Rugged nature and Arctic wildlife – Lofoten,
Vesterålen and Senja

12,800 NOK / £1,135 per person*

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7 nights

If these dates don’t work, why not book the whole boat for dates that do. Minimum 5 participants.

Join us in the Arctic this summer as we sail through Lofoten, Vesterålen, Senja, and Sommarøy to Tromsø. This will be an eventful and active holiday, where we start the in alpine Lofoten and end in arctic nature further north. If you want to explore the magnificent scenery in this area and experience the rich bird- and wildlife close by, then this is the adventure for you. In previous years, many have found the hike to the peak Møysalen to be the highlight awesome Arctic adventure.

We start the journey by sailing through the Lofoten wall and further into the fjords on Hinnøya, our first destination being the top of Vesterålen’s highest mountain; Møysalen. The majestic towering mountain of 1252 meter above sea level has a great view to both the Lofoten mountains and Vesterålen, and this hike is considered by many as the best mountain hike in northern Norway – and for many of our guests, it has also proved to be the highlight of this trip.

We continue sailing north through Vesterålen to Andøya, then northward and inshore up to Stave and Bleik. At Bleik we visit bird nesting cliffs and explore the unique cultural landscape. Hopefully, the cosy, local pub has open doors for us when arrive this year as well.

Towards Senja we sail around the tip of Andenes, which is known for it’s good opportunities to see whales, and at Senja we seek harbor in Bergfjord’s idyllic Hamn. After a good dinner and unhurried pleasures in the harbor of Hamn, we continue on the “outerside” of Senja up to Sommarøy where we anchor in a natural harbor between the sandy beaches. The trip ends with a regatta the last day towards “Paris of the north” – Tromsø, with a fine dinner on land in one of the city’s exciting restaurants, this last night.

By having a sailboat as a mobile base for land explorations, we get close to nature, wildlife, local culture and the locals living in the areas we land. During the trip, we combine sailing with as much other fun as possible, such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, good food and a bonfire ashore once in a while.

All our planned activities along the way are optional. If you prefer to take a break in the boat and write poems or do yoga, or do nothing at all, that’s what you will do.

Trip Start: August 2020 Dates TBC

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Bavari 40, 42, 44, 46 & 50, Farr 40.

Vessel Length

40 to 50 foot

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Single + double cabins, max 10

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

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Included

  • Experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Accommodation onboard during the whole trip
  • All meals that we eat onboard along the way (from dinner first day to breakfast last day)
  • A sustainable, local, eco-friendly, unique, exotic and exclusive Norway holiday
  • High-quality inflatable life jackets
  • Free use of equipment such as ribs, kayaks, fishing gear etc
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour-fees etc

Additional

  • Transportation to/from Lofoten/Tromsø
  • Our comfy-package: this package costs NOK 1500 and provides guaranteed accommodation in double cabin with hot water/shower in the boat. In the cabin you will find duvets, pillows and bedsheets.
  • Additional options/activities where we hire external guides and equipment, for example, guided bird watching trip in Bleik.
  • Meals at cafe/restaurants (we plan 1-2 meals ashore for this trip).
  • Drinks like wine, beer or exclusive apple juice and other luxuries.

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

A good level of fitness is recommended.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Take an internal flight to Svolvær.

Getting back

Fly from Tromsø internally and then catch your onward flight home.

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.

ITINERARY

69°38N 19°.0E

Join: Svolvær, Sunday July 28, afternoon.

Leave: Tromsø, Sunday August 04, morning.

We start the trip by sailing north through the Lofoten Mountains, mooring in the bays of Hinnøya and hiking to the top of Vesterålen’s highest mountain, Møsalen. Heading further north we round the Andøya island with waters rich with marine life and ideal for spotting whales, including killer whales. We then set sail towards the spectacular mountain range of Senja, stopping to seek haven at the idyllic Hamn of the Berg Fjord, where you can enjoy a sauna, hot tub and great food. The trip ends with a day’s sail to Tromso, the ‘Paris of the North’.

Day 1 – Trip start from Svolvær

We meet at 16.00. Check-in and we go through the program and safety procedures onboard. In the evening we make dinner, get to know the boat and crew, and prepare to sail. If we are ready and the winds good, we might start sailing this night already.

Day 2 – Sail towards Hinnøya and Lonkanfjorden

After breakfast, we set sails towards Hinnøya and Møysalen. This will be a day full of sailing where we train on trimming the sails and handling of the boat. In the evening we prepare for a summit hike to Møysalen next morning. The summit is part of the Møysalen National Park, founded in 2003.

Day 3 – Summit hike to Møysalen

If the weather permits, we will start climbing Møysalen in the morning; perhaps the most beautiful mountain hike in northern Norway. With its 1262 meters above sea level, the towering mountain is by far the highest in Lofoten and Vesterålen. We split into two or three groups, and the hike takes 8-12 hours, depending on the pace. Back in the boats in the afternoon, we sail further north towards Vesterålen and Andøya. Depending on the wind and conditions, we will sleep in a natural harbour this night or maybe we will arrive Stø on the northern tip of Langøya in Vesterålen.

Day 4 – Full day sailing to Bleik on Andøya

In the morning we sail further north to Bleik on Andøya, where the island rises straight up from the ocean behind the long and unique beaches. At Bleik we can surf, paddle or swim and we can go hike through the cultural landscape. At Bleik, they also have a very nice and cosy local pub that stays open a few nights every summer, hopefully they’ll stay open for us.

Day 5 – Whale and seabird safari on Andøya

After a morning bath on one of northern Norway’s most scenic beaches, we visit Jakobine café; one of the best and most enjoyable cafes in all of northern Norway, with a wide selection of very good cakes! Then, a little bit later this day, we set course further north and sail inshore towards Andenes. North of Andenes the seabed rises from 1000 to 100 meters and there are good chances of seeing whales. We continue our sail towards Hamn in Senja where we’ll moor up for the night. This evening we have dinner at the restaurant in Hamn, and we might jump in the sauna and hot tub before dinner!

Day 6 – Sail to Sommarøya

In the morning you can go for a walk or a paddle around Hamn. At noon we cast off and sail through Bergsfjorden’s archipelago before heading north to Sommarøy. When we get to Sommarøy we’ll stretch our legs a bit on the island before seeking out a natural harbour in a beautiful lagoon among the islands and beaches.

Day 7 – Regatta to Tromsø

In the morning we get ready for regatta and racing the other boats in this final stretch around Kvaløya to Tromsø. In Tromsø we go out for dinner at one of Tromsø city’s excellent restaurants and later at night there will definitely be some dancing out.

Day 8 – Breakfast and departure

Thank you for a great, eventful and engaging trip! From the “Paris of the north”; Tromsø, the roads and possibilities are still many for those who want to continue exploring.

KIT LIST

Sailing boots

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)

Hat

Balaklava

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

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

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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