Sailing holiday in the Lofoten Islands of Arctic Norway
Magical sailing and exploring in the beautiful Lofoten Islands of Arctic 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 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.
These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.
TRIP CODE: BTB31052021
- Start date / place: May 31 2021. Bodo, Norway
- End date / place: June 11 2021. Bodo, Norway
- Full price: £2,399
- Deposit: £960
TRIP CODE: BTT07062021
- Start date / place: June 07 2021. Bodo, Norway
- End date / place: June 18 2021. Bodo, Norway
- Full price: £2,399
- Deposit: £960
TRIP CODE: BTB14062021
- Start date / place: June 14 2021. Bodo, Norway
- End date / place: June 25 2021. Bodo, Norway
- Full price: £2,399
- Deposit: £960
Please see ‘TRAVEL – GETTING TO & FROM YOUR TRIP’ tab for advice on start and end points.
This is 40% of the trip price and is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.
Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.
Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.
This is a typical itinerary for a sailing adventure in the 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.
Join the boat and 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. After lunch, we’ll start to show you the boat, issue lifejackets and oilskins and teach you the most important skills when on board.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day.
It is important you are not late as the pre-trip briefing will start promptly at that time. You will probably need to arrive at your start point the day before your trip begins and get a hotel or B&B.
Disembark by 1200hrs on the end day.
We ask you to stay on board until then if possible to help with packing away the boat but recognise sometimes due to flights you may need to leave earlier that day. Please just let the skipper know in advance.
For exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab
INFORMATION TO HELP GET TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- Bodo airport (IATA code: BOO) is well served by Norwegian, Wideroe and SAS. You will nearly always have to connect in Oslo or Stockholm. The airport is about 1 mile from where the boat is docked. There are lots of taxis outside and ask them to take you to the Molostua. From there it is about a 10 minute walk along the pontoons to the boat.
- If you are staying overnight before or after your trip, the Radisson Blu, Scandic and Clarion Collection are all very well placed
- Tromso airport (IATA code: TOS) is also well served by Norwegian, Wideroe and SAS. You will nearly always have to connect in Oslo or Stockholm. The airport is about a 20 minute taxi ride to the boat, which is usually docked next to Sjøgata.
- If you are staying overnight before or after your trip, the Clarion Collection Hotel With is well placed.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. No previous sailing experience is required for this route
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
FITNESS TO SAIL
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.
Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.
- All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
- Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: COASTAL SAILING
For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- 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 can be earned 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 Trip Notes before booking.