Northern Isles: Orkney and Shetland

At the end of August, Selkie will be setting her bow north to Orkney and Shetland as she starts her epic journey towards the arctic circle… with a plan to explore the mountains and spring snow adventures to be found north of Lofoten in 2023.  Our northbound journey starts from Eigg and takes a week anchoring each night on the north west coast of Scotland before arriving in Stromness.  Gradually flexing her muscles, she sails onwards to Shetland with a call at Fair Isle if the the weather is fair!  The voyage ends in Lerwick, where you can connect with ferries and flights to mainland UK.

The first week of this adventure, we depart from Mallaig and sail north through the narrows and under the Skye bridge.  A myriad of anchorages beckon under the remote Sutherland coastline, far from the roads, with spectacular views of Suilven and other iconic mountains. Handa Island bird sanctuary and the sea stacks pave the way along the shore to Cape Wrath, the guardian of the north coast.

For those with a real yen for adventure, Selkie is sailing up the coast of Norway from February 2023 and will be taking onboard guests as we wend our way up the coast. Winter nights voyaging north, in big duvet jackets and fleece mitts, on goes the reflex stove and Selkie sails to where the snow and mountains meet the sea a week’s sail north of Tromsø.  Our expedition is in the planning phase so get in touch and express your interest; share in this adventure to realise a Selkie dream.

How to book…

For more information about the Northern Isles trips and the Norwegian Expedition contact us.

22-OI: August 28 to September 3, 2022

Voyage Type Departs Ends Availability  Price Per Person *
Orkney Passage Mallaig 15:35 Orkney 11:00 † Some availability, please enquire POA

† Orkney offers ferries and air connections back to mainland UK


22-SH: September 4 to September 10, 2022

Voyage Type Departs Ends Availability  Price Per Person *
Shetland Passage Orkney, 17:00† Lerwick, 11:00 †† Available, please enquire POA

† Links for ferries and air travel are available to Orkney

†† Links for ferries and air travel are available from Shetland to mainland UK


Norway: February to May 2023

Voyage Type Departs Ends Availability  Price Per Person *
Norway Coastal Passage Norway, 11:00 Norway, 11:00 † 4 berths available POA

† International travel links with norway


* Prices vary depending on bunk. For more information or further clarification, please get in touch with Selkie Explorers using the methods listed on our Contact page.

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