Sail up the Norwegian Coast into the Arctic Circle. Enjoy sheltered cruising set against a back drop of truely dramatic landscapes.
The dates of this 11 night trip are 26th May - 6th June 2020
Join the yacht in Trondheim, once the capital of Norway back in Viking times, and nowadays a sort of Nordic Venice with canal waterways and a lively buzzing atmosphere.
The yacht is a 55ft steel Bruce Roberts that takes 8 people. There will probably be only 6 or 7 people on board and there are only two luxury double ensuite cabins available.
The passage between Trondheim and Bodo crosses the Arctic Circle but because of the Gulf Stream does not have an Arctic climate. Fjords cut inland at intervals and there are scattered groups of islands, islets and skerries. There is an inner passage inside of these with only a short break in shelter about 1/3 of the way up.
Mountains, many snow-covered, tower along the Swedish border inland, and rise from sea level in the larger islands. The uncompromising grandeur of the scenery can be enjoyed from sheltered waters as you head north.
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.
As you can see this is not only a fabulous sailing holiday for a couple, but also good value for money as you have the benefit of being a guest crew, on a fabulous yacht, surrounded by magnificent locations that change every hour.
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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 it would be useful if you have done some sailing before. 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. The weather can be fickle, like it is in Scotland but crystal clear and sunny days are not uncommon.
It will be the early summer so whilst chilly at night you may be in shorts and t-shirt during the day. Expect lots of daylight at night!
Two luxury double ensuite guest cabins are available.
Come by yourself, as a couple or with a friend.
The price is £3857 per cabin which works out at £1928.50 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 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), 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 SANTOSA4109 in the check out stage.
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.
Trondheim is served by a number of airlines and there are plenty of daily flights.
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.
The yacht will cruise the awe inspiring Lofoten Islands for a number of weeks before heading over to the Faroe Islands in August and then down the West Coast of Scotland.
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