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4th August 2020 to 11th August 2020

Wild Arctic Norway – Southbound

£1200.94 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
On this stunning tour of Norway you can experience incredible nature and scenery, and get as active as you want, hiking and surfing, or just sit back and enjoy the ride.
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

Explore magnificent scenery, explore hidden beaches, go surfing and so much more on this active adventure from the arctic to alpine Lofoten.

7 Nights: 04 - 11 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 for an exciting sailing trip through Sommarøy, Senja, Vesterålen and Lofoten to Svolvær. This will be an eventful and active holiday, where we'll explore the magnificent scenery in this area and experience the rich bird- and wildlife close by. For many, the hike to the peak Møysalen has been the highlight of this trip.

We start the journey by sailing south from Tromsø, through Rystraumen, and then to Sommarøy where we anchor in a natural harbour between the sandy beaches. From Sommarøy we sail the “outside” of Senja to idyllic Hamn in Bergfjord.  After a good dinner and unhurried pleasures in the harbour of Hamn, we sail toward the tip of Andøya. The area outside Andenes is known for its good opportunities to see whales, with the ocean floor rising from 1000 to 100 meter. We continue sailing south on the west side of Andøya, an incredibly scenic stretch. At Bleik we visit bird nesting cliffs and explore the unique cultural landscape. Hopefully, the cosy, local pub has open doors for us when arriving this year as well. From Bleik we sail inshore past Stave and then towards and in between the Vesterålen islands.

We sail further into the fjords on Hinnøya and towards the top of Vesterålen's highest mountain; Møysalen. The majestic towering mountain of 1252 meter above sea level has a great view of both the Lofoten mountains and Vesterålen, and this hike is considered by many as the best mountain hike in northern Norway. And to many of our participants, it has also proved to be the highlight of this trip. The trip ends with a regatta the last day through the Lofoten wall to Svolvær, with a fine dinner on land, 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.

 

Day 1 – Trip starts at 16.00 from “Paris of the north” Tromsø

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 for sail. If we are ready and the wind is good, we might start sailing this night already.

Day 2 – Sail to Sommarøya

We start the trip by sailing southwest from Tromsø, through Rystraumen, and then to Sommarøy; an idyllic small island community outside Kvaløya in Troms. At Sommarøya we stretch our legs before we anchor in a natural harbour between the sandy beaches. Here are many scenic little beaches and lagoons to discover.

Day 3 – Senja and the harbour of Hamn

From Sommarøy we sail towards Hamn on Senja where we’ll moor up for the night. In the afternoon you can go for a walk or a paddle around Hamn. This evening we have dinner at the restaurant in Hamn, and we might jump in the sauna and hot tub before dinner!

Day 4 – Whale and sea bird safari on Andøya

Around noon times we set course further south, and north of Andenes, the seabed rises from 1000 to 100 meters and here are good chances of seeing whales. We continue sailing south on the west side of Andøya to Bleik, 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 keep open for us.

Day 5 – Full day sailing towards Hinnøya and Lonkanfjorden

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 south and sail towards Vesterålen. Depending on the wind and conditions, we will sleep in a natural harbour this night and try to get as far south as possible. 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 6 – 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 evening and depending on the wind and conditions we make a decision on whether we should stay the night on anchor or continue sailing a short stretch.

Day 7 – Regatta to Svolvær

In the morning we get ready for regatta and racing the other boats in this final stretch through the Lofoten wall and towards Svolvær. This will be a day full of sailing where we train on trimming the sails and handling of the boat. In Svolvær we go out for dinner and continue the night sharing tall tales.

Day 8 – Breakfast and departure

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

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 disfavour of a trip on land, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.

 

  • 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 Tromsø.

Fly from Svolvær airport.

Day 1 – Trip starts at 16.00 from “Paris of the north” Tromsø

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 for sail. If we are ready and the wind is good, we might start sailing this night already.

Day 2 – Sail to Sommarøya

We start the trip by sailing southwest from Tromsø, through Rystraumen, and then to Sommarøy; an idyllic small island community outside Kvaløya in Troms. At Sommarøya we stretch our legs before we anchor in a natural harbour between the sandy beaches. Here are many scenic little beaches and lagoons to discover.

Day 3 – Senja and the harbour of Hamn

From Sommarøy we sail towards Hamn on Senja where we’ll moor up for the night. In the afternoon you can go for a walk or a paddle around Hamn. This evening we have dinner at the restaurant in Hamn, and we might jump in the sauna and hot tub before dinner!

Day 4 – Whale and sea bird safari on Andøya

Around noon times we set course further south, and north of Andenes, the seabed rises from 1000 to 100 meters and here are good chances of seeing whales. We continue sailing south on the west side of Andøya to Bleik, 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 keep open for us.

Day 5 – Full day sailing towards Hinnøya and Lonkanfjorden

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 south and sail towards Vesterålen. Depending on the wind and conditions, we will sleep in a natural harbour this night and try to get as far south as possible. 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 6 – 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 evening and depending on the wind and conditions we make a decision on whether we should stay the night on anchor or continue sailing a short stretch.

Day 7 – Regatta to Svolvær

In the morning we get ready for regatta and racing the other boats in this final stretch through the Lofoten wall and towards Svolvær. This will be a day full of sailing where we train on trimming the sails and handling of the boat. In Svolvær we go out for dinner and continue the night sharing tall tales.

Day 8 – Breakfast and departure

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

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 disfavour of a trip on land, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.

 

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