Sail to the mysterious Faroe Islands from across the ocean as the Vikings did to experience the vibrant modern culture with close links to the old Norse way of life.
Join Narwhal in the Outer Hebrides in the Scottish town of Stornoway, made famous by the shipping forecast and centre of Gaelic culture.
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 and get a first glimpse of the local wildlife. Depending on the weather conditions we may spend a couple of days exploring the Outer Hebrides giving plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the Hebridean landscape as hidden coves and white sand beaches slip past.
Once the conditions are right we will point our bows northwards and begin our crossing to the Faroe Islands. The crossing of around 250 miles will take us 2-3 days to complete. We will work in a watch system, taking it in turns to sail the boat through the day and night with the chance to experience the magic of sailing under a sky full of stars. During the crossing, 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. We will feel like true explorers as we approach the Faroes and the islands begin to appear from the ocean as we are greeted by towering sea cliffs and flocks of soaring sea birds. The first islands in the chain are Suduroy and Sandur where we will choose a sheltered and secluded anchorage allowing you time to rest from our epic voyage as well as the chance to step ashore and spend time exploring, hiking, photographing and simply enjoying these magical islands. We will spend the rest of the expedition weaving our way towards Torshavn, passing bird cliffs, visiting small communities and witnessing towering waterfalls crashing into the ocean.
We will spend our final day enjoying the unique scenery of the Faroe Islands before heading into port in Torshavn. 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?
- 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
- Is there any age limit?
No under 18's
- 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.
- 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.