Climb aboard, and join the crew upon a 57ft steel expedition sailing yacht. As a member of the crew, you’ll be expected to participate in the the daily activities necessary to keep everything shipshape. Getting to grips with the ropes and sheets, basic navigation skills and yacht maintenance, you’ll learn from your guides to sail across the Vestfjord to the Lofoten Islands, before hopping between the islands setting out the day’s aims according to the conditions and the schedule. Equipped with meteorology and ocean research instruments, the yacht and its helmsman offer numerous opportunities to learn and develop new skills.
Lofoten Islands – Norway
In the uppermost reaches of Norway’s shattered coastline, above the hubbub and city lights of Bodø stretches the Vestfjord, a vast expanse of water separating a cluster of bewitching islands from the southern mainland. Here, in Lofoten, the mountain peaks cast dramatic shadows across the horizon, sweeping into foreboding seas and breathlessly calm bays and beaches.
At the mercy of the ocean, the colourful, long-standing settlements remain inhabited by stoic fishing communities, who endure wild and stormy winters to maintain their steadfast existence and enjoy the calm, summer days, the midnight sun, and the Northern lights.
Arriving in the Lofoten Islands on the yacht, you’ll gain a very real insight into the sea-centric lifestyle the locals lead, and ultimately be seduced by the staggering landscape and wildlife encounters; seabirds by their millions, and if you’re lucky, whales, orcas and narwhals.
Our guides are true ocean explorers; passionate about the seas and sails. Accomplished yachtsman in their own right, they lay claim to speed records, European titles and even a first place in the Clipper Around the World race! Although they may seem high achieving, they love nothing more than embracing the slower pace of adventure cruising, and running surveys and research projects to save the seas.