Adventure sailing from Norway to London
October 02-16 2020 (£1,499)
NO PRIOR SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
JOIN SOLO OR IN A GROUP
Sail down the coast of Norway, across the North Sea, and down the river Thames into the heart of London
A truly exciting adventure sailing holiday as we start by exploring some of the beautiful Norwegian coast with its vast cliffs, myriad islands and amazing wildlife. Hopefully, we will get to Stavanger and the world-famous Pulpit Rock. We then set off across the North Sea for 2-3 days of exhilarating offshore sailing. We'll close in on the mouth of the Thames and after a night at anchor, have a day sailing down this majestic river right to Tower Bridge and the heart of London.
This is a typical itinerary for the route from Norway to England. What makes an adventure sailing holiday so unique, however, is that there can be no fixed itinerary and the wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day.
Day 1: Joining day
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000 hrs (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 of things to do in the future, but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Alesund is a beautiful small town with gorgeous views.
Day 2: Briefings and training
This day 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 qualified instructors guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing trip. We’ll be working through all the critical sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! Come the end of the day, everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics, even though there’s always more to learn. We’ll likely anchor in a gorgeous Norwegian bay for the night.
Days 3-5: Down the Norwegian coast to Stavanger
The exact timings and route are entirely weather dependent. We may cross the North Sea to Shetland first, but our likely journey takes us down the Norwegian coast. We’ll be sailing through the beautiful archipelago of islands such as Rota and Skorpa until we pull into the beautiful city of Stavanger. It will be a 200nm sail, so we will be sailing all through the day and night, probably arriving in Stavanger late on the second day. An excellent and exciting sail along this beautiful coastline.
Day 6: Day trip to Pulpit Rock
Today we can hopefully take a day trip and visit this most incredible place. It has undoubtedly one of the most iconic views in the world and is an experience you will never forget.
Days 7-8: 380 nm south to Ijmuiden / Amsterdam
Again, we have to go with the weather on this one, but with a fair wind, we will complete a superb three-day sail to Ijmuiden / Amsterdam. We will be sailing across a big chunk of the North Sea and will get a real taste of offshore sailing with all the challenges it can throw at us. Get ready for changeable weather, commercial traffic but most of all for top quality sailing in a wonderful 60′ yacht in her element.
Day 9: Exploring Amsterdam
A day ashore to take a bus to Amsterdam and explore this famous city with all its attractions. Coffee and lunch in the square and probably a lovely dinner in a local restaurant before a good night’s sleep in preparation for our next sail.
Day 10: South to The Hague
A much shorter sail today with just 25nm separating Ijmuiden from The Hague. With a favourable wind and tide, this should be no more than a morning sail. We can have lunch before spending the rest of the day exploring and learning more about this remarkable city.
Days 11-13: Across the North Sea to the Thames Estuary
It’s time to head west across the North Sea to the south-east coast of England. It’s a good 24 hours of sailing, and once again we’ll be sailing through the night, but this time in the busy shipping lanes and we’ll continuously be dodging between big cargo ships as they steam north and south. Finally, we’ll work our way through the winding shallows of the Estuary and likely anchor in a lovely spot at the head of the River Medway
Day 14: Along the Thames into London
This is always a brilliant day, as we head the 60nm west into the heart of the capital city. From a landscape of rolling fields, the buildings and industry gradually emerge, and then we are sailing past Canary Wharf, London City Airport and docking right next to Tower Bridge!
Day 15: Clean up and goodbyes
As ever the two weeks just disappear and before we know it is time to get the boat back shipshape, sight the logbooks, swap contact details with new friends and make our way home…. until next time!
JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat in Alesund, Norway any time after 1200 hrs on the joining day.
- You will disembark the boat in Portsmouth on the last day at 1200hrs
GETTING TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- Alesund Airport (IATA code: GLA) is well served by Norwegian and SAS. From there, it is around a twenty-minute taxi ride to the harbour.
- Portsmouth has good rail links to London Gatwick Airport (IATA code: LGW) and Southampton (IATA code: SOU). It is around a £70 taxi ride to London Heathrow (IATA code: LHR)
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 onboard 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: OCEAN SAILING
Extended periods of offshore sailing and overnight sailing
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 endpoints.
- 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.