Sailing & Exploring the Faroe Islands
- Vessel: Cherokee
- Where: Tørshavn, Faroe Islands
- Duration: 11 days
- Embark: Vestaravág - 20 July 2023, 18:30
- Disembark: Vestaravág - 31 July 2023, 10:30
Join Cherokee in the Faroe Islands, a truly unique sailing area, with fantasy-like landscapes, dramatic cliffs and beautiful waterfalls.
Join adventure yacht Cherokee and her skipper Jouke on the Faroe Islands tucked high in the North Atlantic Ocean. A breathtaking volcanic archipelago with deep fjords, majestic waterfalls and luscious green valleys. Traditional towns dot the vast landscape with their tin roofs and typically red wooden cabins.
The Faroe islands really are best explored by boat and this sailing adventure is perfect for those looking to experience the very best of this isolated community. This voyage consists of relaxed sailing with plenty of time to explore ashore off the beaten track!
- Island hopping
- Private cabins
- Atlantic wildlife
- Relaxed sailing with shorter distances
- Plenty of time for exploring ashore
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
YOUR SAILING AREA
Often referred to as ‘little Iceland’, the Faroe islands possess a magic and charm of their own, completely unspoilt and untamed. Nestled high in the North Atlantic between Norway and Iceland, the Faroes are a self governing archipelago of Denmark. 18 volcanic islands make up the island cluster connected by a myriad of tunnels, causeways and bridges.
There are plenty of islands and inlets where Cherokee can explore and sail. The weather is notoriously interchangeable, the landscape dramatically eye-catching and the nesting seabird colonies are the densest in the world. It is no wonder that this remote cluster of isles is a draw for hikers and bird watchers worldwide and exploring them by boat remains the best way to discover otherwise inaccessible beauty spots
With a landscape that sits somewhere between Fair Isle and the Isle of Skye – rough, desolate and breathtaking cliff faces impress from both water and land. There is an abundance of wildlife, houses with grass roofs and, with a bit of luck, Cherokee may encounter whales or walruses.
If the conditions allow, Cherokee will sail past the impressive Stack Drangarnir, with its many surrounding rocks and islands. There are also optional sightseeing trips on land, such as a bus trip up to the stunning waterfall of Gasadalur, or a walk up to some of the viewpoints on the island where you can try and spot Cherokee in the harbour below. During the nights, the vessel will spend her time in port or at anchor, so every morning and evening guests can go ashore to explore – and as the Faroe Islands are so far north, there are very few dark hours so there’s plenty of time for it!
Wildlife watching in the Faroe islands
This is a voyage of exploration, and Cherokee will take you to as many islands as possible (depending on the weather!). The breathtaking bird cliffs of Vestmanna will be a must-see, with its grottos where you are almost guaranteed sightings of Puffins, Guillemots, Fulmars and Kittiwakes. There are frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins on board these trips, and Risso & Whitesided dolphins are also occasionally sighted. Basking sharks have been scarce the last few years but are still seen and seem to be returning – and we know the hot spots! There are plenty of whales in this part of the world too. Our most common encounters are with Minke – Humpbacks are a less frequent visitor, while the real star of the show is the resident pod of Orca if you’re lucky enough to see them gliding through the water. So keep your eyes peeled and have your binoculars at the ready!
All voyages for Cherokee
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Cutter
In 2008, Jouke Lemmer purchased Cherokee after spending years sailing with his father’s ship amongst others. Cherokee was built in 2000 by award-winning boat builders J & J Design and a year after buying her, Jouke refitted Cherokee radically, transforming her into a truly comfortable charter vessel, giving her a cutter rig and space for a generator so as to offer his passengers power and hot showers!
She is a fast, 16m vessel with a stunning teak deck and spacious cockpit, and she operates with two crew members (her skipper and the bosun/chef). Cherokee is exceptionally good at what she was built to do – pure sailing. Read more about what to expect with life onboard here.
Jouke sails his ship all over the northern hemisphere, leaving Cherokee’s home port of Rotterdam in May and sailing anywhere from the Hebrides and the Channel Islands, the Faroe Islands and Ireland or even down to the North coast of Spain before making the journey back to Holland in October. Join him and his wonderful ship for the adventure of a lifetime – think exhilarating sailing, bucket list destinations and top-notch hospitality.
Deck planMore about Cherokee
LIFE ON BOARD
Perfect for the adventure traveller, Cherokee is a custom-fit charter vessel, designed to ensure her guests enjoy comfortable but exhilarating sailing.
Sailing with Cherokee certainly ticks the adventure travel boxes with a continuous A to B sailing schedule throughout the season. Skipper Jouke believes this is the best way to experience as many destinations off the beaten track as possible and loves to share his sense of adventure with guests.
Guests are actively encouraged to get involved with all aspects of sailing under the relaxed guidance of Jouke. Take the helm, help with the winching of the sails, anchoring and basic chart navigation. Skipper Jouke was born at sea, the son of a Baltic Sea Captain and a naval architect when he’s back on land – you could not be in safer hands!
Sleeping & relaxation
With four private guest cabins, comfortable bunks and two bathrooms at either end of the boat, Cherokee can easily cater for solo travellers, adventurous couples or groups of friends or family. A hot water boiler runs off the cooling water of the generator, so there is plenty of hot water for washing and showering!
Below decks, she offers a comfy and spacious saloon perfect for eating, playing cards or simply reading a book. You’ll find beautiful panelled mahogany interiors, giving the ship that classic feel. A well-equipped galley opposite the saloon provides a perfect social space, ready to bring you delicious food after an exhilarating day of sailing. Eat under the stars if the weather allows in the spacious cockpit, offering comfortable couches and a good-sized table.
Authentic Offshore sailing
The boat is owned and sailed by experienced skipper Jouke and there is a ‘bosun’ who also does the cooking. The bosun will be preparing dinner as you arrive and after breakfast on your first morning aboard Cherokee, you can be guaranteed a relaxed start to your sailing holiday.
Jouke and his crew try to use the engine as little as possible, sailing into port as much as they can. Cherokee only clocks up about 180 motoring hours every year, which is pretty impressive. Due to this, as with most of our vessels, the days of your holiday are subject to the weather, using the tide as your clock. Guests aren’t presented with a tight schedule or itinerary for this reason, and it makes the trip much more adventurous and flexible.
Despite the islands’ northern latitude location, summers are cool with an average temperature of 12°C. Summer days bring long hours of sunlight (19 hours, 45 minutes on the longest day, June 21).
There are averagely 13 rain days forecast in July.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
What’s not included
- Offshore sailing suits are available for hire (please let us know if you need more information when booking)
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
This voyage will be not more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What language is spoken on board?
Dutch and English.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Cherokee has two twin berth cabins and two double berth cabins for guests.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Cherokee has two toilet/shower rooms.
Are bedding & towels provided?
Is there an age limit?
Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes charging facilities are available when the generator is running.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
You can hire Sailing suits for £35 for the week.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.