In Search of Vikings


price 15-25 years old


Blue Water Sailing
Coastal Sailing
Cultural stroll
Beach Combing

Highlights of this voyage

In Search of Vikings

Orkneys, Shetlands, Faroes. One of the highlights in the sailing season. Setting sail from Harlingen 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 Harlingen, will be Terschelling. The next day, depending on wind, we set sail for a few days 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.

If weather and time permit, another stop can be made closer to Iceland. After a 2 or 3 day sail, Vestmannaeyjar island is an amazing stop before getting into the ‘big’ city life of Reykjavik! 

Departure/Return Location
Harlingen, the Netherlands - Reykjavik, Iceland
Boarding Time
19-06-2024 18:00h, harbour of Harlingen
Disembarking Time
10-07-2024, 10:00 local time, Reykjavik harbour
Not Included

Day 1 : Arrival on board, instructions, meal together

Day 2 : Setting sail for Terschelling.

Day 3 – 6 : Setting sail for and exploring the islands of the Orkneys. 

Day 7 : Departure for fair Isle.

Day 8-12 : Shetland island cruising ground 

Day 13-17 : Faroe Islands cruising ground 

Day 20: Visit Vestmannaeyjar on the South Coast of Iceland

Day 21 : Arrival Reykjavik 

Day 22 : Disembarkation