You will join our expedition yacht in Alesund. A vibrant Norwegian city with regular flights. We will meet you on board Narwhal and give you a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the town and get your first taste of life above the arctic circle. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about Narwhal, life onboard and the research projects that we will be undertaking. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.
28th April: Setting sail
Following initial safety briefings we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered and spectacular fjords along this part of the coastline provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat and trial some of the research equipment. There will be plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the arctic landscape.
29th April – 4th May: Fjord Norway
The main part of the expedition will see us working our way south through the sheltered but intricate inside passages. Sailing up fjords and past islands will will have a front row view of the scenery and wildlife. Some of the highlights of this section of coastline include the Svartisen glacier, and the famous Torghatten, a mountain that you can walk through, not forgetting the magical moment of crossing the Arctic circle! We may do a couple of longer passages enabling you to get to experience the thrill of sailing through the night, but most nights we will seek out sheltered anchorages allowing you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, maybe even trying your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding or simply relaxing an enjoying the relaxed pace of life far from the hectic modern world.
5th May: Arrival in Bodø
We will spend our final day enjoying the scenery of Northern Norway before heading into port in Bodø. We will moor up for the night in Bodø and enjoy our final evening onboard with a nice dinner and time to swop stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
6th May: Leaving the boat
Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing Bodø.
Please note that the itinerary provided above is provide to illustrate the general areas the we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests.
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, the warmer the better
Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great
Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great
Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)
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. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip
Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore
Rucsac – 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 onboard 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
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 squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal