Arctic summer adventure, sailing & hiking in Senja, Vesterålen and Lofoten!

Hike & Sail, Tromsø - Lofoten

Lace up your hiking boots and join us on this sailing trip where we sail and hike around the coolest mountains in Northern Norway. Hike & Sail, Tromsø – Lofoten is for you who itch to get up high every time you see a mountain, and for you dreaming of starting a hike from the beach in a roadless fjord. We take you to places that are the definition of wild and awesome nature. Along the way we’ll cover quite some distance sailing as well, so this adventure suits those who want to sail a lot too. Feel the boat rock and heel, and get wind in your hair! This will be an active and educational week, with lots of sailing, sun, wind, rain, mountains, sea, sweat and laughter!

Hike & Sail to Møysalen and Segla

We plan several hikes on this adventure: the steep and cool mountains in the western fjords of Senja; Hesten and Segla. As well as coastal summits on Andøya in Vesterålen and Lofoten. However the hiker’s highlight of this trip is the summit of Norway’s biggest island Hinnøya; mount Møysalen. This majestic mountain reaches 1263 meters above sea level and is the highest in the area. It towers proudly over the rest of its surroundings. The hike up is said to be the finest mountain trip in Northern Norway, and we completely agree! Not least, the view that awaits us at the top is worth the long hours of toil and effort. The small snow patch waiting to be crossed at the top, adds excitement to the adventure. A real highlight of the trip! Of course the hike is weather dependent, however we always aim for the skies!

From Tromsø to Henningsvær and the Lofoten islands

We start our hike & sail trip from Tromsø, also called “the Paris of the north”. From where we sa south around Senja and into its western fjords to hike, and also into the harbor Hamn to relax and enjoy. We then cross the open stretch over to Andøya’s northern point where many whales feed and mate, and then we do a proper stayover in the village Bleik. The area here has a great mix of steep cliffs and white beaches, lots of birdlife and a special cultural landscape. There is also a local pub which hopefully is open when we arrive. 

We continue south through the Vesterålen Islands and towards our main hiking goal for the week; the Møysalen mountain. With the snow covered peak it is easy to spot from afar, and we anchor in Møysalen National Park. On the last days we sail further south into the Lofoten Islands and to Skrova. Passing by Trollfjorden (the Troll Fjord) on our way. From the top of the island Skrova we see Lofoten in all its beauty, and we also can spot Henningsvær where we are ending this trip. Henningsvær is one of the traditional fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands. Where we conclude the trip with a last night out at the cool restaurant and hangout Trevarefabrikken. 

Active holiday with unique access

With the sailboat as our mobile base for discovering and traveling in small groups, we get up close to nature, wildlife, and the locals who live in the areas we visit. We combine sailing with as many other fun activities as possible, such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, eating good food and lighting bonfires ashore. Of the planned activities, you are of course free to take part in what you want along the way. If one day you rather take it easy on the boat, write poems, do yoga or do nothing, then of course you do that. 

As on all our trips, you also learn to sail along the way. You will have challenges, feel mastery and gain experiences & friends for life!

 

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Our fleet

On our summer-trips we sail in a fleet of boats. Find pictures and read about our boats here.

What a fabulously great way to vacation! There was enormous value in being with a group you didn't know in advance, and SeilNorge made everyone feel included. The highlight was probably the stop at Sommerøya; the weather was nice, we had plenty of time to cook and had a nice evening on the beach!

Hanna

Itinerary

Day 1: We meet in “the Paris of the north” for the adventure to begin!

At 16.00 we start and get settled on board in Tromsø. We then go through the plan and ambition for the week, as well as important safety information and basic sail handling. Over dinner we get to know each other better, and if conditions are good we may sail already this first night towards the tidal stream Ryastraumen or a nearby anchorage.

Day 2: Sail to Senja and hiking Segla and Hesten

After breakfast and possibly a swim in the arctic sea, we sail into the western fjords of Senja, and to the village Fjordgard. From here we have access to three great hikes, to Hesten, Segla and Stavelitippen. Hesten is the neighbor-mountain to Segla, and has a trail all the way to the top. Once we are this far up we might as well head all the way up to Stavelitippen. It may be late when we arrive back in the boats, but the sun is probably still up over the horizon.

Day 3: Sail to Bergsfjorden and restaurant dinner in Hamn

This day we sail out and around the “outer” western side of Senja. The area has long fjords and steep mountains and is made for us to explore by boat. Our destination is the protected harbor Hamn, and on the way we sail through the islands in the fjord around Hamn; the Bergsfjord. In the afternoon, there is the option of a hike up the valley sides or a kayak trip. This evening we have dinner at the local restaurant, and before dinner there is an option for all pirates to enjoy the sauna and hot tub!

Day 4: Sail along Andøya’s western shoreline and to Bleik

Today we set sail for Andøya and the village Bleik, an open stretch taking us 3-4 hours to cross. At the northern point of Andøya the seabed rises from 1000 to 100 meters and around here we have good chances of seeing whales. From here we sail south to the village Bleik. This “outer” side of the Andøya island offers a great mix of bird-islands and a shallow archipelago, in addition to white beaches, lots of birdlife and a special cultural landscape. At Bleik the land rises straight out of the sea and we can surf, paddle or swim, and we can definitely also hike. At Bleik they also have a nice local pub which is open a few evenings every summer, and somehow this pub is often open when we pass by. 

Day 5: Full day sailing to Møysalen National Park

After a morning swim on the most awesome beach in Northern Norway, we need to slip our lines! Today we have a full day of sailing south into Vesterålen Islands, and to Møysalen National Park which is the best starting point for the hike up to Møysalen. With its glacier covered peak the mountain is easy to spot from afar and gives us direction. In the evening we start to prepare for the hike up to Møysalen the next day, and we anchor as close to the foot of the mountain as we can.

Day 6: Hiking Møysalen, and sail to the Lofoten Islands

If the weather is on our side we embark on the hike up to Møysalen. With its 1263 meters above sea level Møysalen is the highest peak in the region, and the hike takes 8-12 hours, and we may split into groups. Hopefully we get to the top and can experience the fantastic view over our playground. Back down in the boats in the afternoon, we continue south entering the Lofoten Islands, via the spectacular Trollfjorden (Fjord of Trolls). Our destination today is the island Skrova. Due to it being in the middle of the fjord between Lofoten and the mainland, Skrova used to be the main whaling center in Lofoten. It thus offer us a good harbor for the night.

Day 7: Easy hike on Skrova, and a sailing race to Henningsvær

This day we are not in a rush and we can enjoy a good breakfast, a swim and a or a morning hike up to the 231 meter peak of Skrova with its great view over the Lofoten Wall to the west, the entire Vestfjord in the south, and Steigen and the mainland to the east.
Around lunchtime we need to start sailing and now after a week of training and sail trimming it is time for a proper sailing race over to Henningsvær which is our final destination on this trip. Henningsvær is one of the traditional fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands, and we finish the trip with a last night out at the cool restaurant and hangout place Trevarefabrikken.

Day 8: Thank you for now!

The last morning, we pack and wash the last things, and we are off the boat by 10.00. The nearby coffee shop Lysstøperiet is a great place to continue wrapping up all the impressions. Thank you for a great week! If you have time to continue exploring Northern Norway, your options in the Lofoten Islands are manyfold.

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

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

Departure and arrival

This trip starts in Tromsø and ends in Henningsvær.

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

Deposit and payment

You only pay a deposit (NOK 6000) upon registration, the remainder of the payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Safety and risk onboard

We are all about people, and so we also take safety very seriously. On our trips we practice sail- and boat handling also for safety, and we spend time going through various situations that can arise at sea, how to handle them and how to avoid them.

Onboard a boat everyone must know what to do in critical situations and in the event of an emergency. Our philosophy is that partaking and participation builds safety. It is important for the safety of the whole boat that you are a participant onboard, not just a passenger.

Therefore all our trips are to be considered sailing courses in addition to being great  holidays and adventures: You are trained to make up the crew onboard and so we build a capable team onboard.

Feel free to contact us for a chat about safety and risk on our adventures.

Level of the trip

No sailing experience? No problem! Our sailing adventures welcome both novices and seasoned sailors for an inclusive and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re new to sailing or a salty sea dog, our trips cater to all levels.

We aim to transform beginners into sailors quickly while offering experienced participants greater responsibilities and challenges. Our mainland sailing journeys involve 44-50 feet boats navigating coastal and protected waters, occasionally crossing open stretches for excitement. Route adjustments based on weather and conditions ensure a safe and adaptable voyage.

Trips are not overly strenuous; with rotating positions, participants can balance sailing and relaxation. Active engagement minimizes seasickness, and if it occurs, it passes swiftly. Weather, however, is unpredictable, with the potential for stronger winds and various conditions in northern Norway and the Arctic, making each trip a true sailing adventure. Be prepared for calm winds and rough weather—embracing the elements for an unforgettable experience.

What we expect from you

Our trips require a little effort from you who are joining – everyone on board must be ready to contribute and to give of themselves also socially; the more you open up, share and interest yourself in the others onboard, the more enjoyable it gets. 

When you’re sailing with us you are invited to take part in the running of the ship and all that comes with it. You will be sailing, docking, navigating, looking out for whales and icebergs, but also making food, serving others, doing dishes and helping clean the boat during the trip, and contributing in other ways when needed. Onboard we are all in the same boat and when all help out, the ship is most happy. 

Our experience is that doing things together with others out in nature, and not least cooperating and doing activities with new people and different personalities than you might have around you normally, is what creates the best, most interesting and memorable moments and stories:)

Equipment and packing

As with all activities, there is plenty of special equipment and clothing for sailing. If you don’t have any of this, you will get very far with normal hiking/outdoor equipment. You do not need to buy a lot of new equipment to join our trips. Use what you have, borrow what you need from a friend, purchase used equipment, and if you have to invest in new equipment – buy quality items that will last! What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and layered warm clothing underneath.

Some jackets may not be waterproof “enough”, or might not perform too well in salt water, so you can consider a set of oilskin for the wettest days (available for rent or purchase onboard). A pair of higher rubber boots for disembarking from the dinghy is very good to have, as well as indoor shoes below deck. Out at sea and in the Arctic it can be cold even in summer, so bring both swimwear and plenty of warm clothes. Well before departure, we will send you a detailed recommended packing list.

Read more and see our packing tips here:

PS: In a sailboat, you pack in a bag or sack, not in a rigid suitcase. 🙂

Food & cooking onboard

On our trips, you will be part of the crew onboard and get the chance to participate in all tasks for the operation of the boat. This includes cooking and preparing food – everyone take turns in the galley! Skippers and crew assist as much as they can along the way.

We have great menus with tasty, healthy and “boat-friendly” food, and for each trip we order provisions for all meals onboard. If you have allergies or preferences, let us know in the registration form and we will take that into account as best as we can. You are also most welcome to bring any special food or drink with you. Why not bring some specialities from your country or region for the boat to enjoy? 

During a weeklong trip we often sail by a good restaurant or two where we can have dinner on land. Some places we need to pre-book and we will then need to choose a menu before we arrive. More about all of this when you come onboard!

Life onboard & accommodation

Life on a sailboat is super social and fun, but it might feel a bit intimate at first. No worries though, that vibe usually fades after the first hour. Everyone chips in to run the boat, and we’re all part of the crew, which means quick bonding.

We’re keen to get to know you and hope you’ll connect with the rest of the crew. It takes some patience, generosity, and an open mind to thrive, but soon you’ll be focused on making new friends and enjoying raw nature experiences once sea life feels like home.

Sleeping arrangements in shared cabins with double or bunk beds can be a bit of a puzzle, but we’re pretty good at figuring it out. Let us know if you have preferences. You’re on your own for land accommodations before or after the trip.

The boat provides heating and good food, but fresh water isn’t always abundant. Water conservation means not showering every day, but when near freshwater sources, we make the most of it. But nothing beats a morning sea swim for that fresh feeling.

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