Lofoten Islands and more - 11 night Sailing Holiday 1

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North of the Lofoten Islands is another group of islands, the Vesteralen.  This one way trip from Bodo to Stokmarknes give us the chance to explore further and visit both.  We will spend the days sailing amongst the spectacular scenery and the evenings on board or exploring ashore. All the fun of sailing with none of the responsibility.  Relax and let us look after you

Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands Sailing Holiday Highlights

  • 10 days sailing in the spectacular fjords and islands of Norway.
  • Sail for 35 to 45 miles each day amongst stunning scenery, with 24 hour daylight we have plenty of time to make harbour.
  • Relax in the late evenings either with a drink on board or in a local bar ashore
  • Stroll along spectacular white sandy beaches or climb the hills for spectacular views
  • Try your hand at fishing
  • Anchor in a secluded bay and swim or snorkel in the crystal clear water
  • Barbeque on board - with fresh fish if you catch it
  • Watch the sun at midnight as it just touches the horizon but does not get dark
  • Gain confidence sailing in changing conditions
  • Enjoying the sound of the waves on the boat and the feel of the wind in your hair
  • The chance to helm a large powerful Oyster 55
  • We expect to sail approx 250nm this trip

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Is this a course

No.  We do not run formal courses we prefer to let you enjoy all  the pleasures of sailing without the pressure or responsibility of being 'in charge'.  

There is now only one place left on this trip.  This can be booked by either a solo female or a solo male.  We will still ensure you share a cabin with a memeber of the same sex.  We have a group of 3 booked who are happy to mix and match to suit.

New for 2016 and repeated again this year by request - more time to explore in the Lofoten Islands.  This one way sail starting from Bodo and ending in Stokmarknes will give us the opportunity to spend more nights in the Lofoten Islands.

The Lofoten Islands have long been considered the most scenic holiday destination in Norway, especially by the locals. Steep mountains are lined by golden sandy beaches and emerald green seas, with small fishing villages nestling in between. There are many wild and beautiful anchorages and pretty harbours for us to explore. It is a mere 50 miles from Bodo on the mainland shore to these beautiful islands.

The adventure doesn’t stop there.  North of the Lofoten Islands is yet another but lesser known island group, Vesteralen.  The landscape in these islands is varied: From rugged terrain with craggy peaks to expansive, cultivated shoreline areas with relatively dense populations. This is the land of fjords and sounds, skerries, rivers and lakes, moors, valleys and stretches of flat plains.

Join us for the opportunity to visit some of these fabulous and varied places

In 2016 we sailed 280 miles amongst stunning scenery, we walked, swam, fished and the hardy ones climbed a mountain before breakfast! We visited 12 fabulous places and even had an artist on board painting water colours!  Join us this year and experience the beauty of the wilderness.

There are many ways to get to Bodo, the easiest is by air.  Fly from many UK airports to Oslo and then take an internal flight to Bodo. The airport is a 15 minute walk from the boat.  If you want to see more of this fabulous country you can choose to take the train or arrive in Bodo by boat on the  Hurtigruten Coastal steamer. Getting there

Stokmarknes is situated 100 miles north of Bodo on the island of Hadseloya in Vesteralen.  Again there are many ways to get to/from Stokmarknes the shortest and easiest being a 35 minute flight from Bodo.  You can also arrive in Stokmarknes by road (using a series of bridges and ferries from Bodo) or again taking the Hurtigruten coastal steamer.  Getting there

So, where will we go.  With this extended sailing area there will be plenty of choice.  Our final decisions will be based on the weather forecasts and we like to remain flexible during the trip. We have been coming here for 8 years now and so as well as knowing the area really welll we know what previous guests have really liked. We guarantee that each week, we will look closely at the weather, and then we will be able to chose the best places to go to make your sailing holiday unique, memorable and enjoyable. 

To give you an idea the itinerary below is a sample of what we have done in previous years. To get you in the mood, why not look at these links for tourist information in Lofoten and Vesteralen

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At a Glance

Dates
29th June to 10th July 2017

Price
£1595, fully inclusive on board - for more details see What's Included

Embark / Disembark
Bodo / Stokmarknes

Difficulty Level A - click for more info  
A, Day sailing in daylight. Suitable for all levels of sailor. No previous experience required


Duration
11 nights

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Previous guest comments

Summer 2016

Hard to believe this trip you made so magical is over.  You two are a terrific team with your combination of expertise and relaxed but attentive demeanour.  Learning about sailing the boat with your calm directions was such fun.  I loved the combination of secluded anchorages and harbours.  Your trip was the best way to experience the norwegian coast

What a wonderful 11 days of sailing in a magical part of the world.  Lin and Richard were the perfect hosts.  Wonderful food and excellend seamanship lessons.  Thank you very much for letting us share your life and 'house'.  The pace of the 11 days was perfect with leisurely starts to the day, nice sailing and plenty of time to explore the islands.

A long held dream to visit the squiggly bits realised in a most wonderous way.  What a team.  Lin Richard and Velvet Lady.  It was a privelege to be in their company for these days past

 

There are literarily hundreds of places to visit in this cruising area. The actual itinerary will be decided each week, to make the best use of the weather and to visit and explore as many places as possible. We will mix anchoring in wild scenic fjords with mooring in tiny fishing villages. To give you some idea of what we may achieve here is an example itinerary from last year.   You can read all about previous years trips in our blog

Day 1 – Arrive on board 1800. Welcome reception, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner served on board at 2000.

Day 2 – Breakfast followed by safety briefing. There was not much wind last year so we motored to a fantastic beach at Sandvika for a swim. (8nm)  The wind picked up in the afternoon and we sailed a bit further north to Kjeldbotn (15nm)

Day 3 - A fabulous long sail across the Vestfjord to Reine.  It was really hot so good job that the ice cream shop was still open when we got there.  (45 nm)

Day 4 – Head north towards Ballstad, a fantastic small boat harbour.  Last year on the way we encountered 5 killer whales and spent 2 hours drifting with them - what a fabulous sight.  There was still time to anchor for a swim in Kvalvika before tying up in the small boat harbour (25nm)

Day 5 – A lovely day sail to Henningsvaer - arriving in time for a walk and a visit to the climbing club. (22nm)

Day 6 – A short sail to Skrova in time for lunch.  Spend the afternoon walking up the hill and then on to the beach for an afternoon swim. (10nm)

Day 7 – From Skrova we sailed up to the fantastic isolated anchorage at Haversand.  Great place for swimming, a BBQ and even better for catching cod. (22nm)

Day 8 – From Haversand – sail amongst the islands in the narrow channel between Store Molle and Lille Molle.  Then gybe all the way up the narrow channel to Digermulen.  A great place to climb the hill for fantastic views back across to mainland Norway. (26nm)

Day 9  - A gentle sail in sheltered water from Digermulen as we head up to the dramatic Trollfjord, where 900 m cliffs overlook a passage a mere 100 m wide.  Look at the birds nesting in the cliff walls as we get right up close. Great place for a picnic lunch.  Here we wait for the tide to continue our passage north through the narrow Raftsund and arrive on the north side of the Lofoten Island in Brottoya – the best place to see the sun at midnight. (22nm)

Day 10 – Explore Vesteralen.  Sail north along the coast to Blokken a beautiful small fishing harbour – here there are numerous colourful fishing boats to admire in a gentle walk ashore (15 nm)

Day 11 – Last sail of the trip – head south and under the 30m bridge which guards the entrance to Stokmarknes (16nm) Arrive early afternoon for a chance to explore ashore. 

Day 12 - Breakfast, depart 1000

 This is an example itinerary of what we did last year on an adventure sailing holiday aboard Velvet Lady in the Lofoten Islands. Velvet Lady is an Oyster 55 skippered yacht. All our sailing holidays are weather dependent and the exact itinerary will be decided by the skipper to suit the weather conditions. Beginners are welcome on these trips and on all our trips it is possible to book a slot and become part of a group. To see other itineraries for skippered charters in the Lofoten Islands please see our schedule.

Difficulty Level A - click for more info A, Day sailing in daylight. Suitable for all levels of sailor. No previous experience required

 

There is now only one place left on this trip.  This can be booked by either a solo female or a solo male.  We will still ensure you share a cabin with a memeber of the same sex.  We have a group of 3 booked who are happy to mix and match to suit.


  • Date: 29th June - 10th July 2017
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