September 4 — September 18, 2021
This expedition from Iceland to Norway follows the same route as the Vikings and others have sailed for thousands of years between east and west, and offer a good and well-balanced mix of coastal sailing and ocean crossing. The historical ties between Norway and all these places like Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Shetland, are strong, and as modern Vikings from Norway we are used to being welcomed along the way.
NOK 48’200 (What’s included?)
The first time I sailed the arctic ocean in sailing boat perfectly built for it.
We begin by exploring the fjords on the north and east coast of Iceland, before heading for the beautiful archipelago of the Faroe Islands. The crossing of the sea takes 2-3 days, and in the Faroe Islands we will spend another 2-3 days to see and explore. We continue to Shetland where we spend a couple of days on land before we set sails across the North Sea with course for Norway and Ålesund.
We will be 2-3 skipper and crew, of which all are great sailors, and of which at least one of us has solid experience from similar expeditions. Along the way, sailing or on motor, we will include all participants in the sailing. We will generally sail at all times of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off.
It’s not just any sailboat we use on this trip, but our 70-feet expedition boat Valiente. She is a very steady and comfortable boat built in steel, made for sailing in arctic waters. The boat is well equipped and has a large outdoor area, a wheelhouse and a 360-degree-view lounge. For pictures and more info about Valiente see link here.
This expedition is like our other adventures, primarily a major exploration, but also a great opportunity to learn a lot about sailing and navigation, and not least the use of a boat as a starting point for explorations and experiences ashore. Are you ready for the autumn’s long distance trip from Iceland to Norway, via the Faroe Islands and the Shetland?
On this trip last year we had several days with a lot of wind and heavy weather, and for some it became a strenuous trip. However, everyone agreed that it was a wonderful experience that no one would have been without. In particular, they never forget about the encounter with a big fin whale in the midst of the big waves at sea.
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Day 1: Trip start in Isafjordur
We meet at 12:00 on the quay in Isafjordur. We start with getting to know each other, before we go through the schedule for the week. We get to know the boat and the equipment, and finish packing provisions and equipments. The life onboard requires cooperation, and before departure we go through routines and procedures onboard, for sailing and emergency situations. We set sails as soon as we are ready.
Day 2-4: Northeast coast of Iceland
From Isafjordur. we sail eastward and gradually southward and get to know this part of the Icelandic coast. We expect to see a good amount of whales along the way and we can spend time getting to know these big animals well. If we for some strange reason, do not find whales by ourselves on our own boat, then we can invite onboard someone from one of the many whaling-towns along the coast who has more knowledge than us. We also have time to be flexible and stop at some of the more interesting places and villages in these areas, or just go for a hike somewhere if we want to.
Day 4-6: Ocean crossing from Iceland to the Faroe Islands
The actual crossing is 240-250 nautical miles and takes 2-3 days depending on the weather. As we approach the Faroe Islands, wave height and direction determine where we can go ashore first. There are heavy ocean currents around the Faroe Islands, and if we do not take into account the waves, weather and wind in combination with the currents, we can put the boat and crew at risk.
7-9: Island hopping and time on land on the Faroe Islands
There are several great places, but the most interesting to most sailors is the capital of Torshavn. The amount of time we can spend on land depends on the weather forecast for the next few days and the continued ocean crossing to Shetland and Norway. But one thing is for sure; we are going ashore on more than one of the Faroe Islands.
Day 9-12: Ocean crossing to Shetland and time ashore on Shetland
The ocean crossing is 150 nautical miles, and after our previous experience, this is a distance we now eat for breakfast. It takes about one 24 hours. When we get to the fjords of Shetland we will see what we will do and how we spend time, but we will try to stop by the capital of Lerwick. We are not quite home yet so we have to pay attention to the weather forecast in terms of the last stage home across the North Sea.
Day 12-15: Sailing across the North Sea towards Stadtlandet and Ålesund
The last stage across the North Sea is 180 nautical miles to Bergen, and a little more to Stadt and Ålesund. Wind and weather conditions will determine where we first hit land in Norway, but the trip will end in Ålesund. If we have time to stop elsewhere on the Norwegian coast then that’s a bonus. The last night we spend together with a good dinner and drinks. Thank you for a great adventure in the wake of the Vikings!
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