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Sail & Beach cleanup in Helgeland

fr 12,800 NOK / £1,140 per person*

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On booking, your final balance will include a carbon offset contribution in line with our eco-policy. For more information, please contact us

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

7  nights

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

We are setting sail with a brand new experience concept this summer where the health of the ocean will be in focus! Surrounded by magnificent nature, we sail to leave a positive footprint – or a positive handprint as we would rather call it! You will be sailing, cleaning beaches, learn about plastic and other marine litter, and you will hear about actual solutions to the problem.

We set the course along Norway`s most beautiful coastline, between the thousands of islands, islets and rocks in the Helgeland archipelago, to explore and clean spectacular places that can only be reached by boat. We sail from Bodø to Brønnøysund, a stretch full of great natural harbours, beautiful beaches and scenic mountains and fjords. On the way we’re passing by Rødøy, Myken, Træna, Lovund, Vega and Ylvingen.

On this trip you will learn much more than just sailing! Together with our professional skippers with local knowledge, we will bring an experienced guide on marine littering, Nordic Ocean Watch will contribute to the scientific part and we will hear from different organisations and companies along the way that work with reducing the problem of marine littering.

The most severe predictions from World Economic Forum says that there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050. Even in the cold and clear waters of Norway there are masses of washed up plastic waste on the beaches everyday. As sailors, passionate about the ocean, we cannot sit still and watch this happen without doing anything. On this trip we will bring you along to beaches where there should not be any plastic at all, and we are going to clean and pack out what we find there. You will be part of cleaning up some of these beautiful places and we sail along with a cleaner coast behind us!

If you like the sea, the impressive north Norwegian nature, are curious or experienced in sailing, and you want to spend your holiday on something meaningful, then this trip is perfect for you!

Trip Start: 26 Jun 2020

Trip End: 3 Jul 2020

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Bavaria 44 “Nirvana” or Bavaria 50 “Humla”

On this trip we will be 2-3 boats sailing together

Vessel Length

44 or 50 foot

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Single + double cabins, max 10

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Trip leader with knowledge and professional expertise
  • Solid beach cleaning clothes (oil skin) from HellyHansen, as well as other equipment
  • 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

Additional

  • Travels to and from Bodø/Brønnøysund
  • 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)

Practical Info

  • Open to beginner sailors

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Fly to Bodø

Getting back

Fly back from Brønnøysund

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

Day 1 – Welcome on board and intro to the topic

We meet in the boats for check in at 11.00 in Bodø. When you get here, we will eat lunch, get to know each other, and go through the program for the week: our ambitions and expectations. Already this first day we dive fully into the topic of the trip. We will have a workshop about the issue at Stormen culture center where we will have speakers from different companies, organizations and the scientific community. We are also going to visit the waste plant of Iris Salten, the local waste company, and get to see what’s being done with the garbage we clean up along the coast. This day will be a full day of input on the topic! The first night is spent onboard the boats in Bodø.

Day 2 – How to sail and clean beaches

Today we start with a go through of the boat, equipment, and safety regulations onboard. In harbour we practice some man-overboard training and then we set sail Southwards towards Rødøy. Full of motivation and enthusiasm from yesterday, we will start the beach cleaning along the way. The islands of Fugløy and Bolga, and the old fishing village Støtt, are all places we will pass and have the opportunity to stop by for a round of beach cleaning. Dinner is served onboard. When we reach Rødøy, perhaps someone wants to go for a midnight sun hike to Rødøyløva?

Day 3 – Cleaning cruise and visit to Myken whisky distillery

After breakfast we will again go for a cleaning cruise and see how much plastic we can find on the shores of Rødøy. When the rubbish is packed and ready to be picked up, we hoist sails again. Next stop is Myken; a small community on one of the outermost island towards the great sea. Here are we invited to a sightseeing on the world’s only Arctic whisky distillery, for those who want to try it. After this tour and lunch, we continue sailing towards Selvær and Træna. We will moor in the harbor of Sanna and hopefully have a bonfire on the beach in the evening (weather dependent).

Day 4 – Cleaning trip around Træna and sailing to Onøy

Even all the way out at the beautiful oceanic island of Træna will we find plastic. We’ll walk around the island while we picking up what we find along the shoreline, so the troll in the mountain on the island will be happy with us. After the cleaning trip we set sail towards Lovund and the mainland. We do a little clean-up cruise around the picturesque island of Lovund before we continue sailing to Onøy for the evening. We’ll have the worst of bad luck to not catch a fish for dinner..!

Day 5 – Stand-up paddling at Onøy

At Onøy we have friends in Explore Helgeland who rent out stand-up paddle boards to us (this cost is not included in your trip fee). We can play around with the boards around the islets and bays of Onøy, and can hopefully get some plastic with us back on the boards. Today’s sail goes South to Hjartøypollen by Dønna. A beautiful bay with a panoramic view to the majestic mountain range De Syv Søster (The Seven Sisters).

Day 6 – Vega: The World Heritage Islands

In the morning we set our course towards Næs at the island of Vega. The route goes through a fantastic coast dotted with islands where we use our light boats to get ashore and do some beach clean-up on our way. When we’re safely moored in Næs we will visit Vega World Heritage Center where we can learn about the traditional use of the land with farming, fishing and specially eider ducks. Early evening we sail onwards to our homebase island of Ylvingen and spend the night at Himmelblå Brygge.

Day 7 – Sailing to Brønnøysund and thanks for now!

After some beach cleaning at Ylvingen in the morning we will continue sailing the last few hours to our final goal, the city of Brønnøysund. We finish our trip here, clean-up and pack ourselves out of the boats, thanking each other for a great effort on the trip! Departure from the boats will be, at the latest, 15.00 (3:00pm). We hope you have a safe journey back home and that you have the opportunity to share what you learned with us with your communities back home. We sincerely hope to see you another time!

The program

The program may change according to weather and conditions, but it gives an indication of how we spend the days. We start every day with a good breakfast and make a packed lunch before we go ashore. Some of the days we eat dinner right away after getting back to the boat, other days we just eat a snack at the beach, and then sail on before we make a later dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, and time to look around. If the weather should be in disfavor of a trip on land, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.

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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LOCATION

“I would thoroughly recommend an adventure with Kraken.”

Tom

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