Sailing Guide to Norway

Alesund yacht charter

Norway yacht charters and bareboat or crewed sailing trips to Norway offer an unforgettable experience and the opportuntiy to explore some of the most sensational scenery mother nature has to offer. The majestic Norwegian Fjords are among some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. Here you will find excellent sailing conditions and access to unforgettable cruising grounds. In contrast 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!

Arctic Norway

Arctic Norway is a magical yacht charter destination in one of the most beautiful sailing destinations in the world. 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.

Sailing in the Arctic North

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.

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.

Visit white sandy beaches in the same day as immense natural glaciers and caves. Birds such as sea eagles, cormorants, guillemots, puffins, and kittiwakes are often seen. 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.

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Bareboat charter in Oslo

The Norwegian Fjords

The majestic Norwegian Fjords are among some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. Here you will find excellent sailing conditions and access to an unforgettable cruising ground.

This rugged and mountainous part of the country contains a great variety of natural features caused by prehistoric glaciers and varied topography. This area has so much to offer the visiting yacht charterer from incredible mountainous coastal lakes and rivers with abundant and diverse wildlife to quaint villages and towns with many attractions to interest all ages and tastes.

Situated on the West Coast of Norway the base is at Hjellestad and is only 6 km by car from the airport. Hjellestad is an ideal starting point for exploring this exciting and beautiful part of the country. The base is approximately 20 km from charming and traditional city of Bergen.

From here you can travel inshore between the Islands into the fjords exploring this breathtakingly beautiful area.

Many small picturesque towns are dotted throughout this area, and make for interesting stops along the way to do some inland exploring and sightseeing.

Cruising through the Norwegian Fjords by private yacht means you can visit places the cruise ships can’t go at your own pace and experience the best that Norway has to offer.

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Bergen Yacht Charter

Oslofjord

The Oslo fjord, a large bay in the south east of Norway, is one of Norway’s most popular recreation areas. The Oslofjord, or Oslofjorden, is a 100 km stretch of water and islands between Færder lighthouse to Langesund, south of Oslo itself, encircled by the country’s most densely populated area.

In the summer the Oslo fjord comes to life. With access to the many islands in the fjord and sights to see along the coast you can sail in sheltered waters on a diverse and interesting itinerary.

Each of the islands in the innermost part of the fjord has its own identity and distinguishing history. Here you find Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen, and Langøyene.

Norwegians have a strong and close relationship with boating, and this is evident in the Oslo fjord. In the summer a great variety of ‘on the water’ activities come to life like kayaking, canoeing, fishing and of course sailing.

In spite of its name, the Oslofjord is not a fjord in the geological sense - in Norwegian the term "fjord" can refer to a wide range of waterways. The bay is divided into the inner and outer fjord at the point of the 17 km long and narrow Drøbaksundet.

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