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19th July 2021 to 26th July 2021

The Best of the Lofoten Islands, Norway

£1350 Per person

Deposit £100 for bookings made before 30/09/20.ͭ Normal deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Sail your way through the fjords of the Lofoten isles and find endless possibilities for adventure
Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Individuals
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Bavaria 40, 44, 46, 50, Farr 40
Vessel length
40 to 50 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10
Insurance Required
Yes

ͭ£100 deposits apply for 2021 trip bookings and are non-refundable. The balance of the normal deposit is due by 10 January, with the balance due 12 weeks before departure. Book with confidence - see our COVID-19 policy.

Sail your way through the fjords of the Lofoten isles and find endless possibilities for adventure

7 nights: 19 - 26 July 2021

15,400 NOK / £1,350 per person*

*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.

Experience the most breathtakingly stunning nature Norway has to offer as you sail through the arctic landscape of the dramatic Lofoten isles, experiencing some of the best places this archipelago has to offer. 

Famous for its alpine mountains, the possibilities are endless as you venture through fjords, experiencing the hidden corners of this stunning coastline from the unique vantage point your yacht. Getting close to nature, you will experience the local culture, rich wildlife and stunning Arctic scenery, all from your mobile base.

With opportunities aplenty for exploring onshore as well as offshore, this trip can be as active or as relaxed as you want to make it. Hike, climb, fish, kayak, paddle, swim, or cosy up on the boat and read a great book. Sailing from beach to mountain to village, you can improve your skills on board while immersing yourself in this unforgettable adventure.

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

Day 1 – Start in Henningsvær

Meet in the harbour to familiarise yourself with the boat and meet the crew. If the winds permit it, you will be given a safety brief before setting sail towards a natural harbour to spend the night at anchor.

Day 2 – Austnesfjorden

After breakfast you will set sail towards Reine, one of the most photographed places in Lofoten on account of its beautiful harbour. Arriving early afternoon you will sail into the fjord surrounding Reine, mooring the boat for a hike to Bunes beach on the north side. Here you will make a fire, pancakes and coffee and enjoy life under the bright skies of Norway. Those wanting a thrill may hike up to the “Peak of Hell” reaching straight up from the beach 660 meters into the air.

Day 3 – Walk or hike around Reine

This morning you will explore Reine. Hike Reinebringen mountain for extraordinary views or rent a kayak for a few hours of paddling. In the afternoon you will  sail further south towards Nusfjord, one of the best preserved traditional fishing villages in Lofoten. Here, the crew can eat at  Restaurant Karoline.

Day 4 – Sail to the north side and the surf beach Unstad

After a good breakfast in the incredible surroundings of Nusfjord, you will once again set sail through the Lofoten isles, towards the famous surf beach Unstad, on the north coast. You will anchor at Tangstad and walk over to Unstad, where you can rent surfing gear and aboard, with the option of a course. If surfing is not your thing, you can use this time to explore this stunning area. You will then have the option of eating dinner at Unstad or head back to the boat and cook there, before a wonderful night’s sleep at anchor in the protected bay.

Day 5 – Sail to the island Skrova

After a slow start to the day, you will navigate further north around this island, before entering the southern pool through the tidal stream of Gimsøy. Passing the fishing village of Henningsvær you will sail further out to the island Skrova where you will hike to the peak. Here you will discover fantastic views over the Lofoten islands towards the west and with the West fjord, Hamarøy and Steigen in the east.

Day 6 – Sail for the Trollfjord and the surrounding mountains

After breakfast you will sail to Trollfjorden and the surrounding mountains, passing many picturesque islands along the way. Lunch in Trollfjorden, famous for its steep 500 metre granite walls and narrow entrance, will be followed by a walk in the surrounding landscape. Tonight you will anchor in a bay outside of the fjord.

Day 7 – Cultural experiences in Nyvågar

In the morning you will sail to Kabelvåg and Nyvågar where you will find an interesting aquarium, an art gallery and museums. Learn more about the traditions and cultures of Lofoten and north-Norway before gathering in the restaurant for the last dinner with your crew mates.

Day 8: Check out from Svolvær

This morning consists of an early breakfast followed by a last one-hour sail back to Svolvær. Here you will tidy the boat and pack your gear before going for breakfast in the local bakery.

  • Trip experience with yacht – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • 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
  • Travels to and from Henningsvær
  • 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 luxuries (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – recommended, but up to you (normally you don’t need special insurance to sail)

Travel

Check sas.no or wideoe.no for flights to Svolvær. If you get to Bodø you may take the ferry or fast ferry over to Lofoten. See the public itinerary here: www.177nordland.no. You may also perfectly well take the train to Bodø. Travelling slowly gives another dimension to a journey than flying. If you’re travelling from a city in the north or wish to extend your journey with a day or two, you can consider doing so on Hurtigruten.

Safety and risk – in general

We take safety seriously and on our trips we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. On board the boat and trips, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us it is important that you as a guest and participant is trained quickly enough to be a participating crew, not a passenger. It contributes to learning, sense of achievement and increased safety for all. This is also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses, you are trained to be one of the crew members on board.

Mountain hikes and alpine/backcountry trips involve a certain risk, as does sailing. However, we as an operator, and our skippers and guides, do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner. Everyone gains on this and we have no one to lose. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.

Level of this trip

Sailing wise, our trips are not difficult, and you are always welcome to join us! We have with us both people who have never sailed before and experienced sailors. However, you must be prepared for everything from no wind to sailing in harsh weather. If you are a beginner, we will try to make you a seaman/woman as soon as possible. If you are experienced you will be given responsibility and greater challenges.

Equipment/packing

In Northern Norway and the Arctics, we must be prepared for all seasons, often during a single day. It’s a part of the experience; it’s wild, beautiful and raw – in all aspects, also with regards to weather. Prepare for the contrasts! For us the most important thing is to enjoy the ride and sailing. Use what you have, borrow if you can, and invest in something new if you must. In good time before departure, we will send you a detailed recommended packing list for this trip.

Food and cooking

On our trips, everyone contributes to the operation of the boat, so as long as you have not booked one of our trips with a designated chef, all take their turns in the galley during the trip. Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. In advance of the trip, we set up a menu and shop what is needed. We try to offer good menus with healthy and “boat friendly” food. If you have allergies or preferences let us know in the registration form, and we will take that into account. During the trip, we also often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

What we expect from you

We want you to take part in the routines on board the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, clean the boat or contribute in other ways when required. Our trips require a little effort from all participants – and you should be open to contribute and open up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people go very well together. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least do things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting and memorable stories :)

Life on board and accommodation

Life on board a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some it can be perceived as quite intimate and crowded, which is important to be prepared for. On our trips everyone participates in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered crew. We would like to get to know you well and hope that you will get to know everyone else on the sailboat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences are quickly what will take your focus as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.
Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. The accommodation is generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some have a bunk bed solution. The distribution is quite a puzzle, but we do believe we are quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations. Any accommodation before and after the trip must be arranged on its own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we’re happy to give you some recommendations.
On the boat, we have a lot of heat and a lot of good food, but not always an abundance of freshwater.

What kind of people join this trip – and how many are we on board?

Many come alone, some travel as couples, some travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and committed people you become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but that is not so important to us. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old as long as you want to go on a trip and intend to do your part so that you and the rest of the crew will have a good trip together. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we get many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers. On most trips we sail more boats in a fleet, with 7-9 people onboard each boat.

ECO, Environment and sustainability

Both sailing and hiking/alpine/backcountry trips are environmentally friendly activities and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as possible. We encourage crew and participants to travel as environmentally-friendly as possible, and we use local ingredients and resources as far as possible. We also have our own trips where we collect litter and clean ocean trash from beaches.
Philosophically we often say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability; we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity and food. In order to run sustainable – knowledge, patience, agility and hard work are required. The same applies to almost everything you try to do in a sustainable way.

Changes to the program

The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve our itineraries. On board with us we always have a dinghy for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and gear to hike or make a bonfires on the beach – we are ready for adventure! Are you?

Take an internal flight to Svolvær.

Take an internal flight to Svolvær.

Day 1 – Start in Henningsvær

Meet in the harbour to familiarise yourself with the boat and meet the crew. If the winds permit it, you will be given a safety brief before setting sail towards a natural harbour to spend the night at anchor.

Day 2 – Austnesfjorden

After breakfast you will set sail towards Reine, one of the most photographed places in Lofoten on account of its beautiful harbour. Arriving early afternoon you will sail into the fjord surrounding Reine, mooring the boat for a hike to Bunes beach on the north side. Here you will make a fire, pancakes and coffee and enjoy life under the bright skies of Norway. Those wanting a thrill may hike up to the “Peak of Hell” reaching straight up from the beach 660 meters into the air.

Day 3 – Walk or hike around Reine

This morning you will explore Reine. Hike Reinebringen mountain for extraordinary views or rent a kayak for a few hours of paddling. In the afternoon you will  sail further south towards Nusfjord, one of the best preserved traditional fishing villages in Lofoten. Here, the crew can eat at  Restaurant Karoline.

Day 4 – Sail to the north side and the surf beach Unstad

After a good breakfast in the incredible surroundings of Nusfjord, you will once again set sail through the Lofoten isles, towards the famous surf beach Unstad, on the north coast. You will anchor at Tangstad and walk over to Unstad, where you can rent surfing gear and aboard, with the option of a course. If surfing is not your thing, you can use this time to explore this stunning area. You will then have the option of eating dinner at Unstad or head back to the boat and cook there, before a wonderful night’s sleep at anchor in the protected bay.

Day 5 – Sail to the island Skrova

After a slow start to the day, you will navigate further north around this island, before entering the southern pool through the tidal stream of Gimsøy. Passing the fishing village of Henningsvær you will sail further out to the island Skrova where you will hike to the peak. Here you will discover fantastic views over the Lofoten islands towards the west and with the West fjord, Hamarøy and Steigen in the east.

Day 6 – Sail for the Trollfjord and the surrounding mountains

After breakfast you will sail to Trollfjorden and the surrounding mountains, passing many picturesque islands along the way. Lunch in Trollfjorden, famous for its steep 500 metre granite walls and narrow entrance, will be followed by a walk in the surrounding landscape. Tonight you will anchor in a bay outside of the fjord.

Day 7 – Cultural experiences in Nyvågar

In the morning you will sail to Kabelvåg and Nyvågar where you will find an interesting aquarium, an art gallery and museums. Learn more about the traditions and cultures of Lofoten and north-Norway before gathering in the restaurant for the last dinner with your crew mates.

Day 8: Check out from Svolvær

This morning consists of an early breakfast followed by a last one-hour sail back to Svolvær. Here you will tidy the boat and pack your gear before going for breakfast in the local bakery.

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

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