Norway Yacht Charter Guide

Yacht Charter in the Lofoten Islands and Northern Norway

Many people visit this area to experience the Land of the Midnight Sun during the summer, where daylight extends through the polar night, or the magical Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis - during the winter. The magnificent untouched countryside, with impressive snow and ice peaked mountainous backdrops, fascinating coastal attractions and interesting local cultures such as the Sami people bring adventurers and visitors from far and wide to enjoy the art, culture, history and wildlife this area has to offer.

Visit immense natural glaciers and caves, see birds such as sea eagles, cormorants, guillemots, puffins, and kittiwakes. In the water you may be lucky enough to see whales, seals and otters. The Arctic Circle is associated with the cold, ice and snow, however the climate can be very different in this area with the warmth of the Gulf Stream and the bright summer season accelerating life in the north as it flourishes in the Midnight Sun. Summer temperatures may reach 20-30 degrees, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing swim in the lakes or sea.

 

The shift between green lowland landscapes and steep mountain formations out at sea provides one of the most beautiful experiences that Mother Nature has to offer. There is an aura of history stretching all the way back to the Vikings Age, this combined with the wildlife culture and first rate attractions make the Lofoten Islands an incredible charter destination.

Sail through this majestic setting with no other boats as far as the eye can see, and go ashore on islands and beaches that are completely uninhabited.

Small fishing villages and towns with quaint harbours are dotted throughout the area offering passing yachts a berth for the night or a chance to stock up on provisions.

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Sailing in the Arctic North

Sailing in northern Norway, above the Arctic Circle is a unique and special adventure. Arctic Norway is a magical yacht charter destination in one of the most beautiful sailing destinations in the world. With embarkation options in Bodø, Svolvaer, Tromsø, the Lofoten Islands and North Cape “The Arctic Norway” is the perfect starting point for polar expeditions as well as shorter and more relaxing charters. It is possible to combine your sailing charter with skiing, climbing, trekking and other activities.

From Alesund to North Cape

Arctic Norway reaches from the Lofoten peninsula to North Cape as the most northern point of Europe. Lyngen is a skier’s paradise with hundreds of mountains to climb or ski. Arctic Norway consists of thousands of islands, sheltered fjords, open seas and steep mountains. The perfect adventure trip for sailing, skiing, hiking, wildlife observation, climbing, fishing and more!

Sail and Ski in Norway
Sail and Ski

During March, April and May you may enjoy a week of ski and sail adventure in Northern Norway. Sail in the fjords of the Lyngen Archipelago, start skiing from the snow covered beaches and climb summits with amazing views. Enjoy the freedom in untouched powder-snow and off-piste back to your yacht. The area offers a variety of possibilities and challenges so you will always find your summit to conquer that fits your personal ambitions and fit.

Sail and trek in Norway
Sail and Trek

Sail & Trek: A unique combination of travelling by sea, walking the mountains and at the same time experiencing rich bird and animal life. Stay and travel in comfortable yachts to the outskirts, start at a hideaway bay and walk through impressive mountains and magical surroundings. Combine trekking and sailing and choose routes according to your personal ambitions and fitness. Ideal for beginners as well as more experienced walkers. Trips are suitable for groups of people ranging from 4 to 20 guests. Mountain guides for shorter or longer periods can be provided upon request.

Sailing in Svalbard
Sail to Svalbard and Spitsbergen

Svalbard is a very interesting area and its uniqueness has played important roles in many aspects; polar expeditions, historically, politically - it is unique and it is the ultimate sailing adventure destination. It is possible to visit Svalbard in July and August. Sailing at Svalbard requires arctic knowledge and experience. We have extensive experience in organisning bareboat and skippered charter trips to Svalbard.

Tromso
So many options

Bodo, Svolvaer, Tromso, Lyngen, Lofoten Islands and North Cape are all very interesting places and generally experienced groups will enjoy the stunning surroundings. High quality and comfortable boats are available, specially equipped for sailing in arctic waters. Local people love the sea and are open minded and respect and appreciate other sea farers. You will always find guidance and help if required




  • How do I get there?

    Bodo

    Bodø is the biggest city in Nordland and has a population of approx. 40,000. There are a number of direct flights from the city to and from Oslo and abroad. Bodø is also a major junction for regional air traffic, and for bus and boat routes. The airport is only 1 km from the city centre and the harbour where our vessels are moored.

    • Excellent restaurants, pubs and bars
    • Various categories of hotels
    • Shopping malls
    • Grocery stores with a wide selection of merchandise
    • Shops with boating gear, clothing, etc.
    • Chemist’s / Pharmacy
    • Car hire firms
    • Tourist information centre
    • Museums

    Tromso

    Tromsø is northern Norway’s major city and has a population of just over 60,000. There are daily direct flights to and from Oslo, together with international and regional flights. Tromsø is also a major junction for regional air traffic, and for bus and boat routes. The airport is approx. 3 km from the city centre.

    • Excellent restaurants, pubs and bars and pulsating night life
    • Various categories of hotels
    • Shopping malls
    • Grocer’s stores with a wide selection of merchandise
    • Shops with boating equipment, clothing, etc.
    • Chemist’s / Pharmacy
    • Car hire firms
    • Tourist information centre
    • Museums and adventure centre (Polaria)
    • Mountain lift
    • The Arctic Ocean Cathedral

    Language: Norwegian is the official language of Norway and it is the most commonly spoken language in Northern Norway. Most Norwegians speak English well.

    Travel: The easiest way to travel to Northern Norway is by air – there are several options when travelling from Europe or internationally – some of the more popular routes are listed below – let us know your requirements.

    It is also possible to drive or to travel by boat. Some parts of Northern Norway can be reached by train.

    By Plane

    From Southern Norway

    The following cities/airports have non-stop flights to and from:

    Oslo: Tromsø, Bardufoss, Bodø, Evenes, Alta, Kirkenes, Lakselv, Flights to/from Oslo arrive at and depart from Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL).

    Bergen: Tromsø, Bodø

    Trondheim: Bodø, Evenes, Helgeland

    Domestic flights are operated by SAS Norwegian and Widerøe International

    To/from Tromsø:

    • London Stansted, United Kingdom (Tuesdays and Saturdays, operated by Norwegian)
    • Stockholm, Sweden (Summer only, Mondays and Fridays, operated by SAS )
    • Frankfurt, Germany (Summer only, once a week. Charterflight operated by Troll Tours/Hamburg Airlines)
    • Kiruna/Luleå, Sweden (operated by Barents Airlink)
    • Murmansk/Arkhangelsk, Russia (operated by Arkhangelsk Airlines/Aeroflot Nord)

    By car:

    E6 is the main route to Northern Norway when driving from the southern parts of the country (Oslo, Trondheim). Be aware that the distance from Oslo to the southernmost part of Northern Norway is appr. 800 kilometers and that the rest of E6 through Northern Norway is appr. 1600 kilometers. The distance from Trondheim to Mo i Rana is appr 450 kilometers, to Narvik 920 kilometers and to Tromsø is appr 1,160 kilometers.

    It is also possible to drive to Northern Norway from Sweden, Finland and Russia.

    If you arrive during winter, be aware that winter tires are necessary and required by law. Do not try to drive without, even if you don't expect snow or ice.

    By bus

    From Southern Norway:

    There is no bus connection between Northern and Southern Norway, except for a few local routes in the border area.

    By train

    Trains to Northern Norway depart from Trondheim. There is usually two trains per day, one leaves in the morning and the other leaves in the late evening. The train stops at Mosjøen, Mo i Rana and Fauske (and other smaller places) before it reaches its end destination Bodø just above the Arctic Circle. The journey to Bodø takes about 9 hours and 30 minutes. Prices may vary, lowest possible price as of January 2008 is 199 NOK. (one way, limited number of seats, look/ask for "minipris"). Trains are operated by NSB.

    By boat

    The Hurtigruten (Coastal Express) sails along the coast of Norway, from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes close to the russian border. It calls at 25 ports in Northern Norway and 9 ports in Southern Norway. Each port is visited twice a day, once by the southbound boat, and once by the northbound boat.

  • Weather & Conditions

    Climate

    Some people associate the Arctic with cold, ice and snow. Things are different here. The warmth of the Gulf Stream and the bright summer season seem to accelerate life here in the north. Life flourishes in the Midnight Sun. Summer temperatures may reach 20-30 degrees, allowing us to enjoy a refreshing swim in the lakes or sea. 

    Winter in North Norway varies considerably from north to south and from coast to inland regions. While the southern coast may often be free of snow, there may be metres of it elsewhere. Winter temperatures may also vary greatly, but are highest along the coast, usually between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius.

    Tromsø experiences a subarctic climate because winter temperatures are just cold enough to qualify and the summer season is short. However, the weather and precipitation amount and pattern, with maximum precipitation in autumn and early winter, as well as lack of permafrost, are atypical for subarctic areas, so this climate is sometimes called maritime subarctic or oceanic boreal.
    Summer is rather cool, with a July 24-hour average of 12 °C (53.6 °F); daytime temperatures are usually slightly warmer, but vary from 9 °C (48.2 °F) to 25 °C (77.0 °F).

    Midnight Sun

    The Midnight Sun occurs from about 18 May to 26 July, although the mountains in the north block the view of the midnight sun for a few days, meaning that one can see the sun from about 21 May to 21 July. Owing to Tromsø's high latitude, twilight is long, meaning there is no real darkness between late April and mid-August.

    The sun remains below the horizon during the Polar Night from about 26 November to 15 January, but owing to the mountains the sun is not visible from 21 November to 21 January. The return of the sun is an occasion for celebration. However, because of the twilight, there is some daylight for a couple of hours even around midwinter, often with beautiful bluish light. The nights shorten quickly, and by 21 February the sun is above the horizon from 7:45 am to 4:10 pm, and 1 April from 5:50 am to 7:50 pm (daylight saving time).

    The combination of snow cover and sunshine often creates intense light conditions from late February until the snow melts in the lowland (usually late April), and sunglasses are essential when skiing. Because of these diametrically different light conditions in winter, Norwegians often divide it into two seasons: Mørketid (Polar Night) and Seinvinter (late winter).

    Tromsø is in the middle of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) zone, and is in fact one of the best places in the world to observe this phenomenon. Because of the planet's rotation, Tromsø moves into the aurora zone around 6 pm, and moves out again around midnight. As it is light round the clock in the summer, no aurora is visible between late April and mid-August.