Sail from Scotland to Norway. Inverness to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bergen via Stavanger and the fjords in between.
The dates of this trip are 4th to 11th May 2020.
Join the yacht in Inverness and after some familiarisation we will head out across the North Sea with Norway in our sights.The distance from Inverness to Stavanger is around 300nm so will take 2 days or so allowing plenty of time once there to explore and wind our way in and out of the fjords, skerries and islets up to Bergen which lies a 100nm or so to the north.
The yacht is a 55ft Bruce Roberts ketch, launched in 2017. There will probably be only 6 or 7 people on board and there are only two luxury double ensuite cabins available. Book either for yourself, as a couple or with a friend.
Previous experience advisable. You will not be just a passenger, particualrly for the sail across the North Sea.
Depending on the wind the aim will be to make Stavanger the first port of call. Stavanger, known as the Oil Capital is the third largest city in Norway. The plan will be to quickly leave the bustle of the City and explore Lysefjord, a 26 mile long fjord that is over 1000m deep (imagine the size of the piece of ice that carved this fjord out!).
You will see, and if keen get to walk up to, the breath taking Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) a 25m square mountain plateau 604m above sea level with 3 vertical sides.
After that the boat will sail north in the direction of Bergen through fjords with names like Stokksund, Korsfjord, and Bjorna. You may visit Halsnoy, home to the Halsnoy Abbey – once one of the richest in Norway, and site of one of the oldest boats recovered in Norway and the Radiohola (radio cave) where the resistance hid during the Second World War or spend a night off the idyllic island Tysnes.
There are plenty of places to visit and whilst the skipper will take into account the wind and have the final say, you the crew will have a large input into where you go.
The final stop will be Bergen which when approached by sea is a truly magnificent site. Bergen is home to a world heritage site. There is a lot to see and do in Bergen.
Santosa was launched in 2017. She is a 55ft (16.7m) steel ketch of Bruce Roberts design with a high latitude rig and has been built with exactly these sort of waters in mind and to provide an exclusive and luxurious experience.
She has hydraulic headsails and an electric mainsheet winch. She has two helming positions, one on deck in the cockpit and one in the spacious coach house allowing you to steer the boat staying cosy and dry if it is cold and wet on deck.
Displacing 33 tonnes she is a solid yacht.. She is ‘coded’ to Category Zero meaning her structure, the safety equipment on board and the experience and qualifications of the skipper and mate meet the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) international standards to sail anywhere in the world.
She has heating, air conditioning, hot water, a water maker, Quooker boiling-water tap for
From the cockpit you come down into a spacious and sociable coach house with a raised saloon area offering panoramic views, leather seating and a dining table. To starbaord there is an indoor helming position (lovely when chilly outside!) and a navigation area.
Aft of this area you step down into two luxury en-suite cabins, one each side of the boat. Plenty of storage is offered and a wardrobe. The en-suite has a power shower with seating, heated towel rail and electric flush heads. The cabins also have heating, aircon and black out blinds.
Forward of the coach house saloon, you go down a level to a well designed galley on the port side and a snug seating area to starboard. Beyond that is mainly crew accomodation consisting of another heads, another double cabin and two bunk beds, and a work shop right up in the forepeak.
Full training will be given but you should have done some sailing before particualrly as you will be crossing teh North Sea. We would advise against this trip particular trip if you have done no sailing before. You would be better off going for a leg up the Norwegian Coast.
You will need to be healthy and reasonably fit.
Food on board is included and made for you, bar 2 or 3 meals ashore, giving you the opportunity to taste the local cuisine! Whilst our experienced skipper and mate are perfectly capable of sailing the yacht by themselves you are most welcome to take part in all aspects of keeping a watch, navigating and sailing the boat.
You should get some exciting sailing. You will see some dramatic scenery.
The trip will not be as cold as you might expect.
It will be chilly at night, you may be in shorts and t-shirt during the day. Expect lots of daylight when on night watch!
Two luxury double ensuite cabins are available.
Come either by yourself, as a couple or with a friend.
The price is £2900 per cabin which works out at £1450 per person if you come as a couple. A cabin could also be suitable for two good friends who don't mind sharing as the double bed can be split in two with a lee cloth.
The price includes accomodation on board, all food on board (except 2 or 3 meals ashore), gas, fuel, mooring fees. You will need to bring your own oilskins and arrange your own travel insurance (circa £30 from someone like TopSail Insurance.)
To pay a deposit of £1000 to secure your place use code SANTOSA4173 in the check out stage.
You should aim to join the boat in Inverness as close to 4pm as possible, on the start date of your chosen leg.
On the final day you will disembark from the boat at 10am.
There is a main line train station at Inverness. There is also an airport. Glasgow and Edinburgh airports arethe next closest.
Flights from Bergen are frequent and a number of destinations are served by Norwegian Airways, Swiss Air, Vueling, KLM, Air France, Atlantic Airways and a few others.
The yacht will continue to sail up to the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle before heading further North to Spitsbergen in Svalbard.
Santosa is sailing from Southampton in the UK, west along the South Coast, up the Irish Sea to Scotland, through the Caledonian Canal, over to Stavanger in Norway, then up the Norwegian Coast to Tromso before heading to Spitsbergen in Svalbard. From there she will come back down as far as Trondheim before heading back across the North Sea to the Shetland Islands, the Orkneys, through the Caledonian Canal to the west Coast of Scotland, then back down to Falmouth. During this whole voyage there are a number of different legs that all have slightly different sailing aspects to them. For example some are purely coastal cruising whilst others have a large part of offshore sailing to them as well as coastal cruising.
Bergen to Trondheim - 300nm and Fjords
Trondheim to Bodo – 280nm and Fjords
Bodo to Trondheim - 280nm and Fjords
Shetland to Inverness - 200nm. Via the Orkneys
Inverness to Isle of Skye -150nm. Through the Caledonian Canal
Isle of Skye to Oban – 70nm West Coast of Scotland
Arctic Circle Cruising
Bodo to Bodo - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Bodo to Tromso - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Tromso to Bodo - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Mile Building and Coastal Cruising
Falmouth to Scotland - Up the Irish Sea and through the Caledonian Canal
Inverness to Bergen - Cross the North Sea and cruise the Fjords
Tromso to Svalbard, Spitsbergen - 580nm. Wild and remote
Svalbard, Spitsbergen to Tromso - 580nm. Wild and remote
Trondheim to Shetland - 350nm. Cross the North Sea
Shetland to Inverness - Via the Orkney Islands
Inverness to Skye - Through the Caledonian Canal
Skye to Oban - West Coast of Scotland Cruising
Oban to Falmouth – 430nm mile builder. Sail down the Irish Sea