Iceland, Faroes, Scotland: Adventure Sailing Holiday
August 17 – 30 2020 (£2199)
NO PRIOR SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
JOIN SOLO OR AS PART OF A GROUP
Sail from Iceland to Scotland, with the volcanic Faroes in between. A fantastic mix of offshore and coastal sailing with lots of time to explore ashore
Sailing from Iceland to Scotland, you are in for a real treat and one of the classic Rubicon 3 sailing expeditions. You will have time to explore the ice capped fjords of eastern Iceland, the soaring volcanic cliffs of the Faroe Islands with their swirling fogs and millions of birds, and the beautiful west coast of Scotland with its stunning landscapes and world famous whisky distilleries.
This is a typical itinerary for the route from Iceland to Scotland. 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.
Day 1: Joining day
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs in Seydisfjordur. (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.
Day 2: Training and a day sail to Nordfjord
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 to 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 or maybe even make it to lovely Nordfjord with its hot springs.
Days 3-5: Offshore sailing from Iceland to the Faroes
Now the adventure really ramps up and we set off into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s one of its remotest and wildest patches; the home of whales, arctic fishing fleets and little else. We have about 250nm on a south easterly heading and that means two full days and nights of top class sailing. With almost 24-hour sun the nights barely exist, making this a relatively easy and enjoyable passage. It’s a great way to start experiencing offshore sailing and is a great opportunity to practise your celestial navigation. Before you know it, the extraordinary and beautiful volcanic cliffs of the Faroe Islands will appear over the horizon and we drop anchor somewhere on the north coast, ready to explore!
Days 6-9: Exploring the Faroes
The northern Faroes are particularly beautiful and if the weather is good to us we will have time to sail and explore for quite a few days here. It is a wild, green, untamed land with grass on roofs, whales, puffins and a totally unique way of life. You will fall in love with the Faroes! As we explore we will work our way down to the capital Tórshavn where we can refuel, buy some more food and prepare for the next sail south to the western isles of Scotland.
Days 10-11: Sailing from the Faroes to the Hebrides
It’s another very special sail south, with 250nm from Tórshavn in the Faroes to Stornoway on the north east coast of the Hebrides. This again gives us around 36 hours of offshore sailing and it is always such a pleasure to arrive in the Western Isles of Scotland. For now, we will head ashore for fish and chips and a beer and make our plans for our last four days.
Days 12-14: Sailing and exploring the western isles of Scotland
It’s 130nm from Stornoway to Oban, so we may do one more 24-hour sail and give ourselves two full days to explore the beautiful island of Skye or Islay, visit a distillery or two, and relax and enjoy these beautiful islands. On the evening of the penultimate day, we will moor in Oban for a fun last night out as a crew.
Day 15: 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).
JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat in Seydisfjordur, Iceland. 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.
- You will disembark the boat in Oban, Scotland on the last day at 1200hrs (it is possible to leave earlier in the day to catch flights if essential).
GETTING TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- The closest airport to Seydisfjordur is Egilsstaðir. There is a bus that runs between the two and which takes around 45 minutes. Icelandair fly between Egilsstaðir airport (IATA code: EGS) and Reykjavik (IATA code: RKV).
- From Reykjavik (the internal airport) you need to transfer by bus or taxi to Keflavik (IATA code: KEF) which is the international airport.
- The closest airport to Oban is Glasgow (IATA code: GLA). From there, it is around a four-hour beautifully scenic train journey to Oban.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
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.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: OCEAN SAILING
Extended periods of offshore sailing with night watches.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- 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.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.