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Sailing the North Sea from Ipswich to Norway

  • Vessel: Trinovante
  • Where: UK/Norway
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Embark: Ipswich - 23 May 2020, 18:00
  • Disembark: Bergen - 6 June 2020, 10:00

Sail with Trinovante as she makes her way North to Norway for her summer sailing season. Think rugged coast, majestic fjords and a relaxed way of life.

Not for the faint-hearted, this voyage offers a true bucket-list sailing holiday adventure as Trinovante sails from Ipswich in the UK to Bergen in Norway.  An offshore passage will see us sail 500 miles north as you become part of the watch system throughout the passage to Norway. This will then be followed by some relaxed coastal day sailing among the fjord and islands of Norway.

The exact route depends entirely on the weather but the plan is to sail straight from Ipswich to Norway without any stops along the way. Offshore, there are lots of oil and gas fields scattered in the North Sea but generally very little shipping. Mostly we will have the whole wide horizon all to ourselves until we see land on the other side.

Offshore voyages have a totally different atmosphere onboard to our coastal sailing holiday. You immediately become a key part of the ship’s crew and one of the team. The passage could be a true opportunity to steer by the stars – specifically the North Star!

Four or five days out we’ll make landfall somewhere among the fjords and islands along the West Coast of Norway, possibly at Bergen, Maloy or Floro. It’s always exciting to see who spots the mountains on land first after several days at sea.  As we close the Norwegian coast, the air will be filled with the fragrant smell of pine and Trinovante will be day sailing in the sheltered waters of the fjords and islands. The scenery is spectacular as we thread our way north past Haugesund and enter the Hardanger fjord where you will see the Folgefonna glacier in the distance. There are many beautiful places to visit here that are difficult to visit any other way than by boat. Trinovante will be taking you to some of the interesting places we have discovered over the years. Apart from sailing the ship, there will be time to take a walk ashore and explore.

It’s worth having an extra day or in Bergen, if you have the time. Bergen is a compact city with several good museums, lots of shops and some very pretty historic areas to walk around. If the weather is nice, take a ride up the funicular for spectacular views of the city below. From here you can also see the surrounding fjords and islands right out to sea. If you like walking you can easily go further afield and higher from this viewpoint.

As with all our sailing holidays, the exact itinerary will depend on the weather and tides will be chosen each day by your skipper to make the best use of the weather conditions. All meals and hot/soft drinks and hire of waterproofs are included in your ticket price.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing the North Sea from Ipswich to Norway23 May 202015FULLFull


Guest berths: 8 Rig: Gaff Schooner

Designed and lovingly built by her current owners John and Su for long-distance sailing, Trinovante is a wonderful tall ship inspired by Portuguese Schooner Creoula.  Built-in a small village on the banks of the River Colne in Essex, this beautiful three-masted Schooner was designed to be strong and seaworthy but also be able to carry plenty of sail with a small crew. She is a British registered, three-masted schooner and is UK Marine and Coast Guard Agency coded for category 1.

Trinovante is an absolute joy to sail whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner. Her skippers and crew love welcoming guests aboard and Trinovante is a boat that invites you to get involved. The possibilities for different sail combinations mean that she can be handled to suit her crew and the weather conditions. Her rig is relatively simple for her size which means she is a great boat to learn on and get involved, quickly becoming part of the crew.

Trinovante never sails the same route twice and she covers some 3000 to 4000 sea miles every year. From the wild mountains, fjords and islands of Norway to the medieval seaports of the Netherlands; from the Orkney and Shetland Isles to the bustling centre of Copenhagen. Enjoy unique and varied sailing holiday adventures with a mix of taster weekends, coastal sailing and offshore voyages in some of the most beautiful parts of Europe.

Her Skippers are also her owners who designed and built the boat themselves. Their passion for life on the water, their boat and sharing the experience with their guests is their top priority. They even ensure they make time to have a chat over the phone with every guest that books with them.

Deck plan

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  • 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?

    Yes, we can. A supplement of £25 will be required.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    2 double cabins, 1 single cabin, 4 single bunks in the communal area

  • Do I need to bring bedding?

    We ask guests to bring a sleeping bag and pillowcase. We do have lightweight summer duvets onboard so guests can use these and bring their own sheet but this is not enough on its own if the weather is going to be cold.

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    There are two toilets but no showers aboard. Showers are taken ashore as often as possible and there is an on deck hose shower for those who are brave enough!

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?


  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    Yes, please let us know your size when booking.

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.

  • 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.


From: Ipswich

To: Bergen

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