Lofoton Islands From Traena Music Festival
Arrive at the Traena Festival on Friday 6 July. Camp and enjoy the music! (Optional – if the music festival is not for you, you can just join the yacht on Sunday to start your adventure.)
Join vessels: Træna, Sunday 14 July, afternoon.
Leave: Henningsvær, Sunday 21 July, morning.
The trip begins with the magical Traena Music Festival, a music festival far out in the North Atlantic complete with international artists, Vikings and the midnight sun. From there we sail north crossing the Arctic circle. We climb the Svartisen Glacier, cross the infamous West Fjord to the mountains of Lofoten and surf at the worlds most northerly surf camp. To finish we race into Henningsvær, the epicentre of ocean fishing, whale watching and extreme sports in the Loften, for the closing party.
15.00: Registration and get to know the boats, the crew and your fellow travellers.
17.00: Navigation brief, rough go through of the week’s programme and safety routines on board. In the evening we prepare dinner and get ready to sail to the Svartisen glacier the following morning.
After breakfast, we leave the harbour and practice some boat handling as well as safety drills. After some basic sail theory and practice, we set sail and head towards the Black Glacier (Svartisen); Europe’s lowest hanging glacier. At Engabreen we will moor and prepare a bonfire on the beach. We then prepare for the mountain hike the following morning. Depending on the weather, some of us might even want to do some hiking and sleep outside this evening.
From the Engafjord we hike to the Black Glacier and eager climbers might do glacier climbing (with special instructors) (priced separately). After spending a day up high with the glacier, we set sail towards Rødøya (the Red island). Dinner is on board as we approach the harbour, where we will enjoy a tranquil evening at the Klokkargården guesthouse.
The early birds will run up the Rødøyløva (the Red Island Lion) while the rest prepare captain’s egg and bacon breakfast with hot chocolate! After breakfast, we set sail and head towards Myken, the coast of Helgeland’s northernmost island before Røst and Lofoten. At Myken we will have a stroll before we begin the journey over to Loften; oh yes, and there is the world’s only Arctic whiskey distillery – the stroll isn’t compulsory! The distance of 60 nautical miles across the Vestfjorden (Westfjord) and will take us from 10 to 20 hours depending on weather and wind. We will take watches sailing and sleeping.
We arrive at the island of Værøy in the morning and prepare a grand breakfast in the harbour. At Værøy we hike the peaks with the best view towards the Lofoten in the north. In the afternoon we set sail again, tacking northwards towards Reine in Lofoten. We fish for our own dinner and eat as we sail surrounded by the most alpine mountains of Northern Europe. We arrive at Reine in the evening and prepare for the hike the next morning. If the weather is good, we hike over to the Bunesstranda in the evening.
Hike over to Bunesstranda in the morning if the previous evening was not suitable. After lunch back down at the boats, we hoist sail towards the old fishing village of Nusfjord for the evening. At Nusfjord we eat dinner at one of the best restaurants in Lofoten!
From Nusfjord we sail the last leg to Henningsvær, one of the oldest fishing villages of Norway. Outside Henningsvær we fish for dinner and make a last grand fish-dinner party in the harbour.
Breakfast and clean out of the boats.
This is a rough programme as an ambition for the week. As we sail along we’ll adapt to weather conditions and there might be changes in the programme. The aim, however, remains the same: to have the most amazing week possible.
See you at Træna!
Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)
Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)
Sailing gloves – 2 sets
Hot water bottle
Clothes for on-board and on shore
A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)
A water bottle
Thermals, two sets
Thick socks, two sets
Sun glasses (polarized)
Sun cream – SPF50+
Small quick dry towel
USB cord to charge your phone
Warm sleeping bag
Printed out Insurance details
Any medication you require