For the first time, Naleia will be sailing above the Arctic circle. This route was born from the dream of many Naleians to get off the well-trodden sailing routes, experience the magic of the arctic midnight sun, and get lost in a maze of fjords where humans are far outnumbered by reindeer.
We are sailing a one-way route starting from Tromsø and finishing in Svolvær in the Lofoten. We will follow a labyrinth of passages between islands, drop the anchor in magnificent fjords, and moor our boats for the “night” in tiny fishermen villages of brightly coloured wooden houses, next to stacks of drying cod fish. Sailing under the midnight sun, we will not be subject to the constraints of darkness, so we will trying ourselves at some night sailing, or rather “pseudo night sailing”.
This trip is for those who would like to experience the raw beauty of the North, the solitude of a fishing village living at the edge of the world, the infinite views from the top of a mountain peak, and who like to sail long stretches while watching the fjords and lush pastures pass by, singing to the tune of a ukulele while counting the reindeer on the shore.
As usual, no previous sailing experience is required, and the skippers shall introduce you to everything that is needed to handle the boat.
This route is longer than usual, so average sailing days will log around 30 to 35 nautical miles (5 to 9 hours per day). In order to have more time in the Lofoten, we will do a long 24 hours uninterrupted ‘push’ in the beginning of the trip, during which we will take watches in turn while the rest of the crew sleeps down below. We will then have more time in the second part of the week to spend time strolling through the fishing villages in the Lofoten, take a hike to one of the many peaks or dip in the icy water.
Due to the limited availability of yachts, we placed the route earlier in the season. The air and sea are still very fresh, but we’ll also avoid the tourists, so that we can experience the region under a more genuine light. For those used to sailing in the Mediterranean, please be aware that you will obviously need to dress differently, and that swimming endeavours will be very short! The weather is notoriously unpredictable in Norway, so do not forget your rain jacket. However, our yachts will be equipped with heating, and we may perhaps even be able to find a sauna or two along our way!
Midnight Sun Sailing Highlights
What you can expect to do on this route.
Midnight Sun Sailing Itinerary
We are true to the discoverers` spirit and plan our adventures accordingly to the winds, the weather and your wishes. This means the order as well as some of stopovers may be different than presented below. Leave planning at home! The plan showed below is only an indicative itinerary and your trip may differ. Only the mad ones sail against the wind!