This tall sailing adventure in Iceland begins on the edge of the Arctic circle and on the very edge of civilisation itself.
Sailing out of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, you’ll voyage along the wild west coast of Iceland as you make your way north to the remote coastal town of Isafjordur.
Over the course of ten days you’ll follow a trail of outposts and learn the history of the hardship Icelanders have endured. You’ll see snow covered slopes shift to fields of wildflowers while being visited by Killer whales, Fin whales, humpbacks, and more.
Just before nature takes control of the landscape is Reykjavik, the world’s most northern capital. Once underway, the first stop is Hvalfjordur with its abandoned whale factory. From there you’ll cross the Flaxafloi and learn about the areas famous sagas as you go. One of greatest landmarks of the voyage is the sleeping volcano Sneafellnes. It stands 1450 metres and this ‘pyramid of eternal snow’ is a truly a sight to see.
Your vessel for this adventure is an old Herring drifter built in 1915. You and your teammates will join four full time professional crew who will teach you all about sailing on a traditional sailing vessel. Your ten days will include learning steering, navigation, and how to manage sails. There will still be plenty of time for relaxation and slowing your pace to match the rhythm of the seas.
As you head into the South coast you’ll find many secluded anchorages – all worth exploration. Perhaps the operators favorite is Kevlavik. If interested, there is a challenging walk to the bird cliffs. If not, the views from the beach are more than enough to stir your spirit of adventure and love of nature.
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is next. The place was abandoned in the 1950’s and nature has looked after the place ever since. Here is where you’ll find wonderful Arctic fauna like foxes, Puffins, Kittiwakes, Razorbills, and Guillemots. The final port is Isafjordur, a small port of only 1500 people. The perfect place to launch a land expedition!
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