Arctic adventure: Sailing holiday in Norway’s Lofoten Islands
Bodo to Bodo: June 01 – 13 2020 (£1,899)
Bodo to Tromso: June 01 – 14 2020 (£2,099)
Bodo to Bodo: June 15 – 26 2020 (£1,999)
Bodo to Bodo: June 29 – July 11 2020 (£1,949)
Bodo to Bodo: July 13 – 25 2020 (£1,999)
Tromso to Bodo: August 15 – 28 2020 (£1,999)
Bodo to Tromso. 07 – 20 June 2021. £2,099
Tromso to Bodo. 21 August – 03 September 2021. £2,099
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
JOIN SOLO OR AS PART OF A GROUP
Two weeks of magical sailing and exploring in the stunningly beautiful Lofoten Islands region of northern Norway.The Lofoten Islands and surrounding coast are one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places in the world. Join us to sail and explore this UNESCO World Heritage listed archipelago of islands. This is a world of small, unique islands surrounded by majestic mountains, with sea eagles circling overhead and the midnight sun bathing everything in its unique light. The archipelago means really sheltered water, so flat sailing and also gives us endless coves and bays to explore - each one seemingly more beautiful than the last. Sailing to somewhere new every day, you will also have plenty of time to head ashore and explore the region which at times is so remote it can feel like the end of the world. Whether you are a hiker, photographer, fisher or just seeker of nature at her most beautiful, the Lofotens are true sailing magic.
This is a typical itinerary for a 14-day travel adventure in Lofotens, 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 stunningly beautiful 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 always more to learn and practice. We’ll probably anchor overnight at the stunning southern tip of Landegode. Here we can catch some fresh fish and maybe even head ashore with to have an impromptu beach BBQ. We are in the middle of the world’s biggest population of white-tailed sea eagles, and it’s wonderful to watch these magnificent birds take off from their nests and dive down towards the sea to catch fish.
While it’s beautiful just sitting here taking in the views, there are also some gorgeous hikes ashore, and for those who want to we can head all the way down to the famous lighthouse, working away since 1901. Bathed in the midnight sun, the whole island is magical.
Days 3-4: Sail to and explore Reine
It’s a lovely 60nm sail now across the bay to the Lofoten Islands proper. Norwegians call this spectacular archipelago jutting out from the northern coast of their country the ‘wall of the Lofoten’. The islands form a huge, jagged barrier, extending for more than 150 miles north to south, with snow-capped mountains plunging down into the sea. You’ll soon know why the Lofotens are regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful island archipelagos.
Everywhere here is just ….. dramatic! Perfectly clean, crisp arctic air and sea so clear that nothing is hidden below. Wherever we stop each day, those who love to hike are spoilt for routes and amazing views. Those who love to fish will catch cod, mackerel, monkfish and more. Like never before (or after!) Brightly painted wooden houses called Rorbuer are dotted all around. These simple, colourful huts were home to the thousands of fishermen who would arrive in the Lofotens between February and March every year, chasing the cod that migrated from the Barents Sea to spawn.
Meaning ‘Queen’, Reine really does look like it has been taken from a picture postcard and is always a huge favourite of our crews. Located on the island of Moskenesøya, 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. The beautiful village is also great to explore itself with local curiosities such as its fishing museum and vast racks of drying cod. Hiking up the hills here will reward you like nowhere else on earth. The views are simply stunning. To the north, you can see the islands, one after the other, lined up all the way to the horizon. Look south, and you can see the infamous Moskenes whirlpool, the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe’s story A Descent into the Maelstrom.
Day 5: Nusfjord
Now we sail north to Nusfjord, located halfway between Svolvær and Å. Hidden away between towering cliffs, we love this little outpost. It feels like a step back in time. It is one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved fishing villages, and many believe it is one of the prettiest villages in northern Norway. It is surrounded by towering bare crags, and its red and yellow wooden buildings are in sharp contrast to the fearsome cliffs all around. Many artists consider Nusfjord to be the essence of Lofoten: high praise indeed!
Days 6-7: Digermulen
Tonight we’ll maybe sail north to the anchorage at Digermulen. This is really hidden away and an absolutely magical place to spend the night, with towering cliffs, wonderful shorelines to hop along and explore, fish in the sea to catch, kayaking and the most beautiful views. You’ll feel blessed to be there.
Day 8: Skrova
A little more northeast today as we sail 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 more lovely views.
Days 9-11: Raftsund and Trollfjord
We now sail into the amazing Raftsund, a 25 km long fjord, flanked by steep mountains, white sandy beaches and of course the crystal clear arctic water. Coming into the narrow entrance to Trollfjord is really impressive with the cliffs either side of it reaching up to 1000 metres high. It all gives the fjord a truly dramatic appearance. Legend has it many of the rocks here are frozen trolls. Who knows?! If the weather is good, we may spend the night there and hike up the mountain for some more amazing views and photos.
Days 12-13: Exploring the coast south to Kjerringøy
As we head back toward Bodø, we have two days of idyllic sailing and exploring. Kjerringøy is a beautiful little fishing port where we can stop for the night. It is a historic trading post that dates back to the 1800s, and you will find everything here from polished mountainsides to white, sandy beaches and charming little stores. On the penultimate night, we dock in Bodo, ready for a last, always so special crew meal and beer. How did this end so soon?! Now you know why sailing and exploring in the Lofotens is one of the greatest, most rewarding adventure holidays possible.
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 & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat any time after 1200 hrs on the start day.
- You will disembark the boat between 0700 and 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: ADVENTURE 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.