august 18 - 25. august 2022
Join us climbing and sailing among Norway's national treasures! We sail from island to mountain, to experience, see and learn. We play in the wind, in the water, in the fjord, in the archipelago and in the high mountains!
This trip offers some of the most amazing and beautiful nature experiences Norway has to offer. For quite a while we have wanted to offer a trip where we sail from mountain to mountain, and climb some of the most beautiful peaks in the area. We are now casting off, and docking at the entrance to some of Norway's most spectacular climbing tours!
Moving around by sailboat is the best way to travel in these areas, and it is very convenient. From the sailboat close to land we can admire and study the mountains we are ascending, and then we just go ashore and up there.
Are you ready for next year's sailing and climbing adventure ?!
We start and end this trip in Bodø. First we sail to Steigen and through Mannshausen, the expedition island of Børge Ousland, a very good starting point for climbing the nearby Nordskott-traverse. This is an airy, but manageable climb, which will give us a good idea of what is waiting in the mountains later in the week.
From Nordskott we continue to Hamarøy and Hamarøyskaftet, which is our next mountain to climb on this trip. This is a very special mountain in north-Norway; only 613 meters high, but still airy and with a great view.
From Hamarøy, the trip continues northwards and we pass by Tranøy Lighthouse, were we’ll possibly go ashore to have a look around.
The main objective of the trip is Stetind, Norway's national mountain! As an ambolt in granite it is towering Tysfjord, and even atheists can become religious by the sight of the mighty giant. We have skilled guides along the way and they will take us safely to the top of all the peaks.
If you want to experience the best of this area, then this is the trip for you! On our trips you get the variety and combination of pleasant evenings in the boat and mind-blowing mountain experiences during the daytime!
On this trip we will use our Humla sailing boat. Pictures and more information about our boats can be found here.
The ugliest mountain I ever saw!
Cecil William Slingsby
Day 1: Tour start in Bodø
Meeting in Bodø at 16:00. Onboard the boat we get to know the other participants and the crew. Before we start sailing we go through the boat and the equipment on board, and we go through basic sailing theory and handling of sails. We also look at the schedule for the week and adapt this to weather forecast and expected conditions. Eventually we cast off and start the trip by sailing northwards towards Kjerringøy where we dock for the night.
Day 2: Sailing to Nordskott and Mannshausen
After breakfast, we sail further north and into Steigen to Mannshausen and Nordskot. During the day we stop for fishing fresh fish for dinner, and on Mannshausen we go for a walk and stretch our legs.
Day 3: Hefty Nordskot-travers and evening sailing to Hamarøy
After breakfast, we tie our hiking boot laces and go climb the Nordskottraversen. The trip takes 6-8 hours and goes from Nordskot up to Sørskottind, and from there on to the ridge. It's a short but vertical rappell of 4-5 meters before you get on the actual ridge that connects the southern and northern mountains. Down the mountain we can walk Skotsdalen back or walk down on the other side, towards Lundvatnet. After the trip, we eat some hot food in the boat before continue sailing to Hamarøy that evening. Here we anchor in the archipelago by the foot of the mountain and prepare for a new climb the next morning.
Day 4: Hamarøyskaftet 613 m.a.s.l
In the morning we will land on Hamarøy with the dinghy, and start the trip to the top of the spectacular Hamarøyskaft landmark. The trip takes 6-8 hours, and offers a little more climbing than the previous climb. This is another nice trip that will make us well prepared for the challenges at Stetind. After the trip we make a bonfire on shore and enjoy ourselves without rushing forward this evening.
Day 5: Sailing north
Sailing further north to Tranøy Lighthouse and into Tysfjord towards Stetind. This day we take it easy after two days in the mountains. This is also a reserve day that can be used for a mountain trip, if weather and weather forecasts have made it difficult to complete one of the day 3 and day 4 tours. Underway towards Stetind we will pass Tranøy Lighthouse. Here we go for a coffee and learn some local history about this characteristic place. It was granted money for the construction of a lighthouse here in 1863, and the place has an exciting story.
Day 6: "The ugliest mountain I ever saw" - Stetind
It was the mountain climber William Cecil Slingsby who used these well known words of what is now Norway's national mountain. Stetind is the highlight of this trip, as it will be a full mountain- and climbing day at Stetind. The trip can take anywhere from 10-18 hours, depending on weather, conditions and group dynamics. However, after being together for almost a week, we will be a well functioning group, well prepared for Stetind. The mountain was first summited in 1910 by a Norwegian group of 3 persons led by Ferdinand Schjelderup. When Stetind was named Norway's National Mountain in 2002, Arne Næss said the following about the mountain: "Stetind is a fabulous journey. The mountain comes straight up from the sea, gets steeper in an absolutely beautiful way. Stetind is delicious granite, hard, good stone to hold in. It's as if the mountain is on your side ». If the weather would not allow Stetind this day, then we'll find something different. Probably we will know this a little in advance and can plan it out. This day we eat both lunch and dinner in the mountains.
Day 7: Sailday to Bodø (reserve day for Stetind)
After a long day climbing yesterday we will only enjoy the last sailing out on the Vestfjord and back to Bodø. There will be some hours of sailing today, and we arrive in Bodø late in the evening. Today is also a reserve day for Stetind if we did not walk it yesterday. If we go to Stetind today, there will be a long and demanding night passage back to Bodø, but it would be worth it!
Day 8: Goodbye for this time!
After a nice breakfast on the boat we end the tour at 10:00 in Bodø. You can either continue the tour, please feel free to contact us for tips on what to do, otherwise you can easily reach the train station or airport in Bodø, both actually in walking-distance from the harbour.
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.
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…
Nordlandsbanen train line goes all the way to Bodø, and by night from Oslo to Trondheim, it's a great journey from southern Norway.For timetables and prices see www.nsb.no If you live along the coast, the speed ferries or Hurtigruta are possible options either northbound or southbound. Another option is a flight to Bodø, and there are some reasonable tickets.
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 crew members 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.
The climbs on this trip are not technically challenging, but there are some very airy parts along the way, which can make the heart beat a little faster. In general climbing is graded from 3 (which is very easy) to 9 - 10 (which is difficult, very difficult), the climbs we are going to do during this trip are in the 4's. If you have climbed a little before, if you are used to the mountains and have a steady foot and you do not have fear of heights, you will be able to complete 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.
The actual climb on this trip is not technically challenging, but there are very airy parts along the way, and these can make your heart beat a little faster. In general, climbing is graded from 3 (which is very easy) to 9 - 10 (which is very, very difficult), the climbing we will engage in during this trip is in the 4's. If you have climbed a little before, or if you are used to hiking, you have a steady foot and are not afraid of heights, then you will be able to do this trip.
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.
We provide all of the common equipment. Those who sign up for this trip will receive a detailed list of equipment before departure. Of personal climbing equipment that should be brought are: helmet, harness, screw carabiner, tow brake/belay (figure 8), 2 x prusik/hug knots. If you cannot get the equipment before departure, you can rent the equipment package for NOK 650- per week.
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?
Conditions when it comes to the mountains/climbing trips: Because of possible injuries/weather/other conditions we might have to cancel one or more of the climbs, but if that is the case we find some other activity to do that day. Participation at your own risk. No reimbursement will apply if there is a cancellation of one or more climbs, as a result of unforeseen events, such as injuries/weather or other conditions . However, we have a full week available and we will play around in an area rich in nature and opportunities for alternative activities.