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7th March 2022 to 13th March 2022

Surf, Ski & Sail – Norway, Lofoten

£1935 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
A sailing adventure that offers sailing to the roadless fjords, ski Lofoten’s alpine peaks, and for some surfing right down to the shore.

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Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
44 or 50 Bavaria
Vessel length
44ft - 50ft
Skipper
Yes
Insurance Required
Yes

A sailing adventure that offers sailing to the roadless fjords, ski Lofoten’s alpine peaks, and for some surfing right down to the shore.

Date: 07 - 13 March 2022

6 nights

Price: 22,800 NOK/£1,935 per person*

Experience world-famous winter waves of Lofoten with the surfboard, and afterward sail on the same sea. It is a trip for travelers wanting a more challenging holiday - for those who would like to experience something unique, wild, breathtaking, and beautiful!

*Price may vary due to exchange rate

Day 1: Meeting on the dock in Svolvær

We meet in the guest harbor in the city center of Svolvær at 16:00, get settled into the boat, and get to know each other. Before we set sail, we will walk you through safety routines on board, and get familiar with the boat. Before it is too late in the evening we cast off towards a natural harbor where we spend the night at anchor. We eat supper on our way, but probably quite late, so we recommend you to eat dinner before meeting.

Day 2: Skiing in Austnesfjorden

After an early breakfast, we go ashore with the dinghy. Together with the ski guide, we will make a final decision on where to ski depending on weather, snow conditions, and wind. There are many opportunities in Austnesfjorden, including Pilan, Rundfjellet, Higravtindan and Geitgaljertind. This being our first day of skiing we start off a little easy. In the afternoon we sail to our next harbour, which is the starting point for tomorrow’s ski trip. When darkness arrives we gaze to the sky and hope to spot the dancing show of the aurora borealis.

Day 3: “Trollheimen”

This day we head for the magnificent Trollfjorden, a bay available to sailors and boaters only. If the conditions allow, we head upwards early, before the sun starts warming the snow, reaching peaks of 1000 meters above sea level. After coming back to the boat we set sail back out towards “Vestfjorden”.

Day 4: Henningsvær and the Lofoten Fishery

This time of year does not only offer great snow and waves. This is also the time of year when thousands of fishing boats from all of Norway come to Lofoten to fish for “skrei”: the migrating cod. While we are here, we seize the chance to join in at the epicenter of this big event: Henningsvær. Here we try our luck and see if we can catch some cod for today’s dinner! This will also be a full sailing day, where we aim for Tangstad in the evening.

Day 5-6: Surfing at Unstad / Flakstad

We wake up in west Lofoten, and get ready for a couple of good days of surfing at Unstad and Flakstad. Here the swells from the big Atlantic hit the perfect beaches of the area, which together makes for some perfect surf! The sailboat will be moored in Tangstad, close to Unstad, and our friends at Unstad Arctic Surf will take us out to surf. One of our surfing-days will possibly be spent at the beach in Flakstad. We will decide this together, depending on weather, wind, and the swell.

Day 7: Sail back to Svolvær

Our last day onboard will be spent sailing the last leg back to Svolvær. Maybe the weather allows us to take the route on the outside of Gimsøya? We will eat lunch underway before we pack up and clean up the boat. The trip ends at 16.00 latest.

The program

The program may change according to weather and conditions, but it gives an indication of how we spend the days. We start every day with a good breakfast and make a packed lunch before we go ashore. Some of the days we eat dinner right away after skiing, other days we just eat a little when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before we make a later dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, and time to look around. If the weather should be really not in favour of skiing, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.

  • A memorable sailing adventure – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Guided trips – experienced and locally familiar ski guide (2 days)
  • Surfing – including equipment and surf instructor (2 days)
  • Small groups – max 6 participants per guide/instructor
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready made bed (warm and good duvets and pillows!)
  • Use of trip- and shared equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour fees etc.
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian holiday
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and damn honest nature experiences
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • The journey to and from the start/end location
  • Possible meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Ski equipment and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe), can be rented through our partners
  • Personal snack for excursions on land (so, it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Travel insurance

Vessel

The sailing boat is a 50 foot Bavaria which is both responsive and fun to sail, while being comfortable and spacious under deck. Outside, the boat has a fractional rig with good sail, and a classic cockpit with ample trim possibilities for being a cruiser. Inside, the boat has full headroom, a well equipped galley, 5 cabins, 3 bathrooms, and a lounge that seats 10 people around the table. In addition, the boat has a large and functional chart table and navigator´s space.

Travel – in general

Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also gives another start to a holiday. Cycling, taking the train or driving a car together are good alternatives! Feel free to add some extra time before and after, since up in the north weather that can sometimes change your plans

Travel to and from Svolvær

So, 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.

What exactly is Ski & Sail?

Ski & Sail is a trip concept where we sail into the foothills 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 discovered the joys of. SailNorway has arranged Ski & Sail trips on Helgeland, in Steigen, in the Lofoten Islands, in 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 level

On this trip, we require some experience with alpine touring/backcountry skiing. We do not expect that you have any prior experience with sailing or surfing, but if you do that is very welcome. You will anyways learn a lot!
We try to keep the level as even as possible, so we can choose the destinations from the participants’ level. If you are in doubt as to whether this is the trip for you, please feel free to contact us, and we can look at the level of the other participants and find a trip that suits you perfectly – whether you are a beginner or experienced.
On most of our winter trips, we sail two boats together. This depends on the number of participants, but it gives us a good opportunity to split the group into boat teams based on experience and level among the participants, both for the skiing and the surfing.

Safety and risk – in general

Sailing wise, our trips are not difficult, and you are always welcome to join us! We have with us both people who have never sailed before and experienced sailors. However, you must be prepared for everything from no wind to sailing in harsh weather. If you are a beginner, we will try to make you a seaman/woman as soon as possible. If you are experienced you will be given responsibility and greater challenges. We take safety seriously and on our trips we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. Man-over-board, fire, abandon vessel, dismasting and grounding are some of these. Building the participants’ skills on how to handle critical situations are important elements for better safety on board. 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 is trained quickly enough to be a participant not a passenger. It contributes to learning, 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.
We have the same mindset when it comes to skiing and alpine/backcountry trips. The first day of skiing we train and repeat 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 dynamic group are important.
Mountain hikes and alpine/backcountry trips involves a certain risk, as does sailing. However, we as an operator, and our skippers and ski guides, do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner. Everyone gains on this and we have no one to lose. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.

Snow

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, but that means we may go somewhere that is not mentioned in the program or a place that we have not tested in advance. Then it’s extra exciting.

Equipment/packing

Ordinary alpine/backcountry equipment is required for this trip, that is an avalanche-/ski backpack with beacon, probe, and shovel, and alpine/backcountry skis with skins and ski crampons. Avalanche backpacks can possibly be hired through us and ski equipment can be rented through our partners.
We have put rental of surf equipment included in the price for this trip, so we don’t expect you to both bring our skis and your surfboard.
In good time before departure, we will send you a detailed recommended packing list for this trip.

Food and cooking

On our trips everyone contributes to the operation of the boat, so as long as you have not booked one of our trips with a designated chef, all take their turns in the galley during the trip. Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. In advance of the trip, we set up a menu and shop what is needed. We offer good menus with healthy and medium-advanced food. If you have allergies or preferences let us know in the registration form, and we take that into account. During the trip, we also 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, clean the boat or contribute in other ways when required. Our trips require a little work of 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 go very well together. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least do 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 aboard a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some it can be perceived as quite intimate, which is important to 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 sailboat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences are quickly what 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 in double cabins, some of which have a double bed and some have a bunk bed solution. We try to put girls in a cabin with girls and vice versa, but the puzzle is not always easy so you might as well prepare yourself to share the cabin with one of the opposite sex and rather tell us if it is important for you to share with one of the same sex.
If you want to stay a night on shore under the starry sky or in your own tent, then of course you do it! Any accommodation before and after the trip must be arranged on its own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we are happy to give you some recommendations.
On the boat we have a lot of heat and a lot of good food, but not always abundance of fresh water. It will not always be possible to shower every day, but mostly every other day we are either in a harbor with enough fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or even better, take a sauna.

What kind of people join this trip – and how many are we onboard?

Many come alone, some travel as couples, some travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and committed people you become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but that is not 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 so that you and the rest of the crew will have a good trip together. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we get many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers. For Ski & Seil we are mostly 1-2 boats with 7-8 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 far as possible. We also have our own 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 sustainable – knowledge, patience, agility 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 complete this trip. We can see pretty early whether a trip will be confirmed or not. If we have to cancel, you will get the money back and/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 that we run it.

Please see our 'Other Practical Section' for more information

Please see our 'Other Practical Section' for more information

Day 1: Meeting on the dock in Svolvær

We meet in the guest harbor in the city center of Svolvær at 16:00, get settled into the boat, and get to know each other. Before we set sail, we will walk you through safety routines on board, and get familiar with the boat. Before it is too late in the evening we cast off towards a natural harbor where we spend the night at anchor. We eat supper on our way, but probably quite late, so we recommend you to eat dinner before meeting.

Day 2: Skiing in Austnesfjorden

After an early breakfast, we go ashore with the dinghy. Together with the ski guide, we will make a final decision on where to ski depending on weather, snow conditions, and wind. There are many opportunities in Austnesfjorden, including Pilan, Rundfjellet, Higravtindan and Geitgaljertind. This being our first day of skiing we start off a little easy. In the afternoon we sail to our next harbour, which is the starting point for tomorrow’s ski trip. When darkness arrives we gaze to the sky and hope to spot the dancing show of the aurora borealis.

Day 3: “Trollheimen”

This day we head for the magnificent Trollfjorden, a bay available to sailors and boaters only. If the conditions allow, we head upwards early, before the sun starts warming the snow, reaching peaks of 1000 meters above sea level. After coming back to the boat we set sail back out towards “Vestfjorden”.

Day 4: Henningsvær and the Lofoten Fishery

This time of year does not only offer great snow and waves. This is also the time of year when thousands of fishing boats from all of Norway come to Lofoten to fish for “skrei”: the migrating cod. While we are here, we seize the chance to join in at the epicenter of this big event: Henningsvær. Here we try our luck and see if we can catch some cod for today’s dinner! This will also be a full sailing day, where we aim for Tangstad in the evening.

Day 5-6: Surfing at Unstad / Flakstad

We wake up in west Lofoten, and get ready for a couple of good days of surfing at Unstad and Flakstad. Here the swells from the big Atlantic hit the perfect beaches of the area, which together makes for some perfect surf! The sailboat will be moored in Tangstad, close to Unstad, and our friends at Unstad Arctic Surf will take us out to surf. One of our surfing-days will possibly be spent at the beach in Flakstad. We will decide this together, depending on weather, wind, and the swell.

Day 7: Sail back to Svolvær

Our last day onboard will be spent sailing the last leg back to Svolvær. Maybe the weather allows us to take the route on the outside of Gimsøya? We will eat lunch underway before we pack up and clean up the boat. The trip ends at 16.00 latest.

The program

The program may change according to weather and conditions, but it gives an indication of how we spend the days. We start every day with a good breakfast and make a packed lunch before we go ashore. Some of the days we eat dinner right away after skiing, other days we just eat a little when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before we make a later dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, and time to look around. If the weather should be really not in favour of skiing, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.

Ski/Snowboard Equipment

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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