oktober 8 - 14. oktober 2023
The whole trip was a truly great experience! It was awesome to go without knowing anybody, and meet a group of so lovely people. The skippers were incredibly skilfull, and they always smiled. For me, who's never been north of Trondheim it was really big to experience this raw landscape, the northern light and come so close on to the whales. SailNorway delivered a great and raw experience, which I will take with me for the rest of my life!
Dag 1: Turstart i Bergen
Vi møtes klokken 16.00 på kaien i Vågen, hjertet i Bergen. Her starter vi med å bli kjent med hverandre, båten og utstyret før vi går gjennom planen for turen. Livet ombord på tur krever samarbeid, og før avreise går vi gjennom rutiner og prosedyrer ombord, for seilas og for nødsituasjoner. Allerede denne første kvelden planlegger vi å kaste loss og kommer oss forhåpentligvis et lite stykke nordover.
Dag 2: Utvær - Norges vestligste punkt, og seilas til Sunnfjord
Første morgen på eventyr byr på seilas over Sognesjøen. Like nord om dette havstrekket finner vi øyriket, Solund, Norges vestligste kommune. Og om forholdene tillater seiler vi innom Utvær, helt ytterst i havgapet. Herifra er det nesten bare et døgn over til Shetland, og en tror vikingene la avgårde vestover på erobringstokt herifra. Vi tar lunsj på Utvær og en tur innom fyret her, om været tillater. Videre nordover går seilasen videre til Sunnfjord, og vi satser på å tilbringe natten på Alden mellom Askvoll og Værlandet/Bulandet.
Dag 3: Fjelltur på Norskehesten og middag i fiskeværet Kalvåg
På øya Alden finner vi en kjent fjelltopp og landemerke langs kysten, kjent som Norskehesten eller Den Norske Hest. Opp hit er det en flott tur på bare noen kilometer bortover, men 480 høydemeter opp. Og med klarvær kan vi se helt til Stadt i nord, Ålfotbreen og Sognefjella i øst og oljeriggene på Gjøa, Statfjord, Troll og Gullfaks i vest. Etter lunsj seiler vi forbi Kinn, og til Bremanger. Her finner vi det sjarmerende fiskeværet Kalvåg, hvor restauranten på Knutholmen frister med noe av havets ferske delikatesser!
Dag 4: Rundt Stadt!
Dette blir en full seildag, hvor vi satser på god bør for å komme oss rundt det beryktede Stadthavet. Fram til Måløy og Selje har vi kunnet lure oss innaskjærs, i beskytta farvann, hele veien fra Bergen. Nå er denne luksusen over for en liten stund, og vi må utaskjærs rundt Stadtlandet. Med gode forhold er dagens etappe likevel en av de flotteste, hvor vi passerer nydelige sandstrender på rekke og rad; Vetvika, Refvika, Hoddevik og Ervik. Før vi kommer til Søre Sunnmøre, og passerer Runde og Ulsteinvik før vi er fremme ved dagens mål; Ålesund. Denne arkitektonisk spesielle og veldig sjarmerende kystbyen fortjener et besøk, og her får vi oss både noe godt i glasset og på tallerkenen etter eget ønske!
Dag 5: Kajakk i Ålesund og besøk på Onøy fyr!
Denne morgenen planlegger vi for mulighet til å ta en guidet padletur rundt i jugendbyen. Alternativt seiler vi til Godøya og går på fjelltur opp til Storhornet for utsikt utover Alnes og Alnes fyr. Seilasen videre går inn bak Nordøyane nord for Ålesund, på vei mot Molde og Romsdalskysten. Her ytterst ute finner vi et av Norges sørligste levende fiskevær på Ona. Vi stopper innom her for en beinstrekk til det kjente fyret, og en liten hvil før vi legger avgårde for nattseilas rundt Hustadvika.
Dag 6: Rundt Hustadvika til Kristiansund og gjennom Trondheimsleia
Vi satser på fin bør utaskjærs rundt Hustadvika, og utpå morgenkvisten passerer vi forbi Kristiandsund. Her tar vi et stopp for kaffe og kake, og lokalmat-shopping hos de lidenskapelige kokkene på Mætt & God. Videre fra byen med de fire landene, går seilasen inn mot Trondheimsleia. Forbi de tusenvis av holmene og skjærene rundt Smøla, som vist er hjem til landets største bestand av havørn. Og langs de spisse toppene på Tustna og innover mot Romsdalen og Sunndalen.
Dag 7: Takk for nå i Trondheim
Alt etter hva vind og vær tilsier, så satser vi på å også bruke siste natt for å komme oss hele det siste stykket inn Trondheimsfjorden. Vi vil ha passert Munkholmen, og være i havn litt etter lunsj. Og i god tid til at vi får pakket, vasket og ryddet oss ut av båten før vi avslutter turen senest kl. 16.00. Tusen takk for en uforglemmelig opplevelse!
The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that we can adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to change and improve our itineraries. We will have a dinghy for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all our trips - we are ready for adventure! Are you?
Deposit and payment
You pay a 6000NOK deposit when you book the trip, and the rest of the payment is due 60 days before the trip begins.
Travel - In general
Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also allows you to start your holiday in a special way. Cycling, taking the train, or driving a car together can be good options! Feel free to add some extra time before and after your trip, since up north the weather can be unpredictable and might affect your plans!
To/from Bergen the obvious choice are the train across the mountain to Oslo, with several daily departures including a night-train. There are also busses and ferries up and down the Westcoast. Bergen Airport Flesland, also got several departures both inland and abroad daily.
Trondheim is often thought about as the city "in the middle of Norway", and its quite easy to get to from most directions. The train is great, and arrives/departures Trondheim from Oslo, Bodø andeven Sweden/Stockholm. Hurtigruten also passes by Trondheim if you're traveling to/from somewhere along the coast. If you anyways have to fly, Trondheim airport Værnes, has plenty of daily arrivals/departures from innland and abroad.
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 a boat and on trips, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us it is important that you as a guest and participant are trained quickly enough to be a participant - not a passenger. It contributes to learning, a sense of achievement, and increased safety for all. It's also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses: you are trained to be one of the crewmembers on board. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.
Level of this trip
This is our most accessible winter trip, for anyone interested in wildlife and spectacular scenery! In terms of sailing, this trip is not very difficult, and we mostly stay in protected waters throughout the voyage. You still need to be prepared for both calm winds and sailing in harsher weather. If you are a beginner, we will try to make you a seaman/ woman as soon as possible, and if you are experienced, you will quickly get responsibilities and greater challenges.
As with all activities, there is plenty of specialized equipment and clothing for sailing. If you do not have any of this, you can use regular hiking/skiing/mountain clothing. What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and warm, layered with clothes underneath. For autumn sailing, the most important thing to remember is to have enough air in between the layers of clothing. So bring spacious clothes and shoes, preferably a couple sizes too large, and plenty of wool! We will send you a detailed recommended packing list in good time before departure.
Food and cooking
On our trips you will be part of the crew onboard and get the chance to participate in all aspects of the running of the sailboat. This includes the cooking, where everyone is taking turns in the galley! Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. Before the trip we set up a menu and purchase what is needed. We offer good menus with healthy “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 often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat.
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, cleaning the boat, or contributing in other ways when required. Our trips require a little work of the participants - and you must be open to contribute and open up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people get along very well. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least doing 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 one should 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 boat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity, and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences 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 of which have bunk beds. Figuring out who sleeps where can be a bit of a puzzle, but we do believe we’ve gotten quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations. You must arrange any accommodation before and after the trip on your own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we’re happy to give you some recommendations.
We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always abundance of fresh water. This means it will not be possible to shower every day, but more or less every other day we are either in a harbor with fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or enjoy a sauna. And a morning swim in the sea is always available all year round!
What kind of people join this trip - and how many will we be on board?
Many come alone, some travel as couples, and others travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and interesting people you will become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but this isn’t 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 in making this a great trip for everyone. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we have many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers.
Environment and sustainability
In general sailing is an environmentally friendly activity,, 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 much as we can. We also run 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 sustainably, knowledge, patience, flexibility, and hard work are required. The same can be said about many other things that one tries to do in a sustainable way.