Scotland to Arctic Norway
Adventure Sailing Holiday: Scotland to Arctic NorwayThis is one of our absolute favourites at Rubicon 3, as we sail and explore three of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world: the western isles of Scotland, the incredible Faroe Islands and the archipelagos off the north west coast of Norway. In between we have some lovely open ocean sailing, with a shorter passage to the Faroes and a 600nm ocean passage up to Norway. En route, we will cross the Arctic Circle at sea. For those who wish to join, there is an optional 'Ocean Training Theory Day' the day before the main start date. Anyone can join this. For those wishing to take RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, this is a qualifying passage. You must add the 'Watch Leader' module to your basket.
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: OTB150521
- Start date / place: May 15 2021. Oban, UK
- End date / place: May 29 2021. Oban, UK
- Full price: £2,499
- Deposit: £999
A Rubicon 3 coach will depart from Glasgow railway station to Oban marina at 0800 on the start date. It is scheduled to arrive by 1100hrs. Tickets are £30 and can be booked here.
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.
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. 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.
Join the boat and get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Scotland and the Hebrides are such a special area with so much to see and do. Watch Leaders please note you must join the boat 24 hrs earlier (see below).
Briefings and training
Now it 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. You will have two highly experienced instructors to guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great ocean sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s more to learn and practice every day. We’ll find a beautiful anchorage for the night.
Sailing, training and exploring in the western isles and Hebrides
We should now have a few days sailing and exploring in this most beautiful area of the world. There are amazing anchorages, famous whisky distilleries and wonderful views as we sail around. All the time we will be keeping an eye on the weather, ready to charge north to the Faroes.
Sail to the Faroes
When the wind is right, we will set off on the approximately 350nm passage to the volcanic archipelago of the Faroes. This is a great introductory offshore passage, taking about two days. You will start to get a feel for the open ocean, living and sailing in a watch system and learning how to run a ship offshore. The near vertical cliffs and millions of sea-birds will soon appear over the horizon and we will probably make landfall in the capital – Tórshavn.
Exploring the Faroes and preparing for the main passage to Norway
The northern Faroes are particularly beautiful and if the weather is good to us we will have time to sail and explore a little here. It is a wild, green, untamed land with grass on roofs, whales, puffins and a unique way of life. You really do have to visit the Faroes! All the time we will be watching the weather and making final preparations for the big voyage north.
Ocean passage to Arctic Norway
It’s time to say goodbye to the Faroes and set off north for one of the most rewarding passages possible. Land will soon disappear over the horizon and we will be all alone except for the puffins, auks, common guillemots and kittiwakes as they see us on our way. We may well spot a whale or two as day turns into night and we helm under the stars and via the moon. Ocean life is a wonderful and timeless rotation of watches, navigation and routines. It’s the perfect time to learn from our hugely experienced instructors who are on hand at every stage of the way. Then, at 66° 33’N we cross into the Arctic Circle, and morning, noon or night we’re cracking open a bottle of bubbly and taking some photos! But we need to keep heading north east, for just over the horizon now is the goal of north west Norway, in all its beauty. If we make good time, we may even have the opportunity to visit some of this beautiful archipelago.
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 (we prefer if you don’t, but if you need to catch a ferry or flight, you can leave as early as you need to on the last day).
JOINING AND LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat at 1100hrs on the start day. It is important you are not late.
- You will disembark between 0700 and 1200hrs on the end day.
- For the 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.
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