Norway Yacht Charter Guide

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Sailing in the Lyngen peninsula - 7 Days, 120nm
Tromsø – Nordlenangen - Sørkjosen - Skjervøy - Uløya - Hansnes


Paris of the north

Tromso, the principal of north Norway and capital of Troms, likes to call itself 'the Paris of the north'. Although its sophistication may not be quite Parisian, it is an attractive and friendly town, the seat of various government offices and of the world's most northerly university.

An excellent place at which to start or end a Norwegian yacht charter or Svalbard sailing expedition - it has a sheltered ice-free harbour with modern facilities, dramatic mountain views and is convenient for crew changes, being on the Hurtigruten coastal steamer route and with a good air service to Oslo.

Yachts are welcomed and are increasingly catered for in Tromso, which has an enthusiastic local sailing community. There is a chandlery at the out-of-town marina; almost anything else a yachtsman could want is in easy walking distance of town-centre pontoons: supermarkets, one immediately above the main berths; Vinmonopol, 5 minutes' walk; open-air fruit, vegetable, fish and souvenir market; prawns and fish sold from boats straight from the sea, and a fresh fish shop (which also sells whale meat) between the pontoons and the market square; charts and books; bars, restaurants and open air cafes; and stimulating museums, including one celebrating the life and times of Mack, the world's most northerly brewery.

Gateway to the Arctic

All scheduled flights to Svalbard are routed via Tromso, which is the traditional point of departure for polar expeditions.


Tromsoysund, which has relatively heavy traffic, has a 3kn stream at springs, sometimes reaching 5kn in extreme weather. Strong northerly and southerly winds may affect the stream, and in strong northerly winds the southerly going stream may continue throughout the tidal cycle.

Weather forecasts

The Northern Norway met office (Vaervarslinga for Nord Norge) in Tromso produces 4/5-day computer predictions and ice charts for Svalbard.


  • TOWN HARBOUR 69°39'N 18c58'E Marina pontoons in town centre, under Rica Ishavs Hotel (designed to resemble a ships deck), and below the town square, under neon sign. Flat daily rate, including power water; pay and display. Patrolled regularly. Tokens for and laundry facilities (under Wend of hotel) from hotel reception; also internet access, bicycle hire. Winter rate is half normal rate, plus charge for electricity.
  • SKATTORA MARINA 69°41'.7N 19°01'.2E 4M N of bridge on E coast of Tromsøva: enterprising marina under continuing development; useful but not scenic) for winter storage ashore or afloat, or refit. Security gates to pontoons. 30 tonne hoist. Engine (Volvo sales and service) and hull maintenance and repairs. Access to other expertise. Chandlerv. Plans for improvement include extending breakwater, more pontoons and facilities block. Diesel (Norwegian credit card, or pay at chandlery. Supermarket in red brick block on modern estate, 1km. infrequent bus service into town.
  • EIDKJOSEN MARINA 69 c40',5N 18°4S'E Small private marina in bight on Kvaloya. Two pontoons with WC, electricity, water. Nearby supermarket with post office and cafe. Sheltered by Hakoy, nature reserve island, with mountain views. Winter afloat or ashore. More attractive but less convenient than Skattora.
  • Other berths Private berths only at Tromso yacht club (starboard of harbour entrance near bridge), marina in front of Polaria, and small local boat marina O.7M NE of bridge.


The islands N of Tromsø offer a choice of routes and anchorages, either as a cruising ground in their own right, or on passage to Svalbard. Ringvassøy, a large island stretching across 4 charts, can be left to W or E. Grøtsund, S of Ringvassøy and Reinøy, is the recognised route to Hammerfest and Nordkapp.

Hansnes is a village and the administrative centre of Karlsøy municipality. The village is located on the northeast side of Ringvassøy, along the Langsundet strait.

There is an attractive fjord that is sheltered except in strong N winds. Anchor as marked on the chart, at øyhamn or in the extreme S corner E of Skogøy. Mud and weed.



Amazing Alpine Scenery

The Lyngen peninsula features some of Norway's most stupendous scenery, with glaciers between steep snow-topped alpine peaks towering up to 1,800m above the fjords which cut deep inland on either side. The main route passes the top of the peninsula, with a good view of the mountains in clear weather. Time permitting, better views can be gained from the inlets at the top of the peninsula, or from Lyngenfjord or its continuation, Storfjord (45M together).

The water in the main fjord is deep, apart from a large drying moraine bank S of the SW corner of Uløya. Røtsund, which circumnavigates Uløya off the NE side of the fjord, is encumbered with fish farms south of the island, with extensive shallow and drying areas at its SW and SE corners.

The prevailing current is Northerly, up to 2 knots on the outgoing tide. The wind is usually N or S, but there can be sudden squalls across the fjord out of the valleys. The main route to Hammerfest and North Cape can be rejoined S or N of Kagen, via Maursund or Kagsund.

NORDLENANGEN 69°S4'.5N 200 09'.8E

Inlet on W side of N tip of Lyngen peninsula. Good protection halfway up the W side in a mole harbour with fishing quay and small-boaT harbour. 2m on outer pontoon. Small supermarket.


SORKJOSEN 69°792,20°941

Sørkjosen is a small village in the municipality of Nordreisa. There are approximately 800 residents in Sørkjosen which is a popular stopping place for traffic headed to and from North Cape.

5km from Sørkjosen is Nordreisa's center, Storslett. Storslett has received the status of a national park village and lies at the mouth of the 120 km long Reisa River. Reisa National Park surrounds the headwaters of the Reisa River. The river winds its way from the mountains to Reisafjord through the spectacular Reisa Valley and provides many recreational opportunities including paddling and fishing. The Nordreisa region is full of beautiful contrasts with magnificent mountains, as well the wide, flat Reisa Valley which characterizes the landscape.

SKJERVOY 70°01', 7N 2005S',2E

Skejervoy is a busy little fishing and ferry port, with an outer and an inner harbour. The inner harbour offers good shelter in all weather. The wind can funnel strongly and build up a sea in Kagsund (W approach), where the tide can run at up to 3 knots, although 1.5-2kn is more usual both in Kagsund, and in the narrowest part of Maursund (SW approach), Kvaenangen (N approach), which is 8M across, is open to the N. Approach From W via Kagsund, N of the island of Kagen; from SW, via Maursund S of Kagen, which is linked by road tunnel to the mainland; from N, through Kvaenangen. Berth on the outside of the boat club pontoons to starboard in the inner harbour. There is a letter box on the front of the clubhouse for honesty payments. Fuel, water, stores, hotel, small shipyards. Annual festival in August.

From Skerjvøy it is possible to visit the glacier at Jøkelfjord - this is approximately a 20m detour.



Anchorage facing the Wend of Maursund, between two low islands off N coast of Uløya, with good views of the mountains. Both islands are bird reserves, with restricted landing. Enter from E, N of a perch marking a rock of NE coast of S island, Lille Follesoya. Keep S of a perch on the N side of the sound. Anchor between this and a 12m cable, or in the bay between the perches. Exposed to E. Boats able to pass beneath the cables can anchor in complete shelter.