23rd May: Joining the expedition
You will join the expedition in the bustling Norwegian city of Bodo. Located well above the arctic circle, Bodo is easily accessed by air with transfers through the major Norwegian cities. Or you could add to your adventure by travelling to Bodo via the famous Hurtigruten ferry. You will be met at the yacht by your skipper who will 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 Bodo. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.
24th May: Setting sail
Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The area around Bodo is both sheltered and spectacular, providing the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat. The skipper will take you through everything that you need to know about how sailing and life work onboard an expedition yacht. There will also be opportunity to simply soak up the stunning scenery of the Arctic mountains and islands.
25th May – 26th May: Vestfjord
With spectacular fjords on one side and the mountains of the Lofoten Islands rising out of the distant sea on the other, Vestfjord is one of our favourite places for sailing. Full of intricate fjords and deserted islands we will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding ourselves a scenic and secluded anchorage for the night.
27th – 29th May: Tjeldsund, Solbergfjord and Gisundet
This stage of the voyage sees us navigating some narrow passages, affording us some spectacular views right from the deck. At this time of year, the Arctic is starting to come alive with colour and birdlife and we will take our time to saver and enjoy it.
30th May: Arrival in Tromso
We will spend our final day enjoying the scenery of Northern Norway before heading into port in Tromso. We will moor up for the night in Tromso and enjoy our final evening onboard with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
31st May: Leaving the boat
Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to swap stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing the vibrant city of Tromso.
Please note that the itinerary above is provided to illustrate the general areas 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