Sail with Bessie Ellen as she sails from Norway to the Danish capital city of Copenhagen and explores the Swedish archipelago and the coasts of Denmark.
Join Bessie Ellen in the wonderful city of Frederikstad, close to the capital Oslo & begin your voyage over 10 days, exploring some of the best of Scandinavia. Should the Autumn weather be kind, from here it is a perfect sail across the Skaggerak to Risor, Norway to sample their famous herring and aquavit before sailing back towards Gothenburg and towards our final destination of Copenhagen.
Late summer cruising through the wonderful Swedish islands and waterways has so much to offer for the traveller and sailor. With some overnight sailing to reach what Scandinavian sailors call the best sailing area in the world – and quite rightly so, as each day the diverse coastline explores a land rich in maritime history and tradition.
The Swedish coast is made up of thousands upon thousands of smooth granite islands and the seas here are peppered with rocks crowned with heathers and small shrubs. Narrow inlets lead into deep sheltered harbours and Marstrand is a perfect example. Entering the harbour, white wooden houses line the narrow streets- the epitome of Scandi-chic. It is no wonder that this perfect Swedish town is a major centre for competitive sailing and cruising.
After stopping overnight, the voyage now has no set plan as we sail Bessie Ellen to wherever we feel, stopping to walk a little, tie up in deep waters to smooth rocks for a breathtaking swim, or simply enjoy the sheer pleasure of ambling around sweet wooden villages steeped in sailing history. Gullholmen is an absolute favourite with streets worn from granite with picture-postcard cottages nestled in comfortably. Many years ago, Swedish fisherman from Gullholmen sailed to British East coast ports, buying laid up sailing trawlers, perfect for continuing their small scale herring fishery. Today, this fishing town remains well preserved.
As evening descends into a stunning sunset, you can join in with the crew sailing overnight towards Anholt. Famous for seafood and birdlife, this fascinating sandy island makes for intriguing exploring with the land had remained uninhabited for thousands of years. You may even strike lucky and find a stone-age flint!
As with all Bessie Ellen’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Drinks. Curtained bunk berths are int he spacious shared open saloon below decks with bedding provided – you just need to bring your own towel.
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!
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Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Bessie Ellen offers quality sailing holidays on board a classic tall ship with over 100 years of history, and is now one of the last West Country trading ketches.
This ship worked through both world wars during the last era of wind-powered trade, when ships like Bessie were seen all over England. She is featured on the National Historic Ships Register, which identifies her as a historic vessel that needs to be conserved.
Now, her working life is very different, and she spends her days cruising around British and Spanish waters, offering sailing holidays. With an experienced and hospitable crew, Bessie Ellen provides her guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience. Skipper Nikki occasionally nods back to Bessie’s past by loading her up with cargo for ocean passages, transporting beer from Harbour Brewery and making the most out of the emission-free transport that Bessie offers.
Sail with Bessie Ellen and Nikki, around Cornwall, the Hebrides, St. Kilda, Norway, and Demark, you’ll not only enjoy sailing aboard a tall ship, but experience unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food, all sourced locally and prepared on board.
Choose from weekend breaks, weeklong trips, or 10-day explorations for a truly unforgettable holiday.
Are meals included?
Yes - and we pride ourselves on the quality of food served!
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know at the time of enquiry
Do I need to bring bedding or towels?
All your bedding (duvet and pillow) is provided but please bring your own towels (washing and/or swimming)
What language is spoken on board?
English is the main language spoken, however on occasion we have crew onboard who are multilingual.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 12 comfortable berths in the former cargo hold. This is an open plan area that is also used for meals and relaxing
How many toilets/showers does she have?
Bessie Ellen has two toilets/showers for guests.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you will be able to reach 3/4G when you are close to land.
Is there age limit?
No, but we advise over 16's for scheduled voyages as there is an open saloon sleeping arrangement. There is no limit for private charter.
Can I charge my phone or camera?
Yes. We run generators every day in the morning and evening, which run the 240 volt system of normal 3 pin sockets.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are waterproofs available?
No. Please bring your own. There are a few spare for emergencies only.
Do I need to be a seasoned sailor?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like, whether the know how to or not.
Do I have to do watches?
During a passage crossings you may be asked to be part of our watch rota, this is not compulsory but is definitely part of boat life that guests enjoy when at sea for long periods.
Will there be time to get off the boat?
Yes on most of our trips we try and explore the areas we are sailing around each day, except for passage crossings where of course we are at sea for most of the voyage.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are worried to take some medication 24 hours before travelling.