An incredible opportunity to explore the Lofoten Islands on board a truly unique hands on tall ship where a little bit of luxury meets true adventure sailing
Spend ten days sailing the waters of the Norwegian Sea from Tromso to Bodo in search of unforgettable nature experiences. This adventure offers you days of pristine landscape, beautiful fjords, magnificent mountains, and hilarious squawking seabird colonies.
You will join a small group aboard a tall ship (a three masted gaff rig schooner to be exact) and hop across the Lofoten Islands far above the Arctic Circle. In addition to those joining the group, you’ll be accompanied by a permanent crew of up to ten highly experienced sailors whose job is to keep you safe and enjoying this fantastic sailing adventure.
- Other-worldly light conditions
- Unbelievable bird life
- Time spent in a rare wilderness outpost
In addition to all the natural scenery you could ask for, there are plenty of activities to choose from. You can ski, hike, fish, scuba dive, or go ocean rafting. In addition, thanks to the strong connection to the age of the Vikings, you can visit the Lofoten Viking Museum to learn about the cultural heritage left from this era.
One you arrive in Bodo, enjoy a beer on the quayside as you watch sea eagles sore along the horizon. It’s the perfect end to a perfect voyage. Enquire today to save your place on this Lofoten Island Explorer adventure.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Experience the incredible wild nature of the Lofoten Islands by boat
- Learn the ropes on a modern yet traditional tall ship and opt to become part of the crew
- It's all about the active days and comfortable nights with good company on this great adventure
The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of Majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long surf-swept beaches. If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will definitely not let you down.
You days will be split between sailing and shore visits. There will be opportunities to go hiking, wildlife watching and possibly take part in some adventure activities.
No day will be the same, with a combination of sailing and shore based activities. The voyage is quite short so will allow for plenty of flexibility in plans to suit all the guests on board.
- All meals on board – including daily breakfast, lunch and 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's Not included
- Travel to and from the boat
- Personal travel insurance
- Alcoholic and soft drinks (a TAB system is in place during your voyage. Payable at the end of your voyage in cash (GBP or EUROS) on board.
- Any shore excursions and meals on shore (unless otherwise stated)
- VISA fees
Trip Duration11 days
Start LocationTromso, Norway
End LocationBodo, Norway
Average Group Size12
Accommodation is provided on board our tall ship in twin en-suite cabins. Comfortable warm bedding is provided and each cabin has a power socket, heating and air conditioning.
Below deck the vessel has three main compartments. Furthest forward is the forepeak, with 4 trainee berths and 2 crew bunks. In midships we have the guest accommodation with 6 twin ensuite cabins and a luxury double suite. Furthest aft there is the crew quarters, with 4 twin cabins and shared bathroom. The engine room and lazarette are also located at the aft of the ship. At full capacity the ship can accommodate 28 people. The deckhouses are home to the galley, the saloon and the wheelhouse.
Each cabin has two bunk beds with comfortable memory foam mattresses, duvet and pillow. Each bunk has it’s own reading light and all cabins have a porthole for natural light. Each cabin has heating/air conditioning available. This is controlled for the whole ship by the chief engineer. Each cabin has an individual thermostat on the wall so you can control the temperature.
All cabins are en-suite and we are very fortunate to have a sophisticated hand pump toilet system on board. Each bathroom has a shower, and we ask all guests to limit showers to one a day to help conserve water.
All cabins have plug sockets for charging electrical devices. These are European 2 pin sockets. We ask that you do not leave items on charge when you are not in the cabin.
Meals are included in the cost of the voyage. You will be provided with a hearty breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch and dinner. Coffee and tea are readily available as well as a selection of drinks from the bar.
This Trip is Suitable For
You don’t need sailing experience to take part in this great adventure. It’s a chance to explore a region few get to discover and all with the benefit of being on board an extremely comfortable but very hands on vessel.
In general the vessel sails 24 hours a day. To enable the ship to operate safely and efficiently a three watch system is run at all times. There’s a Red, White and Blue watch. Watches are usually four hours long. The afternoon watch is split in two to enable a complete rotation of watches every three days. Please see below for an example watch system:
0000 – 0400 Red Watch
0400 – 0800 White Watch
0800 – 1200 Blue Watch
1200 – 1600 Red Watch
1600 – 1800 White Watch
1800 – 2000 Blue Watch
2000 – 0000 Red Watch
When on watch, it is the responsibility of the watch leader and their team to handle the safe navigation of the ship, adjust sails and keep a lookout for any hazards. It is optional for guests to join a watch, but we highly recommend it at least once to get a real feel for life at sea! Watches will be assigned at the start of the voyage. You have a chance to learn all aspects of traditional sailing from our wonderful deck crew; having a chance to steer the ship, complete the log book entries, plot our course on the chart, climb the rigging, and experience amazing starry skies during a night watch at sea!
Dates & Availability
- 14 Aug 2018 – 24 Aug 2018
Aiming to offer accessible, exciting tall ship experiences for everyone regardless of age, budget or experience, this sailing company owns and operates two tall ships with voyages around the globe; from Arctic adventures to Caribbean cruises.
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