Sail TAVAHA - beach cleanup in Helgeland

15,500 NOK

august 18 - 25. august 2022

8 days

Welcome to a magnificent and truly special sailboat experience on the coast of Helgeland. Together with Nordic Ocean Watch, we continue with our greenest tour concept: Sailing and beach cleaning! The focus here is on taking care of the sea. Surrounded by magnificent nature, we choose sailing as our mode of transport in order to leave a minimal carbon footprint, and we clean up beaches, gain knowledge about waste-dumping in the sea, and learn about concrete solutions to this problem. A fun, educational, and inspiring experience!

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

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