juni 24 - 1. juli 2022
Together with Nordic Ocean Watch and Hvitserk of Norway, we are setting sail with a brand new experience concept this summer! This week the health of the ocean will be in focus! Surrounded by magnificent nature, we sail to leave a positive footprint - or a positive handprint as we would rather call it! You will be sailing, cleaning beaches, learn about plastic and other marine litter, and you will hear about actual solutions to the problem.
We set the course along Norway`s most beautiful coastline, between the thousands of islands, islets and rocks in the Helgeland archipelago, to explore and clean spectacular places that can only be reached by boat. We sail from Bodø to Brønnøysund, a stretch full of great natural harbours, beautiful beaches and scenic mountains and fjords. On the way we're passing by Rødøy, Myken, Træna, Lovund, Vega and Ylvingen.
On this trip you will learn much more than just sailing! Together with our professional skippers with local knowledge, we will bring an experienced guide on marine littering, Nordic Ocean Watch will contribute to the scientific part and we will hear from different organisations and companies along the way that work with reducing the problem of marine littering.
The most severe predictions from World Economic Forum says that there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050. Even in the cold and clear waters of Norway there are masses of washed up plastic waste on the beaches everyday. As sailors, passionate about the ocean, we cannot sit still and watch this happen without doing anything. On this trip we will bring you along to beaches where there should not be any plastic at all, and we are going to clean and pack out what we find there. You will be part of cleaning up some of these beautiful places and we sail along with a cleaner coast behind us!
If you like the sea, the impressive north Norwegian nature, are curious or experienced in sailing, and you want to spend your holiday on something meaningful, then this trip is perfect for you!
On this trip we will be 2-3 boats sailing together. Read more about our boats here.
As on all our trips are you going to learn to sail, you will get challenges and feel that you have accomplished something, and gain memories that last a lifetime. If this is your first trip with a sailboat ever, we will make you into a seaman/-woman as fast as we can. If you’re an experienced seadog, you’ll have more responsibility and be assigned tasks that challenge you.
Of our planned activities you are free to choose what you want to join yourself. If you would rather take it easy one day, stay in the boat and write a poem, do yoga or do nothing at all, you are of course welcome to do that.
Tavaha is the Nordic expression for taking care of the ocean: 'ta vare på havet'. It is also referred to as the ‘nordic aloha’. Tavaha encompasses unity, understanding and solidarity across borders, generations and cultures. The ocean is what connects the world. It has always taken care of us and we cannot live without it. It’s time we return the favour.
© Nordic Ocean Watch
Day 1: Welcome on board and intro to the topic
We meet in the boats for check in at 11.00 in Bodø. When you get here, we will eat lunch, get to know each other, and go through the program for the week: our ambitions and expectations. Already this first day we dive fully into the topic of the trip. We will have a workshop about the issue at Stormen culture center where we will have speakers from different companies, organizations and the scientific community. We are also going to visit the waste plant of Iris Salten, the local waste company, and get to see what’s being done with the garbage we clean up along the coast. This day will be a full day of input on the topic! The first night is spent onboard the boats in Bodø.
Day 2: How to sail and clean beaches
Today we start with a go through of the boat, equipment, and safety regulations onboard. In harbor we practice some man-overboard training and then we set sail Southwards towards Rødøy. Full of motivation and enthusiasm from yesterday, we will start the beach cleaning along the way. The islands of Fugløy and Bolga, and the old fishing village Støtt, are all places we will pass and have the opportunity to stop by for a round of beach cleaning. Dinner is served onboard. When we reach Rødøy, perhaps someone wants to go for a midnight sun hike to Rødøyløva?
Day 3: Cleaning cruise and visit to Myken whisky distillery
After breakfast we will again go for a cleaning cruise and see how much plastic we can find on the shores of Rødøy. When the garbage is packed and ready to be picked up, we hoist sails again. Next stop is Myken; a small community on one of the outermost island towards the great sea. Here are we invited to a sightseeing on the world's only Arctic whisky distillery, for those who want to try it. After this tour and lunch, we continue sailing towards Selvær and Træna. We will moor in the harbor of Sanna and hopefully have a bonfire on the beach in the evening (weather dependent).
Day 4: Cleaning trip around Træna and sailing to Onøy
Even all the way out at the beautiful oceanic island of Træna will we find plastic. We’ll walk around the island while we picking up what we find along the shoreline, so the troll in the mountain on the island will be happy with us. After the cleaning trip we set sail towards Lovund and the mainland. We do a little clean-up cruise around the picturesque island of Lovund before we continue sailing to Onøy for the evening. We’ll have the worst of bad luck to not catch a fish for dinner..!
Day 5: Stand-up paddling at Onøy
At Onøy we have friends in Explore Helgeland who rent out stand-up paddle boards to us (this cost is not included in your trip fee). We can play around with the boards around the islets and bays of Onøy, and can hopefully get some plastic with us back on the boards. Today’s sail goes South to Hjartøypollen by Dønna. A beautiful bay with a panoramic view to the majestic mountain range De Syv Søster (The Seven Sisters).
Day 6: Vega - The World Heritage Islands
In the morning we set our course towards Næs at the island of Vega. The route goes through a fantastic coast dotted with islands where we use our light boats to get ashore and do some beach clean-up on our way. When we’re safely moored in Næs we will visit Vega World Heritage Center where we can learn about the traditional use of the land with farming, fishing and specially eider ducks. Early evening we sail onwards to our homebase island of Ylvingen and spend the night at Himmelblå Brygge.
Day 7: Sailing to Brønnøysund and thanks for now!
After some beach cleaning at Ylvingen in the morning we will continue sailing the last few hours to our final goal, the city of Brønnøysund. We finish our trip here, clean-up and pack ourselves out of the boats, thanking each other for a great effort on the trip! Departure from the boats will be, at the latest, 15.00 (3:00pm). We hope you have a safe journey back home and that you have the opportunity to share what you learned with us with your communities back home. We sincerely hope to see you another time!
The program may change according to weather and conditions, but it gives an indication of how we spend the days. We start every day with a good breakfast and make a packed lunch before we go ashore. Some of the days we eat dinner right away after getting back to the boat, other days we just eat a snack at the beach, and then sail on before we make a later dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, and time to look around. If the weather should be in disfavor of a trip on land, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.
Trip deposit and payment
You only pay deposit (NOK 6000) at booking, the rest is due 60 days before departure.
Travel - in general
Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also gives another start to a holiday. Cycling, taking the train or driving a car together are good alternatives! Feel free to add some extra time before and after, since up in the north weather that can sometimes change your plans…
The north-Norwegian train line stops at Grong, and from Grong you can take a bus to Brønnøysund. Another "slow" and great way to get to Brønnøysund is with Hurtigruten from Trondheim or from Bodø, see timetable for Hurtigruta at www.hurtigruten.no . However, most of us take a flight, and the only airline flying to Brønnøysund is www.wideroe.no.
The north-Norwegian train line stops at Grong, and from Grong you can take a bus to Brønnøysund.
Another "slow" and great way to get to Brønnøysund is with Hurtigruten from Trondheim or from Bodø. However, most of us take a flight.
Train Vy - www.vy.no
Bus - www.177nordland.no
Safety and risk - in general
We take safety seriously and on our trips we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. On board the boat and trips, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us it is important that you as a guest and participant is trained quickly enough to be a participating crew, not a passenger. It contributes to learning, sense of achievement and increased safety for all. This is also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses, you are trained to be one of the crewmembers on board.
Mountain hikes and alpine/backcountry trips involves a certain risk, as does sailing. However, we as an operator, and our skippers and guides, do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner. Everyone gains on this and we have no one to lose. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.
Level of this trip
Level of this trip
Sailing wise, our trips are not difficult, and you are always welcome to join us! We have with us both people who have never sailed before and experienced sailors. However, you must be prepared for everything from no wind to sailing in harsh weather. If you are a beginner, we will try to make you a seaman/woman as soon as possible. If you are experienced you will be given responsibility and greater challenges.
In Northern Norway and the Arctics we must be prepared for all seasons, often during a single day. It’s a part of the experience; it’s wild, beautiful and raw – in all aspects, also with regards to weather. Prepare for the contrasts! For us the most important thing is to enjoy the ride and the sailing. Use what you have, borrow if you can, and invest in something new if you must. In good time before departure we will send you a detailed recommended packing list for this trip.
Food and cooking
On our trips everyone contributes to the operation of the boat, so as long as you have not booked one of our trips with a designated chef, all take their turns in the galley during the trip. Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. In advance of the trip, we set up a menu and shop what is needed. We try to offer good menus with healthy and “boat friendly” food. If you have allergies or preferences let us know in the registration form, and we will take that into account. During the trip, we also often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
What we expect from you
We want you to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, clean the boat or contribute in other ways when required. Our trips require a little effort from all participants - and you should be open to contribute and open up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people go very well together. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least do things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting and memorable stories :)
Life on board and accommodation
Life on board a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some it can be perceived as quite intimate and crowded, which is important to be prepared for. On our trips everyone participates in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered crew. We would like to get to know you well and hope that you will get to know everyone else on the sailboat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences are quickly what will take your focus as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.
Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. The accommodation is generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some have a bunk bed solution. The distribution is quite a puzzle, but we do believe we are quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations. If you want to stay a night on shore under the starry sky or in your own tent, then of course you can do it! Any accommodation before and after the trip must be arranged on its own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we are happy to give you some recommendations.
On the boat we have a lot of heat and a lot of good food, but not always abundance of fresh water. It might not always be possible to shower every day, but mostly every other day we are either in a harbor with enough fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or even better, take a sauna.
What kind of people join this trip - and how many are we on board?
Many come alone, some travel as couples, some travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and committed people you become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but that is not so important to us. It doesn't matter if you are young or old as long as you want to go on a trip and intend to do your part so that you and the rest of the crew will have a good trip together. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we get many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers. On most trips we sail more boats in a fleet, with 7-9 people onboard each boat.
ECO, Environment and sustainability
Both sailing and hiking/alpine/backcountry trips are environmentally friendly activities and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as possible. We encourage crew and participants to travel as environmentally-friendly as possible, and we use local ingredients and resources as far as possible. We also have our own trips where we collect litter and clean ocean trash from beaches.
Philosophically we often say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability; we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity and food. In order to run sustainable - knowledge, patience, agility and hard work are required. The same applies to almost everything you try to do in a sustainable way.
Changes to the program
The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve our itineraries. On board with us we always have a dinghy for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and gear to hike or make a bonfires on the beach - we are ready for adventure! Are you?