Join climbing and sailing among Norway’s national treasures!

Climb & Sail, Steigen and Stetind
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Up here in the north, the granite mountains shoot straight out of the sea, which offers perfect conditions for combining a climbing trip with a sailing trip. We take you on Climb & Sail in the incredible areas of Lofoten and Steigen. Have always dreamed of climbing Stetind? Here is your chance! As that’s our main goal of the trip!

Northern Norway is home to some world class rock climbing. As towering granite mountains rise straight up from the sea. Which sets the scene for a great combination of climbing and sailing. We sail from island to mountain, to experience, see and learn. We’ll play in the wind, in the water and in the high mountains! Join us from Lofoten to Steigen, climbing and sailing among Norway’s national treasures.

With climbing shoes in our sail bags

We anchor at the approach to some of Norway’s most spectacular rock climbing routes! Sailing is by far the best way to travel along the coast; fun and not least practical. From the boat, we have a perfect view to study and admire the mountains we will climb. Before we take the dinghy ashore, put on our harnesses, organize our ropes and climb to the top! The combination of pleasant evenings in the boat and intense mountain experiences during the day is completely unique. Join us on Climb & Sail for one of the more intense and beautiful nature experiences Norway has to offer!

From Henningsvær to Bodø

This trip starts in Henningsvær and ends in Bodø. We start by sailing across Vestfjorden, to Steigen and visit Manshausen, the expedition island of Børge Ousland. Here we find the Nordskot traverse: An exposed, but manageable climb traversing a great ridge formation. Which gives us a good taste of the experiences we will have in the mountains during the week.

Our next destination is Hamarøyskaftet, a very special mountain formation, rising straight up like the pick of an axe. The climb up is even and with plenty of good sized ledges along the route. Not least does the peak offer a splendid view. From Hamarøy, the trip goes north to Tranøy Lighthouse, where we land to see and learn a bit about Norwegian lighthouse history and this cute little place. We relax on the boat between the rock climbing in the mountains. It is a comfortable way to travel and most people sleep well, lulled to sleep by the waves after long, active days.

Climb & Sail to Norway’s national mountain

Our main goal of this trip, however, is Stetind – Norway’s national mountain! Like an anvil in granite, it towers over Tysfjorden – and even atheists can become religious at the sight of the mighty giant. As the legendary rock climber and philosopher Petter Wessel Zapfe from northern Norway once wrote. We have competent guides with us on the trip with us, who will take us safely to the top.

Have you long dreamt of climbing Stetind, or just playing with ropes and harnesses among the alpine and majestic peaks around Lofoten and Steigen? Have you thought that combining climbing with sailing seems like an exciting combo? Or do you just want to be shown you some of the finest climbing routes in Northern Norway? So join Climb & Sail this summer!

Amazing experience, the place, the people, the hikes and a great staff made for a truly exceptional trip under the midnight sun!

Mark

Itinerary

Day 1: The adventure begins in Henningsvær

We meet at the dock in Henningsvær at 16:00. Once on board, we get to know the other participants and the crew. Before we start sailing, we go through the boat and the equipment on board, basic sailing theory and handling sails. We also look at the plan for the week and adapt this in relation to the weather forecast and our group. Eventually we cast off and start the trip by sailing to an anchorage outside Henningsvær.

Day 2: Warm-up climb and crossing Vestfjorden to Manshausen

Right outside of Henningsvær we find some great granite walls which are full of climbers all summer. If weather and time allows we start early this morning with a warm-up climb on some of these crags. We go through safety in the mountains, rope-team routines and find some routes suitable for our level. After some good hours climbing we make ourselves a filling lunch onboard. This afternoon we have the crossing of Vestfjorden to Manshausen as our mission. We spend 4-5h on this leg depending on the wind. Reaching Manshausen we rest and get ready for tomorrow, and they even have a sauna here if some of us are keen!

Day 3: The Nordskot ridge travers and evening sail to Hamarøy

After breakfast, we put on our mountain boots and do the Nordskot ridge traverse. The trip takes 6-8 hours, from Nordskot up to Sørskottind, and from there onto the ridge. There is a short but vertical rappel of 4-5 meters before we get onto the ridge itself. Which connects the two peaks of Skotstindan, the southern and northern one. Down from the mountain we hike back through Skotsdalen. After the climb, we eat some before we sail towards Hamarøy the same evening. Where we anchor in the archipelago at the foot of the mountain Hammarøyskaftet and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure!

Day 4: Hamarøyskaftet 613 masl

In the morning we land on Hamarøy with the dinghy, and begin the trip towards the top of the spectacular landmark Hamarøyskaftet. The trip takes 6-8 hours and offers some more climbing than yesterday. This is a nice trip that will make us well prepared for the challenges at Stetind. After the climb, we make a bonfire on shore and enjoy ourselves.

Day 5: Sailing day north

We sail further north towards Tysfjord towards Stetind. After three days on the mountain, we take a little rest from climbing. Though we keep this day as a back-up for Stetind depending on the forecast for our week onboard. On the way to Stetind, we will pass Tranøy lighthouse, an important landmark here in Vestfjorden. We disembark for a coffee and some local history from life on Tranøy. Money was allocated for the construction of a lighthouse here in 1863 and the place has an exciting history.

Day 6: "The ugliest mountain I ever saw" - Stetind

It was the British mountaineer William Cecil Slingsby who used these words about Norway’s national mountain Stetind. This is our main ambition for this adventure, and will be an exciting full day experience. The trip can take anywhere from 10-18 hours, depending on weather, conditions and the groups. But after several days together, we will be well-functioning rope teams, well prepared for Stetind. This mountain was climbed for the first time in 1910 by a Norwegian expedition of 3 people led by Ferdinand Schjelderup. When Stetind was named Norway’s national mountain in 2002, Arne Næss said the following about the mountain: “Stetind is a fabulous hike. The mountain comes straight out of the sea and gets steeper in an absolutely beautiful way. Stetind is delicious granite, hard, quality rock. As if the mountain helps you upwards.”

Day 7: Sail to Bodø (back-up day for Stetind)

After a long day on tour yesterday, we will now just enjoy the last voyage out on Vestfjorden and back to Bodø. There will be several hours of sailing today, and we will arrive in Bodø late in the evening. If the weather should not permit Stetind yesterday, we have this day as a last back-up for this climb. If we do the Stetind climb today, it will be a long and demanding night sail back to Bodø, through the full night. But it will be worth it!

Day 8: Goodbye for now!

We wake up this last morning in Bodø harbor. Packing, cleaning and tidying up onboard before we end the trip at 10:00. Breakfast we can have at Thon hotel right by the dock – the best in town. Thanks for a great adventure!

Changes to the program

Please see this itinerary as a rough plan which we adapt underway according to weather and conditions. Often we also try out new places if we feel like it. We reserve the right to constantly improve our programs for the better. Sailing and exploring we always have dinghies with us for beach landings and small expeditions. We have fishing equipment for the cod, and hiking equipment for bonfires and summit climbs. 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
  • Experienced and local climbing guide – generally 1 guide per 3 participants
  • Shared equipment for the climbing (rope, slings etc.), personal equipment must be brought or rented by every participant

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!)
  • Personal climbing equipment (helmet, harness, screw carabiner, belayer, 2x prusik cords) must be provided by each participant, or can be rented from our partner.

Important info

Departure and arrival

This trip starts in Henningsvær and ends in Bodø.

You find more information on travel, equipment and other tips under Practical info.

Specific info - Climb & Sail

The climbs on this trip are not technically challenging, but there are some exposed parts along the way, which will probably make your heart beat a little faster. In Norway climbing is graded from 3 to 9/10 (which is very, very difficult), and on this trip we climb around Norwegian grade 4 and maybe 5 (similar to french grades up to 5a/b and american up to around 5.7/8). If you have been climbing a little before, if you are used to the mountains, are steady on your feet and not too afraid of heights, you will be able to complete this trip.

The guides we have with us are certified climbing instructors and active climbers, always with a strong focus on safety. They will walk us through safety and routines when climbing with the whole group before the climbing and underway. On the mountain, as at sea, it’s also important that you as a participant know the risk factors and how you should behave in a situation. Finally it’s crucial that everyone follows all instructions from the guides while in the mountains.

Our guides and the expedition leader will do an ongoing assessment of safety along the way, both at sea and in the mountains. This means that the program can and maybe will be changed along the way. The different peaks and climbs outlined in the program can be replaced with other great climbs and routes in the area. All depending on what the weather and conditions allow us to attempt, with the good margin we require.

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