august 10 - 17. august 2022
This week is dedicated to the most beautiful and rugged mountains, fjords, and beaches that Lofoten has to offer. We explore the island by boat, and the whole of Lofoten is our playground. Join us on this highlight of a trip exploring the best of Lofoten!
With seven days at our disposal, the Lofoten mountains seen from different angles and with the midnight sun will give us a real summer and holiday feeling. Being on a sailboat, we are flexible and move smoothly around amongst the islands. During the trip we go hiking, fishing, kayaking, surfing, and when we moore up we can make a bonfire on the beach. We will also sail to and visit some of the best and most exciting cultural sites and restaurants in Lofoten. There will be many fun moments both onboard and on land, and you will get to know the Lofoten area very well. You will also learn a lot about sailing, as we end the trip as real sailors, crossing Vestfjorden to Bodø.
We begin the tour in Svolvær and sail north to Raftsudent, Digermulen, and Trollfjorden; an impressive fjord landscape with steep mountainsides and alpine mountain ranges - a place that is near and dear to us at SeilNorge. From there we sail to the small island of Skrova, from the top of which we have an amazing 360-degree view towards the “Lofoten wall” in the west, Vestfjorden in the south, and Steigen and Hamarøy in the east. From here we can truly understand the immensity of the mountains of Lofoten. We then sail into Henningsvær which is one of the best harbours in Lofoten and which has also become a cultural point of interest. From Henningsvær we sail up through Gimsøysundet and to the north side of Lofoten, and then westwards through Unstad and into Mærvoll and Tangstad, where we prepare ourselves for a visit to Unstad Arctic Surf. From here the tour continues south again through the mountains in Nappstraumen and to Nusfjord; one of Lofoten’s most authentic fishing villages. From Nusfjord we sail on to Reine, which - with it’s harbour surrounded by steep mountains - is one of Lofoten’s most photographed sites. From Reine we can ascend Reinebringen, or sail into Reinefjord to Vinstad and visit the breathtaking Bunesstranda north from there. After many days learning the ins and outs of sailing aboard our vessel, we are ready to end the trip with a race over Vestfjorden to Bodø. If the conditions are good we can make a stop on the outside of Bodø during the crossing. We might have perfect weather this afternoon… we will see!
Along the way on this tour there are opportunities to do extra activities at the places we land, such as surfing at Unstad Arctic Surf ( http://unstadarcticsurf.com/). All our planned activities along the way are optional. If you prefer to take a break in the boat and write poems or do yoga, or do nothing at all, you are free to do so.
Like on all our trips, you will learn to sail along the way, and you will get both challenges and feelings of achievement - as well as friends for life!
Watch our 2 minute movie from this trip here.
In the summertime we sail together one or more boats in a fleet. See pictures and read more about our boats here.
This week was really incredibly great! Very nice program with both a lot of sailing and ocean - and the possibility to hike some mountains. The split into cabins, watches etc. worked well. Our skipper was skilled and friendly, and he managed to include all of us and balance our wishes and requests as we went along. Well done! I became such a fan of the whole trip that I’m considering moving to Lofoten some day!
Day 1: Trip start in Svolvær
We meet at 16:00. Check-in and go through the program and safety procedures onboard. In the evening we make dinner, get to know the boat and crew, and prepare for sail. If we are ready and the winds are good, we try to start sailing this first night already.
Day 2: Raftsundet and Trollfjorden
After breakfast we sail towards Trollfjorden and Rafstundet, past Lille Molla, Store Molla, and Digermulen. Lunch in Trollfjord will be nice! This fjord is very well-known for the steep mountains that shoot down into the narrow fjord below. Those who wish can walk up to Trollfjordhytta and feel the “troll atmosphere” in Trollheim, while those who prefer to have a campfire on the beach can do that instead. We overnight at the pier in Trollfjorden or at anchor amongst the islands of Rafstundet.
Day 3: Sailing to Skrova and Henningsvær
After a chill morning with a good breakfast onboard we set sail and navigate around Store Molla and Lille Molla and to the small and venerable whale hunting Island Skrova, which lies amongst the islands in Vestfjorden. On Skrova we go ashore and try to summit the little mountaintop with it’s impressive views of the “Lofoten wall” in the west, all of Vestfjorden, and Hamarøy and Steigen in the east. In the afternoon we sail from Skrova to Henningsvær, one of the best harbors in Lofoten. This place is very lively in the summer, and we can choose to stay overnight in the harbor or find an anchorage just outside the town. We of course go to shore and explore. Nusfjord is also surrounded by high mountains, so those of us who are interested can go for a climb. In the evening we have dinner at Restaurant Karoline, one of the better places to eat in Lofoten. There is also a fun pub where we can have a few rounds before we sleep Nusfjord for the night.
Day 4: Sailing to the northside of Lofoten and Unstad surfing beach
After breakfast we will sail up Gimsøystraumen and to the northside of Lofoten, and then head west towards the well-known surfing beach of Unstad, which is our goal for the day. We moor at Mærvoll, from which we can go over the hill to Unstad. At Unstad Arctic Surf those who are interested can rent surfing equipment and take a surfing class. Another option is to go to the Viking Museum in Borg. In the evening we eat dinner in Unstad or in the boat, and when everyone is nice and full we will head back to the boat where the gentle waves will rock us to sleep.
Dag 5: Sailing to Nusfjord fishing village
This day we won’t sail as far so we can have a chill morning and a cozy breakfast onboard. Afterwards we raise our sails directed southwards through the “Lofoten wall” again, towards Nappstraumen. From there it is not so far to Nusfjord. Nusfjord is Lofotens most iconic and best-maintained fishing village, and the whole place is a museum. Of course we will go to shore and explore! The village is also surrounded by impressive mountains, which the adventurous of us might choose to climb. In the evening we eat dinner at Restaurant Karoline, one of the best places to eat in Lofoten. There is also a fun pub in town, so we might choose to have a few rounds before spending the night in Nusfjord.
Day 6: Morning sail to Reine to spend the day in the mountains or on the beach
Now it is finally time to visit Reine, and there is no better way to arrive in Reine than by boat. The harbour waters are surrounded by steep mountains, making for breathtaking views. This day the options include to go on a guided kayak tour, walk up to Reinebringen, or take the boat into Reinefjorden to Vinstad, from which we can follow a trail north to visit Bunesstranda. On Bunesstranda we like to take the responsibility to clean up some trash left behind by others, so we will see if there is anything to cleanup when we get there! We spend the night in Reine.
Day 7: Sailing over Vestfjorden to Bodø
After a good week on our sailing trip it is time to clean up and make the boat truly sea-ready, put on our sailing gloves, and cross Vestfjorden like true sailors. The crossing takes 8 to 12 hours, depending on the weather. As we are usually multiple boats on the trip this week it can be a “regatta day” where we race across the fjord. If the conditions are good we can stop in “the weather” on the outside of Bodø on our way in. Maybe we all have fantastic weather to sail through this afternoon. We will see! In the evening we arrive in Bodø. After a well deserved arrival drink of aquavit or apple juice we do a quick clean-up on board so it is easier to clean up the next morning.
Day 8: Ending the trip in Bodø in the morning
In the morning we leave the boat and have breakfast at Thon hotel on the quayside - the city’s best breakfast. Thank you so much for a great trip!at trip!
Sailing-wise the trip is not particularly difficult. There are also many people and crew onboard who contribute to the sailing. Also, we sleep all nights either in a harbor or at anchor.
Large parts of Lofoten are quite sheltered from the big ocean, while some parts are more exposed. However, we do not control the weather and you must be prepared for both no wind and sailing in unpleasant weather.
Anyways, if you are a beginner, we will turn you into a sailor as soon as possible, and if you are experienced you will have larger responsibility and greater challenges. All aboard contribute to the sailing, cooking and operation of the boat on this trip.
How to get to Lofoten?
If you have time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also gives a different start to a vacation than traveling quickly. To ride a bike, take a train, or carpooling are good alternatives! So, if you have time, take the northern-Norwegian train line to Bodø, then the express ferry or Hurtigruten to Lofoten.
However, Lofoten is far away, and most people end up flying there. If that’s the case, Svolvær is the closest airport, alternatively you can fly to Leknes. Flights to Svolvær and Leknes mostly have a stopover in Bodø. Widerøe, SAS and Norwegian are airlines flying there. There’s also a direct flight from Oslo to Harstad/Evenes airport, and from there you can take a bus to Lofoten and Henningsvær/Svolvær.
How to get to/from Svolvær and Bodø?
Svolvær is the “downtown” of Lofoten and has its own airport. There is also an express ferry to and from Bodø, Hurtigruta from north and south, bus north from Harstad/Evenes and bus south from Moskenes (which has a car ferry to Bodø).
Changes in the program
This program should be viewed as a starting point that we adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to continually improve the tour program for the better. With us along the way, we always have lightweight boats for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and equipment for bonfires and trips ashore - we are ready for adventure!