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Sailing in Norway

Many consider, the northern seas too remote, too inhospitable, or just too cold and challenging for yacht charter, but think again – there is so very much to be experienced in the waters and along the vast coastline of Norway. From Olso in the east, then around the south of the country, continuing along the western coastline and up to the north and the Arctic Circle, there is such a rich variety of experiences to have, good facilities on land, exciting waters and unique coastal scenery.

West Coast Norway

Stretching from Tananger and Stavanger, south of Bergen all the way up to Trondheim, the Norwegian west coast has a unique geographical make up and follows a very distinct pattern. Outer fringes of sheltering islands of various sizes adorn this impressive coastline and a series of large sounds and fjords, formed millions of years ago by glaciers cut into the landscape form horizontal waterways penetrating miles inland and forming some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the world. Fjord scenery is spectacular, but care and good planning is required for fjord sailing in many regions of Norway. There are small settlements, anchorages, and towns but due to some of the distances attention to detail when planning your passages is required. Winds can be unpredictable in the fjords and can occasionally funnel down through the fjords or from the mountains. As such good quality and well maintained boats with well serviced engines are essential. Harbours are not crowded and you will find only a few other yachts. The islands themselves are diverse and varied – rich in cultural and historical interest. The history of the area tells tales and shows evidence from the era of the Vikings and the small fishing villages and fishing way of life is still abundant today.

Arctic Norway

Many people visit this area to experience the Land of the Midnight Sun during the summer, where daylight extends through the polar night, or the magical Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – during the winter. The magnificent untouched countryside, with impressive snow and ice peaked mountainous backdrops, fascinating coastal attractions and interesting local cultures bring adventurers and visitors from far and wide to enjoy the art, culture, history and wildlife this area has to offer. Visit immense natural glaciers and caves, see birds such as sea eagles, cormorants, guillemots, puffins, and kittiwakes. In the water you may be lucky enough to see whales, seals and otters. The Arctic Circle is associated with the cold, ice and snow, however the climate can be very different in this area with the warmth of the Gulf Stream and the bright summer season accelerating life in the north as it flourishes in the Midnight Sun. Summer temperatures may reach 20-30 degrees, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing swim in the lakes or sea.

The shift between green lowland landscapes and steep mountain formations out at sea provides one of the most beautiful experiences that Mother Nature has to offer. There is an aura of history stretching all the way back to the Vikings Age, this combined with the wildlife culture and first rate attractions make the Lofoten Islands an incredible charter destination. Sail through this majestic setting with no other boats as far as the eye can see, and go ashore on islands and beaches that are completely uninhabited. Small fishing villages and towns with quaint harbours are dotted throughout the area offering passing yachts a berth for the night or a chance to stock up on provisions.