Explore the Arctic circle under sail along the Norwegian coast and amongst the Lofoten Islands with tall-ship Nooderlicht.
Join Nooderlicht as she sails through the Norwegian fjords and world-famous Lofoten Islands letting the wind guide you to your destination. Enjoy the magnificent scenic landscape of Northern Norway with majestic mountain peaks, diverse bird and animal life, picturesque villages and the fairytale Arctic light. This is the best place on earth to see the Northern lights!
Day 1: Harstad: gateway to the Lofoten
Arrive above the Arctic circle into the Norwegian town of Harstad. A great starting point for a sailing holiday exploring the beautiful Lofoten Islands. Noorderlicht awaits you in the harbour of Harstad, where you can embark from 16:00. After a welcome from the crew and a delicious 3-course dinner, there is time in the evening to explore the pleasant town of Harstad – you might even see the northern lights for the first time.
Day 2: cruising the Tjellsundet towards the Lofoten
After an early breakfast, Noorderlicht will set her sails and take you along the 50km sea strait of Tjellsundet. Pass the impressive Tjellsundbridge and enjoy the beautiful fjord which is known for its rugged mountains and rich animal life. Look out for whales, puffins and the impressive sea eagles flying by. Our destination is the town of LØdingen is located at the end of the Tjellsundet where will anchor up for the night. Once the sun has set, you can take beautiful walks in the mountains or along the picturesque coastline.
Day 3: Henningsvær: Venice of the Lofoten
Leaving LØdingen in the morning, you will enter the archipelago Lofoten. Many mark this area as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world for its breathtaking landscape. With rugged mountain peaks, deep fjords, large seabird colonies and the best northern light experience due to low light pollution.
In the afternoon Noorderlicht will arrive in one of the most picturesque fishing towns of the Lofoten: Henningsvær. This town has dubbed ‘Venice of the Lofoten’ and was the centre of the cod industry in the early 20th century. Today this town of coloured houses offers a collection of historic architecture, art galleries and photo exhibits.
Day 4: The world-famous Trollfjord
Set sail to the world-famous Trollfjord, a 3km long fjord that is only accessible by boat. Its narrow entrance is surrounded by high mountains and steep cliffs and provides a spectacular backdrop for Noorderlicht.
Take in the emerald green water, waterfalls on either side and wooden Norwegian summer houses on the waterfront. Keep an eye out for sea eagles and other special bird species that can soar high above the cliffs. The next stop is Svolvær, the capital of Lofoten and the current centre of the cod fishery around the Lofoten. This town is teeming with traditional wooden shelves where cod is dried to become stockfish. If there is time, you can also visit a very special War museum called ‘Lofoten Krigsminnemuseum’.
Day 5: Skrova, an old whaling town
In the morning the crew and guests are invited to walk to the characteristic rocks known as ‘ Svolvær geita’ (the goat mountain) to complete a small section of the hiking trail. In the afternoon you’ll set the sails and make a short sailing to the island of Skrova, an old whaling town and one of the few places in Norway that still has a whaling station. Here you can see the fishing boats leaving the harbour regularly to hunt for minke whales.
On the north side of the island is a beautiful bay with paradise beaches. For those adventurous souls, there will opportunity to climb Mount Høgskrova from where you have a spectacular panoramic view over the Lofoten Islands.
Day 6: Sailing to the prehistoric rock drawings in Leiknes
As long as the weather permits, the intention will be to sail East towards Tysfjord where we have multiple options to go ashore.
The best option is the port of Korsnes. From here, you can take a beautiful walk to the prehistoric rock drawings in Leiknes. These 9,000-year-old granite rock engravings originate from the Stone Age and picture the world’s oldest known drawing of a killer whale and various hunting scenes. The walk takes us straight through the wilderness along streams, pine trees and frozen puddles. During this walk, it may be necessary to put on the snowshoes and if lucky, you might even encounter moose or reindeer.
Due to the remoteness of this town, there is a high chance to see the Northern Lights from the deck of Noorderlicht in the evening because there is only a little light pollution here.
Day 7: Captains dinner
Spend this day sailing back to Harstad via the Tjellsundet. As we sail through this beautiful strait, you can soak up all the impressions of the week. Upon arrival in the Harstad, enjoy some free time to shop for the final souvenirs or simply stroll through the lively streets. Around dinner time you are expected back on board where the crew has a last surprise in store for you. The rest of the evening you can enjoy your last night with the crew and your fellow travellers.
Day 8: Goodbye Noorderlicht!
After a hearty breakfast, you can disembark by 09:00 to either continue your Norwegian adventure on land or catch the flybus back to the airport.
As with all Nooredrlicht’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Tea/Coffee. All cabins are private twin cabins with shared bathrooms.
Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book! Upon booking, Noorderlicht requires a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due 90days before departure. Noorderlicht is giving full refunds in the event of Coronavirus restrictions that mean they are unable to sail.
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|Sailing in Norway; Lofoten & Ofoten||12 March 2022||8||£1,550||Enquire now|
|Sailing in Norway; Lofoten & Ofoten||19 March 2022||8||£1,550||Enquire now|
|Sailing in Norway; Lofoten & Ofoten||26 March 2022||8||£1,550||Enquire now|
|Sailing in Norway; Lofoten & Ofoten||2 April 2022||8||£1,550||Enquire now|
Guest berths: 20 Rig: Schooner
Originally built in 1910, Noorderlicht has a colourful history and has spent much of her life sailing the Baltic Sea and exploring Svalbard. With various refits, hull extensions and rigging reconfigurations, she now sails as a graceful two-masted schooner taking guests on bucket-list sailing holidays in the Arctic.
With comfortable accommodation for up to 20 guests in private twin cabins, Noorderlicht offers guests whale watching and wildlife expeditions exploring the Arctic waters of Northern Norway & Svalbard. Her size and draft mean she can reach some of the most remote areas of Svalbard so she is a great way to discover the hidden gems that this breathtaking part of the world has to offer.
Low impact and environmental travel go hand-in-hand with Noorderlicht’s ethos. Her ability to set sail and explore this part of the world is the best way enjoy the beautiful unspoiled nature.
In the early 90’s she was refitted to become a charter vessel and so her accommodation below decks was given careful consideration. She has ten comfortable twin cabins that all share four bathrooms. The galley and downstairs seating area sits in the middle of the ship with another seating area and bar in the deck-house.
Noorderlicht is sailed by her loving owners along with a friendly crew who are all well trained to sail the wilderness of Svalbard. They invite guests to get involved with sailing Noorderlicht but it is certainly not mandatory!
Deck planMore about Noorderlicht
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
We can cater for Vegetarian, Dairy and Gluten free but sorry no vegans.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
10 x Twin Cabins with shared bathrooms
How many toilet/showers does she have?
4 Shower rooms and an extra single toilet
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, please bring european adaptors
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
Fly from most UK airports to OSLO, Norway where you can continue to Harstad-Navik, Evenes Airport. SAS airlines offer affordable flights.
You can then catch the airport bus to Harstad which is about a 50-minute journey.
Noorderlicht will be moored on the quay near Havnegata, 9404 Harstad, Norway.