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30th August 2023 to 3rd September 2023

Sail with Care: Beach Cleanup Helgeland

From £1295 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Join this magnificent and truly special sailboat experience from Bodø to Helgeland. Experience the beauty of Norway, while working to reduce the problem of marine litter and plastic waste in the sea for generations to come!
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
Open to all!
Nights onboard
4
Vessel type
Bavaria 44 or Bavaria 50
Vessel length
44 or 50 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10
Insurance Required
Yes

Join this magnificent and truly special sailboat experience from Bodø to Helgeland. Experience the beauty of Norway, while working to reduce the problem of marine litter and plastic waste in the sea for generations to come!

4 Nights: 30 August - 03 September 2023

From: 15,800 NOK / £1,295 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.

According to the most serious predictions from the World Economic Forum, by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. The focus of this trip is on taking care of the sea. Surrounded by magnificent nature, we choose sailing as our mode of transport in order to leave a minimal carbon footprint, clean up beaches, gain knowledge about waste-dumping in the sea, and learn about concrete solutions to this problem.

Sail the most beautiful coastline in Norway: Helgeland. Between the thousands of inlets and islands, we will explore spectacular places that are only accessible by boat. The trip goes from Bodø to Sør-Fugløy, Rødøy, Myken, Støtt and back to Bodø. This stretch is full of beautiful natural harbours, beaches, and scenic mountains and fjords.

If these dates don’t work, why not book the yacht charter for dates that do? Minimum 5 participants.

Day 1: Welcome to our sailing and beach-cleaning adventure!

Meet by the harbour in Bodø at 16.00 and get to know fellow sailors and the boat. Go through the program for the week and discuss our ambitions and expectations. Then take a tour of the boat and review safety procedures and routines on board. On this first evening, set off south on our way to the skerries that are planned to clean up. Depending on the weather, find a suitable place for the night in Fleinvær, Arnøya, or Sør-Fugløy.

Day 2: How do we sail and clean beaches?

Today, start with a review of how to actually clean a beach, what to look for, where to look, and whether there are any things that should be left behind. Full of motivation and courage, we find a suitable place to start cleaning the beach. Pass the islands Fugløy and Bolga, and the fishing village Støtt. Potentially stop at all these places to clear plastic and other waste. Eat dinner along the way. Once you’ve reached Rødøy, the final goal for the day, there will be the option to take a midnight sun hike up on Rødøyløva.

Day 3: Sailing out to the Myken whisky distillery

After breakfast, do our next clean-up trip and see how much plastic you manage to pick up along the fantastic chalk-white beaches of Rødøy. When the rubbish is packed and ready for collection, lift the sails again. Set course for Myken: a small island community out in the open sea. Here go on a tour of the world’s only Arctic whiskey distillery, and into their newly built Whiskey Cathedral! Spend the night out here at the far end of the ocean.

Day 4: Cleaning trip around Myken and sailing to Støtt

Despite, or perhaps because of, Myken’s exposed location out in the sea, there is plenty of plastic to be found on the shore here. Split into two teams, and see who gets to clean the most! After lunch, head north again, up to Støtt. The historical place Støtt Brygge is now managed by the 5th and 6th generations of the Støtt islanders who will serve a great dinner from the sea to celebrate our good work during the trip!

Day 5: Sailing back to Bodø, and goodbye for now!

Depending on the weather and conditions today, you may be able to stop for a last beach clean-up. Possibly at the beautiful beach underneath the bird cliffs at Sør-Fugløy. Arrive at the harbour in Bodø with enough time to pack, clean, and tidy the boat before disembarking at 16.00 at the latest.

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
  • Experienced and local climbing guide – generally 1 guide per 3-4 participants
  • Shared equipment for the climbing (rope, slings, etc.), and personal equipment must be brought or rented by each participant
  • 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, 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
  • Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, screw carabiner, belayer, 2x prusik cords) must be provided by each participant or can be rented from our partner
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, and similar, or other activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxuries (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – optional, but recommended

Travel – in general

Sometimes flying is the only option, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, always try 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 – 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

Serious safety is taken on our trips, and staff are trained 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. It is important that as a guest and participant, you 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 the risk.

Level of this trip

Sailing-wise, this trip is not very difficult and is open to novice and experienced sailors. If you are a beginner, you will become a seaman in no time! If you are experienced, you will be given more responsibility and greater challenges so that you can learn new things along the way. Sail is usually along the coast in protected waters, and there is often 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

On this trip, rent an oilskin for your expeditions. These are perfect for both sailing and beach cleaning. Otherwise, you’ll be quite comfortable in regular hiking/mountain clothing. What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and layered clothing underneath, preferably wool. 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

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, sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat.

What we expect from you

Guests are encouraged 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. Trips require a little work from the participants – and you must be open to contributing and opening up a bit socially. There are many different people on the trip, and most people get along very well. 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 most 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. Everyone should participate in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered crew. 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. 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 great 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 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.

Take an internal flight to Bodø.

Take an internal flight from Bodø.

Day 1: Welcome to our sailing and beach-cleaning adventure!

Meet by the harbour in Bodø at 16.00 and get to know fellow sailors and the boat. Go through the program for the week and discuss our ambitions and expectations. Then take a tour of the boat and review safety procedures and routines on board. On this first evening, set off south on our way to the skerries that are planned to clean up. Depending on the weather, find a suitable place for the night in Fleinvær, Arnøya, or Sør-Fugløy.

Day 2: How do we sail and clean beaches?

Today, start with a review of how to actually clean a beach, what to look for, where to look, and whether there are any things that should be left behind. Full of motivation and courage, we find a suitable place to start cleaning the beach. Pass the islands Fugløy and Bolga, and the fishing village Støtt. Potentially stop at all these places to clear plastic and other waste. Eat dinner along the way. Once you’ve reached Rødøy, the final goal for the day, there will be the option to take a midnight sun hike up on Rødøyløva.

Day 3: Sailing out to the Myken whisky distillery

After breakfast, do our next clean-up trip and see how much plastic you manage to pick up along the fantastic chalk-white beaches of Rødøy. When the rubbish is packed and ready for collection, lift the sails again. Set course for Myken: a small island community out in the open sea. Here go on a tour of the world’s only Arctic whiskey distillery, and into their newly built Whiskey Cathedral! Spend the night out here at the far end of the ocean.

Day 4: Cleaning trip around Myken and sailing to Støtt

Despite, or perhaps because of, Myken’s exposed location out in the sea, there is plenty of plastic to be found on the shore here. Split into two teams, and see who gets to clean the most! After lunch, head north again, up to Støtt. The historical place Støtt Brygge is now managed by the 5th and 6th generations of the Støtt islanders who will serve a great dinner from the sea to celebrate our good work during the trip!

Day 5: Sailing back to Bodø, and goodbye for now!

Depending on the weather and conditions today, you may be able to stop for a last beach clean-up. Possibly at the beautiful beach underneath the bird cliffs at Sør-Fugløy. Arrive at the harbour in Bodø with enough time to pack, clean, and tidy the boat before disembarking at 16.00 at the latest.

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?

Adventure-wear

  • Woollen underwear – shirt and longjohns/ziplongs (bring two pairs so you have spare)
  • Woollen socks (multiple pairs) and woollen soles (bring two pairs so you have spare)
  • Woollen scarf/buff/high neck and hat (preferably warm and wind proof)
  • Mittens or gloves preferably with wind or water-resistant covers.
  • Woollen sweater, preferably a turtle-neck
  • Warm pants, preferably multi-layered with warmer materials. (For use on deck or while sailing)
  • Warm winter jacket – down jacket or preferably primaloft (as they can handle water)
  • “Nice/party-/restaurant” clothing
  • Sea/sailing/rain/rubberboots, preferably “winter” style. Bring some big enough so that they breathe even with woollen socks and woollen soles. Tip – check out light weight ice fishing/snow mobile boots…
  • Light shoes/sandals/crocs that breathe well. (For use indoor and on deck in nice weather)
  • Sailwear/oilskin – jacket and pants (we rent out/sell good quality oilskins at reasonable prices, see separate information)
  • Sailing gloves (not a must) and here you can also use skiing-gloves or rubber/fishing gloves with wool liners.
  • A head torch (preferably one with dimming-function/red (night) light) + extra batteries.
  • Optional: Small seat-pad to put inside your pants, or the padded longjohns we’ve developed together with Northern Playground, https://www.northernplayground.no/en/shop/ziplongs-padded

Other equipment

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle(s), minimum 0,75 – 1 liter, Hydration reservoir (Camelbak)
  • Small washing cloth and soap
  • Towel and swimming gear
  • Thermos (insulated bottle) for hot water.
  • Drytech lunch/dinner for a day trip. (optional – instead of packed lunch)

Equipment for skiing

  • Skis or splitboard with fitted climbing skins and ski crampons, boots and poles!
  • Skis should be packed in ski-bag, boots in a boot-bag/bag for storage on board and easy&safe transportation to the shore in the dinghy.
  • When we go in the dinghy in between the mother vessel and land, we use rubber boots in order not get wet. We then change to skiboots on the beach. So… you should bring watertight boots as high as possible. The absolute best are waders that fly-fishers use, however :)
  • Avalanche safety kit: Shovel, probe and transceiver/beacon (with extra batteries) – Everyone going ski touring must have complete kit!
    (We have a few kits for rent, can also be rented in Henningsvær/Tromsø)
  • Ski clothing
  • Helmet and goggles
  • (Skiing) Backpack, 30 – 50 liter capacity
  • Ski-crampons, recommended.
  • Splitboard-crampons, required. For icy/hard conditions.
  • Boot ice crampons and ice axe (we normally do not plan any runs that requires this, so it’s optional, not a must)
  • Map over the area
  • Compass

Smartphones, charging and other advice

  • Onboard, the boats have USB outlets for charging phones during the sail. 220V outlets are available when we’re docked.
  • We have cellular coverage most of the time in Mainland Norway.
  • We have enough life vests for everyone, but if you have a vest of your own that you want to use, then bring it! Make sure to unscrew the gas cylinder before checking in your bag at the airport.
  • Pack like a sailor; in a bag or backpack, NOT in a rigid suitcase.
  • Pack as little as possible, but bring what you need.
  • The fewer items you bring, the faster the sail, and the less time you spend fooling around with your gear.
  • Please make sure that you have valid travel insurance, preferably with a cancellation coverage

PS: This is a recommended packing list. Please take into account if there are other items you may need on board.