Norway to Iceland sailing holiday

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2021: 5 Jul
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Environment
Most of this trip will be spent onboard. You get the view of sustainability from the sea.

We begin with having very clear rules about how waste is dealt with:
• No metal. plastic or glass will ever be thrown overboard, no matter how far out to sea we are.
• Food waste will only be thrown overboard If we are more than 6nm offshore.
• The skipper and mate will brief the crew on when it is appropriate to use the on-board heads and when not. This will depend on how far from land we are, whether we are in tidal waters and on the sensitivity of the environment. In some locations. no human waste at all will be ejected from the boat: Instead it will be diverted Into a holding tank and removed at a suitable time.
• Local resources such as water and electricity can be in short supply, especially on remote islands and a large yacht arriving can put too much demand on these services and supplies. To counter this, where the skipper feels it is appropriate, he will inform the crew and ask them to maintain the 'at sea' approach: that is to say minimal usage and wastage.
• Except for our emergency supplies, we will not buy bottled water.

Cutting down on plastic usage is everywhere now, being at sea can be a harrowing reminder of why plastic use reduction is important.

Single use Plastic Bags
It’s great that there is more awareness about the destruction of single use plastic bags. They create havoc to marine life They can be mistaken for jelly fish, birds often think they are food. Bags get tangled up in propellers, stuck to freedive and surfboard fins. There’s seriously nothing more disgusting than being out in the wilderness of the ocean, feeling a connection with nature and then seeing a plastic bag float past the boat. In order to play our part we have the following recommendations:

Encouraging the use of Dry Bags
Bags, that can keep our stuff dry is pretty important on a sailing holiday, and we also recommend that all kit is separated into bags for reasons of organisation and prevention of water damage. This is why we recommend dry bags as often the obvious choice is to buy single use plastic food bags from the supermarket.

Bring your own reusable shopping bag!

Recommendations for bringing toiletries
We don’t supply toiletries, but we do provide the accommodation, which means our guests bring their own. We recommend that soap is used rather than shower gel, which comes in a plastic bottle. Bamboo toothbrushes, metal razors, and decanting from home into reusable bottles rather than bringing minis.

Bottled water is also a big issue, although we have bottled water as an emergency supply. We do recommend that you bring your own water bottle. Such a small thing can really make a difference.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

RESPECT FOR CULTURES AND SHARING OUR OWN
On these voyages we form a very tight group which is a huge part of the experience. However, as a result it can be all too easy to make landfall and then forget that we are guests in someone else's country, with their own culture and customs.

Once ashore, you'll find it can be quite the cultural exchange. Our trips are designed so that you get to mix with the locals as much as possible. The locals are often just as fascinated about you and your journey as you are about them. It's not often a yacht the size of ours arrives in town, especially with the giant birds on the side. The locals you’ll meet on this trip will love to hear about the voyage you are on; where you've been to and where you're headed. You will find they are usually delighted that we have chosen to stop at their town and will want to tell you all about it.

SUPPORTING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Unlike many holidays, on these voyages you will be the ones heading out into the local towns and markets and buying all the food we need. Not only does this mean we are eating the local produce, but it also means many hundreds of pounds is put straight into the local economy and not just via trinkets and souvenirs. We often also need to buy spares for the boat and employ a local tradesmen to help us carry out repairs. This again is a really powerful source of funds to local workmen and companies. As most or this expenditure goes directly to the locals rather than to large multi-nationals, it means that it stays in the community and directly benefits them. The Lofotens is an area that we have strong links to the community because we have been visiting for years.

ISSUES OF COSTAL COMMUNITIES
Many coastal areas are experiencing particular pressure from a change in lifestyles and economic realities. They are very attractive places both for tourists and for holiday home owners, meaning that the local population are often squeezed out to accommodate the influx. Previously they may also have been very reliant on the fishing industry which now has real problems of its own. The combination of these factors has put many off our stop-over’s under huge economic and social pressure. Our use of marinas and berthing fees, purchase of food and supplies and use of the local tradesmen and companies all produce very real benefits along the way and we're delighted that that's the case. Norway is working hard to provide sustainable tourism. Bodo, (where our journey begins) and the Lofotens (where a alot of the training takes pace before the sea voyage) are both in the pipeline for to become part of Norway's sustainable destinations.

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