"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." -T. E. Lawrence
Check the table below for real-time updated bunk availability. Each 'record' is clickable and includes the passage-specific route map and a link to register. Scroll down for the big-picture map & detailed descriptions of each passage.
In 2017, Isbjorn will be in the Caribbean again, where our first trip of 2017 will see us compete in the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600, aiming to win our class! After cruising south to Grenada and then completing a Grenada-Virgin Islands Passage, we'll finally cross the Atlantic, via Bermuda & the Azores. From Horta, we'll sail north to Scotland, Shetland & Norway. We'll then make landfall on the west coast of Sweden and finish the year making our way into the Baltic and Stockholm. Isbjorn will spend the winter in Stockholm. See details and register below!
$4,000 // 15 Days // 4 Crew. Join Mia & Andy and visit some of their favorite Caribbean islands that they got to know so well during their Broadreach days. This trip will be a combination of offshore passagemaking & exploration ashore, including several strenuous hikes on our favorite island of all, the rugged and rustic Dominica. There, we'll hire a local guide and attempt the 6-hour round-trip Boiling Lake Hike. But don't fret, a stop in posh St. Barth's on the way south will give you a chance to rub elbows with the rich & famous and eat a cheeseburger at Le Select, where Jimmy Buffet wrote the song! Read on for details...
$4,000 // 4 Crew Spaces // 10 Days. We'll depart Tortola around May 6, bound 900 miles to the north for Bermuda. Mia and I sailed this route in 2012 aboard the Saga 43 Kinship, and I've done the BVI-Bermuda leg on numerous occasions - it's usually windy and beautiful, offering real ocean sailing and fantastic conditions! Details to follow shortly.
$6,000 // 4 Crew Spaces // 18 Days. Isbjorn will depart on her third trans-Atlantic in late-May 2017. We'll be sailing from Bermuda and over the top of the Azores high to Horta, an absolutely magical landfall 900 miles off the coast of mainland Europe. The Azores, of course, belong to Portugal, and the local Portuguese culture there is mesmerizing - the locals are super-duper friendly, the mountainous, volcanic scenery is majestic and the food is natural, fresh and inexpensive.
$5,600 // 4 Crew Spaces // 14 Days. Isbjorn will leave Horta and make for Oban, in Scotland. This is a 1500 nautical mile passage, and arguably the most challenging of the crossing, with higher latitudes weather and cooler temperatures as we head north beyond 50º latitude.
$5,600 // 4 Crew Spaces // 14 Days. Isbjorn is headed towards Sweden where we'll stage for the winter before going to the Arctic in 2018. Join us for a combination of offshore sailing and inshore cruising, as we explore the West Highlands of Scotland, sampling whisky and visiting magical places like the Isle of Skye and taking in the local culture. Enjoy some of the best Scotch in the world with some of the freshest shellfish.
$6,000 // 4 Crew // 18 Days. Join Isbjorn for the final leg of 2017 and explore into the Baltic!
600 Miles // 10 Days // 4 Crew // $4,000.
Join us on the last leg of 2017 where we explore the Baltic, visit the Nautor's swan yard in Jakobstad, Finland, historic Mariehamn, Aland, home of the Last Cape Horners, and finish off in Sandhamn, in the outer Stockholm archipelago and the summer base of KSSS, the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. Crew can return to Stockholm easily via ferry from Sandhamn. Isbjorn will spend the winter in storage in central Stockholm, so this is our final trip of 2017!
$5,000 // 10 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Join Isbjorn on the first leg of our voyage towards the Arctic and explore Sweden's 'best coast,' cross the north sea, and discover the remote, Viking-explored out-islands of Orkney, in Scotland.
$6,000 // 18 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. 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! Photo by James Austrums.
$6,000 // 14 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. This is the big one, off the deep end to the literal end of the earth, the farthest north you can sail before the pack ice. Isbjorn will earn her name on this way, as we go in search of polar bears and follow in the footsteps of the Arctic explorers in the farthest reaches of Norway. Photo courtesy Magnus Ormestad.
$6,000 // 21 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Sail with Isbjorn as close as we'll get to Greenland this year as we make the BIG offshore passage, entirely in Arctic waters, from Svalbard south to Iceland (it's not often you'll get to say you sailed 'south' to Iceland!). Photo by Magnus Ormestad.
$6,000 // 16 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Join Isbjorn just below the Arctic Circle in Iceland for the first of our voyages back south and to warmer climes. We'll swing by the Faroe Islands on the way if we have time and good weather, then perhaps pop into Scotland for some of the world's best whisky before finishing in the Irish city of Dublin for a proper pint of Guinness! Photo of the Viking ship 'Draken' approaching Iceland on her 2016 trans-Atlantic passage!
Fall 2018/Winter 2019: Trade Wind Atlantic Crossing.
After our expedition to the far north, we're returning back to the warm sun and cool breezes of the Caribbean for 2019 - but it's a long way back! We'll depart Dublin, Ireland, bound for Portugal, our last passage of 2018, where we'll haul out Isbjorn in Lisbon for the holidays. Then, right after we ring in the New Year, we'll set sail for Las Palmas & the big, 3,000-mile Trade Wind passage to Antigua and back to familiar waters.
$6,000 // 14 Days // 4 Crew Spaces. Isbjorn's last passage of 2018. We'll depart Dublin and sail south through the Irish Sea and past the famous Fastnet Rock. If we have to, we'll duck into Glandore (Donald Street's home town), or Crookhaven to wait for a good weather window to cross Biscay and make landfall in Lisbon, where Isbjorn will stage for her return across the Atlantic.
$4,000 // 4 Crew Spaces // 10 Days. Once 'off the deep end', so to speak, it's 800 miles or so on the rhumb line to the city of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Soft winds blow off the Sahara from Africa, and on our last passage along this route in 2012, we had 5 days of easy, dry sailing.
$8,000 // 4 Crew Spaces // 24 Days. Join Isbjorn off the coast of Africa for a classic, downwind Trade Wind passage to the Caribbean! This is what you dream about - 'sail south until the butter melts and turn right!' When Mia and my Dad completed this same passage aboard the Saga 43 Kinship in 2013, it was a 20-day passage with 20 knots of wind off the starboard stern quarter the entire time!
59º North is teaming up with accomplished inshore and offshore racing sailor Paul Exner to deliver high-end ocean racing programs aboard Isbjorn. If you've already done some ocean cruising and want to take your skills and mental & physical endurance to a new level, ocean racing is the perfect next step.
Isbjorn, a 1972 S&S Swan 48, is a classic ocean racing sloop, built during the 'good old days' of amateur ocean racing. That's her in the B&W photo above, taken just after she was launched as Warbaby in 1972 during the Bermuda Race. You won't find much carbon fiber on Isbjorn, we won't be eating freeze-dried food and you won't have to cut the handle off of your toothbrush, but you'll get an authentic ocean racing experience that we think is the 'right' way to do it - in comfort & style.
We'll only be offering one racing program per year - like the RORC Caribbean 600, Fastnet & Newport-Bermuda Race - and they'll fill fast. For six lucky crew members, you'll experience the challenge of a lifetime, pushing Isbjorn to the limit 24 hours per day for days on end and hundreds of ocean miles, in darkness and in daylight. It's a true challenge, offered under the expert supervision of Paul Exner & Andy Schell.