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10th January 2022 to 16th January 2022

Northern Lights & Whale Adventure

£1435 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Join us on this dreamy sailing adventure as we cruise along aside whales under the dancing Northern Lights.
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
Bavaria 50
Vessel length
50 ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
5 cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Sail under the gorgeous Northern Lights as we venture from Bodø to Tromsø on this dream-like adventure

6 Nights: Various dates 10 - 16 January 2022

16,400 NOK / £1,435 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.

This is a trip for those of you who want to kickstart the coming adventure-year with a sail along the rawest and most alpine coastline of Norway during the harshest time of year, looking for whales and northern lights. Winter sailing offers beautiful light and colours, and on the boat, we are free from street lights and other disturbing lights.

This week we sail from Bodø and spend one week along the coast north to Tromsø. On the way, we will sail by Steigen, through the Lofoten islands, around Andøya and Senja. On our way, we will search for whales and northern lights, and sail with both of them as much as we can.

If these dates don’t work, why not book the whole boat for dates that do. Minimum 5 participants.

Day 1: Arrival and sailing towards Steigen

We meet at the quay in Bodø at 16:00, stay in the sailboat and get to know each other. Before we hoist sails, we get to know the boat and go through safety routines on board. When we are ready, we set course north towards Steigen, where we find a sheltered harbor for the night weather permitting. Along the way, we train in handling the boat, man-overboard, and other emergencies.

Day 2: Across the Vestfjord to Lofoten

After breakfast, we sail on towards Nordskot. Here, both Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug each have their own island, and we aim to get ashore with at least one of them and get our legs stretched a bit. After a few hours on land, there will be an evening sailing across the Vestfjord to Lofoten. Maybe the Northern Lights show us the way?

Day 3: Full sailing day north to Andøya

If weather and conditions allow, we wake up in the magical Trollfjord. Who dares to take the first-morning bath? This will be a full sailing day where we will cover well over 50 nautical miles. Along the way, there will be more training in sailing, navigation, and sail handling. We try to capture some of the dark time light with the camera, and cod for dinner with the fishing rod!

Day 4: Sail to Hamn on Senja and maybe the first encounter with the whale

After breakfast, we set a course for Senja. Now we are approaching the area where we can hopefully meet whales. We get another full day at sea, where there will be more time to practice sailing and photography. Once in Hamn, a hot tub and sauna await, and we have dinner at a restaurant.

Day 5: Along the outer side of Senja to Sommarøy and Kvaløya

After breakfast, we navigate up the outside of Senja, an incredibly spectacular area, with pointed peaks, deep fjords, and perhaps whale-blown on the horizon. We sail on to Sommarøy and lay on a sway between these beautiful islands for a trip on land. After lunch and a beach break, we sail further along the outside of Kvaløya if the weather allows and find a nice anchorage. In the evening we light a fire on the beach and hope for a flickering northern lights show.

Day 6: Whale safari around Vannøya, Arnøya and Skjervøy

Finally, looking for where the herring shoals and whales have entered the fjords. We keep a sharp eye and if we are lucky we will find herring here along with whales and killer whales galore. When the evening comes, we aim for Skjervøy or Arnøya for the last dinner on board.

Day 7: Sail to Tromsø

The last day of the trip offers sailing back to Tromsø. We leave early in the morning, so we arrive in Tromsø after lunch and in good time until we get unpacked from the boat until no later than 16.00.

Changes to the program

The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve the tour programs. With us along the way, we always have light boats for beach trips and small expeditions, we have fishing equipment for cod and hiking equipment for bonfires and summit trips.

  • Tour experience with sailboat – experienced and locally known skipper / instructor on board
  • Extra crew / guide on board
  • 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!)
  • All food we eat on board during the trip
  • Use of SeilNorge’s hiking and common equipment: light boats, kayaks, fishing equipment etc
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, port fees, etc.
  • Personal safety equipment; Helly Hansen inflatable life jacket
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurous participants from all over the world.
  • Lots of outdoor time – raw and very honest nature experiences
  • Training, advice, guidance and practical training in boating and sailing. As an active crew, you contribute to all operation of the boat. Useful before, for example, the boat driver test or if you are considering your own sailboat.
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian experience holiday
  • The journey tour and from the start and end point
  • Any meals at the café / restaurant during the trip (we often plan some visits to local gems, see the program for details)
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and the like, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you / we may come up with
  • Drinks such as wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxuries (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel insurance (and cancellation insurance) – up to you, but recommended! (You do not need a special insurance to sail)

Travel in general

If you have time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. Traveling slowly also gives a different start to the holiday than traveling fast. Cycling, taking the train or riding several together are good options! Feel free to add a little extra time before and after, since it is up in the north a weather that can sometimes change your plans… Any accommodation before and after the trip must be arranged on your own. If you are in doubt about where to live, we are happy to give you some recommendations.

Bodø travel

The Nordlandsbanen runs all the way to Bodø, and with night trains from Oslo to Trondheim, it is a great journey from southern Norway. If you live along the coast, speedboats or the Hurtigruten itself can be a possible travel route, either from the north or the south. Of course you can also fly to Bodø and there are a lot of cheap tickets.

Travel to Tromsø

Flights to and from Tromsø are the fastest if you are going to Eastern Norway, check out SAS and Norwegian, but if you have time to travel slowly, this is something we recommend. For example. you can take the Hurtigruten south from Tromsø to Bodø and train from there.

Safety and risk – in general

We take safety very seriously and on our trips we train in handling various situations that may arise at sea. On board a boat and on a trip, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations, so building the participants’ competence on how to handle critical situations is important for you to be a participant on board and not just a passenger. That is also why our trips are for sailing courses to count, you are trained to make up the crew on board.

Level of the trip

This is a trip for all photography and nature lovers! In terms of sailing, this trip is not very difficult, but you must be prepared for both calm winds and sailing in bad weather. If you are a beginner, we want to make you a sailor / woman as soon as possible, and if you are experienced, you will quickly get responsibilities and greater challenges.

Equipment / packing

As with all activities, there is plenty of special equipment and clothing for sailing. If you do not have any of this, you will get very far with regular skiing / hiking / mountain equipment. What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and layered with clothes underneath. Some jackets may not be waterproof “enough”, and not so good in salt water, so you can consider, for example, an oil hire to wear on the wettest days. In good time before departure, we will send you a detailed recommended packing list for the trip.

Food and cooking

On our trips, everyone contributes to the operation of the boat and if you are not on a trip with a chef, the cooking goes on tour among the participants. Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. In advance of the trip, we set up a menu and buy what is needed. We spend a lot of time making good menus with healthy and suitable advanced food.
Let us know if you have allergies or preferences in the registration form, and we will take it into account as best we can.

Our expectations of you

We want you to take part in the routines of the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, keeping an eye out for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, taking a cleaning session or contributing in other ways. When required. Our trips require a little of the participants – everyone must be open to contribute and give, and offer a little of themselves. We have many different people with us on the trip, and most get along very well. Our experience is that doing things together with others, and not least with new people and different personalities than you 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 experienced as quite intimate, something it is important to 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 get to know everyone else on the sailboat as soon as possible. It takes a certain amount of patience, generosity and an open mind to thrive in such a community, but the
benefits of new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences outweigh most things, as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.
Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. Accommodation is in double cabins, where some have a double bed and some have a bunk bed solution. Boat and cabin distribution can be a bit of a solitaire, but we believe we are
become quite good at it. Let us know if you have any wishes or reservations.
On the boat we have a lot of heat and a lot of good food, but not always buckets of water.

What kind of people are on the trip?

Many travel alone, some travel as a couple, some travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are open, fun and committed people you become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing magnificent experiences in nature creates strong bonds! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but it is not so important to us. It does not matter if you are young or old as long as you want to join the trip and intend to do your part so that you and the rest of the crew have a good hiking experience. They are probably most between 25-55 with us on tour.

Environment and sustainability

Both sailing and summit trips are environmentally friendly activities and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as we can. We encourage crews and participants to travel as environmentally friendly as possible, and we
use local raw materials and resources as far as possible. We also have our own trips where we pick up rubbish and clean beaches.
Somewhat philosophically, we tend to say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability; we move with the wind and we have restrictions on things like water, diesel, electricity and food. Carrying out a sustainable journey requires
knowledge, patience, agility and hard work. The same can be said about much else that one tries to do in a sustainable way.

Subject to changes in the program

The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve the tour programs. With us along the way, we always have light boats for
beach trips and small expeditions, we have fishing equipment for cod, and hiking equipment for bonfires and summit hikes – we are ready for adventure! Are you?

Fly to Bodo, Norway (Please see 'Other Practical Information' section)

Fly from Tromso, Norway (Please see 'Other Practical Information' section)

Day 1: Arrival and sailing towards Steigen

We meet at the quay in Bodø at 16:00, stay in the sailboat and get to know each other. Before we hoist sails, we get to know the boat and go through safety routines on board. When we are ready, we set course north towards Steigen, where we find a sheltered harbor for the night weather permitting. Along the way, we train in handling the boat, man-overboard, and other emergencies.

Day 2: Across the Vestfjord to Lofoten

After breakfast, we sail on towards Nordskot. Here, both Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug each have their own island, and we aim to get ashore with at least one of them and get our legs stretched a bit. After a few hours on land, there will be an evening sailing across the Vestfjord to Lofoten. Maybe the Northern Lights show us the way?

Day 3: Full sailing day north to Andøya

If weather and conditions allow, we wake up in the magical Trollfjord. Who dares to take the first-morning bath? This will be a full sailing day where we will cover well over 50 nautical miles. Along the way, there will be more training in sailing, navigation, and sail handling. We try to capture some of the dark time light with the camera, and cod for dinner with the fishing rod!

Day 4: Sail to Hamn on Senja and maybe the first encounter with the whale

After breakfast, we set a course for Senja. Now we are approaching the area where we can hopefully meet whales. We get another full day at sea, where there will be more time to practice sailing and photography. Once in Hamn, a hot tub and sauna await, and we have dinner at a restaurant.

Day 5: Along the outer side of Senja to Sommarøy and Kvaløya

After breakfast, we navigate up the outside of Senja, an incredibly spectacular area, with pointed peaks, deep fjords, and perhaps whale-blown on the horizon. We sail on to Sommarøy and lay on a sway between these beautiful islands for a trip on land. After lunch and a beach break, we sail further along the outside of Kvaløya if the weather allows and find a nice anchorage. In the evening we light a fire on the beach and hope for a flickering northern lights show.

Day 6: Whale safari around Vannøya, Arnøya and Skjervøy

Finally, looking for where the herring shoals and whales have entered the fjords. We keep a sharp eye and if we are lucky we will find herring here along with whales and killer whales galore. When the evening comes, we aim for Skjervøy or Arnøya for the last dinner on board.

Day 7: Sail to Tromsø

The last day of the trip offers sailing back to Tromsø. We leave early in the morning, so we arrive in Tromsø after lunch and in good time until we get unpacked from the boat until no later than 16.00.

Changes to the program

The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve the tour programs. With us along the way, we always have light boats for beach trips and small expeditions, we have fishing equipment for cod and hiking equipment for bonfires and summit trips.

Ski kit

Skis and boots

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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