From the urban cool of Bodø to the remote fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands, this sailing adventure is your chance to experience the beauty of Norway’s Nördland, and contribute to valuable marine plastic research. Suitable for budding marine scientists, photographers, and anyone with a passion for the protection and preservation of our ocean’s, this experience is flexible and dynamic, factoring weather, conditions and the group’s preferences into the trip’s objectives.
Joining as crew, you’ll learn about the yacht, its instruments and if it’s your first time setting sail; learn your port from your starboard! Using the boat as a base, you’ll sail out in the Vestfjord and into the Lofoten Islands, carrying out tasks and observing everything from animal numbers and behaviour to plastic pollution to meet the objectives of marine data gathering projects. After each day on the sea, you’ll discuss your findings over a hot meal before bedding down in your cosy bunk each night.
- Sail Norway’s northern coastal seas.
- Explore the breathtaking Lofoten Islands by boat.
- Join the crew on a 57ft expedition sailing yacht.
- Gather data for marine science projects.
- Make a valuable contribution to ocean conservation work.
- Track and monitor marine debris.
- Observe and record wildlife interactions with plastic pollution.
- Look out for whales, orcas and other marine life.
- Experience Bodø, the gateway to Nördland.
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 it’s helmsman offer numerous opportunities to learn and develop new skills.
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.
Is this Adventure for You?
This adventure has an activity rating of Active. At this level, we recommend you are an active individual with good health and a can-do attitude, willing to pitch in and work with the crew to collect data and complete surveys, and potentially endure some rough seas. There are flexible options to change the pace and daily itinerary of this adventure to meet your experience levels, but the this adventure suitable to anyone who can swim confidently and who loves the oceans. This a opportunity to participate in real citizen science projects, using the latest technology and surveys to gather data on marine plastics in our oceans.
You’ll stay on the yacht for the duration of your trip, using it as a base for your activities and eating hot meals in the galley each night before you rest your head in a cosy but adequately sized bunk bed.
Adventure by Design
All our adventures have been hand-selected by our experts, and are designed to offer the ultimate immersive travel experience. Guided by a commitment to authentic adventure, they will take you below the surface, beyond the tourist tick-list and up into the wonders of the world – at your own pace. Lead by our trusted local guides, they are fully flexible to meet your requirements; whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, a family or a group.
Get in touch to receive the Travel Brief to discover our recommended itinerary, before adapting it to your match your group size, availability and travel preferences. In addition, there are a number of options and extensions available to take your adventure to the next level. Speak to one of our Adventure Experts today for more information on general departures, and fully customised adventures designed with you in mind.