Sail up Norway's north west coastline. Expect sheltered cruising and dramatic vistas.
The dates of this 10 night trip are 14th - 24th May 2020
Join the yacht in Bergen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on 14th May and spend a leisurely 10 days cruising through some amazing scenery up to Trondheim.
The sailing is generally quite sheltered and it does not matter if you haven't done much sailing before.
Apart from a small area the passage North to Trondheim from Bergen is sheltered by an outer fringe of islands, some large, many little more than skerries.
In addition to the shelter that these islands offer they provide a constantly changing landscape with at times some testing navigation. The gashes of more steep sided Fjords cut inland below mountains and glaciers. As you head north the dramatic contrasts between outer islands and inland mountains continue and a sense of isolation increases the further away from the main settlements you venture.
The historical significance of fishing makes itself felt everywhere, although the attractive small towns which developed to support the industry no longer rely entirely on fish for their livelihood.
Trondheim itself is 100nm from the open sea to the south but only 60nm as the cormorant flies.The City was Norway’s first Capital in Viking times. It is an attractive, relaxed and lively city, with river and canal waterways which give it the atmosphere of a mini Nordic Venice.Summer temperatures can reach heatwave levels!
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 dinning 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 height of summer so whilst chilly at night you may be in shorts and t-shirt during the day. Expect lots of daylight at night.
There are 3 double cabins, two of which are available.
The price is £3857 which works out at £1928.50 per person with two sharing a cabin.
Included in the price is all food on board (except 2 or 3 meals), mooring fees, fuel, gas.
You will need to purchase you own insurance which will cost around £35 from someone like Topsail Insurance.
To pay a deposit of £1000 to secure your place use code SANTOSA4108 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.
Flights in to Bergen are frequent and a number airlines such as Norwegian Airways, Swiss Air, Vueling, KLM, Air France, Atlantic Airways fly there.
Trondheim is also served by a number of airlines and there are plenty of daily flights.
The yacht will continue to sail up to the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle before going further north to Spitsbergen in Svalbard before heading back south and over to the Shetland Islands.
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