Adventure sailing holiday: Norwegian Fjords and Northern Lights
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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TRIP CODE: ATB190921
- Start date / place: September 19 2021. Alesund, Norway
- End date / place: October 01 2021. Bergen, Norway
- Full price: £1,899
- Deposit: £760
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 14-day adventure in the Norwegian fjords. Ultimately the wind, weather and conditions at the time determine exactly where we can go and when.
We run this trip at this time of year to get the best mix of late summer sailing and a chance to see the magical Northern Lights. These start to become visible from September, and away from light pollution (which sailing excels at), your chances of seeing them are much higher. There is of course not guarantee that you will get to see them, but if you do – it is an experience you will never forget, and made so much more memorable by being at sea.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab
INFORMATION TO HELP GET TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- Alesund airport (IATA code: AES) is well served by SAS and Norwegian airlines. The airport is a short taxi ride from where the boat will be moored
- Bergen airport (IATA code: BGO) is well served by SAS and Norwegian airlines. The airport is a short taxi ride from where the boat will be moored
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
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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.