24th July 2023 to 31st July 2023

Best of Lofoten – Henningsver to Svolvær

From £1640 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Explore the island of Lofoten by boat -  the most beautiful and rugged mountains, fjords, and beaches.
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Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Bavaria 44 & 50
Vessel length
44 to 50 foot.
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10.
Insurance Required
Yes

Explore the island of Lofoten by boat - the most beautiful and rugged mountains, fjords, and beaches.

6 Nights: 24- 31 July 2023

18,800 NOK / £1,640 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.

Day 1: Trip start in Henningsvær

You meet at 16:00. Check-in and go through the program and security protocols onboard. In the evening you make supper, get to know the vessel and group, and get ready to cruise. If ready and the conditions are good, we set sail.

Day 2: Sail to Reine and Reinefjorden

Sailing westwards to Lofotodden and to Reine which, with its beautiful harbour, is probably Lofoten’s most photographed spot. With arriving early in the afternoon you prepare dinner on board and when there’s low tide, sail into Reinefjorden, moor, then go on foot to Bunes beach on the northern side. On the beach, you make a bonfire, cook dinner on the bonfire and enjoy life. If conditions allow are favourable, there will also be an opportunity to climb the “Hell peak”, which rises 660 meters straight up in the air from the beach,

Day 3: Hiking around Reine, peaks and kayaks ( Original)

You spend the morning exploring Reine. Depending on the mood you may climb Reinebringen to reach its fantastic view of the small town and all the fjords, rent a kayak, or just stroll around. In the afternoon you continue eastwards to Nusfjord, one of Norway’s best-kept fishing towns. In the evening you have dinner at “Restaurant Karoline”, one of the best places to eat in Lofoten.

Day 4: Sail to the outer side and the Unstad surfing beach

You enjoy a calm morning and have a nice breakfast in Nusfjord. You prepare the boat for sailing and set course northwards, through the Lofoten wall, towards the famous beach Unstad on the outer side of the Lofoten mountain range. You moor at Tangstad from where you can cross the hill to Unstad by foot. You are able to rent surfing equipment and take lessons for those who wish. Another option is to go to the Viking Museum at Borg. In the evening you have dinner at Unstad and when everyone is ready, head back to the boats and have a good night at anchor.

Day 5: Quiet morning and sail around Austvågøy to Skrova (Original)

After a quiet morning with a good breakfast on board, you set sail and navigate around Austvågøy and return to the inner side, through Gimsøystraumen. You pass by Henningsvær and continue to Skrova. At Skrova you go ashore and climb the small mountain peak with its beautiful view to the Lofoten wall in the west and Vestfjorden, Hamarøy and Steigen in the east. You prepare dinner on board.

Day 6: Sail to Trollfjorden and Trollheimen

After breakfast, you sail towards Trollfjorden and Raftsundet, passing LilleMolla, StoreMolla and Digermulen. Enjoy lunch in the Trollfjord, which is famous for its steep mountains that go straight down into the narrow fjord. In the afternoon you may hike up to the Trollfjord cabin and get a feeling of the “trollish atmosphere” in Trollheimen. Back at the boat you spend the night alongside the quay in Trollfjorden or at anchor nearby.

Day 7: Cultural experiences in Nyvågar (Original)

You start sailing early to Kabelvåg and Nyvågar. In Nyvågar you visit an interesting aquarium, art gallery and museum that gives a deeper insight into traditions and stories from Lofoten. In the afternoon you sail the last stretch into Svolvær. You wash and clean the boats, pack and get ready for departure the next day. Seafarers might check out the local nightlife.

Day 8: Return to Svolvær

In the morning you check out and have breakfast at Kringla, Svolvær’s best bakery. 

 

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. Traveling 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

From Henningsvær the bus to Svolvær takes approx. 45 mins, and from there you can take a flight, sail with Hurtigruta, the express ferry or the regular ferry south to Bodø. From Svolvær there is also a bus to Harstad/Evenes airport.

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 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 saltwater, 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 contribute 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 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 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'

Day 1: Trip start in Henningsvær

You meet at 16:00. Check-in and go through the program and security protocols onboard. In the evening you make supper, get to know the vessel and group, and get ready to cruise. If ready and the conditions are good, we set sail.

Day 2: Sail to Reine and Reinefjorden

Sailing westwards to Lofotodden and to Reine which, with its beautiful harbour, is probably Lofoten’s most photographed spot. With arriving early in the afternoon you prepare dinner on board and when there’s low tide, sail into Reinefjorden, moor, then go on foot to Bunes beach on the northern side. On the beach, you make a bonfire, cook dinner on the bonfire and enjoy life. If conditions allow are favourable, there will also be an opportunity to climb the “Hell peak”, which rises 660 meters straight up in the air from the beach,

Day 3: Hiking around Reine, peaks and kayaks ( Original)

You spend the morning exploring Reine. Depending on the mood you may climb Reinebringen to reach its fantastic view of the small town and all the fjords, rent a kayak, or just stroll around. In the afternoon you continue eastwards to Nusfjord, one of Norway’s best-kept fishing towns. In the evening you have dinner at “Restaurant Karoline”, one of the best places to eat in Lofoten.

Day 4: Sail to the outer side and the Unstad surfing beach

You enjoy a calm morning and have a nice breakfast in Nusfjord. You prepare the boat for sailing and set course northwards, through the Lofoten wall, towards the famous beach Unstad on the outer side of the Lofoten mountain range. You moor at Tangstad from where you can cross the hill to Unstad by foot. You are able to rent surfing equipment and take lessons for those who wish. Another option is to go to the Viking Museum at Borg. In the evening you have dinner at Unstad and when everyone is ready, head back to the boats and have a good night at anchor.

Day 5: Quiet morning and sail around Austvågøy to Skrova (Original)

After a quiet morning with a good breakfast on board, you set sail and navigate around Austvågøy and return to the inner side, through Gimsøystraumen. You pass by Henningsvær and continue to Skrova. At Skrova you go ashore and climb the small mountain peak with its beautiful view to the Lofoten wall in the west and Vestfjorden, Hamarøy and Steigen in the east. You prepare dinner on board.

Day 6: Sail to Trollfjorden and Trollheimen

After breakfast, you sail towards Trollfjorden and Raftsundet, passing LilleMolla, StoreMolla and Digermulen. Enjoy lunch in the Trollfjord, which is famous for its steep mountains that go straight down into the narrow fjord. In the afternoon you may hike up to the Trollfjord cabin and get a feeling of the “trollish atmosphere” in Trollheimen. Back at the boat you spend the night alongside the quay in Trollfjorden or at anchor nearby.

Day 7: Cultural experiences in Nyvågar (Original)

You start sailing early to Kabelvåg and Nyvågar. In Nyvågar you visit an interesting aquarium, art gallery and museum that gives a deeper insight into traditions and stories from Lofoten. In the afternoon you sail the last stretch into Svolvær. You wash and clean the boats, pack and get ready for departure the next day. Seafarers might check out the local nightlife.

Day 8: Return to Svolvær

In the morning you check out and have breakfast at Kringla, Svolvær’s best bakery. 

 

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

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