Adventure sailing holiday from Norway to London
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.
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: BTL041021
- Start date / place: October 04 2021. Bergen, Norway
- End date / place: October 17 2021. London, England
- Full price: £2,099
- Deposit: £840
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 the route from Norway to London. Check the Dates & Prices tab for exact start and end locations for your trip. What makes expedition sailing so special is that there can be no fixed itinerary and so the detailed itinerary below can be indicative only. The wind and the weather ultimately shape actual timings and what’s possible each day.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sail 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.
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.
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.
Sail 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
Sail 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!
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 at 1100hrs on the start day. It is important you are not late.
- You will disembark between 0700 and 1200hrs on the end day.
- For the exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab
INFORMATION TO HELP GET TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- The closest joining air
GETTING TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- Bergen Airport (IATA code: BGO) is around a twenty-minute taxi ride to the harbour.
ST KATHARINE DOCKS, LONDON
- Located in the heart of London, right by Tower Bridge.
- The nearest underground station is Tower Hill or London Bridge
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. Although this trip is open to beginners, we recommend that you have some sailing experience before, even if it is just an introductory weekend. This will enable you to be confident that a prolonged passage at sea is something that you will enjoy.
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 your 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: OFFSHORE 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.