Ocean Adventure: Iceland to Norway
True ocean adventure sailing between Iceland and Norway
One of our most sought after routes every year, the passage between Norway and Iceland has everything. Incredible coastline and coastal exploration, open ocean sailing, the Arctic Circle, whales and more. For a true, incredible adventure with loads of learning included, there is simply nothing to beat this.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. FULL TUITION GIVEN
This is a typical itinerary for the route heading from Norway to Iceland. If you’re heading the other way just reverse it! 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. Get your belongings packed away and relax. The physical and mental stuff will come in good time, but for now it’s time to settle in and relax! This part of the Norwegian coast is stunning and being this far north, you will have almost 24 hour sunlight.
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. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing. By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s much more to learn! The watch leaders will be spending time passage planning for our forth coming sail to Iceland.
Days 3-8: Cruising, exploring and training in the Lofoten Islands
- This is such a beautiful part of the world and we will have a good few days to explore, sail, train and have some wonderful coastal cruising in the southern Lofoten islands. With lessons every day we will improve our skills as sailors and navigators while finding a new spot to anchor or moor up every day. A truly idyllic few days as we wait for the weather window to head out into the ocean!
Days 9-14 – Across the Norwegian Sea to the E coast of Iceland
- The adventure ramps up to the maximum as Norway disappears over the horizon and we find ourselves all alone in the Norwegian Sea. It is quite something to be above the Arctic Circle, out at sea, in one of the more remote areas of the word, bound for Iceland! The incredible safety and ocean crossing pedigree of our yachts will be very apparent and you will soon settle into the rhythm of life at sea. Warm, dry and comfortable below, but with all the excitement and wonder of being out on the ocean above decks. Helming, navigating, trimming sails and cooking are continuous activities, and your skills and experience levels will increase rapidly. The ocean is a very special place during these voyages, and you will be building up a bank of wonderful memories.
- Soon you’ll be arriving at the beautiful, vast snow-capped mountains and bays of eastern Iceland, and we should be able to have an almost magical last couple of days before we round the north west corner of Iceland and arrive in the large town and expedition base that is Seydisfjörður, our final destination.
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.
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- You should join the boat in Bodo, Norway or Seydisfjordur, Iceland after 1200 hrs on the start 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 that you must join at 1000hrs the day before.
- You will disembark the boat in Bodo, Norway or Seydisfjordur, Iceland at 1200 hrs on the last day and can catch a flight any time after c.1400 hrs.
- 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.
- Bodo airport (IATA code: BOO) is well served by SAS and Norwegian and is around 1 mile from the boat.
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 you fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medial issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: OCEAN SAILING
Extended periods offshore and greater possibility of encountering bad weather. f you are new to ocean sailing, please read our introductory notes here: Ocean sailing – what to expect
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- 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.
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.
Rubicon 3 run expedition yachts to remote locations and on serious ocean passages. They are tremendous fun to sail and the skipper and mate are real experts from whom you will learn a huge amount. The routes themselves are adventurous, unusual and for the most part far from the beaten track. You will be joining the yacht for a couple of weeks at some point on it’s 11 month long voyage. It is important that you understand that this is true ocean and expedition adventure sailing, not a sanitised charter sailing holiday. You will be a full part of the crew, helming, navigating, trimming sails and more. You will also be fully involved in cooking and keep the boat clean as we go. If the weather is strong you will be living life at an angle and may have waves landing on you while you work on deck (Our foulies will keep you dry as much as possible and the boat is always warm down below). Conversely in hot regions, you may be trying to keep cool and wishing for that wave! Adventure sailing and life at sea is far more basic than life at home. It is amazing, extraordinary and life affirming but you will be living in close quarters with the rest of the crew, need to be able to deal with the occasional discomfort or mishaps that inevitably come with being on the sea or in remote regions and should come with a ‘can do’ attitude. The boat itself is on a long voyage far from home and will always have certain jobs, maintenance and repairs being done on it. This is the reality of adventure sailing. The rewards though are beyond what you can imagine and you will have experiences, memories and new friendships that will last a lifetime.
- 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.
- You need to join the boat 24 hrs earlier at 1000hrs on the day before the crew start day
- To be a watch leader on a Rubicon 3 ocean passage, we require you to have sufficient skills and experience to be able to approach the role meaningfully. This means you should have a minimum of RYA Coastal Skipper practical and theory. We accept international equivalents. After booking, you will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications.
- On arrival, we will ask you to complete a short theory test to ensure that you are at the required level. If you are able to complete RYA Yachtmaster Coastal theory questions, you will be fine. If you are not at the required standard, we will downgrade you to a standard crew member.
If you are planning to proceed to Yachtmaster Ocean, there are various requirements.
DO I NEED PRIOR SAILING EXPERIENCE?
No. All of our trips are designed to be accessible by anyone, whatever their previous sailing background. We will train you in all the key skills you need, allowing you to be an active member of the crew from day 1.
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.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BOOK A PLACE?
Go the ‘BOOK NOW’ button near the top of the page. This will take you through to our booking system, and it will ask you for a deposit of £400. As soon as this is paid, your place is reserved. The balance of the trip must be paid by 60 days before departure.
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