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27th July 2020 to 3rd August 2020

Wild Arctic Norway – Northbound

£1200.94 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Get up close and personal to the most wild and unknown places in Norway, home to incredible wildlife and showcasing the best scenery around.
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Bavari 40, 42, 44, 46 & 50, Farr 40.
Vessel length
40 to 50 foot.
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10.
Insurance Required
Yes

If you want to explore the magnificent scenery of Lofoten, Vesterålen, Senja, Sommarøy and Tromsø and experience the rich bird- and wildlife close by, then this is the adventure for you

7 Nights: 27 July - 03 August 2020

15,400 NOK / £1,200.94 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.

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.

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 its good opportunities to see whales, and at Senja we seek harbour in Bergfjord's idyllic Hamn. After a good dinner and unhurried pleasures in the harbour of Hamn, we continue on the "outer side" of Senja up to Sommarøy where we anchor in a natural harbour 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.

69°38N 19°.0E

Day 1 – Trip start from Svolvær

We meet at 16.00. Check-in and we go through the program and safety procedures on board. 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.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • A good level of fitness is recommended.
  • We recommend you bring all the items on our Kit List.
  • Wet weather gear is available to hire for 500NOK (£50) per person for a jacket and trousers.

Take an internal flight to Svolvær.

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

69°38N 19°.0E

Day 1 – Trip start from Svolvær

We meet at 16.00. Check-in and we go through the program and safety procedures on board. 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.

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