Tours

In Search of Vikings
price

€5.400

price 15-25 years old

€4.455

Blue Water Sailing
40%
Coastal Sailing
60%
Hikes
50%
Cultural stroll
15%
Excursions
25%
Beach Combing
10%

Highlights of this voyage

In Search of Vikings

Orkneys, Shetlands, Faroes. One of the highlights in the sailing season. Setting sail from The Netherlands a course north is set to first visit the Orkneys and then onwards to the Shetland Islands. Fair Isle is the first stop, then on to Foula or the mainland of the Shetlands. When the winds are good, a crossing of less then 24 hours will take you to the Faroe Islands. So much unspoiled nature, amazing walks and miles on end to sail between the islands.

 

This leg is the voyage of islands, wool, sheep, knitting, a very picturesque voyage with lots of birds and wild life!! Setting course north, you will rediscover what the Vikings did a thousand years ago. First stop, after leaving Ullapool, will be Stornoway. The next day is spend exploring the sites of Gearannan black house village and the Callanisch standing stones. That evening sail can be set again with destination Hoy. Orkney’s second largest Island rises dramatically from the sea with Ward Hill towering 480mtr above sea level.

Then, Fair Isle, which is known for the warmth of its welcome to visitors, birds and their special knitting patterns. Lying halfway between the Orkneys and Shetland. Next stop will be Lerwick, the famous old herring port. Lerwick bay used to be lled with herring drifters of all sorts. Unst will be the last stop on the Shetlands. Hermaness National Nature Reserve has a great variety of wild live, birds as well as mammals.

Read more about Fair Isle…

If you are lucky you can even spot an otter.

If the weather is fair the cliffs off Slaettaratindur will be visible from a great distance. These are Europe’s highest sea cliffs at 882 mtrs above sea level. First port of call will be Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe’s, with beautiful black houses and stunning gardens. The Islands have much to offer, like the Viking excavation site at Kvivik.

Departure/Return Location
Harlingen, the Netherlands - Reykjavik, Iceland
Boarding Time
01-07-2022 18:00h, harbour of Harlingen
Disembarking Time
24-07-2022, 10:00 local time, Reykjavik harbour
Included
Not Included
Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival on board, instructions, meal together

Day 2 : Departure to one of the Dutch Islands for a first day sail and possibly an evening hike

Day 3 – 7/8 : Departure from the Netherlands, sea time days. First days of sailing and instructions. You will be divided into watches and help out where you can during your 4 hour watch.

Day 8 : Arrival Orkneys. Depending on wind and weather you will spend several days exploring the islands. 

Day 11 : Departure for fair Isle.

Day 11-14 : Shetland island cruising ground 

Day 16-20 : Faroe Islands cruising ground 

Day 23 : Arrival Reykjavik 

Day 24 : Disembarkation 

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