone 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 they have visited and will be surprised with a beautiful meal every night.
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This Trip is Suitable For
Adventure seekers, sailors, nature lovers, solo travellers, couples, friends, families
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.
You should always bring
- The right clothes for the right weather – always expect rain!
- Swimming clothes!
- Two pairs of footwear
- Sense of humour
- Open mind
The Watch System
The ship offers a hands-on sailing experience which means by joining a voyage you work as ‘voyage crew’ and help to sail the ship. There is a three watch schedule on board, which means you will be on ‘watch’ for 4 hours, have 8 hours off watch and then on watch again for 4 hours. So within 24 hours you will be on watch for 8.
The watches are divided into the Red, White and Blue watch, after the colours of the Dutch flag.
Red: 00:00 – 04:00 and 12:00 – 16:00 hours
White: 04:00 – 08:00 and 16:00 – 20:00 hours
Blue: 08:00 – 12:00 and 20:00 – 24:00 hours
Each watch has a watch leader, one of the permanent crew. The watch leader will give you instructions and your first watch will be filled with instructions on what watch keeping is. You will be told what is expected and you will be informed about the navigational equipment on board.
Watch keeping means being out on deck, awake and without music or books. You maybe be ‘looking out’ on the aft or the front of the ship, handling the sails or steering the vessel in turns and writing down the position of the vessel every hour. Three watches means that the watches are never bigger than 6 people. So all watch members will get a chance do some navigational work.
Every watch has an own set of chores to do on board. One watch is responsible for making the dinner and doing the dishes of the lunch, another will make breakfast and do the dishes of dinner and another watch will prepare lunch and do the dishes of breakfast.
We have a daily routine we work with and we will keep to this routine. This way you know what to expect and you know when to work or sleep. We do not change watches, so you will have the same routine every day.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the language spoken on board?
The ship’s crew is mainly Dutch, but sometimes international. The language spoken on board is English. The crew on board speak Dutch, English and German.I am traveling with someone. Can we book the same room?
Yes, as long as there are two person rooms available, you can book your voyage on board and say you are traveling with someone. You will be placed in the same room.What kind of clothes do I need?
The ship does not provide sailing clothes on board, so please bring your own waterproof clothing. This does not have to be a sailing suite, waterproof and warm clothing will suffice. Please be prepared for some rainy days, but also hopefully for some sunny days!
Dates & Availability
- 09 May 2018 – 30 May 2018
An old Herring drifter (Logger) built in 1915, the ship 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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