Deposit and cancellation:
50% & Strict See deposit and cancellations policy
- Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
- Extra crew/photo guide
- All the food we eat on board during the trip
- Accommodation on board the whole trip
- Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
- Use of our shared trip-equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.
- All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour fees etc.
- Personal safety equipment, HH inflatable life vest
- A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
- A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
- Advice, guidance and practical training on sailing and boating in general. As an active crew member you will be engaged in, and learn to run a boat.
- An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
- Travels to Bodø and back home from Tromsø
- We do not have our own chef on this trip. As a part of the crew, you contribute on a rotating basis with the cooking and operation of the boat
- Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
- Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
- Optional activities where we hire external guides and equipment, such as kayaking, glacier hikes or surfing
- Personal snack for excursions on land (so, it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
- Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
- Travel/cancellation insurance – recommended, but up to you (normally you don’t need a special insurance to sail)
This is a trip for all those who are interested in photography, or nature. Or both! Sailing-wise the trip is not very difficult, but you have to be prepared for both beautiful, and harsh conditions. If you’re a rookie, we wish to make you a sailor as soon as possible, and if you’re experienced, you’ll be given responsibility and experience greater challenges. This is a photo-trip, and we’ll be spending a lot of time behind the camera. You don’t have to have special knowledge with photography, we’ll adjust the level accordingly to the participants, and you’ll quickly be given new tasks and learn plenty underway.
Fly into Bodø.
Return to Tromsø.
This is the trip for those who want to learn how to take awesome pictures during the rawest time of the year in northern Norway. It is for those who want to sail, or learn to sail, while most others sit inside around the fireplace. This is the trip for those who want to experience northern Norway in really special winter light. The very special element about these trips is the seasonal light which gives us the craziest #nofilter experiences hour after hour. We sail a full week from Bodø, via Lofoten and Senja, to the “Paris of the north” Tromsø.
We hoist sail in Bodø and spend one week northwards to Tromsø. We’ll explore Steigen, Lofoten, Andøya and Senja.
Underway we will search for wildlife, orcas, whales and northern light, and learn more about sailing and photography.
On this trip, you do not need previous training or skills with photography, and if you do not want to take pictures, and just want to join an unforgettable winter-sailing adventure, you are also welcome onboard!
Day 1 – Arrival and sail to Karlsøyvær
Welcome aboard! We meet on the docks in Bodø at 15:00, get settled in the sailboat and start getting to know the other participants. Before we hoist sail we’ll become familiar with the boat, the equipment and safety routines onboard. When ready, we set course northwards heading for a group of islands in Steigen where we find a sheltered natural bay, the distance about 16 nautical miles. Underway we learn handling the sails, and how to handle a “man over board” and other emergency situations
Day 2 – Sailing towards Steigen and across the Vestfjord to Lofoten
After breakfast we sail the remaining short distance to Nordskot, Steigen. Here the two norwegian polar explorers, Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug, have bought each their little island, and we hope to stretch our legs on at least one of them. In the afternoon we sail over to Lofoten, crossing the Vestfjord in the winter-night.
Day 3 – Full day of sailing up to Andøya and Risøyhamn
If the conditions are right, we wake up this morning in the magical Trollfjord, with its high ranging mountains and peaks. Who is taking the first morning bath? For the rest of the day we sail northwards, the distance about 50 nm. Underway we get to practice more both photo and sailing.
Day 4 – Going to Hamn on Senja – meeting the whales
After breakfast we set sail north towards Senja, and here you really should have all your batteries fully charged. Now we approach the area where we normally see a lot of whales this time of year. This will be another full day of sailing, and as we reach Hamn, we are awaited by a hot bathtub and sauna. This night we eat in the restaurant of Hamn.
Day 5 – Close on the whales in the fjords of Senja
After breakfast we sail out of the sheltered bay of Hamn, an area just too fotogenic! We then continue sailing northwards aiming for Sommarøy (Summer-island!), where we anchor for the night. Maybe this night will be the perfect night for a bonfire on the beach under the Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis!
Day 6 – Whale-safari on the outer side of Kvaløya
We continue our sail from Sommarøy and will now preferably be in the area where the herring and whales have entered the fjords. We will keep a sharp lookout and hope to get some encounters with the whales. If we are lucky, the herring is still in the fjords, and then we might see lots of whales and killer whales. We’ll see.
Day 7 – Last encounters with the whales and afternoon sail into Tromsø
This morning we sail into another fjord where the whale activity is usually very high. Then we set sail for Tromsø to finish of the trip. This night we eat dinner in a good restaurant and then go dancing! (for those who do not need to rush home immediately).
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