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 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.
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)
Sailing gloves – 2 sets
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
USB cord to charge your phone
Warm sleeping bag
Printed out Insurance details
Any medication you require