Norway, Lofoten Islands Sailing Holidays
Sail and explore the Norwegian Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle on board the luxury sailing yacht Santosa.
The dates for this trip are 8 - 18 June 2020.
Come as a couple (and you don’t both have to be into sailing) or by yourself.It doesn’t matter how much sailing you have done before. Most of the sailing takes place in pretty sheltered waters.
The Lofoten Archipelago sits next to the Vesterålen Archipelago. Together they make for a unique collection of remote, wild and beautiful islands.
Pointy peaks, U shaped valleys, and small fishing villages nestled into the green base of snow capped mountains abound. Whales, sea eagles, moose, puffins are not uncommon.
You will join the yacht in Bodo on the mainland and from there head North into the Lofoten Islands to hike, spot wildlife and marvel at the majesty of these ancient mountainous islands. You will see some of the most wondeful scenery in the world. And you can enjoy looking at is 24/7 becuase the sun doesn;t set up this far north!
Starting and finishing in Bodo you will have the opportunity to sail, hike, photograph and explore some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world and enjoy the natural phenomenon of the midnight sun in the Lofoten Islands.
Set against a backdrop of sharply defined ice capped mountains you will sail to picturesque fishing villages with tiny harbours, some abandoned, some flourishing, clinging to narrow strips of land below these steep mountain peaks, all interspersed with quiet isolated anchorages, the outer coasts have areas of exposed pristine sandy beaches and farmland.
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 boat. 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.
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 a helming position and 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 toilet. 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.
The whole area is a rich fishing ground and depending on how good your fishing skills are you may be able to supplement the on board menu with cod, saithe, pollack (caught in 15m - 30m of water with feathers or a simple jig) and mackeral, ideal for an evening beach BBQ.
The birdlife – mainly but not only sea birds – is equally prolific, with nesting colonies including puffin, guillemot and kittiwakes. What tailed sea eagles are numerous and may even be seen fishing.
Sperm whales are best spotted between June and August, occasionally also pilot whales, minke whales and various dolphins are seen, a hydrophone is on board for listening in to their chatter.
You get sun at midnight in the Lofoten Islands from approximately 28 May - 17 July. Which means more hours of daylight for exploring.
The Lofoten Islands offer plenty of choice and you could visit any of the the following places Reine, Nusfjord, Ballstad, Kalle, Haversund, Trollfjord, Henningsgsvaer, Stamsund, Vettoya but as with such a sailing holiday as this, destinations will be weather dependant and the skipper will make the final decision.
Two luxury double ensuite cabins are available.
The price is £4590 per cabin which works out at £2295 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, made for you, bar 2 or 3 meals ashore giving you the opportunity to taste the local cuisine; gas, fuel and 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 SANTOSA4110 in the check out stage.
The yacht will continue to sail up to the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle before heading over to the Faroe Islands and then down the West Coast of Scotland in August.
You should aim to join the boat 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.
Bodo airport is 15 minutes or so away from where the yacht will be moorerd in Norway. It is very well served by Norwegian Air and SAS. You may have to connect vis Oslo or Stockholm.
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