3rd April 2023 to 10th April 2023

Ski & Sail Easter Week

From £2600 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Spend the Easter holidays sailing to the mountains, starting at the water’s edge, and skiing among the snow-peaked mountains of the Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja. A trip for those of you who like challenges and being out in nature.
Clear
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

Spend the Easter holidays sailing to the mountains, starting at the water’s edge, and skiing among the snow-peaked mountains of the Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja. A trip for those of you who like challenges and being out in nature.

7 Nights: 03 - 10 April 2023

29, 800 NOK / £2,600 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: Meeting on the dock in Svolvær

All passengers are to meet in the harbour in Svolvær at 16:00 and get settled into the boat and get to know each other. Before setting sails, the crew will go through the programme for the trip and you will be familiarised with the boat and its equipment before getting the trip started. Before it is too late in the evening the yacht will cast off towards a natural harbor where you’ll spend the night at anchor. You’ll eat supper on the way but most likely quite late, so it is recommended that you eat dinner before meeting, if possible.

Day 2: Skiing in Trollfjorden/Raftsundet

After early breakfast you’ll get onto a dinghy and travel shorewards. The ski guide will decide on the best place to settle depending on climate, snow conditions, and wind. After a memorable day, the yacht will get going and continue the trip. In the early evening we sail further to our next objective. At the present moment your crew will decide whether to go up Raftsundet and on the west-side of Hinnøya, or set course on the south and east side of Hinnøya through Tjeldsund.

Day 3-4: Vesterålen; the hidden Lofoten

Hinnøya is Norway’s biggest island, and you’ll have endless mountains to choose from for your ski visits! This region is additionally way less swarmed than the well-known Lofoten region, however comparable for skiing! After the days in the mountains you’ll return to the yacht, rest and eat a little prior to heading further north to the following objective.

Day 5: Full sailing day from Vesterålen to Senja

During the week the crew will lift the sails and you will be able to experience what it is like to feel the normal powers in the breeze pulling the yacht forward. If you are fortunate enough, you can expect some fresh fish for supper this evening!

Day 6 – 7: Skiing in the fjords on Senja!

Senja is a true wonderland for skiing-enthusiast and mountain-lovers and if the weather is okay the yacht will sail on the outside of Senja. This is where you will find the great peaks in the many fjords of this island. After sailing all the way to “yttersida” of Senja, you’ll visit a small village of Hamn in Bergsfjord, where you can find a good restaurant for a dinner on land. And even better; sauna and jacuzzi for sore skiing legs!

Day 8: Last skiing and thanks for now!

Last day you will wake up at Kvaløya or in Malangen, where you’ll want to grab your last small ski tour before heading to the last stop; Tromsø. You will arrive in Tromsø with enough time to pack, tidy and clean up.

The program

The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that can be adapted to the weather and conditions. The right to change and improve the itinerary is reserved. A dinghy will be available for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all trips – Are you ready for an adventure?

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper on board
  • Guided trips every day – experienced and locally familiar ski guide
  • Small groups – max 6 participants per ski guide
  • 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 lifejacket
  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Ski and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Personal snacks for excursions on land (it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury drinks (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, and similar, or other activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • 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 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 – Tromsø

The fastest option for getting to or from Tromsø is to fly. But if you have time to travel slowly we recommend doing that instead. Taking Hurtigruten south from Tromsø to Bodø and train from there is one option.

What exactly is Ski & Sail?

Ski & Sail is a trip concept where we sail to the feet of the mountains and start the ski trip by the edge of the water. By boat we can move from place to place, and choose mountain sides and areas based on weather and conditions. Ski & Sail is something Italian and French skiers have done in Norway since the 90s, and something Norwegians so far have only started to discover the joys of. SailNorway has arranged Ski & Sail trips in Helgeland, Steigen, Lofoten Islands, Lyngen, Finnmark, and on Svalbard for many years, and we dare say that we know many of the very best places along the coast. Skiing & Sailing is really cool!

Level of this trip – medium

On this trip we require some experience with randonnee/alpine touring/backcountry skiing. You should have skied or snowboarded before, and been on backcountry/touring trips. Regardless, we will set up the trip based on the experience of the group, so that everyone has a great experience. On most of our Ski & Sail trips, we sail two or more boats in tandem, with one ski guide per boat. This depends on the number of participants we have signed up, but it allows us to split up into groups based on the participants’ prior experience. If you have a lot of experience and on skis, you will still find the opportunity to challenge and enjoy yourself on the trip.

If you are wondering if this trip is a good fit for you, feel free to contact us so that we can help you find the tour that best fits your wishes and needs – whether you are a beginner or are very experienced.

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.

Safety and risk – Ski & Sail

We have the same mindset when it comes to skiing and alpine/backcountry trips. The first day of skiing we train on search and rescue techniques and the use of avalanche equipment. Many elements determine the safety of an alpine/backcountry trip. Good planning, humbleness in relation to weather and avalanche risk, and a good group dynamic are important. It is also crucial that you follow the guide’s instructions in the mountains to ensure safety. Skitouring and alpine/backcountry skiing involve a certain risk, as does sailing. However, we at SailNorway, and our skippers and ski guides, do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner.

Snow conditions

We work with locally knowledgeable ski guides and plan the trips based on the latest available local reports and forecasts. If we are in a place without snow, we sail to where the snow is! With the sailboat we are flexible with regards to finding the best snow, meaning that we may sometimes go somewhere that is not mentioned in the program or a place that we might not have tested in advance ourselves. This adds to the excitement!

Equipment/packing

Equipment for ski touring and backcountry skiing is required for this trip, that means avalanche/ski backpack with beacon, probe and shovel, and touring skis (or splitboard) with skins and ski crampons. We have a few sets of avalanche equipment that can be hired through us if you let us know beforehand, and ski equipment can be rented through our partners. Crampons, climbing axes and harnesses / ropes are not required on our trips. 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. 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. And a morning swim in the sea is always 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. For Ski & Sail we are usually 1-2 boats with 7-9 people onboard each boat.

Environment and sustainability

Both sailing and alpine/backcountry trips are environmentally friendly activities, 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.

Minimum number of registered participants

We need a minimum of 5 registered participants to run this trip. We are able to tell pretty early on whether a trip will be confirmed or not. If we have to cancel, you will get reimbursed or offered to join another trip. Since we need a certain number of registered participants to confirm a trip, please do not book your travel (flights, ferry, train, bus etc.) before we have confirmed your trip.

Please see 'Other Practical Information Section'

Please see 'Other Practical Information Section'

Day 1: Meeting on the dock in Svolvær

All passengers are to meet in the harbour in Svolvær at 16:00 and get settled into the boat and get to know each other. Before setting sails, the crew will go through the programme for the trip and you will be familiarised with the boat and its equipment before getting the trip started. Before it is too late in the evening the yacht will cast off towards a natural harbor where you’ll spend the night at anchor. You’ll eat supper on the way but most likely quite late, so it is recommended that you eat dinner before meeting, if possible.

Day 2: Skiing in Trollfjorden/Raftsundet

After early breakfast you’ll get onto a dinghy and travel shorewards. The ski guide will decide on the best place to settle depending on climate, snow conditions, and wind. After a memorable day, the yacht will get going and continue the trip. In the early evening we sail further to our next objective. At the present moment your crew will decide whether to go up Raftsundet and on the west-side of Hinnøya, or set course on the south and east side of Hinnøya through Tjeldsund.

Day 3-4: Vesterålen; the hidden Lofoten

Hinnøya is Norway’s biggest island, and you’ll have endless mountains to choose from for your ski visits! This region is additionally way less swarmed than the well-known Lofoten region, however comparable for skiing! After the days in the mountains you’ll return to the yacht, rest and eat a little prior to heading further north to the following objective.

Day 5: Full sailing day from Vesterålen to Senja

During the week the crew will lift the sails and you will be able to experience what it is like to feel the normal powers in the breeze pulling the yacht forward. If you are fortunate enough, you can expect some fresh fish for supper this evening!

Day 6 – 7: Skiing in the fjords on Senja!

Senja is a true wonderland for skiing-enthusiast and mountain-lovers and if the weather is okay the yacht will sail on the outside of Senja. This is where you will find the great peaks in the many fjords of this island. After sailing all the way to “yttersida” of Senja, you’ll visit a small village of Hamn in Bergsfjord, where you can find a good restaurant for a dinner on land. And even better; sauna and jacuzzi for sore skiing legs!

Day 8: Last skiing and thanks for now!

Last day you will wake up at Kvaløya or in Malangen, where you’ll want to grab your last small ski tour before heading to the last stop; Tromsø. You will arrive in Tromsø with enough time to pack, tidy and clean up.

The program

The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that can be adapted to the weather and conditions. The right to change and improve the itinerary is reserved. A dinghy will be available for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all trips – Are you ready for an adventure?

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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