23rd January 2023 to 29th January 2023

Northern Lights & Whale Norway Adventure

From £1610 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Sail a full week from Tromsø to Skjervøy and Northern Troms, to find the whales’ winter feeding grounds. Experience exhilarating winter sailing with the magical Northern Lights and teaming sealife.
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Pay a 25% deposit per item
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 Tromsø to Skjervøy and Northern Troms, to find the whales’ winter feeding grounds. Experience exhilarating winter sailing with the magical Northern Lights and teaming sealife.

6 Nights: 23- 29 January 2023

18, 500 NOK / £1,610 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: Arrival and sail towards Kvalsundet

You meet at the dock in Tromsø at 16:00, settle in the sailboat and get to know each other. Before hoisting your sails you get familiar with the boat and go through safety instructions on board. You check the latest weather forecast and plan the route for the week, before you cast off towards Kvaløya and Kvalsundet. On the way you learn boat-handling, man-overboard drills and other emergency situations.

Day 2: Sailing day to Rebbenesøy and Vannøya

After breakfast you sail further around Ringvassøy in this great archipelago on the brim of the Barents Sea. You pass by Gåsvær, which is a good place for a landfall and leg-stretch. For the night you aim for a suitable anchorage or harbor at Rebbenesøy or Vannøya and maybe catch a fish for dinner.

Day 3: Looking out for the herring and the whales

Large schools of herring come in here to the coast of Northern-Troms to feed during the winter. And it’s these fish that attracts the humpbacks and killer whales, in addition to lots of fishing vessels and tourist ships. You have the whole week for your adventure, and to look for the herring and whales, and the less popular places. You explore the areas around Vannøya and Arnøya before ending up around Kvænangen and Skjærvøy for the night.

Day 4: Kvænangen and Reinfjord

You head out early enough to reach the spawning grounds of the herring during your few hours of daylight and hopefully encounter whales. Later, you sail to the roadless village of Reinfjord, where they have a long history with fishing, and where you spend the night. With almost no light pollution this place is perfect for getting your tripod ready at the dock, for the night’s aurora-show.

Day 5: Whales, the Lyngen Alps and sauna night.

Not possible to sail through the Alps you say? This is the day where you prove them wrong, with a sail through the Lyngen Alps. This part of Norway offers spectacular fjords, sounds, and mountains where your eyes will never be satisfied and want to see more – more – more of this. After a good day of alpine sailing, hopefully with more whale sightings, you dock at the pier of the famous Hamnes Handlested on Uløya. Here they have heated up the sauna and jacuzzi for you so all is set for a swim in the sea beneath the stars.

Day 6: The magical winter season light

The best part of this season in the North is the shifting and always beautiful light. Even though you don’t see the sun much here in winter, the light you actually get is often like an everlasting dawn and dusk. Perfect for great pictures and landscape views. You will spend your last full day together exploring the archipelago north of Tromsø, where you aim to have a landfall, hike, and enjoy a bonfire on the beach. You anchor away from the city lights, around Ringvassøya, for your last night.

Day 7: Return to Tromsø, and goodbye for now.

Unfortunately this is the day when you’ll have to get ready to disembark. After breakfast, you sail for a couple of hours back to Tromsø and arrive after lunch, with enough time to pack, tidy and clean out of the boat. The trip will end at 16.00 at the latest. You will leave with your heart full of unforgettable memories and some new friends.

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper on board
  • Co-skipper/guide from on board
  • 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
  • Advice, guidance, and practical training on sailing and boating
  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants (we sometimes have the chance to visit local restaurants on the way, see the itinerary for more details)
  • 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 – recommended, but it’s up to you

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 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.

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.

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 crewmembers on board. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.

Level of this trip

This is a trip for all photography and nature lovers! In terms of sailing, this trip is not very difficult, but sailing in the winter gives an extra challenging dimension to it all. You must also be prepared for both calm winds and sailing in harsher weather. If you are a beginner, we want to make you a seaman/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 specialized equipment and clothing for sailing. If you do not have any of this, you can use regular hiking/skiing/mountain clothing. What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and warm, layered with clothes underneath. For winter sailing, the most important thing to remember is to have enough air in between the layers of clothing. So bring spacious clothes and shoes, preferably a couple sizes too large, and plenty of wool! 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 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 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?

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.

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'

Day 1: Arrival and sail towards Kvalsundet

You meet at the dock in Tromsø at 16:00, settle in the sailboat and get to know each other. Before hoisting your sails you get familiar with the boat and go through safety instructions on board. You check the latest weather forecast and plan the route for the week, before you cast off towards Kvaløya and Kvalsundet. On the way you learn boat-handling, man-overboard drills and other emergency situations.

Day 2: Sailing day to Rebbenesøy and Vannøya

After breakfast you sail further around Ringvassøy in this great archipelago on the brim of the Barents Sea. You pass by Gåsvær, which is a good place for a landfall and leg-stretch. For the night you aim for a suitable anchorage or harbor at Rebbenesøy or Vannøya and maybe catch a fish for dinner.

Day 3: Looking out for the herring and the whales

Large schools of herring come in here to the coast of Northern-Troms to feed during the winter. And it’s these fish that attracts the humpbacks and killer whales, in addition to lots of fishing vessels and tourist ships. You have the whole week for your adventure, and to look for the herring and whales, and the less popular places. You explore the areas around Vannøya and Arnøya before ending up around Kvænangen and Skjærvøy for the night.

Day 4: Kvænangen and Reinfjord

You head out early enough to reach the spawning grounds of the herring during your few hours of daylight and hopefully encounter whales. Later, you sail to the roadless village of Reinfjord, where they have a long history with fishing, and where you spend the night. With almost no light pollution this place is perfect for getting your tripod ready at the dock, for the night’s aurora-show.

Day 5: Whales, the Lyngen Alps and sauna night.

Not possible to sail through the Alps you say? This is the day where you prove them wrong, with a sail through the Lyngen Alps. This part of Norway offers spectacular fjords, sounds, and mountains where your eyes will never be satisfied and want to see more – more – more of this. After a good day of alpine sailing, hopefully with more whale sightings, you dock at the pier of the famous Hamnes Handlested on Uløya. Here they have heated up the sauna and jacuzzi for you so all is set for a swim in the sea beneath the stars.

Day 6: The magical winter season light

The best part of this season in the North is the shifting and always beautiful light. Even though you don’t see the sun much here in winter, the light you actually get is often like an everlasting dawn and dusk. Perfect for great pictures and landscape views. You will spend your last full day together exploring the archipelago north of Tromsø, where you aim to have a landfall, hike, and enjoy a bonfire on the beach. You anchor away from the city lights, around Ringvassøya, for your last night.

Day 7: Return to Tromsø, and goodbye for now.

Unfortunately this is the day when you’ll have to get ready to disembark. After breakfast, you sail for a couple of hours back to Tromsø and arrive after lunch, with enough time to pack, tidy and clean out of the boat. The trip will end at 16.00 at the latest. You will leave with your heart full of unforgettable memories and some new friends.

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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