The Lofoten Islands – late summer dates
August 15 – 28 2020 (£1,999)
July 13 – 25 2020 (£1,999)
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
JOIN SOLO OR WITH A GROUP
£400 DEPOSIT TO RESERVE A BERTH
Two weeks of magical sailing and exploring in the stunningly beautiful Lofoten Islands of northern Norway.
The Lofoten Islands are one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring locations in the world. Come and explore this UNESCO World Heritage listed archipelago, with fjords, mountains and eagles all around. Day sailing in sheltered waters, we sail to a new anchorage every day and have plenty of time to head ashore and explore this most incredible of places. This is true sailing magic.You don't need any prior experience to join one of our sailing holidays. Our world-class skipper and mate are there to guide you every step of the way, in a really supportive environment, whether you're a complete novice or brushing the cobwebs off a dusty Day Skipper qualification. What a classroom!
This is a typical itinerary for a 14-day Lofotens adventure starting and ending in Bodø. If you are starting or ending in Tromsø you will have a very slightly different itinerary on some days.
Day 1: Welcome aboard in Bodø
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs (the closer to 1200 the better but we know flights and such like don’t always work like that, so don’t worry!) Get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings.
Day 2: Time to learn the ropes en route to Landegode
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors to guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s more to learn and practice every day. We’ll probably moor at the stunning southern tip of Landegode overnight, catch some fresh fish and maybe even have a BBQ ashore.
Days 3-4: Sail to and explore Reine in the Lofotens
It’s a lovely 60nm sail now across the bay to the Lofotens and the bucolic village of Reine. This looks like it has been taken from a picture postcard and is always a huge favourite. From here we can take the inland ferry to the western edge of the island where there are some wonderful hikes and spectacular views across the Lofoten mountains.
Day 5: Nusfjord
Now we head north to Nusfjord. Hidden away between towering cliffs, we love this little outpost. It is one of Norway’s oldest and best preserved fishing villages.
Days 6-7: Digermulen
Tonight we’ll maybe head for the anchorage at Digermulen. This is so hidden away and an absolutely magical place to spend the night. We may well spend the next day here, just hiking, fishing and making the most of this area.
Day 8: Skrova
A little more north east today as we head for the anchorage at Skrova. Once we head ashore, we’ll probably BBQ the day’s catch and then you can hike up the hill for some really lovely views.
Days 9-11: Raftsund and Trollfjord
We are now into the amazing Raftsund, a narrow channel with wonderful cliffs either side. We’ll head into Trollfjord on the west side, home to, you guessed it, Norway’s trolls. If the weather is good we may spend the night there and hike up the mountain for some more amazing views and photos. There are some other wonderful anchorages near here.
Days 12-13: Exploring the coast south to Kjerringøy
As we head back toward Bodø, we have two days of idyllic sailing and exploring and Kjerringøy is the most beautiful of little fishing ports where we can stop for the night before heading back to Bodø, our final destination.
Day 14: Debrief, clean up and goodbyes
It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs.
JOINING AND LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat in Bodø harbour (or Tromsø if you are on the August 15-28 route) any time after 1200 hrs on the start day.
- You will disembark the boat back in Bodø at 1200 hrs on the last day. The boat is a short taxi ride from the airport.
- Bodø airport (IATA code: BOO) and Tromsø airport (IATA code: TOS) are well served by Norwegian and SAS. You will usually have to connect via Oslo or Stockholm.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: COASTAL SAILING
Mostly day sailing, shorter mileage and more time to head ashore and explore.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
- Any meals you eat ashore.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.