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13th June 2024 to 20th June 2024

Best of Lofoten, Norway – June

From £1685 per person

Deposit 25%. Trip balance due 12 weeks before departure.
This week is dedicated to the most beautiful and rugged mountains, fjords, and beaches that Lofoten has to offer. We explore the island by boat, and the whole of Lofoten is our playground.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Individuals
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Bavaria 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

Discover Lofoten in June. On this adventure hiking, fishing, kayaking, and surfing are all on the itinerary.

7 nights: 13 - 20 June 2024

Price: 21, 900 NOK/£1, 685 per person*

Get ready for a jam-packed adventure in Lofoten! It’s a trip filled with rich culture, delicious local flavors, and outdoor activities. Together we will sail to the north side of the island to explore the famous "Lofoten-wall" and onto Unstad, a small village known for its stunning views and surf beach.

We will also make stops at Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site town that is known as a walking museum, and Reine, famous for its red and white fishermen's cabins. These fishing villages aren't just postcard-perfect; they're loaded with angling adventures, beautiful and challenging hikes, and cultural sites that'll unleash your inner Viking explorer.

The final stretch of the journey is a sail across the Arctic Circle from Vestfjorden to Bodø, where you’ll be treated to views that will absolutely blow your mind! With dramatic peaks, crystal-clear waters, and stories lurking in every corner, this trip's not just sightseeing, it's a celebration of Lofoten's wild side. It's a mashup of adrenaline, culture, and unreal beauty.

From hiking trails that whisper ancient tales to sunsets that paint the sky, Lofoten's got it all! You’ll leave with a boatload of memories that'll have you shouting, "Skål" (“Cheers”) at the top of your lungs!

Why You’ll Love This Trip

  • Discover stunning landscapes like those around Trollfjorden and Rafstundet, where narrow fjords surrounded by towering mountains are the norm.
  • Summit the little mountaintop on Skrova and discover its impressive views of the “Lofoten wall” in the west.
  • Enjoy a full day of sailing past scenic spots like Henningsvær and Gimsøystraumen, before hitting Unstad's famed surfing beach
  • Each day promises a blend of exhilarating activities, from catching waves at Unstad to enjoying the living museum vibe in Nusfjord and exploring the stunning beauty of Reine's towering mountains.
  • Discover Nusfjord, Lofoten’s most iconic and best-preserved fishing village. The whole place is a museum! We will explore and have dinner here.
  • You will get to experience the surreal phenomenon of the midnight sun during summer when the sun doesn't set for weeks, meaning more time for exploring.
  • All our planned activities along the way are optional. If you prefer to take a break in the boat and write poems do yoga, or do nothing at all, then that's what you will do.

Who The Trip Is For

  • Hop aboard for a hands-on adventure because this voyage is a working passage, where everyone pitches in with cooking, crewing, and keeping the boat shipshape.
  • Come alone, travel as a couple, or with a group of friends. The common denominator is that everyone on board is fun and interesting. You will become friends with your fellow crew almost no matter what.
  • We've got room for 10 passengers, with cozy single or double cabins awaiting your stay, so if you’re into getting to know new people and sharing a space with them, you will enjoy hours of chatting and socializing.
  • We travel as environmentally friendly as possible, we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, and electricity. If you're passionate about the environment and sustainability, this journey will align with your values.

Please note: This trip is a working passage and you are expected to take turns with the cooking, crewing and cleaning of the boat throughout the trip.

Day 1: Trip start in Henningsvær

We meet at 16:00 at the dock in Henningsvær. Check-in and go through the program and safety procedures onboard. In the evening we make dinner, get to know the boat and crew, and prepare for sail. If we are ready and the winds are good, we try to start sailing this first night already.

Day 2: Raftsundet and Trollfjorden

After breakfast we sail towards Trollfjorden and Rafstundet. Lunch in Trollfjord will be nice! This fjord is very well-known for the steep mountains that shoot down into the narrow fjord below. Those who wish can walk up to Trollfjordhytta and feel the “troll atmosphere” in Trollheim, while those who prefer to have a campfire on the beach can do that instead. We overnight at the pier in Trollfjorden or at anchor amongst the islands of Rafstundet.

Day 3: Sailing to Skrova and hike on Høgskrova

After a chill morning with a good breakfast onboard we set sail and navigate around Store Molla and Lille Molla and to the small and venerable whale hunting Island Skrova, which lies amongst the islands in Vestfjorden. On Skrova we go ashore and try to summit the little mountaintop with it’s impressive views of the “Lofoten wall” in the west, all of Vestfjorden, and Hamarøy and Steigen in the east. Skrova is also known for its good restaurants for a whale beef and its beautiful beaches, so we will probably have a great evening here!

Day 4: Sailing to the northside of Lofoten and Unstad surfing beach

We have by now gotten a good hang on the sailing, so after breakfast today we throw our lines for a full sailing day! The route passes by Henningsvær again, before we sail up Gimsøystraumen and to the northside of Lofoten; “yttersida”. Then we head west towards the well-known surfing beach of Unstad, and the harbours behind it, which is our goal for the day. Who will be the first boat on the anchorage without using the engine? We spend the night on anchor underneath the midnight sun, as the gentle waves will rock us to sleep.

Day 5: Surfing at Unstad and sailing to Nusfjord fishing village

We start this day with the hike from Mærvoll, over the hill to Unstad. At Unstad Arctic Surf those who are interested can rent surfing equipment and take a surfing class. Another option is to go to the Viking Museum in Borg. This day we won’t sail as far and in the afternoon we raise our sails directed southwards through the “Lofoten wall” again, towards Nappstraumen. From there it is not far to Nusfjord. Nusfjord is Lofoten’s most iconic and best-kept fishing village, and the whole place is a museum. Of course we will go to shore and explore! In the evening we eat dinner at Restaurant Karoline, one of the best places to eat in Lofoten. There is also a fun pub in town, so we might choose to have a few rounds before spending the night in Nusfjord.

Day 6: Morning sail to Reine to spend the day in the mountains or on the beach

Now it is finally time to visit Reine, and there is no better way to arrive in Reine than by boat. The harbour waters are surrounded by steep mountains, making for breathtaking views. This day the options include to go on a guided kayak tour, walk up to Reinebringen, or take the boat into Reinefjorden to Vinstad, from which we can follow a trail north to visit Bunesstranda. On Bunesstranda we like to take the responsibility to clean up some trash left behind by others, so we will see if there is anything to cleanup when we get there! We spend the night in Reine.

Day 7: Sailing over Vestfjorden to Bodø

After a good week on our sailing trip it is time to clean up and make the boat truly sea-ready, put on our sailing gloves, and cross Vestfjorden like true sailors. The crossing takes 8 to 12 hours, depending on the weather. As we are usually multiple boats on the trip this week it can be a “regatta day” where we race across the fjord. If the conditions are good we can stop in “the weather” on the outside of Bodø on our way in. Maybe we all have fantastic weather to sail through this afternoon. We will see! In the evening we arrive in Bodø. After a well deserved arrival drink of aquavit or apple juice we do a quick clean-up on board so it is easier to clean up the next morning.

Day 8: Ending the trip in Bodø in the morning

In the morning we pack, clean and tidy our way out of the boat by 10.00am latest. And we have breakfast at Thon hotel on the quayside – the city’s best breakfast, for those who wants. Thank you so much for a great trip!

The program

The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that we can adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to change and improve our itineraries. We will have a dinghy for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all our trips – we are ready for adventure! Are you?

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper on board
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation onboard in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready-made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • An environmentally friendly, local, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences 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, Helly Hansen inflatable life vest
  • Advice, guidance, and practical training on sailing and boating
  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, and similar, or other 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
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury drinks (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – optional, but recommended

Travel – in general

Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Travelling slowly also allows you to start your holiday in a special way. Cycling, taking the train, or driving a car together can be good options! Feel free to add some extra time before and after your trip, since up north the weather can be unpredictable and might affect your plans!

Travel – Henningsvær

If you have time then take the “Nordlandsbanen” train line to Bodø and the express boat (catamaran) or Hurtigruta (coastal express ferry) from Bodø to Lofoten. But Lofoten is far away for many, and most people end up flying. Then Svolvær is the nearest airport, or you can also fly to Leknes. Flights to Svolvær or Leknes are mostly with a connection in Bodø, and are possible to book through Widerøe, SAS and Norwegian. You can also fly directly from Oslo to and from Harstad/Evenes airport, and then take a bus from there to Lofoten and Henningsvær/Svolvær.

Travel Bodø

The Nordlandsbanen train line goes all the way to Bodø, and can be taken overnight from Trondheim or Oslo. This is a great way to travel and a beautiful journey from southern Norway. For timetables and prices see www.vy.no. If you live along the coast, the speed ferries or Hurtigruta are possible options either northbound or southbound. Another option is a flight to Bodø, and there are some reasonable tickets.

Safety and risk – in general

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

Level of this trip

Sailing wise, our trips are not very difficult, and you are always welcome to join us! Our trips attract both people who have never sailed before, as well as experienced sailors. If you are a beginner, we will turn you into a seaman/woman as soon as possible. If you are experienced, you will be given more responsibility and greater challenges so that you can learn new things along the way. We usually sail along the coast in protected waters, and we often have the opportunity to choose either more or less exposed routes, depending on the weather. The weather Gods decide, so you must be prepared for both windless conditions and sailing in harsher weather!

Equipment/packing

As with all activities, there is plenty of specialized equipment and clothing for sailing. We do not expect you to buy lots of new equipment to join any of our trips, so, use what you have, borrow what you need from a friend, try to purchase used equipment, and if you have to invest in new equipment – buy quality items that will last. What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and layered clothing underneath. Some jackets may not be waterproof enough, or might not perform well in salt water, so you might want to consider purchasing or renting a set of “oilskins” from us to use on the wettest days. Even in summer, it can be cold at sea, so bring both swimwear and warm clothing. We will send you a detailed recommended packing list in good time before departure.

Food and cooking

On our trips, you will be part of the crew onboard and get the chance to participate in all aspects of the running of the sailboat. This includes the cooking, where everyone is taking turns in the galley! Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. Before the trip we set up a menu and purchase what is needed. We offer good menus with healthy “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 often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat.

What we expect from you

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

Life onboard and accommodation

Life onboard a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some it can be perceived as quite intimate and crowded, which one should 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 boat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity, and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences 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 of which have bunk beds. Figuring out who sleeps where can be a bit of a puzzle, but we do believe we’ve gotten quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations. You must arrange any accommodation before and after the trip on your own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we’re happy to give you some recommendations.
We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always abundance of fresh water. This means it will not be possible to shower every day, but more or less every other day we are either in a harbor with fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or enjoy a sauna. A morning swim in the sea is also available all year round!

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

Many come alone, some travel as couples, and others travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and interesting people you will become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but this isn’t 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 in making this a great trip for everyone. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we have many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers. On most trips we sail multiple boats in a fleet, with 7-9 people onboard each boat.

Environment and sustainability

In general sailing is an environmentally friendly activity,, 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 much as we can. We also run 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 sustainably, knowledge, patience, flexibility, and hard work are required. The same can be said about many other things that one tries to do in a sustainable way.

Please see ‘Other Practical Information Section’

Please see ‘Other Practical Information Section’

Please note: This trip is a working passage and you are expected to take turns with the cooking, crewing and cleaning of the boat throughout the trip.

Day 1: Trip start in Henningsvær

We meet at 16:00 at the dock in Henningsvær. Check-in and go through the program and safety procedures onboard. In the evening we make dinner, get to know the boat and crew, and prepare for sail. If we are ready and the winds are good, we try to start sailing this first night already.

Day 2: Raftsundet and Trollfjorden

After breakfast we sail towards Trollfjorden and Rafstundet. Lunch in Trollfjord will be nice! This fjord is very well-known for the steep mountains that shoot down into the narrow fjord below. Those who wish can walk up to Trollfjordhytta and feel the “troll atmosphere” in Trollheim, while those who prefer to have a campfire on the beach can do that instead. We overnight at the pier in Trollfjorden or at anchor amongst the islands of Rafstundet.

Day 3: Sailing to Skrova and hike on Høgskrova

After a chill morning with a good breakfast onboard we set sail and navigate around Store Molla and Lille Molla and to the small and venerable whale hunting Island Skrova, which lies amongst the islands in Vestfjorden. On Skrova we go ashore and try to summit the little mountaintop with it’s impressive views of the “Lofoten wall” in the west, all of Vestfjorden, and Hamarøy and Steigen in the east. Skrova is also known for its good restaurants for a whale beef and its beautiful beaches, so we will probably have a great evening here!

Day 4: Sailing to the northside of Lofoten and Unstad surfing beach

We have by now gotten a good hang on the sailing, so after breakfast today we throw our lines for a full sailing day! The route passes by Henningsvær again, before we sail up Gimsøystraumen and to the northside of Lofoten; “yttersida”. Then we head west towards the well-known surfing beach of Unstad, and the harbours behind it, which is our goal for the day. Who will be the first boat on the anchorage without using the engine? We spend the night on anchor underneath the midnight sun, as the gentle waves will rock us to sleep.

Day 5: Surfing at Unstad and sailing to Nusfjord fishing village

We start this day with the hike from Mærvoll, over the hill to Unstad. At Unstad Arctic Surf those who are interested can rent surfing equipment and take a surfing class. Another option is to go to the Viking Museum in Borg. This day we won’t sail as far and in the afternoon we raise our sails directed southwards through the “Lofoten wall” again, towards Nappstraumen. From there it is not far to Nusfjord. Nusfjord is Lofoten’s most iconic and best-kept fishing village, and the whole place is a museum. Of course we will go to shore and explore! In the evening we eat dinner at Restaurant Karoline, one of the best places to eat in Lofoten. There is also a fun pub in town, so we might choose to have a few rounds before spending the night in Nusfjord.

Day 6: Morning sail to Reine to spend the day in the mountains or on the beach

Now it is finally time to visit Reine, and there is no better way to arrive in Reine than by boat. The harbour waters are surrounded by steep mountains, making for breathtaking views. This day the options include to go on a guided kayak tour, walk up to Reinebringen, or take the boat into Reinefjorden to Vinstad, from which we can follow a trail north to visit Bunesstranda. On Bunesstranda we like to take the responsibility to clean up some trash left behind by others, so we will see if there is anything to cleanup when we get there! We spend the night in Reine.

Day 7: Sailing over Vestfjorden to Bodø

After a good week on our sailing trip it is time to clean up and make the boat truly sea-ready, put on our sailing gloves, and cross Vestfjorden like true sailors. The crossing takes 8 to 12 hours, depending on the weather. As we are usually multiple boats on the trip this week it can be a “regatta day” where we race across the fjord. If the conditions are good we can stop in “the weather” on the outside of Bodø on our way in. Maybe we all have fantastic weather to sail through this afternoon. We will see! In the evening we arrive in Bodø. After a well deserved arrival drink of aquavit or apple juice we do a quick clean-up on board so it is easier to clean up the next morning.

Day 8: Ending the trip in Bodø in the morning

In the morning we pack, clean and tidy our way out of the boat by 10.00am latest. And we have breakfast at Thon hotel on the quayside – the city’s best breakfast, for those who wants. Thank you so much for a great trip!

The program

The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that we can adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to change and improve our itineraries. We will have a dinghy for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all our trips – we are ready for adventure! Are you?

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