Adventure holiday: offshore sailing between Norway and Iceland
True ocean adventure sailing between Iceland and Norway
One of our most sought after routes every year, the passage between Norway and Iceland has everything: incredible coastline and coastal exploration, open ocean sailing, the Arctic Circle, whales and more. For a true, incredible adventure with loads of learning included, there is simply nothing to beat this.
These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.
TRIP CODE: BODAKU260623
- Start date / place: June 26 2023. Bodo, Norway
- End date / place: July 07 2023. Akureyri, Iceland
- Full price: £2,399
- Deposit: £600
OPTIONAL OCEAN THEORY TRAINING DAY
This is an entirely optional day prior to the start of the trip where we train you in the navigational and passage planning skills needed for an ocean passage.
If you wish to attend the Ocean Theory Training Day (please ensure you add the module to your basket), you will need to join the boat at 1000hrs the day before the main start date. You will be allowed to stay on the boat that night
- This trip meets the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean for a qualifying passage, so long as you are a watch leader.
- If you wish to join as a watch leader, you must meet the criteria as detailed on our ‘Watch Leader‘ page.
- It is also compulsory to attend the ‘Ocean Training Day’ which gives you in depth training on how to run an ocean passage.
- You must book the watch leader place at the same time as you make your main booking. Please ensure you have added a ‘watch leader’ module to your cart.
- There are only three watch leaders spaces per yacht.
All crew must produce a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before the start date
This is 40% of the trip price and is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.
Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.
Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.
This is a typical itinerary for the route heading from Norway to Iceland. If you’re heading the other way just reverse it! What makes an adventure holiday so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of this is guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.
Briefings and training
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing. By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s much more to learn! The watch leaders will be spending time passage planning for our forthcoming sail to Iceland.
Cruising, exploring and training in the Lofoten Islands
- This is such a beautiful part of the world and we will have a few days to explore, sail, train and have some wonderful coastal cruising in the southern Lofoten islands. With lessons every day we will improve our skills as sailors and navigators while finding a new spot to anchor or moor up every day. A truly idyllic period as we wait for the weather window to head out into the ocean!
Across the Norwegian Sea to the east coast of Iceland
- The adventure ramps up to the maximum as Norway disappears over the horizon and we find ourselves all alone in the Norwegian Sea. It is quite something to be above the Arctic Circle, out at sea in one of the more remote areas of the world, bound for Iceland! The incredible safety and ocean crossing pedigree of our yachts will be very apparent and you will soon settle into the rhythm of life at sea. Warm, dry and comfortable below, but with all the excitement and wonder of being out on the ocean above decks. Helming, navigating, trimming sails and cooking are continuous activities and your skills and experience levels will increase rapidly. The ocean is a very special place during these voyages, and you will be building up a bank of wonderful memories.
- You can expect to receive loads of training as well, and we’ll show you how to use radar, how and when to use drogues and series drogues, storm-boards and more. This is top quality ocean training with leading skippers and instructors.
- Beautiful, vast snow-capped mountains and bays mean we should be able to have an almost magical last couple of days before we round the north west corner of Iceland and arrive in the large town and expedition base that is Seydisfjörður, our final destination.
Debriefs, clean up and goodbyes
- It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs.
JOINING AND LEAVING THE BOAT
Join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day.
It is important you are not late as the pre-trip briefing will start promptly at that time. You will probably need to arrive at your start point the day before your trip begins and get a hotel or B&B.
Disembark by 1200hrs on the end day.
We ask you to stay on board until then if possible to help with packing away the boat but recognise sometimes due to flights you may need to leave earlier that day. Please just let the skipper know in advance.
For exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab
OCEAN TRAINING THEORY DAY
This is open to everyone and is an intensive day of theory. If you wish to attend this, (please ensure you add the module to your basket) you must join the boat at 1000hrs on the day before the main start date.
INFORMATION TO HELP GET TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- Bodo airport (IATA code: BOO) is well served by Norwegian, Wideroe and SAS. You will nearly always have to connect in Oslo or Stockholm. The airport is about 1 mile from where the boat is docked. There are lots of taxis outside and ask them to take you to the Molostua. From there it is about a 10 minute walk along the pontoons to the boat.
- If you are staying overnight before or after your trip, the Radisson Blu, Scandic and Clarion Collection are all very well placed
- The closest airport to Seydisfjordur is Egilsstaðir. There is a bus that runs between the two and which takes around 45 minutes. Icelandair fly between Egilsstaðir airport (IATA code: EGS) and Reykjavik (IATA code: RKV).
- From Reykjavik (the internal airport) you need to transfer by bus or taxi to Keflavik (IATA code: KEF) which is the international airport.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. Although this trip is open to beginners, we recommend that you have some sailing experience before, even if it is just an introductory weekend. This will enable you to be confident that a prolonged passage at sea is something that you will enjoy.
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
FITNESS TO SAIL
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.
Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.
- All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
- Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: OFFSHORE SAILING
For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications can be earned where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
- Any meals you eat ashore.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and Trip Notes before booking.
- To be a watch leader on a Rubicon 3 ocean passage, we require you to have sufficient skills and experience to be able to approach the role meaningfully. This means you should have a minimum of RYA Coastal Skipper practical and theory or equivalent skills and experience. We accept international equivalents. After booking, you will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications.
- On arrival, we will ask you to complete a short theory test to ensure that you are at the required level. If you are able to complete RYA Yachtmaster Coastal theory questions, you will be fine. If you are not at the required standard, we will downgrade you to a standard crew member.
- There are only 3 watch leader places available on each yacht.
- You must attend the ‘Ocean Training Theory Day’ to be watch leader