Join Isbjorn in Scotland for our passage north through the Arctic Circle at 66º North and on to the incredible Lofoten Islands & Tromso, Norway, where the sun never sets!
It's a journey just to get to Kirkwall, in the Scottish Orkney islands, but it's worth it. The place is surrounded by Viking sites and cultural history and surrounded by stunning geography. After the crew rendezvous' in Kirkwall, we'll do a big orientation and safety briefing and lay out the passage plan on the paper charts. Our first planned stop will be in Norway's stunning Lofoten islands, firmly in the Arctic. As we sail north, the days will get longer until there are no nights - north of 66º is the fabled midnight sun.
However, if the weather dictates or if we make a fast passage we'll have the option of stopping in any number of the sheltered fjords on Norway's rugged west coast. Once to Lofoten, we'll then decide whether to go back offshore to Tromso, or if we'll take the inshore route, exploring as we go. Tromso is the last stop before the northern end of the continent.
This passage will be a challenging one, with cold water, fog, tight navigation and the potential for heavy weather as we'll be firmly in the corridor of low-pressure systems that follow the Gulf Stream across the Atlantic.