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Overview

Explore Iceland's oldest, most remote fjordscape

This trip to Arktika’s favorite area in the West Fjords is a dream come true for curious and adventurous explorers. Depending on weather and sea conditions, each voyage of this adventure will vary.

The itinerary may include coming ashore on the island of Vigur, where thousands of birds come to breed during the summer, visiting Iceland’s only windmill, stopping by Viktoria House, the oldest house on the island, sailing to the abandoned settlement of Hesteyri, hiking to the enchanting Hornvik Bay, the kingdom of the Arctic Fox, walking the ruins of an old whaling station, observing the remains of multiple shipwrecks, and more.

Beauty and adventure abound in this magical place – from towering cliffs and spectacular mountain views, to lush wildflower valleys and beautiful sandy beaches. This outing is suitable for people of all ages and varying interests.

Activities

PURSUE YOUR PASSIONS

Whether you are interested in joining a guided journey through Icelandic history, exploring the waters on your own, or simply taking in nature’s majestic beauty from onboard, your activity level is up to you.

  • Guided Hikes and Land Excursions
  • Sea Kayaking Amongst the Fjords
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • Stargazing with High Probability of Northern Lights

What's Included

LEAVE EVERYTHING TO US

Each trip offers unique opportunities for activities and adventure, and our goal is to ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your holiday with Aurora Arktika.

  • 6 Days/5 Nights Aboard Vessel
  • All Meals (Alcohol Not Included)
  • Crew and Guide Services
  • Guided Land and Water Excursions
  • Use of Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP)
  • Use of Wet-Weather Sailing Clothes

Accommodations

  • Arktika

    is a fully equipped Dutch-built sailing yacht certified to circumnavigate the globe with up to 12 guests. The hull shape is modelled after a remarkable Colin Archer design known for excellent sailing characteristics.

    Her comfortable deckhouse makes sailing in northern waters very pleasant. With four guest cabins (two four-person and two two-person), a spacious saloon and galley, and private crew quarters, there is ample space on-board.

    The boat offers central heating, hot and cold water, two heads (toilets), one shower, and 220V electricity capable of charging batteries and other electronic devices.

  • SETTLE IN COMFORTABLY

    While sailing vessels are fairly simple and utilitarian by nature, Arktika has been outfitted to ensure comfortable accommodations and spacious communal areas for our guests. Onboard amenities include central heating, hot and cold water, two bathrooms, a shower, and electricity for charging electronic devices.

Weather & Gear

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Even with the best planning, weather can be unpredictable, so it is always best to be prepared for unexpected conditions. A basic equipment guide is provided below, however, requirements may vary by trip. Additionally, specific activities – like diving, hiking, kayaking, skiing, etc. – have unique equipment requirements.

  • Thermal Underwear (At Least Two Sets)
  • Wool or Fleece Thermal Mid Layer (Multiple Thin Layers)
  • Hiking Pants (Cotton Not Recommended)
  • Down/Synthetic Thermal Jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof, Breathable Jacket and Pants
  • Wool/Fleece Hat
  • Gloves (Two Pairs) and Mittens (One Pair)
  • Thick Wool/Synthetic Socks (3-4 Pairs) and Thinner Socks (2-3 Pairs)
  • Casual Clothes (For Happy Hour!)
  • Rubber-Soled Boat Shoes or Slippers
  • Sleeping Bag (Summer Rated Is Fine)
  • Soft Travel Bag (No Hard Suitcases)
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and Sun Hat
  • Swimsuit and Towels
  • Small Backpack (30-40 Litres)
  • Personal Medical Kit (Include Personal Medications, Band-Aids, Throat Lozenges, Lip
  • Salves, Seasickness Tablets, Etc.)
  • Water Bottle and/or Thermos (1 Litre)
  • Camera

Hornstrandir Wildlife

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