Way of the Viking

Ullapool (UK) - Reykjavik (Iceland)     

18th April 2018 - 3rd May 2018          

 

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Join us as we follow the journey of the ancient navigators on their journey home from the UK. A voyage of culture, nature, wildlife and hidden wonders. Think mysterious standing stones, dramatic cliffs, thundering waterfalls, otters, seals, golden eagles and arctic foxes. Bring your cameras for this raw and wild wilderness voyage. 

 

Ullapool

Your adventure begins in Ullapool, a town in the remote mainland highlands..  When you arrive in Ullapool you just know you’re about to begin an unforgettable adventure.  The harbour town is the portal to discovering a dramatic highland landscape, rich in its natural and historical heritage.  As we leave this Highland treasure, you’ll discover an ever-changing terrain of mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches.  When it comes to heart-achingly beautiful scenery, the highlands of Scotland deliver.
 
The Faroes

Adrift in the whirling rhythmic North Atlantic Sea, a different world lingers. An idyllic escape, peacefully set among lush green valleys, imposing basalt cliffs, grand treeless moorlands and waterfalls plunging directly into the wind whipped ocean.  Unfathomable beauty mysteriously tucked away like a figment of a child’s imagination.  There will be opportunities to go ashore and visit these unspoilt islands, often referred to as Europe’s best kept secret!

Leaving the Faroes we begin our passage to Iceland, 600 NM across the North Atlantic Ocean, expect wildlife galore during this 5 day passage.

Iceland

Magnificent scenery, clarity of light and the raw power of nature make Iceland a truly amazing place to visit.  Immerse yourself in ethereal panoramic landscapes and breathe in the pure mountain air of this unspoiled land. Watch waterfalls cascade from the rugged cliffs and spend hours watching the Whales and Dolphins, from the deck.  We hop around the coast of Iceland, anchoring in fjords, watching wildlife and wonder at the Midnight Sun. This epic expedition finishes in Reykjavik.

Useful Information


Travel to Ullapool
 
While Ullapool may appear to be a long way from everywhere – it’s relatively easy to reach  by air, by coach, by rail/coach and by road.
 

Public Transport

Every effort is made to ensure that the details on public transport are correct and up to date, however details do change depending on weather, ferry requirements, time of year etc. Please check with the operator prior to traveling to ensure you have the correct information. A useful website for travel in Scotland is www.traveline.org.uk

Bus Companies
Citylink Coaches operate a bus service from Inverness to Ullapool. This runs in conjunction with the ferry service so times should be checked and tickets booked in advance.

D & E coaches also operate a service from Inverness to Dingwall, through Strathpeffer to Ullapool and onwards north to Lochinver, Scourie and Durness (This also allows for bikes being taken on a trailer during summer months).

Citylink operate from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Ullapool and onwards to Stornoway.

Megabus also operate links throughout the UK to Inverness and Stagecoach operates the Jet Bus Service to Inverness Airport with up to a 30 minute service between the City of Inverness and the Airport.

The Westerbus also operates from Inverness to Gairloch connecting with an Ullapool service at Braemore Junction on a Monday, Wednesday & Saturday. For more information contact 01854 612966.
 

By Air
Many companies operate flights into Inverness (1 hour drive from Ullapool) & Stornoway (2 ½ hr ferry crossing from Ullapool). Check the web sites for details:

Highlands & Islands Airports (including Inverness & Stornoway)
Easyjet - Inverness links to London Gatwick and London Luton
Flybe - Links to many UK cities and European destinations
British Airways- Gatwick to Inverness, and has restarted links with Heathrow from May 2016

By Rail
There are no rail links to Ullapool, the nearest station is at Garve and this is a sub-line between Inverness and Kyle. Inverness station is linked to most of the UK, and from Inverness you can use the links above to get to Ullapool or hire a car and drive. There is also a sleeper service between London and Inverness that not only means you arrive here refreshed but can save a day of your valuable holiday time by travelling over-night.

National Rail Enquiries - view timetables and book tickets
Caledonian Sleeper- over night train between London (Euston) and Inverness

Travel from Reykjavik

There are a great selection of flights to and from Iceland to choose from.  Over 25 airlines now maintain regular scheduled flights to Iceland.  Keflavik International Airport is only 48km from Reykjavik.  A regular bus service runs between Reykjavik and Keflavik International Airport.

Highlights

  • The West Coast of Scotland
  • Dramatic Scenery
  • The Faroe Islands
  • Offshore sailing
  • Wildlife and wilderness

What is included in the voyage cost:

  • All meals on board Blue Clipper.  This includes daily breakfast, lunch and 3-course evening meal.  
  • Refreshments throughout the day.
  • Use of safety equipment.
  • Accommodation in a twin ensuite cabin
  • All instruction and lectures on board by fully qualified crew
  • The services of our hospitality and guest services manager

What is not included:

  • Travel to and from the boat
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any shore excursions and meals on shore (unless otherwise stated)
  • Alcoholic, soft drinks and merchandise on board.  A TAB system is operated on board with payment required at the end of the voyage via cash or card.

Route

  1. Ullapool
  2. waypoint
  3. Faroe Islands
  4. Iceland East Coast
  5. Iceland South Coast
  6. Iceland South Coast
  7. Reykjavik