Our crew will gladly share their experiences, knowledge, and some good stories with you..

Jobbe i SeilNorge?

Med seilbåten som utgangspunkt har vi unik tilgang til verdens råeste natur og vi seiler innom våre favorittsteder og hemmelige plasser. Vårt øverste mål er at våre reisende; våre deltagere, gjester og kunder, reiser hjem med minner for livet.

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Helena Laursen


Meet Helena, the water and snow fanatic who ditched her architect gig to become a fulltime skipper! She’s based in Sweden and has sailed all around – from the chilly Nordic waters to the sunny Mediterranean, the Caribbean and across the Atlantic a few times. But her heart truly belongs to the northern latitudes. When she’s not on deck, she loves cooking and indulging in delicious dishes. SailNorway is the perfect match for her, combining her love for sailing and good food.

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Johan J. Petersen


Meet Johan J. Petersen, the wind enthusiast with a knack for sailing wherever the breeze carries him! As a dedicated teacher, he imparts the skills and pure joy of sailing to both adults and youngsters. Johan’s adventurous spirit has taken him around the world, from tropical paradises to the icy realms of the Arctic and Antarctic. But he doesn’t stop at water; he tackles snow with ski sails and kites, and surfs the fjords with windsurfing and foil boards. Johan’s heart belongs to traditional sailboats and gaff rigs, and he captains a Colin Archer vessel with his family, turning every voyage into a happy adventure. Besides sailing, Johan has published two books about knots and about maritime life. If you’re seeking a mentor who makes every sailing journey with excitement and happiness, Johan J. Petersen is your go-to skipper!


Bjørn Roar Pettersen


Meet Bjørn, a coastal native from Helgeland, with a degree in marine engineering and an active regatta sailor! Bjørn’s heart belongs to the sea and the great outdoors, and in addition he has several interests such as good wine and food. On our trips his goal is to make himself obsolete by empowering fellow sailors to gradually take charge of navigation and boat handling, allowing them to experience a sense of accomplishment within a safe and supportive environment.

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Audun Gjøstein

Skipper and Guide

Meet Audun, a passionate sailor and Svalbard enthusiast! By day, he’s a lawyer on the mainland, but his heart truly belongs to SeilNorge, where he shines as a skipper and expedition guide. Audun loves to sail and guide polar adventures north of Svalbard and as a seasoned Svalbard winter guide with over 20 years of Arctic wilderness experience, he’s a true Arctic expert. At home, Audun has had his own sailboat for over 30 years, juggling both regatta races and leisurely trips whenever he can. He’s not just a skilled sailor; he’s a jovial and sociable companion, always eager to share his wisdom and experiences with fellow sailors.

Audun Aasen

Audun Aasen


Audun is always ready to embark and explore new coastal adventures! By day, he commands a school ship, where he with contagious commitment gives young sea lovers’ passion for the ocean. Beyond sailing, Audun finds joy in exploring new places from the saddle of his bike. His safe and educational approach turns the SeilNorge trip into an enriching experience for all on board. With Audun at the helm, you will easily get in for educational sailing adventures!

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Jan Pfister Brunschwiler


Since childhood, Jan has been sailing around the archipelago off Kristiansand, in southern Norway. He inherited his sailing skills from his grandfather and father. In 2002, he bid farewell to his job in Switzerland and dedicated his career to maritime adventures. He stumbled upon “seaweed farming” and was captivated by the opportunity to work with the ocean while being part of the solution, not the problem. Jan’s journey is a testament to following your heart and making a positive impact on our precious seas.

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John Macken


Meet John, the skipper at SeilNorge, born on a grand island in the North Atlantic – Great Britain (in his own words!). John used to sail the Mediterranean, but he and his girlfriend made a move to Tromsø, settling aboard their sailboat. When he’s not cruising the open sea, you’ll likely spot him exploring the depths of the ocean, diving into its mysteries with a zest for underwater adventures! Whether on deck or beneath the waves, John’s passion for the sea knows no bounds.

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Aron Halfen


Enjoys it most outdoors, at sea and in the mountains. Aron is one of the co-founders of SeilNorge, having been with us since the beginning in 2008. He is passionately dedicated to nature and sustainability, even though he finds himself jetting between peace processes and climate negotiations on the continents. He is just as passionate about an oil-free Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja as he is about the resistance struggles of the oppressed worldwide.

Øyvind Torp, skipper i SeilNorge

Øyvind Torp


Storyteller with a love for gales and sea spray. Øyvind is one of the founders of SeilNorge and is happiest when he can unleash himself in gales and sea spray. No one knows every nook, cranny and piece of rope on board SeilNorge’s fastest boat, “Palander,” better than him. Øyvind always has a good story about the mountain range The Seven Sister- and values a good atmosphere on board above all else. In his daily life, he’s occupied with his other passion, introducing children and young people from the inner east of Oslo to the many joys of the great outdoors.

Morten Ebbell Hestnes, skipper SeilNorge

Morten Ebbell Hestnes


Great instructor – you will learn to sail from Morten.
Morten comforts the seasick and challenges the pirates to sea battles. As a high school teacher, he lives by the principle “everyone should join”, and those who haven’t learned to sail after a week with Morten have only themselves to thank. For Morten, there is pride in completing an entire trip without the use of an engine, a principle he has followed on trips in northern Norway, Croatia and the Caribbean.

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