Sail between Scotland and Iceland

Duration: 16 days
From: £2,275.00

Sail between Scotland to Iceland via the Faroes for awe inspiring ocean sailing and coastal exploration.

Whether you sail this route north to Iceland or south to Scotland, you are in for a real treat. This expedition is all about northern wilderness. Scotland, offers amazing anchorages, famous whisky distilleries and wonderful views. The Faroes presents staggering wildlife, and is a wonderful place to explore. After the faroes is an exhilarating voyage to stunning Iceland. If you are a sailing novice don’t let this put you off because full tuition is provided.

Trip highlights

  • Sailing training (no matter what your ability)
  • Beautiful west coast of Scotland with amazing views from the deck
  • Endless possibilities for anchorages
  • Volcanic Faroe Islands
  • Wildlife
  • Fjords of eastern Iceland

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Stunning open ocean sailing
  • Great wildlife spotting including whales and puffins
  • No experience needed - learn from expert crew as you sail
Oban or Seydisfjordur
Seydisfjordur or Oban
Trip Duration
16 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller




30 June 2019


15 July 2019


18 August 2019


1 September 2019


This is a typical itinerary for the north bound route from Scotland to Iceland. For the southbound route please reverse what you see here, noting it finishes in Stornoway on the Hebrides. What makes expedition sailing so special is that there can be no fixed itinerary and so the detailed itinerary below can be indicative only. The wind and the weather ultimately shape actual timings and what's possible each day.

scotland iceland sailing route map

What's included

Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.

Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.

Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.

All on-board food and snacks.

Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.

RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.

Your travel to and from the start and end points.

Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)

Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route

Any meals you eat ashore

Trip notes

£2,275 GBP

The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!

We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking.

These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.


This trip has two routes

Sail Scotland to Iceland from Jun 30 – Jul 15 2019

or join in Iceland and sail to Scotland  Aug 18 – Sep 01 2019.

Do I need experience?

No all training is provided.

Do people come alone?

Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!

How many people are on board?

Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 (except for Atlantic crossings) plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.

Is this a sailing holiday?

Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is bout having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. Rubicon 3 voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try!

Who else joins?

We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.

Tour operator

We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.

The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.

Hello! If you’d like to chat about finding you the perfect adventure or guidance on what’d suit you then we’re very happy to help. Tori & Larissa 0207 097 1734 • [email protected]

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