The best of Lofoten in winter; wild and wonderful!

Best of Lofoten Winter, Northbound
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There is something special about the atmosphere in Lofoten during winter. The air is cold and crystal clear, and the sky painted in all the colours of the rainbow, both night and day. Our view in all directions is to snow dusted mountains and the fresh and blue sea. The tourists no longer fill the streets and we have the grandeur and the views to ourselves. Between the blizzards that roll in over Vestfjorden and give us good sailing wind and a real challenge behind the helm.

Best of Lofoten in the wildest season

This trip is for you who want to experience the wild Lofoten nature at the most raw time of the year. For those who want to experience the very special winter light. And get a taste of the historic winter fishing in Lofoten. On board the boat, we don’t have street lights or other light pollution, so we get to experience all the shades of the sky at this magical time of year. Hopefully we will also be visited by the dancing northern lights across the sky.

From Bodø to Svolvær

We sail from Bodø, and spend a week north to Svolvær. Underway we explore Steigen and Lofoten on the way. Along the route we hope to race against the Northern Lights, learn more about sailing and the areas we sail through. And about ourselves. This is a winter variation of our very popular summer classic, Best of Lofoten. It might be even more spectacular in winter than in summer, as winter’s great contrasts in light and weather provide unique memories and raw nature experiences.

Be part of the crew on board

As on all our trips, you do not need to be able to sail to participate. However, our winter sailings are of the rougher type. Regardless of whether you have a lot or little experience, we will challenge you and you will learn a lot. This is not least an excellent opportunity for those who want to test winter sailing, learn more about navigation in the dark, sail in changing weather and wind under the conditions the dark season offers. If you just want to take part in an unforgettable trip, you are also most welcome on board!

Our skilled skipper will take care of sail training and navigation on board. While the co-skipper/guide will assist with knowledge of the area and marine life. We will take you with us as part of our crew. As you get the opportunity to take part in all tasks on board: Stand at the helm, hoist the sails, cook, navigate, take a morning bath, gut fish, serve anchor dram, tie knots, etc. The complete sailing experience!

Our winter sailing adventure with SailNorway contained everything from spectacular sailing outside Senja, hard and fantastic tacking along steep mountain walls, on anchor under the glimmering night sky, northern lights-photography and an including friendship among all the different people onboard, totally unique!

Harald Lahn


Day 1: Arrival and sail towards Steigen

Welcome aboard! We meet at the dock in Bodø at 16:00 pm, check into the sailboat and get to know each other. Before we hoist sails, we familiarize ourselves with the boat and go through safety routines on board. When we are ready, we head north towards Steigen, where we will find a sheltered anchorage for the night as the weather permits. Along the way, we practice handling the boat, man-overboard and other emergency situations.

Day 2: Sailing day up to Nordskot

We wake up to our first morning on adventure, who dares to take the first morning swim?

After breakfast we sail further north. Depending on the weather, we set the course towards Nordskot. This will hopefully be a proper sailing day, where we will learn a lot about sailing and navigation! At Nordskot both the Norwegian polar explorers; Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug, each have their own island. And we aim to land on at least one of them and stretch our legs a bit. We also have the possibility of a sauna and a refreshing dip here in the evening for those who didn’t dare to swim this morning!

Day 3: Kayak on Nordskot and sail to Engeløya

Weather and conditions permitting, this morning we have the opportunity to test our skills in kayaking around the magical archipelago and among the chalk-white beaches here in Nordskot. After lunch, we sail further north into the heart of Steigen, and find a suitable port for the night around Engeløya. Hopefully the weather will be clear and fine, and we will get our camera stands ready on the jetty before tonight’s aurora show!

Day 4: Via Tranøy lighthouse and across the Vestfjord! 

Tranøy lighthouse is an iconic landmark and a beloved navigation mark for seafarers at Vestfjorden. We sail past Tranøy, and depending on the weather, we’ll see if we take a trip on land to the lighthouse itself with a view over the entire Lofoten Wall! The route continues across Vestfjorden to Risvær, and the evening/night is spent inshore around Raftsundet and Trollfjorden! This will be a full sailing day where we will cover over 40 nautical miles. There will be more training on sailing, navigation and sail handling. We try to capture some of the dark time light with the camera, and cod for dinner with the fishing rod!


Day 5: Trollfjorden and beach landings at Storemolla

We take a calm morning, as we wake up in the mythical Trollfjord. Where rock walls up to 400 vertical meters shoot straight out of the fjord, and it is only a few hundred meters wide at its narrowest. We explore this fjord and the rest of the spectacular scenery in Raftsundet with our camera ready. Before we sail in the direction of Storemolla and to one of our favorite anchorages. We hope for clear weather tonight too and make a real bonfire on the beach, with food on the fire and hopefully the northern lights in the sky!

Day 6: Sail to Skrova, hiking to Høgskrova and the evening in Henningsvær

We have now been sailing for almost a week and our experience are really starting to pick up! This day we start with a sail to Skrova, the whaling island out in Vestfjorden. It’s mostly snow-free here all year round, and we have the opportunity to go for a little hike to Høgskrova, the top of the island. In the afternoon we set off again towards Henningsvær, where we have dinner on land and celebrate our great adventure!

Day 7: Sail to Svolvær and home!

The last day of the trip offers the last sailing on the Vestfjorden. Maybe this is the day when the killer whales come to visit? Depending on how early we set off, we might have time to stop in Kabelvåg before arriving in Svolvær. In Kabelvåg you will find both an aquarium, a museum and a gallery, and not least the magnificent Lofoten Cathedral. We reach Svolvær after lunch and in time for us to wash, pack and clean ourselves out of the boat by no later than 16.00 pm. Thanks for a wonderful trip!

Changes to the program


The program should be seen as a starting point which we adapt according to weather and conditions. We reserve the right to constantly improve the program for the better. With us along the way, we always have dinghies for beach landings and small expeditions. We have fishing equipment for the cod, and hiking equipment for bonfires and summit hikes – we are ready for adventure, are you?!

What is included?

  • A trip experience with sailboat – experienced skipper/instructor with local knowledge on board
  • All food we eat onboard during the trip
  • Our Comfort Package, which consists of accommodation onboard in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready-made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • An environmentally friendly, local, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • Use of our shared equipment: dinghies, kayaks, fishing equipment, etc. when possible
  • All boat-related costs such as diesel, propane and harbor fees
  • Personal safety equipment; Helly Hansen inflatable lifejacket
  • Instruction, advice, guidance and practical training in boating and sailing

What is not included?

  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at a cafes/restaurants during the trip
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, or other alternative activities that you/we may come up with
  • Rental of equipment and/or activities from external operators, ex. paddling, glacier hiking or surfing where possible
  • Drinks such as wine, beer or exclusive apple juice and other luxuries (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel insurance and/or cancellation insurance – (up to you, but recommended!)

Important info


This trip start in Bodø and ends in Svolvær, Lofoten.

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