Join one of the most spectacular sailing holidays you will ever have in this incredibly beautiful archipelago of northern Norway. This is one of the most magical places to visit under sail.
Above the Arctic Circle, but still temperate because they are in the gulf stream, the Lofoten Islands are one of the world’s great sailing grounds. Easy day sailing, with lots of time to head ashore, this trip is ideal for everyone from beginners to more seasoned sailors.
It is a stunningly beautiful part of the world, with amazing light (24 hours a day at this time of year), fascinating wildlife including eagles, dolphins, puffins, musk oxen and more. Head ashore every day for fishing, hiking and breathtaking views, and if you love photography the opportunities for great shots almost match the sailing. Our vessel is a 60 foot ocean going yacht kitted out for adventure and exploration, with central heating below and a full galley for cooking the amazing fish you’ll catch along the way.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Incredible chance to spot wildlife including eagles, seals, puffins, musk oxen and more
- Mix days of sailing with exploration of charming harbours, villages and wild walks
- Some of the best photography and fishing you will ever experience!
This is possibly one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world. This sail Lofoten Islands trip is two weeks sailing amongst towering ice-capped mountains, deep fjords, magical anchorages and pristine sandy beaches. Musk oxen,white tailed sea eagles, cormorants and puffins abound and sometimes you may even see Harbour Porpoises and Pilot Whales in the fjords. It is generally very easy day sailing here and you can expect to be heading ashore every day to hike, explore and take in the incredible views.
Spend two weeks sailing around the beautiful Lofoten Islands of Arctic Norway. The exact itinerary will depend on the weather but you can beautiful coastal sailing in relatively sheltered waters, stopping each evening to explore and hike ashore
What to expect
Adventure sailing is a spectacular experience and will leave you with memories that will last for a lifetime. This is true exploration and you should expect to be an active part of an enthusiastic crew, and to see some of life at an angle! On this trip you will stop each day, usually at anchor, with the opportunity to explore ashore from the RIB carried on board. For full details of what to expect, including a full itinerary, make an enquiry.
Day 1: Welcome aboard in Bodo
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs (the closer to 1200 the better but we know flights and such like don't always work like that, so don't worry!) Get your belongings packed away and relax. There's plenty of things to do in the future but right now it's about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings.
Day 2: Time to learn the ropes en route to Landegode
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics - even though there's more to learn and practice every day. We’ll probably moor at the stunning southern tip of Landegode overnight, catch some fresh fish and maybe even have a BBQ ashore.
Days 3-4: Sail to and explore Reine in the Lofotens
It's a lovely 60nm sail now across the bay to the Lofotens and the bucolic village of Reine. This looks like it has been taken from a picture postcard and is always a huge favourite. From here we can take the inland ferry to the western edge of the island where there are some wonderful hikes and spectacular views across the Lofotens mountains.
Day 5: Nusfjord
Tonight we'll maybe head for the anchorage at Digermuelen. This is so hidden away and an absolutely magical place to spend the night. We may well spend the next day here, just hiking, fishing and making the most of this area.
Day 8: Skrova
A little more north east today as we head for the anchorage at Skrova. Once we head ashore, we'll probably BBQ the day's catch and then you can hike up the hill for some really lovely views
Days 9-19: Raftsund and Trollfjord
We are now into the amazing Raftsund, a narrow channel with wonderful cliffs either side. We'll head into Trollfjord on the west side, home to, you guessed it, Norway's trolls and if the weather is good we may spend the night there and hike up the mountain for some more amazing views and photos. There are some other wonderful anchorages near here.
Days 11-14: Sailing and exploring northward to Tromso
There are so many wonderful places to explore on this route that by this stage we will be seeing how much time we have left and making plans accordingly. There are stunning white beaches and cloudberries by the anchorage at Hadseloya and the musk oxen reserve at Strausmbukta. Every day is the same mix of easy sailing, short distances and stunning places to explore ashore
Day 15 – Clean ups, debriefs and goodbyes
The end comes all too soon, and it’s time to put the boat back to how we found her, exchange pictures, reminisce about the trip and bid farewell to the yacht and new found friends. You’ll be free to disembark at 1200h and take a flight home that afternoon.
Price£2140 - a £400 deposit holds a place
The price includes everything except for flights and travel insurance. Foul weather clothing is provided as is all safety equipment such as life jackets. The trip is suitable for people who have never sailed before as full training is given by two experienced instructors. The yachts are Cat 0 coded – meaning they have the very highest spec of safety equipment on them. All meals are included and all training. You’ll only need to bring clothes, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots, though we consider hiking boots and a camera essential as well!
What's Not included
Flights, travel insurance and meals ashore.
Trip Duration13 days
Start LocationBodø, Norway
End LocationSvolvaer, Norway
Average Group Size8
Accommodation on board is in the standard layout for ocean going expedition yachts. You will be in bunk beds in a cabin holding 4-6 people. There are two showers and toilets on board, a comfortable saloon and galley.
This is a hands on sailing adventure and you will be part of the team cooking and keeping the yacht in good shape on passage. There is an emphasis on providing really healthy, fresh food. In this part of the world you will often succeed in fishing for your food – but don’t worry, there’s plenty of food you don’t have to catch as well!
You should join the boat after 1200 hrs on the start date. It is good if you can join us as close to 1200 hrs as possible, but if your flight or ferry gets in later than this on the start day, that is fine. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details.
You will disembark the boat at 1200 hrs on the end date.
Bodo airport (IATA code: BOO) and Tromso airport (IATA code: TOS) are well served by Norwegian and SAS. You will usually have to connect via Oslo or Stockholm
This Trip is Suitable For
Anyone looking for an adventure at sea where you are full involved. This is an adventure and exploration holiday where you will benefit from some top level training.
Crews are generally an equal mix of genders and a wide age range, with many people coming alone. No previous sailing experience is required.
Frequently Asked QuestionsIs this for me?
This is not a beach holiday, but it’s also far more fun! You don’t need any prior sailing experience or physical prowess – just a sense of adventure and a willingness to muck in.Will I sail in a storm?
Not unless we can help it! While the yachts can handle pretty much anything at sea, the itineraries are set to allow time to sit out any rough weather in port and then take advantage of the best weather windows. The coastal sailing in this area is generally fairly gentle and sheltered.I have dietary issues. Can I still come?
Probably yes, as most diets can be accommodated. However, it is worth checking with the operator before booking.Do I need Experience?
No previous sailing experience is requiredDo people come alone?
Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!How many people are on board?
Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.
Dates & Availability
- 03 Jun 2019 – 15 Jun 2019
- 03 Jun 2019 – 16 Jun 2019
- 17 Jun 2019 – 28 Jun 2019
- 03 Jul 2019 – 15 Jul 2019
- 17 Jul 2019 – 28 Jul 2019
- 29 Jul 2019 – 11 Aug 2019
- 03 Aug 2019 – 16 Aug 2019
- 19 Aug 2019 – 30 Aug 2019
We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.
The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.
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