Fancy a sailing adventure with a difference? This 400nm passage, following in the wake of the Vikings offers the opportunity to get some miles under your belt in one of the most beautiful cruising grounds on the planet. And it involves crossing the Arctic Circle. The coast of Norway is something special, with jagged mountains rising straight from the sea, and straight out of Norse mythology. Beautiful at any time of the year, the spring time snow cover adds an extra dimension to this dramatic sailing experience. While we may under take some longer passages, we will aim to spend most nights in a sheltered anchorage, giving you lots of time to explore ashore or simply savour the landscape.


Expedition details:

Dates: 27th April - 6th May 2020

Departure port: Alesund, Norway  |  Destination port: Bodø, Norway

Prices: Individual crew place £2250. Whole boat charter (max 4 persons) £8100



Alesund, Norway - Bodø, Norway

27th April - 6th May 2020

27th April: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Alesund. A vibrant Norwegian city with regular flights. We will meet you on board Narwhal and give you a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the town and get your first taste of life above the arctic circle. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about Narwhal, life onboard and the research projects that we will be undertaking. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.

28th April: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered and spectacular fjords along this part of the coastline provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat and trial some of the research equipment. There will be plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the arctic landscape.

29th April - 4th May: Fjord Norway

The main part of the expedition will see us working our way south through the sheltered but intricate inside passages. Sailing up fjords and past islands will will have a front row view of the scenery and wildlife. Some of the highlights of this section of coastline include the Svartisen glacier, and the famous Torghatten, a mountain that you can walk through, not forgetting the magical moment of crossing the Arctic circle! We may do a couple of longer passages enabling you to get to experience the thrill of sailing through the night, but most nights we will seek out sheltered anchorages allowing you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, maybe even trying your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding or simply relaxing an enjoying the relaxed pace of life far from the hectic modern world.

5th May: Arrival in Bodø

We will spend our final day enjoying the scenery of Northern Norway before heading into port in Bodø. We will moor up for the night in Bodø and enjoy our final evening onboard with a nice dinner and time to swop stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

6th May: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing Bodø.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provide to illustrate the general areas the we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests.