Sail to the Arctic Circle Isafjordur – Akureyri

Duration: 14 days
From: £2,355.00

Join this two-week voyage across the North of Iceland and sail to the Arctic Circle as you journey from Isafjordur to Akureyri. Experience the sights and sounds of northern Iceland from the deck of a beautiful, traditional tall ship.

Sailing this remote region on a small tall ship such as this enables you to appreciate the peace and quiet of this wonderful wilderness. Sail in and out of different fjords and stop off to explore on foot and see some of the country’s unique flora and fauna up close.

Starting in Isafjordur in the North West of Iceland you’ll sail to the huge wilderness that is Hornstrandir Nature Reserve (inaccessible by road) and then onwards to Akureyri in the north.

Sail to the Arctic Circle

Sailing from Isafjordur to Akureyri there are many places of interest to visit including Hornstrandir, Hesteyri, Hornvik with its sea bird cliffs, the Puffin Island of Drangey and the island of Grimsey 30 km off the Icelandic North Coast, where you’ll not only hit the Arctic Circle but also have the chance to spot the whales that frequent the area .


  • Spot Arctic foxes which are no longer hunted and roam freely
  • See the sea cliffs which are home to many birds including Razorbills, Guillemots, Puffins and Kittiwakes
  • Take a dip in a natural hot pool at Nordurfjordur
  • Sail into the Arctic Circle
  • Spot Humpback whales feeding on the rich plankton waters


Why you'll love this adventure

  • Chance to visit Iceland's remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Spot Blue Whales, Puffins and Arctic Foxes
  • Combine exploration by ship with stops on land to explore by foot
Isafjordur, Iceland
Akureyri, Iceland
Trip Duration
14 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Expedition, Sailing, Tall Ship
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller




26 June 2018


9 July 2018


Isafjordur, the starting point of this two-week voyage across the North of Iceland via the Arctic Circle to Akureyri. Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords lies safely behind a sand spit. Helgi Magri Hrólfsson first settled here in the 9th century after seeing its potential. In later years the town became important to the Danes as a trading post. Through out this time the fishing industry has been the main support for the inhabitants of Isafjordur and the rest of the WestfjorIsafjordur is the jumping stone into Icelands wilderness.

What's included

  • Accommodation in a 2 person (shared) bedroom, ensuite
  • Full pension
  • Coffee and tea
  • Blanket, sheets, pillow and covers
  • 3-4 crew members guiding the group
  • Soda and alcoholic drinks
  • Towels
  • Paid excursions ashore
  • Transfer to and from the vessel
  • Visa if needed

You can not wash clothes on board

Trip notes

€2660 (special price 15-25 years old €2310)
under 15, please contact us

The ship has 2 person bedrooms. Traveling alone these are shared bedrooms, traveling with two you can choose to share the room together. The rooms on board have a small sink, an ensuite toilet and shower and enough space to store your luggage.

The living area is a shared kitchen / common room where you can get cosy on the couch reading a book, or play a game with your fellow travelers.

Meals are prepared by an on board cook. The cook makes a varied menu throughout your stay on board. If you have any allergies, please inform in advance to make sure your needs can be met.

The meals on board include a breakfast with mostly porridge, bread with savory and hearty spreads, coffee, tea and juice. Lunch is normally something warm like a soup or oven treat, with a bread spread. Dinner can be anything between a Spaghetti Bolognese and a Sunday roast. In between meals there will be snacks, some healthy, some sweet.

  • All ages
  • All nationalities
  • All levels of sailing experience (even if you have never sailed before, this can be an amazing voyage!)


What 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 also speak Dutch 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 offer sailing clothes on board, you will have to 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 for some sunny days

Tour operator

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.

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 •

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