Sailing cruises in Norway

“Sail past puffins, porpoise and even a few hardy locals as you spend a week exploring amongst the glaciers, fjords and sounds of Norway’s northernmost county, Finnmark.”

Highlights

Finnmark | fjords | bird sanctuaries | sea eagles | puffins | sounds | gigantic glaciers | harbour porpoises | small sailing ship | scenic overnight anchorages | hidden coves and bays |

Description of Sailing cruises in Norway

A Norway sailing holiday is exactly what you need to clear your mind of modern clutter as you embark on a voyage in the northernmost Norwegian county of Finnmark flanked by fjords, sounds and giant twinkling glaciers.

This week long trip will have you sailing in Norway past bird sanctuaries where thousands of different species make their nests amongst rocks, hillsides and alpine looking mountains.

No other coastline in the world can compare to the sharp contrasting landscapes of eastern and western Finnmark where the prospect of never-ending days, sea eagles, puffins, and harbour porpoises never fail to excite and fuel eager imaginations.

Exploring on the mainland, getting out the pole and line or just watching the ever-changing scenery float serenely by are just a few of the things to do whilst sailing in Norway with nature photographers finding themselves in an absolute wonderland of infinite opportunity.

A flexible itinerary allows sailing Norway trips to evolve almost organically with overnight anchorages in secret little coves, bays and fjords just as likely as quaysides amongst coastal communities which provide a fascinating and welcoming chance to meet hardy local people.

Also, as this small ship has been designed to be chartered by groups only it’s possible to be incredibly flexible in terms of where you want to visit and what you would like to do.

Please note: this small ship can be chartered by small groups only (max 8 people) and is not available to individual passengers.

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As for 2016 we will have no departures with individual bookings. The "Goxsheim" will be available for charter only
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Environment

Our primary aim is to give our guests an impression of "the not so very often seen" part of northern Norway – wildlife, fisheries, "abandoned" places and the magnificent landscape of The Norwegian North.

All our voyages are being made in complete understanding with our cultural, social and ecological surroundings. By this we mean that we shall move like a shadow through the landscape. When we have left, no one shall ever see that we were there.

In an ecological context, we will do our very best to sort our litter, so that what can be recycled will be delivered in a proper place. To avoid using diesel, and thereby prevent polluting, we if possible will use the sails (but if there is no wind, this can be difficult….).

Our main dishes will basically be from fish, shellfish and game (reindeer), which means that we will support local fishermen and the saami people of the North. All our other food – naturally – has to be bought in the local stores we will pass on our way.

We will also harvest if we can, from the fish in the sea, rivers or small lakes to the berries on the plains. The harvesting is off course to be done with good conduct, and the main goal with it is to supply ourselves with food.
Our voyages are not actively guided voyages. We want our guests to be the curious, adventurous and an active part. We are only there to make you feel well and responsible.

Community

Our main dishes will basically be from fish and game (reindeer), which means that we will support local fishermen and the saami people of the North. All our other food – naturally – has to be bought in the local stores we will pass on our way. Our voyages are not actively guided voyages. We want our guests to be the curious, adventurous and an active part. We are only there to make you feel well and responsible. The area we sail is densely populated an the villages are few. If we should happen to have a night stop in one of these, there will be a fair chance for our guests to experience local fishing related activities, chat with the local fishermen, many of them alone in smaller boats (30-40 foot) working the sea during all seasons and in all kinds of weather. The gladiators of the sea! And an important part of the North Norwegian environment

Reviews of Sailing cruises in Norway

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


How exciting sailing around Varangerfjord in NE Norway, near the Russian border. It felt very much on the frontier/wilderness and the adventure of deserted anchorages, sailing an ancient 2 masted clipper with 7 sails (we were the crew!), then picking cloudberries on land was fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it! The weather was sunny on 4/6 days and temps varied between 10-25 degrees. As long as you remember to take warm clothes and waterproofs, there is no problem. The adventure will be one of my most memorable holidays. Charles and his lovely wife Natasha are great company, providing large amounts of good typical north Norwegian food. It felt like a great adventure in a fabulous setting of Charles' beautiful 2 masted sailing clipper: everything we imagined it would be and more!! Sailing was quite magical in this beautiful empty part of the world.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We caught (very easily!!) and ate fish from the fjord, picked cloudberries, visited the excellent Sami museum at Varangerbotn, learnt a lot about the Sami culture and that of the modern day north Norwegian. It was a real privilege. The Grenseland Museum at Kirkenes was also good, (worth staying in Kirkenes for) l learnt a lot about the
multiculturism of this area, WW II and there was an amazing artist exhibition: a great variety of experiences to help understand this amazing frontier area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent, I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves wilderness, culture, the landscape, interesting people, sailing, fishing, visiting a part of the world with great beauty, yet harshness, dramatic scenery, art (optional!) and getting away from our crowded world for a brief moment of paradise in a different climate. It was more sunny and dry than I imagined it might be...

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2009 by

We have just had the most fantastic holiday in Arctic Norway with our brilliant guide Charles Wara. We had originally booked a sailing trip aboard the Goxheim sailing through the Stavanger Fjord, and fishing for king crabs. Unfortunately a few weeks before the trip was due to begin, Charles contacted us to inform us that he could not run this trip as we were the only 2 booked on it and it was not in the spirit of responsible travel to do so. We quite understood this dilemma but were of course disappointed. Charles had offered to refund our deposit or suggested 2 alternatives, one of which we decided to go ahead with. What a great decision that was!

Although the trip was very different from our original plan, we actually saw far more than we would have done. We first stayed in a rustic, but very comfortable beach cabin overlooking a quiet sandy beach beside the fjord, then moved on to a restored old church building, beautifully furnished, warm and homely. It was positioned on a peninsula adjoining an island, so again amazing views. The landscape this far north is enchantingly desolate and windswept. We had traditional saunas, hot-tubs, tried all the local foods, mostly prepared by our guide. We went walking, crab fishing on a restored traditional fishing boat, saw sea eagles, went to several museums learning about sami culture and the German occupation... I could go on... and even time to just sit and take it all in!

Everyone we met was so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. And as for Charles, he was the best host. He took care of everything. Although he had an itinerary, this was not fixed, so we were able to do things which were not necessarily part of the plan. The only down side was there was a little too much driving, and we usually have holidays which are self directed, so it was a little strange having an itinerary. But we would not have experienced so many amazing things without this, so would not change a thing!

This holiday would suite anyone who is interested in getting to understand a place beyond the tourist route, and just being in the great outdoors! We have already recommended Charles's trips to all our friends!

Almost forgot... the Northern Lights even did a little dance for us!

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The endless views and complete quiet and relaxation. The sea eagles and SWARMS of puffins round Bird island. Charles' soups.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take warm clothes, but not too many.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes- locally caught and smoked salmon, bought at a dock, locally caught and dried fish, locally raised and slaughtered salt lamb, and attention to lack of waste and to recycling where possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant ! I'm glad our holiday in the Maldives was cancelled - this was just as relaxing, a lot more interesting and a thousand times better for the environment.

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing my wife relax and my children having much fun.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Share and be considerate with other guests.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Norway is expensive and has a high sales tax, so in that regard yes, the passengers did spend money in the local villages. On a sailing boat the greatest impact on the environment is the use of diesel so it really does depend on the wind.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good, Norway is very beautiful and Charles and Taria skippered the boat extremely well.

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery was fabulous and the captain and crew were excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take some sea sickness tablets.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2006 by

Summer cruise from Tromsø to Lofoten

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Feeling like an explorer discovering untouched lands.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just book it- you will discover the wonders of the fiords without the crowds of the cruise ship, see masterpieces of clouds unfurl on a perfect blue sky canvas, visit hidden coves ponds and waterfalls, enjoy the hospitality of Charles and Natasha whilst eating heartily and healthily (except for the daily pudding indulgence!!), experience the exhilaration of catching your first fish- then eating it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Everything ate was caught or bought locally and recycling was prominent.

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of it. We had three full days there of which we saw whales on two days, Northern Lights on Two nights, a fantastic rainbow on the 3rd day. Food was fantastic too, all cooked by either the skipper or his mate.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Did get colder than I expected and could have done with additional gloves although did have thermal gloves on. You need to take very little Norwegian currency as we didn’t really need to buy anything. Do take strong binoculars. Mine were only 12x so not really suitable when you are searching for the whales.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes as all food, diesel etc is purchased locally. Nothing imported so definitely better for Norwegian economy. Also appreciated the fact that on the second day the whales were stressed out by all the RIB's that were out on the water. They would pop their heads up to breath and go straight back down again. Our skipper decided that it would better watching from a slight distance away - with binoculars it made little difference to the viewing and was better for the whales. The RIBS would just jet of to where the whales where by which time they had gone under anyway.

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2006 by

Summer cruise from North Cape to Tromsø

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the midnight sun dip below the horizon.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring plenty of warm clothes - even in summer. The temperature can go from being really quite warm when the sun is out to being pretty cold when it isn't!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I would say so.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2005 by

We had a fantastic time on our holiday from beginning to end. Travelling to Evenes airport from Manchester via Copenhagen, via Oslo vas relaxing and stress-free with SAS airlines, even the buses at the other end wait for the planes and run on time. The boat was very warm, cosy clean and homely the hosts very welcoming, fed us well with local food/recipes and made us feel at home within minutes.

The scenery was breathtaking, the weather perfect for the days we were sailing and the whales, well they were awesome, we saw lots and lots each day. We stopped at harbours at the end of each night and even a local shop opened early for us so we could spend our money.

We came back from our holiday 100% relaxed and de-stressed I would recommend it to anyone who wants to just switch off, enjoy their surroundings and be in good company surrounded by fantastic scenery and wildlife.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2005 by

Killer Whale Safari

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery and the whales were very impressive, the ship's accommodation wonderfully relaxing and warm and the crew was in one word fantastic!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Start organizing trains, plains and buses to the port of departure in due time, matching all the timetables can take some time, depending on where you travel from. Contact the captain to find out the exact time and date the ship will sail.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


All the purchases are made locally, all efforts are made to recycle waist and when the sails are up, the environment doesn't even know the ship is floating through it.

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2005 by

Summer cruise from Bodø to North Cape

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Most memorable parts of the holiday were: Learning not to fear being on a boat in the north sea even though the waves were tipping it from side to side, experiencing 24hr daylight............weird, beginning to learn to sail - I was a complete novice before, fabulous food, seeing about 6 Sea Eagles soaring around a 'bird island'.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take waterproof and ideally breathable coat and leggings - even in summer there can be a strong storm and it's great to be in it but still stay mostly dry. Take binoculars (with a strap to put round your neck so they don't fall in the sea!), don't concentrate just on what's going on on board the ship - check out the beautiful scenery - you are asked to help with the sailing part but there is plenty of time for just sitting up at the bow and looking out over the ocean. Accept that a boat does not have a spacious hotel room type suite for accommodation so not likely you will spend much time in your room.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The holiday definitely benefited local people in that we spent our money in the ports that we docked in. Charles and Natasha minimize impact on the environment by recycling their rubbish wherever possible and use local produce for food.

4. Any other comments?


A fab holiday to be recommended to everyone..

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