A fantastic opportunity to sail to Norway, explore the dramatic Norwegian Fjords and sail back.
This is a 16 day voyage on a 72ft steel yacht starting and finishing from Portsmouth. You’ll sail through one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, the Dover Straits, before heading up the North Sea to Norway where we will explore the outstanding natural beauty of the Norwegian Fjords. After 5 or 6 days of cruising you will sail back to Portsmouth. Sailing to Norway and back will log you about 1500 miles.
Depart Portsmouth and sail to Norway on Sunday 15th June
Arrive on the West Coast of Norway around 19th June
Spend 5-6 days exploring the West Coast/Southwest Coast of Norway
Depart Norway around 25th June
Arrive Portsmouth Sunday 30th June
"The perfect detox from normal life…... These trips are the perfect way to meet so many interesting characters, and the gentle pace allows you to see a country in a totally different way than you would get from a standard holiday. I’ll be keeping my eye out for future trips !” Nick S."
Fancy sailing from Norway to Iceland via Shetland and the Faroe Islands? Click here for more details.
Depending on the wind the aim will be to make Bergen or Stavanger or Kristiansund the first port of call. Bergen is a World Heritage City and nicknamed the city of 7 mountains. The area abounds with dramatic scenery and after a short stop the plan will be to explore the Fjords to the north or south. If the boat goes North maybe you will go up to Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord penetrating inland for 115 miles, between snow covered mountains that rise to 1,800m.
Stavanger is the third largest city in Norway and is known as The Oil Capital. 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 (that was some glacier!). You will see the breath taking Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) a 25m square mountain plateau 604m above sea level with 3 vertical sides.
After that the boat may sail north in the direction of Bergen through fjords with names like Stokksund, Korsfjord, and Bjorna. You may spend a night of the idyllic island Tysnes, 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.
Kristiansund on the Southern coast of Norway lies within a stretch of coast considered to be paradise by many Norwegians. There are lots of low lying islands and archipelagos and the water is usually warm enough for a dip! Lillesand is a day sail or so away and is described in the pilot book as ‘a narrow sheltered inner lead of almost unreal beauty’. Further round to the west is Egersund, a small fishing village with a statue of a nude nymph guarding the entrance to the harbour. 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.
When the time comes to depart it will be for a sail back down the North Sea, through the Dover Straits, along the Kent, Sussex and Hampshire Coasts back to Portsmouth.
One thing is for sure, when you sail to Norway with us, you won't get bored.
The yacht we are using is a Challenger 72 a tried and test Yacht built for sailing around the world - a feat it has achieved twice. It has a steel hull and is capable of sailing though wild conditions if needed. We use it to take part in the annual ARC (a race across the Atlantic from the Canaries to the Caribbean) and the Fastnet Race every other year. Click here for details on this year's ARC.
She is very well equipped and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) coded to Category 0. This means she is structurally very sound indeed and carries a large array of safety equipment . It means she is approved to go anywhere in the world and sail any distance from land. It makes her an ideal vessel to undertake such voyage.
Being 72ft long and weighing 48 tonnes she is very hands on and most things require at least two people so team work is important. Below deck she is very comfortable with two heads/showers, a spacious saloon and a well-stocked galley. There are nice snug bunks in the sleeping area.
Offshore experience is not necessary but if wanting to do the trip up and back you will need to have done some sailing prior to coming on the trip. You will need to be healthy and reasonably fit. You will be expected to help with all the cooking and cleaning throughout the trip and take part in all aspects of sailing the boat.
There should be some exciting sailing, lots of exploring and as winds can sometimes be light in the fjords plenty of time to relax with a book on deck as the dramatic scenery unfolds.
Sailing to Norway with First Class Sailing will leave you with incredible memories of stunning places, some great offshore experience if you do the trip up and down the North Sea, and some really good friends.
The price is £1799 and includes insurance, oilskins, berthing fees, fuel/gas and all food on board. The boat will depart from and arrive back at Gunwarf Quay in Portsmouth. Parking is available, there are good train/bus links and Southampton airport is close by.
On the water courses that teach the beginner how to be a useful crew member and the advanced how to cross oceans.
A VHF radio is an essential piece of safety equipment and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.
Shorebased navigation classes that prepare you to safely find your way once afloat.
One day courses that broaden your knowledge and compliment the RYA practical and navigation courses.