Sail and Science Lofoten
Lofoten is home to the biggest temperature anomaly relative to latitude in the world. Unique interactions of global climate systems make the summers here mild, creating an arctic sailing paradise and an extraordinary place to study the complexity of our environment.
Sail & Science is an intense week of sailing, exploring and learning. Our goal is to bring curious people together to focus on our planet's future while sharing an amazing natural experience. We aim to deepen your understanding of the world we sail through, looking at how the poles, oceans and landmasses regulate our climate through their amazing interactions. By the end of our trip we hope to have supplied you with tools to better navigate the complex world of climate science in politics, news, and everyday choices.
Crew and Climate Science students Isak and Alex will teach you offshore sailing and climate science, and offer you a range of different activities. With an expedition yacht in our hands even the most remote fjords and hikes are available to us, as well as many traditional fishing villages along the coast. The Sail & Science trips are usually our favourite weeks of the summer, it feels more like a journey with engaged people rather than a yacht charter!
adult: 1900 € | child (<14): 950 € | group of 6+: one spot free
I loved the balance of Sail & Science. The combo included not only sailing, exploring and learning, but also the little adventures we invented ourselves. The agenda was set by the winds, and wherever we went it was fantastic. We met the sunrise on the morning hike, took the dingy to a deserted beach on Værøy, spontaneously barbecued on Bune's sand dunes, rented a hot tub and swam in the arctic waters of Henningsvær… the list goes on.
Incredibly beautiful, educational and above all relaxed.
2023 DATES: 26 JUNE - 02 JULY / 5 JULY - 11 JULY / 14 JULY - 20 JULY / 24 JULY - 30 JULY / 3 AUG - 9 AUG. / 12 AUG - 18 AUG / 21 AUG - 27 AUG
Arrive in the afternoon after 16.00 and get settled onboard the Abel Tasman in Svolvær. We will get to know each other and the yacht, going through safety procedures and the basics of being part of a crew. We have dinner and discuss the coming week, looking at potential destinations and current weather conditions, on which our itinerary will strongly depend. If we feel energised after dinner and if winds are good we might even start sailing that evening.
Day 2 - 6
Over these 5 days we explore our favourite places around Lofoten and go through our “Science” program. We start days together around breakfast looking at what our current location has to offer. The crew will take you on joint activities to known and less known attractions, though there will be time for you to arrange your own hikes, morning swims or walks through galleries and shops. All meals during the week will be served onboard, though we highly recommend trying one of the local restaurants!
Usually we sail between 2 - 6 hours at least 4 of these days, avoiding motoring as much as possible. 1- 2 hours a day are dedicated to our science program in the form of presentations, discussions and other activities, though the subject often pops up at other moments throughout our trip. We might finish off with a quiz, brainstorm, or some other fun activity to wrap up this very serious subject!
On our last day we will be back in Svolvær, where we clean up the yacht together and end our trip sometime late morning.
☐ All boat-related costs such as fuel, harbor fees and spare parts as well as usage of all onboard equipment.
☐ A personal life jacket for the whole trip
☐ All food and drink that we consume onboard, except optional beer and wine or other luxuries (Bring your own or ask us stock up before you arrive)
☐ A bunk bed with a comfy duvet, pillow and bed linen
☐ Travel to and from the boat
☐ Optional meals ashore (Restaurants, cafes etc.)
☐ Optional onshore activities we might want to do during the trip, such as museums, guided tours or renting kayaks.
Safety is our number one priority onboard and we will begin with briefing you about possible situations, the safety equipment onboard, and procedures in case of an emergency. The boat has all the necessary safety equipment onboard and we have inflatable life jackets for everyone. The crew has STCW certificates for safety onboard including fire prevention/extinguishing, first aid and CPR, liferaft-handling, and survival techniques at sea.
The Abel Tasman is a well-proven expedition yacht, while not a luxury yacht she is a very safe and comfortable home. As on all sailboats we will be living close to each other. Be prepared to share a cabin with bunk beds and to squeeze in together around the dinner table. We hope you will feel welcome onboard and use all the areas as you would at home. When we are sailing we want you to feel like a part of the crew and as much as possible take part in all the tasks, such as sail-handling, steering, and mooring. At sea everyday tasks are a bit harder than ashore and we will all work together with keeping the boat tidy, cooking, and do dishes. The nights will either be spent anchored in a bay where we have to use the dinghy to get to land, or in a marina of a nice town.
Svolvær is best reached by ferry from Bodø or by bus from Narvik train station. Arriving by
flight is also possible to the small Svolvær airport or the larger international airport in Narvik. Arriving by car is a possibility as well.
Level of trip:
There are no requirements of previous sailing experience and the Abel Tasman is a very safe and stable vessel, ideal to get introduced to the world of sailing. We are very happy to teach, and hope you will learn a lot about sailing during the trip. However, you should bear in mind that this is not a luxury cruise, but rather an expedition style adventure where you will be a part of the crew. When we are ashore we will do moderately challenging hikes and excursions, these are optional but we hope everyone will be eager to join.
We will stock up the boat before you arrive with food, snacks, and drinks. Most food will be cooked onboard, doing simpler meals while we are sailing and more advanced meals while moored. Cooking and cleaning in the galley will be a shared duty and everyone will take turns making meals. If you have any allergies or specific preferences you have to tell us beforehand so we know what to buy. A few times along the way we will have the possibility to eat at a nice restaurant or cafe.