Norway and the Sognefjord

It may be less than 100 miles from Bergen to Floro – but take a look at the cruising ground. An array of offshore islands and narrow inlets lie protectively along the mainland coast opening up to the stunning Sognefjord as the centrepiece.  At just over 200 kilometres long it is the longest fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world and visiting here will be the ‘focus’ of our trips.

This fjord is one of absolute beauty where snowcapped steep mountains line the shores and highlights are revealed around each bend.   Vast glaciers, thundering waterfalls, sleepy fishing villages and glorious anchorages in bays so flat you can see your reflection await us.  

Our Norwegian sailing holidays are not only about sailing but also adventuring ashore, soaking in the atmosphere and experiencing the real beauty of nature first hand.  Wildlife abounds in these fjords – whilst sailing we will also be looking out for eagles, porpoises, seals and otters as we glide along.  We may be lucky enough to see a whale whilst we are offshore!

The weather will dictate exactly where we stop but we will always be spoilt for choice. 

Travelling to this part of Norway is a bit more than just a direct flight – but that’s all part of the adventure.  Cruise boats and ferries come here but there are not many opportunities available to visit by sail boat.  Whether you are a complete beginner or experienced sailor you will be welcomed on board for this trip.

These trips are one way either Bergen to Floro or Floro to Bergen.  Bergen is a bustling city and Floro is a peaceful town on a tiny island.  One way gives the opportunity to explore more of the cruising area rather than having to double back on ourselves.  We will enjoy a great combination of coastal sailing to outlying islands and intricate navigation as we weave our way into Sognefjord.  Once entered the fjord we may have to motor and once moored there could be opportunity to walk to glaciers, hike in the mountains, hire a kayak or bike or just relax on the deck of Velvet Lady. Once we leave the fjord, we will complete the trip with some more offshore sailing and visits to outlying islands.  We won’t have time to visit everywhere that is on offer -  but we guarantee that each week, we will look closely at the weather, and then we will be able to choose the best places to go to make your holiday as unique, memorable and enjoyable as possible.

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