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9th May 2020 to 19th May 2020

Arctic Circle Explorer – Spring

£2340 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Explore the fjords and glaciers of Norway at a relaxed pace as you make your way north, above the Arctic Circle
Nights onboard
10
Vessel type
57ft Steel Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
57ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)
Insurance Required
Yes

Explore the ever-unfolding beauty of this breath-taking arctic landscape as you sail up the coast to northern Norway

10 nights: 09 - 19 May 2020

£2,340 per person

Venture through fjords and past mountains, view the hidden corners of this stunning coastline from the unique vantage point of the steel expedition yacht. 

For an unforgettable adventure, you will sail your way at a relaxed pace through stunning landscape during the day, working your way north through the sheltered, intricate inside passages and islands. In the evening, you will anchor for the night, surrounded by wonderful vistas and incredible skies. As the winter snows linger on the mountains, you will have plenty of time to enjoy other activities such as fishing, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply taking that perfect photograph.

With opportunities aplenty for exploring onshore as well as offshore, a small number of guests on board means that the skipper can tailor the route so that you can experience the areas that best suit your interests. The possibility of some overnight sailing passages makes the most out of your time on board, as you sail to where the adventure is.

Day 1: Joining the expedition

Join the expedition yacht in Bodø, a town with regular flights in arctic Norway. Following a warm welcome on board, you will be shown around the boat and given the chance to familiarise yourself with the yacht and the itinerary. After settling in, explore this town with it’s rugged landscape. Dinner will be provided on board on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew members.

Day 2: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, you will head out of port and set sail for the first time. The sheltered and spectacular fjords around Bodø provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat.

Day 3-9: Fjord Norway

For the main part of the expedition, you will work your way north through the inside passages and islands, including the famous Vestfjord/ Lofoten area. Aiming for beautiful anchorages with wonderful surroundings, you will anchor up and get even closer to nature. Head back to the boat for dinner and relax and unwind, enjoying the pace of life far from the hectic modern world.

Day 10: Arrival in Tromsø

The last day will be spent enjoying the scenery of Northern Norway before heading into port in Tromsø where you will moor up for the night. This is your final evening on board with dinner and will be a time to swap stories and photos from the expedition with your crew.

Day 11: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board and you can say your goodbyes before you either head home or explore more of Tromsø, a cultural hub of a town, with its centuries old wooden houses and arctic cathedral.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas visited on the expedition. The exact itinerary followed will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions.

  • Accommodation on board, including bedding and duvet.
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board.
  • Use of onboard equipment, including SUP
  • Use of an expedition sailing suit and offshore standard lifejacket.
  • Professional and qualified crew.
  • Use of our rib to get ashore and explore.
  • Travel to and from the boats
  • Food ashore
  • Open to beginner sailors.

Bodø, Norway

Tromsø, Norway

Day 1: Joining the expedition

Join the expedition yacht in Bodø, a town with regular flights in arctic Norway. Following a warm welcome on board, you will be shown around the boat and given the chance to familiarise yourself with the yacht and the itinerary. After settling in, explore this town with it’s rugged landscape. Dinner will be provided on board on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew members.

Day 2: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, you will head out of port and set sail for the first time. The sheltered and spectacular fjords around Bodø provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat.

Day 3-9: Fjord Norway

For the main part of the expedition, you will work your way north through the inside passages and islands, including the famous Vestfjord/ Lofoten area. Aiming for beautiful anchorages with wonderful surroundings, you will anchor up and get even closer to nature. Head back to the boat for dinner and relax and unwind, enjoying the pace of life far from the hectic modern world.

Day 10: Arrival in Tromsø

The last day will be spent enjoying the scenery of Northern Norway before heading into port in Tromsø where you will moor up for the night. This is your final evening on board with dinner and will be a time to swap stories and photos from the expedition with your crew.

Day 11: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board and you can say your goodbyes before you either head home or explore more of Tromsø, a cultural hub of a town, with its centuries old wooden houses and arctic cathedral.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas visited on the expedition. The exact itinerary followed will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions.

Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap

Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

Boots – Wellington type boots, waterproof with good grip. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop in mid-calf depth water.

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Backpack – for on land exploring

Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

Swimwear – you might not fancy a dip in the Arctic waters but a local hot tub can be a treat that you don’t want to miss out on

Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries on board but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

Entertainment – books, music etc. for rest time

Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

Head torch – ideally with a red light function

Sunscreen – 24hr daylight can be relentless

Sunglasses

A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

Passport / visas

Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

Kitbag – this must be a soft type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal