Scandinavian Tall Ship Sailing
- Vessel: Iris
- Where: Stockholm, Sweden
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Stockholm - 21 July 2023, 20:00
- Disembark: Stockholm - 28 July 2023, 10:00
Discover the Scandinavian islands of the Baltic Sea with an active tall ship sailing holiday on board Iris.
Join tall ship Iris in the capital city of Sweden to begin your Scandinavian sailing adventure. the Stockholm archipelago boasts thousands of islands that are certainly best explored under sail. Discover the Danish island of Bornholm and the Swedish island of Gotland as you make best use of the good Baltic Sea winds.
This voyage is perfect for those wanting to explore those harder to reach Scandinavian islands in the Baltic Sea while getting to grips with a traditionally rigged tall ship. Anchor in secluded bays with fairy-tale-like castle ruins as your backdrop.
- Island hopping
- Fully Crewed
- Private Cabins
- Scandinavian sailing
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Sample menu
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
Your Sailing Area
Encompassing 14 islands connected by over 50 bridges, the capital of Sweden is an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. Cobblestone streets and the ochre-coloured buildings of the old town are home to some impressive 13th architecture. Around Stockholm lies the breathtaking “Stockholm Archipelago” with its more than 30,000 islands, skerries and rocks. Many of them are uninhabited while others are known for lively summer parties. What all islands have in common is that they are best discovered under sail with an adventure sailing holiday.
The route will be determined by the winds of the Baltic sea but Iris will look to discover the Danish island of Bornholm and Sweden’s largest island of Gotland.
The Danish Baltic Sea island of Bornholm is known and loved by many for its unique nature and fine sandy beaches. The castle ruins of Hammerhus are one of the largest castle ruins in Northern Europe and are well worth a visit after a morning of sailing.
Gotland island is a dream destination in the Baltic Sea thanks to its sandy beaches, giant limestone cliffs, mysterious rock formations and culinary specialties. The capital of Visby throws back to the Middle Ages and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Spend your days with a good balance of traditional tall ship sailing and exploration ashore.
All voyages for Iris
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Ketch
Commissioned as a herring drifter in the North Sea over 100 years ago, Iris has been giving a new lease of life, converted into a comfortable charter vessel and now spends her summers sailing guests on the Baltic Sea.
Her traditional ketch rig combined with her sturdy steel hull make her a great tall ship to learn the ropes and get involved with all aspects of sailing such a historic vessel.
Sleeping 10 guests in 5 private twin cabins, she has generous and considered communal spaces below decks. Guests can relax in the large saloon with dining area, separate sofa area and even a small onboard library! A designated chef cooks all meals aboard in the spacious galley so after a day of exhilarating sailing on the water, you’ll be treated to delicious home-cooked, fresh meals.
Iris is perfect for those seeking an adventure sailing experience exploring the coasts and islands of Sweden and Denmark, crossing the Bay of Biscay or discovering the Breton coast.More about Iris
Life on board
Sailing with tall ship Iris is perfect for the adventure traveller looking to explore harder to reach destinations under sail. With private cabins, she’s great for solo travellers and active couples alike, looking for new adventures and exhilarating experiences.
Operated with a professional and friendly crew, guests are invited to get actively involved with all aspects of sailing the ship. From hoisting the 9 sails, taking the helm, learning some basic navigation and rope work – there is no experience needed to climb aboard!
A typical day
Begin the day with breakfast at 8am before discussing the plan and then setting to work, hoisting the sails. Spend the morning exploring the coast under sail, feeling the force of the wind power in the sails and switching off from the demands of the modern world.
The onboard chef will serve lunch at about midday whether under sail or anchored in a secluded bay. Depending on the forecast, spend the afternoon tucking some more sea miles under your belt or exploring ashore before dinner at 7pm.
Sleeping and Relaxation
Below decks the space has been carefully considered from its previous life as a live aboard meaning that the communal spaces are generous and comfortable. You’d be hard to pushed to associate the space with a historic working cargo vessel! A large sofa area and a bespoke dining table sit in the midships with an impressive open plan galley. There are four twin bunk cabins located through a separate deck hatch in the fore that share a toilet and shower, while another twin and double cabin sit towards the stern.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, hot and soft drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheet & duvet)
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Use of the small on board dinghy
What’s not included
- 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 are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks) Please note that alcohol/soft drinks are not included. There is an honesty bar onboard.
Are there any added extra's?
No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Can cater for vegetarians, but not vegan or gluten-free diets, please check for other dietary requirements.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
5x twin bunk cabins each with a sink and storage space.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
There are two showers and two toilets for guest use
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes when connected to shore power or the generator is on, please bring EU adaptors
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a need for adventure.
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. Ginger tea and biscuits also help with sea sickness.
Is bedding included?
All bedding is included. Please bring your own shower and/or swim towels
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Flights go direct to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) from Manchester (MAN), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW) London Heathrow (LHR) and London Stansted (STN) with either Ryanair, British Airways, Norwegian Air Sweden or SAS.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) is easiest and quickest to get to/from Stockholm’s center by train. The journey is about 20-35 minutes and services are operated by ‘Arlanda Express’ every 15 minutes and ‘SL’ services hourly.