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1st July 2022 to 10th July 2022

Sail to Traena Music Festival 2022

£1685 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure

Join this voyage through the seascapes of the Vega archipelago in Norway as you sail, hike and race your way to the annual Træna Music Festival.

Pay a 50% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
9
Vessel type
Bavari 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

Join this voyage through the seascapes of the Vega archipelago in Norway as you sail, hike and race your way to the annual Træna Music Festival.

9 nights: 01 July - 10 July 2022

19,400 NOK / £1,685 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The trip doesn't include the festival tickets, please contact booking@kraken.travel to reserve and pay for your ticket after booking.

Join like-minded adventurers from all over the world on this voyage through the incredible seascapes of the Vega archipelago in Norway, racing, hiking and sailing your way to the annual Træna Music Festival. 

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking nature of Norway as you sail through the stunning arctic landscape of Vega, passing thousands of islands, islets and reefs and experiencing some of the best places this archipelago has to offer.

This island-hopping trip to Træna has become a legendary summer adventure, with around eight boats sailing together each year. For ten days you will navigate through the landscape, hiking a mountain range, fishing for fresh food, taking part in an ocean race and finally, attending the beautiful Træna Music Festival with your new friends.

With opportunities aplenty for exploring onshore as well as offshore, this trip can be as active or as relaxed as you want to make it. Hike, climb, fish, kayak, paddle, swim, or cosy up on the boat and read a great book. Sailing from beach to mountain to village, you can improve your skills on board while immersing yourself in this unforgettable adventure.

Day 1: Meet in Brønnøysund

Meet at the yacht from 6pm at Brønnøysund to familiarise yourself with the boat and meet the crew. Many are excited and really looking forward to this trip, and this is a special evening. Dinner will be served onboard before a good night’s sleep to start your journey.

Day 2: Sailing to Ylvingen

We start the day with a welcome- and information meeting for all participants at 09:00. After an intro to basic sailing theory and handling of sails, we make the boats ready for some sailing. We go through safety routines and man-over-board exercises. When coming back to Ylvingen we fire up the grill on the pier, set the long table, and prepare a party meal.

Day 3: Sail into the kingdom of islands

Today it is possible to go for a walk on land and a hike to “Tyskarhaugen”. There is also the opportunity to go kayaking, rowing or sailing “Nordlandsbåt”, or go fishing. This day we have lunch at Himmeblå Brygge. After lunch, we start packing up and preparing for sailing to Næs on Vega. We prepare dinner on the pier in Næs or onboard the boats along the way.

Day 4: Walk and lunch at Vega Ocean Hotel

Start the day with a visit to the Eider bird museum for a talk on the art of eider bird farming, and the traditions of sustainable living and hunting. After lunch at Vega Ocean Hotel, you will head for Hysvær on the outer islands. At Hysvær you can fish for dinner on board later. Depending on the weather, you may venture out to the islands of Skjærvær, the outermost islands before Iceland.

Day 5: Full day of sailing towards the mountains

A full day of sailing heading for the Seven Sisters Mountain (De syv søstre) with a stop at Lånan archipelago for lunch. In the evening you will moor in the harbour of Søvikvågen, and prepare for a hike to the peak of De syv søstre early the next day.

Day 6 : Hike on the Seven Sisters

Hike the 1050 meters of Stortinden mountain, where you will eat lunch with a fantastic view overlooking the kingdom of isles. Proceed to the second highest peak of Kvasstinden with the option of hiking all peaks to Botnkrona mountain in the north. In the afternoon you will set sail to Sandnessjøen, preparing for the Træna Ocean Race the next morning.

Day 7: Træna Ocean Race

Træna Ocean Race, from Sandnessjøen to Træna, is one of the highlights of the trip! Keywords for this full day will be teamwork and regatta sailing. Can your boat first across the finishing line, or is it one of the other boats that end up winning (you are going to win for sure!)? We arrive Træna in the afternoon and it is a spectacular sight. Imagine the swells rolling in over the stairs in Træna, a cold bath and an even colder Nordlands-pilsner in the harbor. The Træna festival has begun!

Day 8: Festival at Træna

Before the concerts start at 7pm there will be the possibility for sailing around the islands, fishing, eagle-safari, kayaking and “land crab” activities onshore. Or you can relax and enjoy the festival ashore, drinking beer and eating good food.

Day 9: Music on the islands

Festival! We go for a boat trip to Sanna where there will be a concert in the legendary Kirkhelleren. Possibility of climbing the Trænstaven mountain. In the afternoon we clean and wash the boats before we carry out our traditional goodbye dinner on the docks in the harbour and the finishing ceremony!

Day 10: Leaving the boat

An adventure is over for this time. If this is the end of your trip, you must get to Sandnessjøen, Bodø or Nesna on your own. Seats on a RIB can be booked through us, or ferry/express boat seats can be booked through the festival website. Thank you for a great start to the summer!

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Accommodation onboard during the whole trip – yes, also during the festival
  • 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 nice duvets and pillows!)
  • 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, HH inflatable life vest
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • Advice, guidance and practical training on sailing and boating in general. As an active crew member you will be engaged in, and learn to run a boat.
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • Participation at the Træna Ocean Race
  • Travels to/from Helgeland
  • We do not have our own chef on this trip. As a part of the crew, you contribute on a rotating basis with the cooking and operation of the boat
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Optional activities where we hire external guides and equipment, such as kayaking, glacier hikes or surfing
  • 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)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – recommended, but up to you (normally you don’t need a special insurance to sail)
  • Træna festival ticket, 3 days. You can buy directly from us
  • Transportation to the Sanna/Kirkhelleren special concert.

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…

Brønnøysund/Ylvingen

The north-Norwegian train line stops at Grong, and from Grong you can take a bus to Brønnøysund.

Another “slow” and great way to get to Brønnøysund is with Hurtigruten from Trondheim or from Bodø, see timetable for Hurtigruta at www.hurtigruten.no. However, most of us take a flight. For flights to Brønnøysund check www.wideroe.no.

From the center of Brønnøysund you can take the express boat to Ylvingen (Brønnøysund-Rørøy, but it stops at Ylvingen upon request).

Links:
Train NSB – www.nsb.no
Bus – www.177nordland.no
Hurtigruten: www.hurtigruten.no
Flights: www.wideroe.no
www.tts.no/hurtigbaat-vega

Travel Træna

How do I get home from Træna?
Getting home from Træna you need to get to the mainland either to Sandnessjøen, or to Bodø. You can either book a seat on one of our RIB departures, you can take public transport or you can get on one of the boats set up by the festival. The festival will publish information about this well ahead of time.
In general, you should book your flight or other travel home from Bodø or Sandnessjøen as late as possible on the Sunday, or the Monday.
Link to ferry and express boat times for the Træna-weekend can be found at www.trena.net and route planner in Nordland: www.177nordland.no
From Sandnessjøen you may take the bus to Mosjøen and the train south or north from there, or you can fly with Widerøe.no.
From Bodø the train goes southwards or you can take a flight, most go directly to Oslo.
You can also call traffic information on phone number 177.

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 the boat and 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 participating crew, not a passenger. It contributes to learning, sense of achievement and increased safety for all. This is also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses, you are trained to be one of the crewmembers on board.
Mountain hikes and alpine/backcountry trips involves a certain risk, as does sailing. However, we as an operator, and our skippers and 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.

Level of this trip

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.

The Træna Festival

“Paradise does not have to be in the tropics,” the local “Trænværingene” say, and the British The Guardian wrote “” One of the best festivals in Europe … that you´ve probably never heard of. ” The Træna Festival is an exclusive music and cultural festival – far out at sea. It may not be as important to book the biggest stars, but the nature, the people and the atmosphere make it a truly magical experience you should not miss!

Equipment/packing

In Northern Norway and the Arctics we must be prepared for all seasons, often during a single day. It’s a part of the experience; it’s wild, beautiful and raw – in all aspects, also with regards to weather. Prepare for the contrasts! For us the most important thing is to enjoy the ride and the sailing. Use what you have, borrow if you can, and invest in something new if you must. 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 try to offer good menus with healthy and “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 also often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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 effort from all participants – and you should 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 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 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 generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some have a bunk bed solution. The distribution is quite a puzzle, but we do believe we are quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations. If you want to stay a night on shore under the starry sky or in your own tent, then of course you can 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 might 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 on board?

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. On most trips we sail more boats in a fleet, with 7-9 people onboard each boat.

ECO, Environment and sustainability

Both sailing and hiking/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 applies to almost everything you try to do in a sustainable way.

Changes to the program

The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve our itineraries. On board with us we always have a dinghy for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and gear to hike or make a bonfires on the beach – we are ready for adventure! Are you?

Please see 'Other Practical Info' Section

Please see 'Other Practical Info' Section

Day 1: Meet in Brønnøysund

Meet at the yacht from 6pm at Brønnøysund to familiarise yourself with the boat and meet the crew. Many are excited and really looking forward to this trip, and this is a special evening. Dinner will be served onboard before a good night’s sleep to start your journey.

Day 2: Sailing to Ylvingen

We start the day with a welcome- and information meeting for all participants at 09:00. After an intro to basic sailing theory and handling of sails, we make the boats ready for some sailing. We go through safety routines and man-over-board exercises. When coming back to Ylvingen we fire up the grill on the pier, set the long table, and prepare a party meal.

Day 3: Sail into the kingdom of islands

Today it is possible to go for a walk on land and a hike to “Tyskarhaugen”. There is also the opportunity to go kayaking, rowing or sailing “Nordlandsbåt”, or go fishing. This day we have lunch at Himmeblå Brygge. After lunch, we start packing up and preparing for sailing to Næs on Vega. We prepare dinner on the pier in Næs or onboard the boats along the way.

Day 4: Walk and lunch at Vega Ocean Hotel

Start the day with a visit to the Eider bird museum for a talk on the art of eider bird farming, and the traditions of sustainable living and hunting. After lunch at Vega Ocean Hotel, you will head for Hysvær on the outer islands. At Hysvær you can fish for dinner on board later. Depending on the weather, you may venture out to the islands of Skjærvær, the outermost islands before Iceland.

Day 5: Full day of sailing towards the mountains

A full day of sailing heading for the Seven Sisters Mountain (De syv søstre) with a stop at Lånan archipelago for lunch. In the evening you will moor in the harbour of Søvikvågen, and prepare for a hike to the peak of De syv søstre early the next day.

Day 6 : Hike on the Seven Sisters

Hike the 1050 meters of Stortinden mountain, where you will eat lunch with a fantastic view overlooking the kingdom of isles. Proceed to the second highest peak of Kvasstinden with the option of hiking all peaks to Botnkrona mountain in the north. In the afternoon you will set sail to Sandnessjøen, preparing for the Træna Ocean Race the next morning.

Day 7: Træna Ocean Race

Træna Ocean Race, from Sandnessjøen to Træna, is one of the highlights of the trip! Keywords for this full day will be teamwork and regatta sailing. Can your boat first across the finishing line, or is it one of the other boats that end up winning (you are going to win for sure!)? We arrive Træna in the afternoon and it is a spectacular sight. Imagine the swells rolling in over the stairs in Træna, a cold bath and an even colder Nordlands-pilsner in the harbor. The Træna festival has begun!

Day 8: Festival at Træna

Before the concerts start at 7pm there will be the possibility for sailing around the islands, fishing, eagle-safari, kayaking and “land crab” activities onshore. Or you can relax and enjoy the festival ashore, drinking beer and eating good food.

Day 9: Music on the islands

Festival! We go for a boat trip to Sanna where there will be a concert in the legendary Kirkhelleren. Possibility of climbing the Trænstaven mountain. In the afternoon we clean and wash the boats before we carry out our traditional goodbye dinner on the docks in the harbour and the finishing ceremony!

Day 10: Leaving the boat

An adventure is over for this time. If this is the end of your trip, you must get to Sandnessjøen, Bodø or Nesna on your own. Seats on a RIB can be booked through us, or ferry/express boat seats can be booked through the festival website. Thank you for a great start to the summer!

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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