Best of Lofoten, winter sail - from Bodø to Svolvær

20,900 NOK

januar 8 - 14. januar 2024

7 days

Our winter trips are a great chance to kick-start the sailing year. So bring your woolen long johns (a little Norwegian secret to staying warm in the winter!) and get ready for this raw and honest trip during the arctic winter! The most special thing about these trips in the winter season is all the magical light and the teeming life in the sea, which offer us the craziest #nofilter experiences all day long. We sail a full week from Bodø, via Steigen, to the capital of Lofoten; Svolvær.

This is a trip for those of you who want to sail along the rawest and most alpine coastline of Norway during the harshest time of year, looking for spectacular views and northern lights. Winter sailing offers beautiful light and colours, and on the boat we are far from street lights and other forms of light pollution. Hopefully the dancing northern lights will join us on our trip! 


We sail from Bodø, spend one week along the coast northbound to Svolvær, and explore the areas of Steigen and Lofoten underway On the way we will search northern lights, and hope to sail under the blazing auroras by night. You will also learn a lot about sailing, the sea, and the areas we sail through. This is a variant of our classic and ery poular "Best of Lofoten"-trip, but this time we sail in winter. This gives, if possible, almost an even more memorable adventure, where the variations in weather and light in wintertime set the scene for spectacular views and raw nature experiences!


On this trip we try to spend a day playing with the orcas and humpback whales which gather every year along the coast of Troms, where they feed on the herring that comes into the fjords. For many years we’ve found the whales around the fjords outside of Kvaløya, but in recent years they have gathered further north, around Skjærvøy. The weather forecast for the week, and location of the herring, will determine if we set course for northern Troms, or search for the whales outside Senja instead.


As on all our trips you don’t need to know how to sail to participate, and you will learn alot about sailing along the way. If you are a skilled sailor you will be challenged and trusted, and if you are a beginner you will learn a lot. This is a perfect chance for those of you who want to test out winter sailing, learn more about nighttime navigation, and sail under the different wind- and weather conditions the winter season offers. If you only want to join an unforgettable trip and sail during the arctic winter, you are very welcome aboard as well!


Our experienced skipper will make sure you get a safe and memorable experience, and our co-skipper will contribute with knowledge about the areas we sail through and the sea. As part of our crew you get the chance to try out all aspects of sailing: at the helm, hoisting the sails, making food under sail, navigating, taking a morning swim, gutting fish, serving “anchor drinks”, tying knots etc.; the complete sailing experience!

On this trip we will use our sailing boats Humla and Bien. Pictures and more information about these boats can be found here.

Our winter sailing adventure with SailNorway contained everything from spectacular sailing outside Senja, hard and fantastic tacking along steep mountain walls, on anchor under the glimmering night sky, northern lights-photography and an including friendship among all the different people onboard, totally unique!

Harald Lahn

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