• Wave icon Trip Type: Coastal
  • Speech bubble icon Instructors: 2
  • People icon Crew Size: Max 9 (10 for ocean)
  • Cake icon Ages: 18-70 ish
  • Pin icon Region: Norway, Iceland & The Arctic

Adventure Rating:

Low to some

Experience Required:
Low to some

12 Days from £2,499

Dates, Prices & Travel

Sailing the west coast of Norway

The West Coast of Norway sailing adventure is a captivating sail through some of Norway’s most remote and beautiful coastal regions – from Ålesund to Bodø. You’ll discover the rugged beauty of this wild coast from the unique perspective of the sea. We’ll make landfall in many places to explore the beautiful, dramatic landscapes of islands such as Runde, Hitra, and the Vega Archipelago, along with exploring towns such as Kristiansund and Molde. Then we have an exhilarating sail along the stunning Atlantic Road and the scenic Helgeland coast, finishing with some exploring of the enchanting, beautiful coastline around Bodø, just above the Arctic Circle. The West Coast of Norway is a unique chance to discover this breathtaking and world famous stretch of coast.

Ready for the trip of a lifetime with Europe’s #1-rated adventure sailors?

Rubicon 3 expeditions are genuine sailing adventures rather than luxury sailing holidays. Depending on your chosen route, you will be off the beaten track, possibly out on the open ocean, sailing to and exploring remote and beautiful places. The expert Rubicon 3 instructors will train you and ensure you are fully involved in all aspects of the experience, including navigating, helming, trimming sails, cooking, and looking after the yacht. As a true sailing adventure, it is much less predictable (& much better!) than a packaged experience, with itineraries planned day by day and shaped by local circumstances and weather. To participate in the adventure, all we ask is that the crew have the right attitude, a desire for adventure, and a willingness to be fully involved.

Want to join?

Go to the Dates & Prices button to see this trip’s dates. It will also give you information on connecting travel, including where to fly and when and where to join the boat.


Sailing Area

norway coast sailing area
norway route map sailing
The Yachts
Key Information
What’s included
  • All food and accommodation on board

  • All fuel & berthing fees

  • Your own bunk and storage area

  • Use of oilskins

  • Use of lifejacket

  • Sailing tuition

  • RYA Competent Crew (supplementary fee)

What’s Not included
  • Your connecting travel to & from boat

  • Sailing & travel insurance

  • Meals you choose to eat ashore

  • Alcohol

  • Visas where required

  • Discretionary tip

Interested in dates & availability?

To see when this trip runs, its start and end locations, price to join the crew and availability, click on the ‘Dates, Prices & Travel’ button up top.

Discretionary tipping of the Rubicon 3 crew

The trip price is 5% less than we would normally charge. This is to allow you at the end of your adventure to offer a combined 5-10% tip to the Rubicon 3 skipper and mate if you feel they have delivered exceptional performance. This tip is entirely discretionary. See our FAQs here.

Got some questions?

Joining a big sailing adventure is a big thing, so don’t be surprised if you have lots of questions before you book. Who else joins, what to expect, and so many more queries are entirely normal. The home page has loads of info on this (scroll to the bottom), there are our FAQs and never hesitate to contact us by email, phone or live chat. The team are here to have a chat, discuss options, answer questions and help make sure you get on the exact right sailing trip for you.

Welcome to the West Coast of Norway. This 12-day sailing itinerary is a magical sail and exploration of one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Please note this is genuine adventure sailing and the wind and the weather at the time will dictate where we can go and when. This itinerary is a sample to show some of the highlights that are possible, but we will decide on the actual stops at the time, in association with you the crew, when we know the wind and weather.


Håholmen is a charming, historic fishing village situated near the Atlantic Road. The island is known for its beautifully restored wooden houses and offers a glimpse into traditional Norwegian coastal life. There are some wonderful walks around here.

haholmen norway


Hitra is one of Norway’s largest islands and is renowned for its diverse wildlife, including a significant population of red deer. The island’s rugged terrain, rich fishing waters, and dense forests make it a lovely stop.

Hitra Norway

Vega Archipelago

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Vega Archipelago comprises over 6,000 islands, islets, and skerries. It is known for its unique cultural landscape where eider ducks are tended by local farmers for their down. The archipelago is packed full of history, wildlife and beautiful islands and hiking.

Vega Norway


Located on the island of Torget near Brønnøysund, Torghatten is a mountain known for its distinctive hole, which runs through its center. A hike to the hole offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. The natural tunnel is about 160 meters long, 35 meters high, and 20 meters wide.

Torghatten norway


Just south of Bodø, Saltstraumen is one of the world’s strongest tidal currents. The whirlpools and eddies created by the tides are a mesmerizing natural phenomenon.

Svartisen Glacier

The second largest glacier in Norway, Svartisen is part of the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, offering a pristine natural environment for exploration.

The Seven Sisters (De Syv Søstre)

This mountain range located on the island of Alsta near Sandnessjøen features seven peaks that, according to legend, are seven sisters turned to stone. Hiking these peaks (you can do 1 or 2 in 4-5 hours) provides panoramic views of the stunning Helgeland coast.

Seven sisters Norway

Wildlife highlights

On our journey along the coast between Ålesund and Bodø, we can expect to see a diverse range of wildlife, on sea and land. Here are some of the highlights we might encounter:


We might spot various species, including humpback whales, orcas, and minke whales, particularly around the Lofoten Islands and Andenes.

Whale Whale
Dolphins and Porpoises

Common dolphins, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises often play in the waves alongside our boat.


Both harbor seals and grey seals are commonly seen basking on rocks or swimming in the fjords.

Sea Eagles

The impressive white-tailed sea eagle, with its large wingspan, can frequently be seen soaring above the coastline.


On Runde Island, we can visit a large puffin colony and enjoy excellent bird-watching opportunities.


We’ll see other seabirds like guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes nesting on cliffs and islands.

Red Deer

On Hitra Island, we may encounter its population of red deer.

Elk (Moose)

These majestic animals can occasionally be seen in the forests and on the outskirts of towns.

Arctic Fox

While more elusive, we might be lucky enough to spot an Arctic fox in more remote areas.

Arctic fox

In certain parts of the coastal region and further north towards the Lofoten Islands, we might encounter semi-domesticated reindeer.


These coastal waters are rich in fish species such as cod, haddock, and halibut, which are also a staple for local fishing communities.


We can look forward to Norway’s excellent shellfish, including king crabs, scallops, and mussels.

Dates, Prices & Travel

Start Date & Location

July 7, 2025

End Date & Location

July 18, 2025







Trip Information

Start Date: July 7, 2025

Start Time: 09:00

Start Country: Norway

Start Port: Alesund

Start Marina: Alesund Marina

End Date: July 18, 2025

End Time: 10:00

End Country: Norway

End Port: Bodo

End Marina: Bodo Marina

Find Flights For This Trip
Fly Into: Alesund (IATA Code: AES)
Fly Out of: Bodo (IATA Code: BOO)

* Flights are not included in the trip price.

Important Notes
Joining the boat
  • You will join the boat in Alesund Marina, Alesund, Norway
  • It is around a 20 minute taxi ride to the airport. Details can be found here.
  • The trip starts at 9:00 AM on July 07, 2025, so you will likely need to be in Alesund on July 06, 2025
  • You have two options for accommodation on the night before the start date:
    • Stay in a hotel or AirBnB in Alesundl
    • Alternatively, you can stay onboard the boat from 6:00 PM on a bed & breakfast basis. Select this option during your booking process.
Leaving the boat
  • You will leave the boat in Bodo, Norway.
  • The boat is scheduled to arrive into Bodo on the evening of July 17, 2025, and you will need to disembark by 10:00 AM, July 04, 2025.
  • It is around a 5 minute taxi ride to the airport.
General Notes
  • We have a very strong track record of meeting the scheduled end date, with only a few exceptions over a decade of sailing and across hundreds of thousands of miles of sailing. However, given the nature and distance of ocean crossings, we can’t guarantee it and recommend booking flexible onward travel or at least allowing an extra day in your itinerary as a precaution.
  • You cannot stay on the boat after the trip end date.
  • Once you have booked, we will connect you up with other crew so you can liaise regarding connecting travel, meet up in advance etc.
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
5-Point Pre-Booking Checklist

Before you finalize your booking, we suggest you run through our pre-booking checklist:

  1. Check Flights: Make sure you have found the right flights for your trip. Book them as soon as you have booked your Rubicon 3 trip.
  2. Travel Insurance: Once you’ve booked your trip with us, buy some sailing travel insurance. Read our full guide here.
  3. Passport Validity: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date. Some countries require this for entry, so it’s crucial to check and renew your passport if necessary.
  4. Visas: Most sailors will not require any visas for this trip. However, if you are concerned, check any visa requirements for both your destination and any transit countries. If you do need a visa, processing times can vary, so it’s advisable to apply well in advance of your trip.
  5. Vaccinations and Health Checks: There are no vaccinations required for this trip. Make sure you have an acceptable level of fitness and agility. You can read our guide here. This is for the safety of all on board.
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