Jul 12 - 23 2017
Starts: Tromso, Norway
Ends: Bodo, Norway
Well into the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands and the archipelagos further north are magnificent and beautiful. Get ready for soaring mountains, impossibly deep fjords and spectacular wildlife. You are going to see nature at her finest on this route. As Lonely Planet said "the beauty of this place is simply staggering". Being so far north the light is particularly special, making it a photographer's dream.
Day 1: Joining day
Day 2: Briefings and training
Days 3-4: South from Tromso
Days 5-8: Winding our way through the archipelago
Day 9: Explore Reine, jewel of the Lofotens
Days 10-11: Exploring the Lofoten Islands
Day 12: Debriefs, clean up and goodbyes
On non ocean passages, the maximum number of crew is 8. This gives an instructor - crew ration of 4:1 which is ideal. It also means you will have plenty of time on the helm, navigating and improving your sail trim. For ocean passages, we increase the crew size to 9 which makes the watch system far more comfortable and means you can get better rest.
Men and women
Our expeditions are usually pretty evenly split between men and women with, if anything, a slight bias toward women. Of course, some expeditions can vary from this balance, but it is unusual. It would be very unlikely indeed that you were the only man or the woman amongst the crew.
Anyone joining us must be 18 years or over, but there is no upper age limit. Indeed, we've had a 75 year old novice sail with us up into the Arctic and he coped superbly. There's a full range of ages on board with the majority being between 30 - 60. We find age immaterial on board as it's a mindset that draws people on to these expeditions and you will be with some fun and inspiring fellow crew.
Our most common crew profile would be - "I've sailed a bit in the past and got my Day Skipper, but I'm very rusty". Everyone thinks they're unique in that but they're not! That said, we also get complete novices on most expeditions along with one or two more experienced crew members. the point is - don't worry. If you're new to sailing, we'll work with you from the first steps and if you're much more experienced, we can help you develop some advanced concepts and techniques.
Couples & singles
The vast majority of our crew come alone, although couples or groups are absolutely welcome. Being an ex race boat, the accommodation is open plan and we cannot give individual cabins.
The Rubicon 3 Yachts
These yachts are large, powerful and have amazing ocean-crossing pedigrees. They're also incredibly safe, fun and accessible by anyone. Oriole is new to our fleet in 2017 and will soon be branded with a stunning Rubicon 3 design. Click on the pictures to find out more about each yacht.
Do have a look at our Facebook page. We post as often as we can from each expedition. It's the best way to see where we go, who goes on these expeditions and what daily life is like. The photos page in particular will give you a great feel for it all!