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Best of Lofoten, Norway

From £1575 per person

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On this stunning tour of Norway, you'll weave in and out of picture perfect islands, each one beautiful and unique in its own way.
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Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Individuals
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Bavaria 40, 42, 44, 46 & 50, Farr 40.
Vessel length
40 to 50 foot.
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10.
Insurance Required
Yes

Explore the most beautiful and rugged mountains, fjords, and beaches that Lofoten has to offer on this incredible trip.

7 Nights: 18 - 25 July 2022 &  10 - 17 August 2022

17,800 NOK / £1,575 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.

With eight days at our disposal, the Lofoten mountains seen from different angles and with the midnight sun will give us a real summer and holiday feeling. Being on a sailboat, we are flexible and move smoothly around amongst the islands. During the trip, we go hiking, fishing, kayaking, surfing, and when we moor up we can make a bonfire on the beach. We will also sail to and visit some of the best and most exciting cultural sites and restaurants in Lofoten. There will be many fun moments both onboard and on land, and you will get to know the Lofoten area very well.

Day 1: Trip start in Svolvær

We meet at 16:00. Check-in and go through the program and safety procedures onboard. In the evening we make dinner, get to know the boat and crew, and prepare for sail. If we are ready and the winds are good, we try to start sailing this first night already.

Day 2: Raftsundet and Trollfjorden

After breakfast we sail towards Trollfjorden and Rafstundet, past Lille Molla, Store Molla, and Digermulen. Lunch in Trollfjord will be nice! This fjord is very well-known for the steep mountains that shoot down into the narrow fjord below. Those who wish can walk up to Trollfjordhytta and feel the “troll atmosphere” in Trollheim, while those who prefer to have a campfire on the beach can do that instead. We overnight at the pier in Trollfjorden or at anchor amongst the islands of Rafstundet.

Day 3: Sailing to Skrova and Henningsvær

After a chill morning with a good breakfast onboard we set sail and navigate around Store Molla and Lille Molla and to the small and venerable whale hunting Island Skrova, which lies amongst the islands in Vestfjorden. On Skrova we go ashore and try to summit the little mountaintop with it’s impressive views of the “Lofoten wall” in the west, all of Vestfjorden, and Hamarøy and Steigen in the east. In the afternoon we sail from Skrova to Henningsvær, one of the best harbors in Lofoten. This place is very lively in the summer, and we can choose to stay overnight in the harbor or find an anchorage just outside the town. We of course go to shore and explore. Nusfjord is also surrounded by high mountains, so those of us who are interested can go for a climb. In the evening we have dinner at Restaurant Karoline, one of the better places to eat in Lofoten. There is also a fun pub where we can have a few rounds before we sleep Nusfjord for the night.

Day 4: Sailing to the northside of Lofoten and Unstad surfing beach

After breakfast, we will sail up Gimsøystraumen and to the northside of Lofoten, and then head west towards the well-known surfing beach of Unstad, which is our goal for the day. We moor at Mærvoll, from which we can go over the hill to Unstad. At Unstad Arctic Surf, those who are interested can rent surfing equipment and take a surfing class. Another option is to go to the Viking Museum in Borg. In the evening we eat dinner in Unstad or in the boat, and when everyone is nice and full we will head back to the boat where the gentle waves will rock us to sleep.

Day 5: Sailing to Nusfjord fishing village

This day we won’t sail as far so we can have a chill morning and a cozy breakfast onboard. Afterward, we raise our sails directed southwards through the “Lofoten wall” again, towards Nappstraumen. From there it is not so far to Nusfjord. Nusfjord is Lofoten’s most iconic and best-maintained fishing village, and the whole place is a museum. Of course, we will go to shore and explore. The village is also surrounded by impressive mountains, which the adventurous of us might choose to climb. In the evening we eat dinner at Restaurant Karoline, one of the best places to eat in Lofoten. There is also a fun pub in town, so we might choose to have a few rounds before spending the night in Nusfjord.

Day 6: Morning sail to Reine to spend the day in the mountains or on the beach

Now it is finally time to visit Reine, and there is no better way to arrive in Reine than by boat. The harbour waters are surrounded by steep mountains, making for breathtaking views. This day the options include to go on a guided kayak tour, walk up to Reinebringen, or take the boat into Reinefjorden to Vinstad, from which we can follow a trail north to visit Bunesstranda. On Bunesstranda we like to take the responsibility to clean up some trash left behind by others, so we will see if there is anything to clean up when we get there! We spend the night in Reine.

Day 7: Sailing over Vestfjorden to Bodø

After a good week on our sailing trip, it is time to clean up and make the boat truly sea-ready, put on our sailing gloves, and cross Vestfjorden like true sailors. The crossing takes 8 to 12 hours, depending on the weather. As we are usually multiple boats on the trip this week it can be a “regatta day” where we race across the fjord. If the conditions are good we can stop in “the weather” on the outside of Bodø on our way in. Maybe we all have fantastic weather to sail through this afternoon. We will see! In the evening we arrive in Bodø. After a well deserved arrival drink of aquavit or apple juice we do a quick clean-up on board so it is easier to clean up the next morning.

Day 8: Ending the trip in Bodø in the morning

In the morning we leave the boat and have breakfast at Thon hotel on the quayside – the city’s best breakfast.

  • Experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Accommodation onboard during the whole trip – 7 nights
  • All meals that we eat onboard along the way (from dinner first day to breakfast last day)
  • Comfy package, bed in a double cabin with a made bed, warm duvet, pillow and bedsheets
  • A sustainable, local, eco-friendly, unique, exotic and exclusive Norway holiday
  • High-quality inflatable life jacket available for loan
  • Free use of equipment such as ribs, kayaks, fishing gear etc
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour-fees etc.
  • Transportation to/from Lofoten
  • Additional options/activities where we hire external guides and equipment, for example surfing in Unstad.
  • Meals at cafes/restaurants (we plan 2-3 meals ashore for this trip)
  • Drinks like wine, beer or exclusive apple juice and other luxury drinks

Sailing level

Sailing-wise the trip is not particularly difficult. There are also many people and crew onboard who contribute to the sailing. Also, we sleep all night either in a harbor or at anchor.
Large parts of Lofoten are quite sheltered from the big ocean, while some parts are more exposed. However, we do not control the weather and you must be prepared for both no wind and sailing in unpleasant weather.
Anyways, if you are a beginner, we will turn you into a sailor as soon as possible, and if you are experienced you will have larger responsibilities and greater challenges. All aboard contribute to the sailing, cooking, and operation of the boat on this trip.

Travel

How to get to Lofoten?

If you have time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also gives a different start to a vacation than traveling quickly. To ride a bike, take a train, or carpooling are good alternatives! So, if you have time, take the northern-Norwegian train line to Bodø, then the express ferry or Hurtigruten to Lofoten.
However, Lofoten is far away, and most people end up flying there. If that’s the case, Svolvær is the closest airport, alternatively, you can fly to Leknes. Flights to Svolvær and Leknes mostly have a stopover in Bodø. Widerøe, SAS and Norwegian are airlines flying there. There’s also a direct flight from Oslo to Harstad/Evenes airport, and from there you can take a bus to Lofoten and Henningsvær/Svolvær.

How to get to/from Svolvær and Bodø?

Svolvær is the “downtown” of Lofoten and has its own airport. There is also an express ferry to and from Bodø, Hurtigruta from north and south, bus north from Harstad/Evenes and bus south from Moskenes (which has a car ferry to Bodø).

Changes in the program

This program should be viewed as a starting point that we adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to continually improve the tour program for the better. With us along the way, we always have lightweight boats for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and equipment for bonfires and trips ashore – we are ready for adventure!

Please see 'Other Practical Information Section'

Please see 'Other Practical Information Section'

Day 1: Trip start in Svolvær

We meet at 16:00. Check-in and go through the program and safety procedures onboard. In the evening we make dinner, get to know the boat and crew, and prepare for sail. If we are ready and the winds are good, we try to start sailing this first night already.

Day 2: Raftsundet and Trollfjorden

After breakfast we sail towards Trollfjorden and Rafstundet, past Lille Molla, Store Molla, and Digermulen. Lunch in Trollfjord will be nice! This fjord is very well-known for the steep mountains that shoot down into the narrow fjord below. Those who wish can walk up to Trollfjordhytta and feel the “troll atmosphere” in Trollheim, while those who prefer to have a campfire on the beach can do that instead. We overnight at the pier in Trollfjorden or at anchor amongst the islands of Rafstundet.

Day 3: Sailing to Skrova and Henningsvær

After a chill morning with a good breakfast onboard we set sail and navigate around Store Molla and Lille Molla and to the small and venerable whale hunting Island Skrova, which lies amongst the islands in Vestfjorden. On Skrova we go ashore and try to summit the little mountaintop with it’s impressive views of the “Lofoten wall” in the west, all of Vestfjorden, and Hamarøy and Steigen in the east. In the afternoon we sail from Skrova to Henningsvær, one of the best harbors in Lofoten. This place is very lively in the summer, and we can choose to stay overnight in the harbor or find an anchorage just outside the town. We of course go to shore and explore. Nusfjord is also surrounded by high mountains, so those of us who are interested can go for a climb. In the evening we have dinner at Restaurant Karoline, one of the better places to eat in Lofoten. There is also a fun pub where we can have a few rounds before we sleep Nusfjord for the night.

Day 4: Sailing to the northside of Lofoten and Unstad surfing beach

After breakfast, we will sail up Gimsøystraumen and to the northside of Lofoten, and then head west towards the well-known surfing beach of Unstad, which is our goal for the day. We moor at Mærvoll, from which we can go over the hill to Unstad. At Unstad Arctic Surf, those who are interested can rent surfing equipment and take a surfing class. Another option is to go to the Viking Museum in Borg. In the evening we eat dinner in Unstad or in the boat, and when everyone is nice and full we will head back to the boat where the gentle waves will rock us to sleep.

Day 5: Sailing to Nusfjord fishing village

This day we won’t sail as far so we can have a chill morning and a cozy breakfast onboard. Afterward, we raise our sails directed southwards through the “Lofoten wall” again, towards Nappstraumen. From there it is not so far to Nusfjord. Nusfjord is Lofoten’s most iconic and best-maintained fishing village, and the whole place is a museum. Of course, we will go to shore and explore. The village is also surrounded by impressive mountains, which the adventurous of us might choose to climb. In the evening we eat dinner at Restaurant Karoline, one of the best places to eat in Lofoten. There is also a fun pub in town, so we might choose to have a few rounds before spending the night in Nusfjord.

Day 6: Morning sail to Reine to spend the day in the mountains or on the beach

Now it is finally time to visit Reine, and there is no better way to arrive in Reine than by boat. The harbour waters are surrounded by steep mountains, making for breathtaking views. This day the options include to go on a guided kayak tour, walk up to Reinebringen, or take the boat into Reinefjorden to Vinstad, from which we can follow a trail north to visit Bunesstranda. On Bunesstranda we like to take the responsibility to clean up some trash left behind by others, so we will see if there is anything to clean up when we get there! We spend the night in Reine.

Day 7: Sailing over Vestfjorden to Bodø

After a good week on our sailing trip, it is time to clean up and make the boat truly sea-ready, put on our sailing gloves, and cross Vestfjorden like true sailors. The crossing takes 8 to 12 hours, depending on the weather. As we are usually multiple boats on the trip this week it can be a “regatta day” where we race across the fjord. If the conditions are good we can stop in “the weather” on the outside of Bodø on our way in. Maybe we all have fantastic weather to sail through this afternoon. We will see! In the evening we arrive in Bodø. After a well deserved arrival drink of aquavit or apple juice we do a quick clean-up on board so it is easier to clean up the next morning.

Day 8: Ending the trip in Bodø in the morning

In the morning we leave the boat and have breakfast at Thon hotel on the quayside – the city’s best breakfast.

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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