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Adventure Sailing in Norway. Sailing the Norwegian Fjords

Adventure Sailing in Norway. Sailing the Norwegian Fjords

TRIP TYPE:
Coastal Sailing
TRIP DATES:

September 16 – 29 2020 (£1,899)

NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

JOIN SOLO OR AS PART OF A GROUP

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Sailing in the fjords of Norway is a magical, awe-inspiring experience

Join us for two weeks of sailing in this truly beautiful part of the world. We will sail miles into majestic fjords, with their towering vertical cliff faces. See snowy mountains, eagles and seals. You'll have plenty of time to head ashore to explore and get to know this very special part of the world. The coast of Norway is rightly regarded as one of the most beautiful areas in the world and the fjord region as one of its highlights.

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Day 1: Joining day

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: Briefings and training

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 will be more to learn and practice every day. We may anchor overnight.

Day 3: Alesund to the Statt headland

Today we will sail through the islands and skerries toward the Statt headland, which can get windy and wild if you’re around it at the wrong times! We will have no such issue and, as we head toward it, we have some really lovely little islands, bays and mountains to sail by and enjoy. We’ll likely anchor for the night in Stattvagen, a scenic and sheltered harbour surrounded by high cliffs and mountains.

Day 4-6: Statt to Sogneforjorden

This section has some truly memorable places. Hardbakke near the entrance to Nordfjorden is the administrative hub of the area and is really picturesque and wonderfully sheltered. For those wanting to stretch their legs after the sailing, there’s a hike up the 232m of the Ravnenipa. Wonderful views await those who put in the effort! The next day we may head a little further into the fjord and anchor up at Kjeringevagen on the northwest side of Nesoyna. This is another beautiful anchorage with great hiking close by. It’s a fun place to head ashore, hike up a cliff and take in the views. Even further in is the wonderful little hamlet of Rugsund. Will you make it there? You the crew have the difficult task of deciding where to go and where you’ll have to miss!

Days 7-10: Sognefjorden

Hopefully we’ll get to spend a couple of days sailing in Sognefjorden, the largest fjord in Norway. It is is huge, wild and grand, with water depths of 1300m almost up to the shore in places and towering, 1400m-tall, snow-covered mountains right at the water’s edge. There are so many stunning places to explore here, but perhaps the best of them is to do a full day sail nearly 35nm up the fjord to Naeroyfjorden. This is a world heritage site and surely one of the most spectacular fjords in Norway. If we make it here the wonderfully named Blombakkaviki anchorage is somewhere you will never forget.

Days 11-13: Sognefjorden to Bergen

In this final section we may well head for Skjerjehamn, which is a really fun little town, while still being beautifully picturesque. It’s a lovely place to spend the night, before heading off south again. Our target is the anchorage at Vinkingevagen, which is remote, wild and so beautiful you will never forget being there. Finally, let’s hope we make it to the idyllic anchorage of Vestre Eidsvikka. This almost ridiculously beautiful and sheltered anchorage is the perfect last stop before we set sail for our final destination, Bergen.

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 in Alesund harbour after 1200 hrs on the start day. It is good if you can join us as close to 1200 hrs as possible, but if your flight or ferry gets in later than this, that is fine. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details. The boat will be about a 15-minute taxi ride away from the airport.
  • You will disembark the boat in Bergen, Norway at 1200 hrs on the last day. The boat is a short taxi ride from the airport.

FLYING

  • Alesund airport (IATA code: AES) is well served by SAS and Norwegian airlines.
  • Bergen airport (IATA code: BGO) is also well served by SAS and Norwegian airlines.

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SAS

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.

See more information and the full kit list here

MEDICAL DECLARATION

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.

See the Medical Declaration here

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • 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.

IN SUMMARY

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.

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