We absolutely love this Scotland to Arctic Norway sailing expedition exploring three of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world.
The stunning western isles of Scotland, the incredible Faroe Islands and the beautiful archipelagos off the north west coast of Norway.
In between, enjoy some lovely open ocean sailing, with a shorter passage to the Faroes and then a 600nm ocean passage up to Norway. En route, cross the Arctic Circle at sea.
This ocean adventure sailing trip is a yachtmaster ocean qualifying passage, giving you an opportunity to further your skills.
- Visit the stunning west coast of Scotland
- See some of the Faroes with their awesome volcanic cliffs and millions of sea birds
- Enjoy open ocean sailing into the Arctic Circle, higher than Iceland
- Cruising in the beautiful archipelagos of northern Norway
- Expect nearly 1000nm of sailing
Why We Love This Adventure
- visit the incredible Faroe Islands, Arctic Norway and the western isles of Scotland
- no experience needed - full tuition given on board and Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifying Passage
- enjoy some lovely open ocean sailing and cross the Arctic Circle
This is a typical itinerary. What makes an adventure holiday so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of this is guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what's possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.
Day 1: Joining day
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs (the closer to 1200 the better but we know flights and such like don't always work like that, so don't worry!) Get your belongings packed away and relax. There's plenty of things to do in the future but right now it's about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Scotland and the Hebrides are such a special area with so much to see and do. Watch Leaders please note you must join the boat 24 hrs earlier (see below)
Day 2: Briefings and training.
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great ocean sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics - even though there's more to learn and practice every day. We'll find a beautiful anchorage for the night.
Days 3-5: Sailing, training and exploring in the western isles and Hebrides
We should now have a few days sailing and exploring in this most beautiful area of the world. There are amazing anchorages, famous whisky distilleries and wonderful views as we sail around. All the time we will be keeping an eye on the weather, ready to charge north to the Faroes.
Days 6-7: Sail to the Faroes
When the wind is right, we will set off for the c. 350nm to the volcanic archipelago of the Faroes. This is a great introductory offshore passage, taking about two days. You will start to get a feel for the open ocean, living and sailing in a watch system and learning how to run a ship offshore. The near vertical cliffs and millions of sea-birds will soon appear over the horizon and we will probably make landfall in the capital - Torshavn.
Days 8-10: Exploring the Faroes and preparing for the main passage to Norway
The northern Faroes are particularly beautiful and if the weather is good to us we will have time to sail and explore a little here. It is a wild, green, untamed land with grass on roofs, whales, puffins and a unique way of life. You really do have to visit the Faroes! All the time we will be watching the weather and doing final preparations for the big voyage north.
Days 11-15: Ocean passage to Arctic Norway
It's time though to say goodbye to the Faroes and set off north for one of the most rewarding passages possible. Land will soon disappear over the horizon and we will be all alone except for the puffins, auks, common guillemots and kittiwakes as they see us on our way. We may well see a whale or two as day turns into night and we helm under the stars and via the moon. Ocean life is a wonderful and timeless rotation of watches, navigation and routines. It's the perfect time to learn from our hugely experienced instructors, who are on hand at every stage of the way. Then, at 66° 33'N we cross into the Arctic Circle, and morning, noon or night we're cracking open a bottle of bubbly and taking some photos! But we need to keep heading north east, for just over the horizon now is the goal of north west Norway, in all its beauty. If we make good time, we may even have time to visit some of this beautiful archipelago.
Day 16: Debriefs, clean up and goodbyes
It's always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it's time to wrap it all up and head home. We'll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs (we prefer if you don't, but if you need to catch a ferry or flight, you can leave as early as you need to on the last day).
Price£2,240 GBP (Watch leaders: +£150 & start 24 hours earlier)
• 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.
What's Not included
• 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 Duration16 days
Start LocationOban, Scotland
End LocationBodo, Norway
Average Group Size9
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.
JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
You should join the boat in Oban, Scotland after 1200 hrs on the joining day. It is good if you can join us as close to 1200 hrs as possible, but if your flight or ferry gets in later than this, that is fine. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details. (Watch leaders please note you must join 24 hrs earlier at 1000hrs)
You will disembark the boat in Bodo, Norway on the last day at 1200hrs
GETTING TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
The closest airport to Oban is Glasgow (IATA code: GLA). From their or the railway station, it is around a four hour train journey to Oban (a very beautiful one)
Bodo (IATA code: BOO) is well served by Norwegian Air and SAS. The airport is around 1 mile from the boat.
This Trip is Suitable For
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.
Frequently Asked QuestionsDo I need Experience?
No previous sailing experience is requiredDo 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 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 about having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. 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.
Dates & Availability
- 17 May 2019 – 01 Jun 2019
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.
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