2021 Sailing and Exploring Iceland
- Vessel: Narwhal
- Where: Iceland
- Duration: 9 days
- Embark: Husavik - 10 July 2021, 16:00
- Disembark: Ísafjörður - 18 July 2021, 10:00
Experience the wild Icelandic landscape from the water on yacht Narwhal. From mountains and glaciers to fjords and waterfalls, this is a trip you won’t forget.
Join Narwhal in Husavik, a small fishing village on the north coast of Iceland.
Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and set sail for the first time. The local waters provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat as well as being renowned as the most prolific area for whale sightings. We may even take this opportunity to undertake our first whale survey.
The main part of the expedition will see us sailing along the remote and wild north coast of Iceland. Far from the tourist crowds, we are free to enjoy Iceland in our own way. Exactly where we go each day will be determined by the weather conditions. Some days we can spend time ashore, exploring, hiking or taking a swim in a natural hot pool. As we voyage west, the scenery becomes more indented with the dramatic west fjords and Hornsrandir nature reserve.
After a day of sailing, we can choose a sheltered anchorage to try your hand at catching your own dinner or simply enjoy watching the midnight sun paint the horizon as we swing gently at anchor far from the hectic modern world. Throughout the voyage, you will have the chance to get as involved as you like in sailing as well as our ocean research projects such as microplastics sampling and wildlife surveying. For the more adventurous there is the option to explore sheltered bays using our kayaks or paddleboards.
We will spend our final day enjoying the dramatic scenery of Iceland before heading into the small fishing port of Isfjordur. We will moor up for the night and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
*The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests on board, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests. All meals and hot/soft drinks and hire of a waterproof all in one are included in your ticket price.
Guest berths: 6 Rig: Sloop
Narwhal is a 50ft expedition yacht. Made of sturdy steel she is a real go-anywhere boat, ready for adventures to some of the wildest and most remote places on the planet.
A custom made expedition vessel, Narwhal’s interior offerings have been well thought out and she is well equipped to be as comfortable as she can be for guests and crew for long durations at sea. She has twin forward cabins, each with two bunks, and a large stern cabin, a galley, a communal saloon and an extra-cosy additional seating area. With a built-in diesel heater, even when she exploring some of the most remote and coldest locations on the planet, her guests are sure to be kept warm and toasty below decks.
The navigation station is well equipped for all eventualities with Narwhal’s computer system and her top of the range routing software set up for sailing in some of the toughest locations and conditions. She also has a satellite communication system which means we can keep in touch wherever we are in the world. From the necessary modern technologies to the paper charts, dividers and sextants, Narwhal still practices her navigation traditional skills.
Designed to be self-sufficient whilst sailing offshore for extended periods in remote locations, Narwhal has a water-maker as well as large freshwater and fuel tanks. With plenty of room to store food and equipment, Narwhal always has all the things necessary for adventuring in remote locations.
Protecting the environment is at the forefront of Narwhal’s ethos so she is equipped with solar panels and wind and hydro generators to generate power more sustainably. If the wind doesn’t blow however, she does have a 105hp Volvo engine to push along and a generator to keep the lights on.
Narwhal’s voyages are also often focused around the protection of the environment and she regularly runs trips involving beach cleans and marine research.
Narwhal also has kayaks, paddle-boards and fishing gear for guests to use!
Deck planMore about Narwhal
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes we can - please let us know in advance of your trip
- Can I charge my phone and camera?
Yes we have 12v charging in all bunks although mobile signal can be intermittent
- What language is spoken on board?
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently on a boat. We recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Narwhal has a double bed and 2 twin bunks
- How many toilets/showers does she have?
Two toilets, one shower
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals are included in the price unless you go ashore.(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Are sailing suits provided?
Yes, Narwhal provides all-in-one waterproof suits for all her guests. Please let us know your size when booking.
- Are life jackets provided?
- Are watersports included?
Narwhal has kayaks, paddleboards and fishing gear for guest use free of charge at the discretion of the Skipper.