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Sail the Wild West of Iceland - Edge of the Arctic Circle, Sea Birds and Mountain Trekking in the Land of Ice and Fire

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
T1207-5 Tecla Reykjavik, Iceland Isafjordur, Iceland
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
EUR €30.00 13 days
01/06/2017 - 12:00 to 14/06/2017 - 12:00
01/06/2017 - 12:00 to 14/06/2017 - 12:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
16-25 year olds pp Available - Book Now EUR €2145.00 n/a
26 years old & over pp Available - Book Now EUR €2520.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

Epic Sailing Expedition to Iceland

 

  • Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire

  • 2 masted tall ship

  • Wildlife Guide on Board and Ashore

  • Mountain Trekking 

  • All Sailing Instruction included

  • All food included

  • Full accommodation onboard

Expedition Style Voyage

Tecla is visiting a few places she has cruised before like Orkney, but much is new territory to explore and her skippers have been checking out the best places to go, so for her multi national professional crew it is as much as an expedition as it is for the guests.

This sailing voyage leads to sparsely inhabited islands, tiny fishing villages, deep lochs and rugged cliffs that will be appealing to nature lovers looking for puffin, sea and white tailed eagles, whales and other cetaceans. The hundreds of islands of the Hebrides have their own character, are very isolated and therefore entirely self-reliant. This area is rich in seabirds, which usually breed on the steep cliff faces. With the Tecla, a relatively small tall ship, we will visit unique places that cannot be reached by anything but boat or ship.

Whilst cruising these amazing sailing grounds you can help setting the big gaff sails on main and foremast. There re no square sails but she has proper ratlines so you can climb the mast and enjoy the view.

Well Proven Ocean Sailing Ship

Tecla sailed around the world in 2012-13 with Europa and Oosterschelde. She crossed the South and North Atlantic, Indian Ocean, the wild seas of South Australia, raced in the Tasman Sea and sailed accross the Pacific to round Cape Horn. She is a fast ship that does well in tall ships races. Run by a Dutch family where both sister and brother skipper the ship,  they like to create unusual sailing programmes and her crews like to explore ashore with as much energy as they sail the ship. The common working language is English and Dutch on board. Gjis, Jet and Janette speak excellent English and any wildlife guides will expect to explain things in English and other languages.

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Iceland - Land of Ice, Fire and Game of Thrones

Much of the land 'North of the Wall' in Game of Thrones TV series was filmed in Iceland, but in summer this is less of an icy wasteland, with flower meadows, fresh water off the glaciers creating huge waterfalls, hot water geysers and geothermal natural pools to bathe in. The population of Iceland is very small and there are few roads, so almost everywhere is off the beaten track.  

Carved by Glaciers and Volcanoes

Iceland sits on the mid Atlantic Ridge and is still an active volcanic area with occasional lava and rocky bombs spewing skywards. 'God's building site' is still being made and recent upheavals and lava flows create both stark and beautiful landscapes. Vast areas of black sand outwash plains contrast with blue ice glaciers. The snow or icecap topped mountains hide softer scenes of lush wild flower meadows and isolated farmsteads. Iceland has some of the biggest waterfalls in the world and the gorges they carve down through are epic in size and make the terrain even harder to traverse....unless you can sail around to the next fjord and valley.

Sail and Ride ?

Iceland Ponies are a shaggy bunch and in many places you can hire them for an excursion with a difference. Sturdy and calm natured the ponies are the ideal trekking 'vehicle' for Iceland's interior.

Land of Myth and Viking Legend

Icelandic is Europe's oldest language, so what you hear ashore is closer to the old Norse that Vikings spoke than modern Norwegian. The population today has a very modern, chic outlook in Reykjavik but in the rural hinterland and coast they endure pitch dark winters and enjoy the summer burst of energy created by living in the land of midnight sun. It shapes their character and links them with their past. Icelandic sagas tell the tale of Viking's arriving here and making Iceland their home. After centuries of warring the Vikings created a huge amount of early literature and written stories so you can really connect with the lives of sailors and first settlers that lived around 870 BC.

Midnight Sun versus Northern Lights

In early summer you will be able to walk in daylight or sunset pink skies during the night.  As the sun sinks low in the sky it first creates a golden light which is magical for photographers.

In September there will be more dark skies, so you might catch the Northern lights or Aurora Borealis.

 

Ideal time of Year for Wildlife & Seabirds

The waters surrounding Iceland - are rich in sealife and nutrients. The chances are high that we will spot whales or dolphins and this is a great time of year for ocean seabirds as they come into the high cliffs to breed. The North Coast of Iceland has very reliable sightings of large whale species 

Iceland - A Naturalist's Paradise

As well as coastal seas rich in cetaceans and fish, Iceland is a stopping off point for a wide variety of birdlife. Even those who cannot tell a gannet from a seagull, may find themselves developing an interest in ornithology...or at least reaching for a bird guide. Around 70 bird species breed in Iceland and over 370 different species have been spotted here.  There are millions of puffins here in the summer (roughly May to August), skuas and terns that will dive bomb you if you get too close to their nests.

The Barrow's Golden Eye, Great Northern Diver and Harelquin duck are common in America but Iceland is a good place to spot them. Gyr Falcons have been in Iceland for centuries and much prized for falconery accross Europe. They love the plump Ptarmingan for their supper!

White tailed eagles are now protected in Iceland with about 65 breeding pairs and have wing spans over 3ft.

The high cliffs of the Western fjords, islands like Grimsey are best seen by boat and the sheer numbers will blow your mind - guillimots, brunnich's guillimot, fulmars, razorbills, gannets and kittiwakes all nest on precipitous ledges.

Iceland has pleny of bog and marshland so there are many waders, geese and ducks.

The Arctic fox is the largest land mammal and has protected staus in the Hornstrabdir National Park ( see Tecla 6 day voyages based from Isafjordur).

 

Reykjavik - Europe's most Northerly Capital

A stylish place with great fashion shops, bookshops and cafes. There are now many cheap flight options back to many cities in Europe from nearby Keflavik Airport.

Trekking on Snow Mountain Peninsula - Snaefellsjokull.

Leaving Reykjavik Tecla will set sail towards Arnastapi at the foot of Stapafell on the South Coast. Arnastapi offers some excellent hikes up to Snaefellsjokull. This three peaked glacier rises 1446 metres above sea level and is famous for being the location for Jules Verne book Journey to the Centre of the Earth. There are plenty of caves in the lava pipes so you can see why he was inspired to tell a tale of a journey deep underground. There are crevasses in the glacier, so any walk on the ice will be subject to local conditions and advice.

Vatnsfjordur Nature Reserve

It is only a short hop by sailing ship to Vatnsfjordur Nature Reserve. Endless hiking opportunties abound along the shores of Vatndalsvatn with rich bird life to observe.

Accross Briedafjordur and Sub Arctic Islands

There are 2700 islands here and many were inhabited due to the large number of fisheries. Tecla aims to visit the island of Flatey was the site of a 12th Century monastery and was a major cultural centre until the 1800's. Today it is a perfectly preserved example of what an Icelandic village used to be like. The lsand is not inhabited by many all year around but many families spend their summer months restoring the timber houses of their ancestors here.

Erik the Red & Land of Viking Sagas

North of this you enter the land of Viking sagas with turf roofed longhouses and the home of Erik the Red and Leifur Eiriksson.

Flights in Iceland

See our Reykjavik Port Page for flight tips on international and domestic flights in Iceland as well as a bit about accommodation in the city.

 

 

 

 

 

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