6th February 2023 to 12th February 2023

Best of Lofoten Winter – Hike, Sail & Kayak – Svolvær to Bodø

From £1640 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Sail a full week from the capital of Lofoten, Svolvær, to Bodø. Experience the arctic winter, the magical light and the teaming sealife.
Clear
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
Bavaria 44 & 50
Vessel length
44 to 50 foot.
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10.
Insurance Required
Yes

Sail a full week from the capital of Lofoten, Svolvær, to Bodø. Experience the arctic winter, the magical light and the teaming sealife.

6 Nights: 06 - 12 February 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.

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.We’ll create a rota for all jobs amongst the crew,
so everyone will have the chance to get stuck in – there’s nothing quite as fun as cooking at a 45- degree angle!

Day 1: Arrival onboard in Svolvær

You meet on the docks in Bodø at 16:00, get settled in the sailboat and get to know each other. Before the sails are hoisted you familiarise yourself with the boat, equipment and safety routines onboard. When ready, you set course towards Henningsvær, and find a spot in between all fishing boats for the night. Underway you practice boat handling, “man-overboard” drills, and other emergency situations.

Day 2: At Lofotfiske with a sailing boat!

At this time of year Henningsvær is filled with fishing boats from the whole Norwegian coast. The skrei (migrating cod) from the Barents Sea have come to spawn around Lofoten, and you will try your luck fishing in Henningsværstraumen along with all the other boats. With the boat full of cod, you set your course towards Skrova where you make yourself a great cod-dinner onboard at the dock.

Day 3: Hike to Høgskrova and sail to Trollfjorden

At Skrova, the whaling-island in Vestfjorden, there is often no snow all winter. You will have the chance to do the small hike to Høgskrova or one of the many beautiful beaches on the island. After lunch you cast off towards Raftsundet and Trollfjorden. You explore the spectacular Raftsundet with your cameras ready and dock in Trollfjorden for the night.

Day 4: Across Vestfjorden to the Tranøy lighthouse!

You wake up in the magical Trollfjord, with its towering mountains and peaks. You ready yourself for the crossing of the Vestfjorden, where you set your route past Risvær and towards Tranøy lighthouse. The lighthouse at Tranøy, at the inner part of Vestfjorden, has been an iconic landmark and navigational aid for seafarers in Vestfjorden through the years. Depending on the weather conditions, you may take a trip on land to the lighthouse itself with its panoramic view across to the Lofoten-wall. Hopefully you have a clear night and can ready your tripods on the dock for the night’s aurora-show.

Day 5: Sailing day through Steigen to Nordskot

After breakfast you sail into the heart of Steigen, passing by Hamarøy and Engeløya on your way to Nordskot. The two Norwegian polar explorers, Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug, each have their own little islands, and you may stretch your legs on at least one of them. You stay the night in Nordskot with the opportunity for a sauna and a refreshing swim in the sea.

Day 6: Kayak in Nordskot and sail further south

Weather permitting, you have the opportunity to paddle in kayaks around the magnificent little archipelago around Nordskot with its stunning azure blue sea and white beaches. After lunch you hoist sails again and head further south in the direction of Bodø, to find a suitable anchorage or harbor for the night.

Day 7: Sail to Bodø and goodbye for now!

The last day of your adventure offers the final sail to Bodø. If lucky you will get visited by the orcas. You start early enough, so you reach Bodø after lunch with enough time to pack and clean the boat.

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 a sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper on board
  • Our Comfort Package 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, harbor 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 – Svolvær

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. 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 crew members 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 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 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 a 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 an 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 harbour 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.We’ll create a rota for all jobs amongst the crew,
so everyone will have the chance to get stuck in – there’s nothing quite as fun as cooking at a 45- degree angle!

Day 1: Arrival onboard in Svolvær

You meet on the docks in Bodø at 16:00, get settled in the sailboat and get to know each other. Before the sails are hoisted you familiarise yourself with the boat, equipment and safety routines onboard. When ready, you set course towards Henningsvær, and find a spot in between all fishing boats for the night. Underway you practice boat handling, “man-overboard” drills, and other emergency situations.

Day 2: At Lofotfiske with a sailing boat!

At this time of year Henningsvær is filled with fishing boats from the whole Norwegian coast. The skrei (migrating cod) from the Barents Sea have come to spawn around Lofoten, and you will try your luck fishing in Henningsværstraumen along with all the other boats. With the boat full of cod, you set your course towards Skrova where you make yourself a great cod-dinner onboard at the dock.

Day 3: Hike to Høgskrova and sail to Trollfjorden

At Skrova, the whaling-island in Vestfjorden, there is often no snow all winter. You will have the chance to do the small hike to Høgskrova or one of the many beautiful beaches on the island. After lunch you cast off towards Raftsundet and Trollfjorden. You explore the spectacular Raftsundet with your cameras ready and dock in Trollfjorden for the night.

Day 4: Across Vestfjorden to the Tranøy lighthouse!

You wake up in the magical Trollfjord, with its towering mountains and peaks. You ready yourself for the crossing of the Vestfjorden, where you set your route past Risvær and towards Tranøy lighthouse. The lighthouse at Tranøy, at the inner part of Vestfjorden, has been an iconic landmark and navigational aid for seafarers in Vestfjorden through the years. Depending on the weather conditions, you may take a trip on land to the lighthouse itself with its panoramic view across to the Lofoten-wall. Hopefully you have a clear night and can ready your tripods on the dock for the night’s aurora-show.

Day 5: Sailing day through Steigen to Nordskot

After breakfast you sail into the heart of Steigen, passing by Hamarøy and Engeløya on your way to Nordskot. The two Norwegian polar explorers, Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug, each have their own little islands, and you may stretch your legs on at least one of them. You stay the night in Nordskot with the opportunity for a sauna and a refreshing swim in the sea.

Day 6: Kayak in Nordskot and sail further south

Weather permitting, you have the opportunity to paddle in kayaks around the magnificent little archipelago around Nordskot with its stunning azure blue sea and white beaches. After lunch you hoist sails again and head further south in the direction of Bodø, to find a suitable anchorage or harbor for the night.

Day 7: Sail to Bodø and goodbye for now!

The last day of your adventure offers the final sail to Bodø. If lucky you will get visited by the orcas. You start early enough, so you reach Bodø after lunch with enough time to pack and clean the boat.

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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