Edge of the Arctic NSE-1
This 2 day Sailing Expedition is your opportunity to take timeoff from the hassle of modern times and get a different perspective on Northeast Iceland. You will experience amazing moments like sailing without the power of an engine, learning old sailing methods on board, close encounters with whales and birds, visiting remote islandsand marveling at the midnight sun.
Short introduction video (2:40 min)
Day 1 (TUESDAY)
19:30 Passengers meet at the harbour by the yellow flags for a check in on board one of North Sailing’s schooners in Húsavík for an overnight stay. Check in is at 19:30 – passengers are requested to phone North Sailing at +354 464 7272 in case of a late arrival or if they are not going to stay on board that night. Passengers will receive a coupon for a dinner that night (main course of the day and coffee) at Gamli Baukur restaurant.
Day 2 (WEDNESDAY)
After breakfast at 09:00 we head out to Skjálfandi Bay in search of whales and other wildlife. The tour starts by sailing towards Lundey, the puffin Island. The next hours are spent whale watching in the famous Skjálfandi bay before heading to Flatey Island for a guided tour around the island where birds, geology and flora are the highlights of the visit. Lunch is served on board before hoisting up the sails and sailing towards Grímsey, a small island 40 kilometres (25 NM) north of Iceland, situated directly on the Arctic Circle.
Before mooring at Grímsey we fish for dinner and the catch is prepared and barbecued on board. After dinner, the rest of the evening will be spent at leisure.
Day 3 (THURSDAY)
After breakfast we head for a sightseeing tour on Grímsey Island. Grímsey is the northernmost inhabited Icelandic territory. There are steep cliffs everywhere except on the southern shoreline. Though treeless, the island's vegetation cover is rich, consisting of marshland, grass, and moss, and the island is home to many birds, especially auks. If weather permits, passengers are offered a zodiac trip to explore the bird cliffs and sea caves on the eastern part of the island. Return sail to Húsavík around 17:00.