Sail the North Sea and the explore Norway's stunning coastline.
The dates of this 10 day trip are 2nd to 11th May.
Depart from Southampton on 2nd May and spend 5 or 6 days sailing along the south coast, through the Dover Straights and up the North Sea through the oil and gas fields to Stavanger.
From Stavanger you will spend 5 or 6 days exploring the wonderful and dramatic landscape that is the Norwegian Fjords before sailing in to the World Heritage City of Bergen. There is no better way to explore the Fjords than by yacht.
The yacht is a 55ft steel Bruce Roberts, launched in 2017. There will probably be only 6 or 7 people on board and there are only two double ensuite cabins available. Book either by yourself or as a couple.
Previous experience advisable. You will not be just a passenger and full training on the boat will be given.
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 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 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. 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 or one of the Bodo to Bodo trips.
You will need to be healthy and reasonably fit.
Food on board is included and made for you! 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 chilly at night, you may be in shorts and t-shirt during the day. Expect lots of daylight when on night watch as you approach the Norwegian coast.
Two luxury double ensuite cabins are available.
The price is £3200 per cabin which works out at £1600 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, 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 SANTOSA4976 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.
Southampton is roughly an hour and a half on the train from London Waterloo or from Heathrow or Gatwick Airports. Southampton Airport is very close.
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 over to the Faroe Islands and then down the West Coast of Scotland.
Santosa is sailing from Southampton in the UK up to Norway, across to the Faroes, then down to the West Coast of Scoltand then down through the Irish Sea around Lands End and 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
Isle of Skye to Oban – 120nm West Coast of Scotland
Arctic Circle Cruising
Mile Building and Coastal Cruising
Trondheim to Faroes – Fjords and 520nm - Norwegian Sea Crossing
Faroes to Isle of Skye – 300nm Atlantic Ocean Sailing and Coastal Cruising
Oban to Falmouth – 430nm mile builder. Sail down the Irish Sea.
This is not only a great, luxury sailing holiday for a couple but also good value for money as you are a guest crew, on a fabulous yacht, surrounded by a magnificent location that changes every hour.
If you want to go deeper into the benefits of this luxury holiday over standard sailing holidays then visit this page.