Sail Norway Midnight Sun Route

Experience raw nature.

Join us for the Norwegian adventure

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.

One way sailing trip Tromsø-Svolvær

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!

1,150€* PP
*Price for last spot on the first yacht. Spots on the second yacht will cost 1,270€ PP.


📆 7 nights, departures:
7th June 2019
✈️ Tromsø (TOS) or Bodø Airport (BOO)
🌊 Norwegian Sea
🔴 Medium difficulty


Yachts Confirmed:
1) Delphia 47, 5 cabins, 4 heads, 9 crew + skipper
2) Delphia 40.3, 4 cabins, 2 heads, 7 crew + skipper

Sail through the midnight sun

Experience the never ending arctic day. There shall not be any darkness on this trip! We can even go for a midnight sail in perfect visibility!

Authentic Norwegian Sailing

Experience authentic sailing on a 12-16m yacht. Live on board for a week, become a team with your fellow crew members, experience the elements and step into the joy of living side by side with nature. Move everyday to a different port and enjoy the views passing by from the deck of your sailing hotel.

Untouched nature

Welcome to the north of Norway, a region stretching over almost 1000km of fjords and rugged coastline, but home to less than the population of a medium sized town. Here immense stretches of wilderness are only punctuated by a few fishing villages, reindeer roam the mountains freely and hills are carpeted in blueberry bushes. We’ll drop the anchor in untouched bays and fjords, drink directly from the mountain streams, and perhaps be lucky to spot an elk (moose) on the shore.

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!

 

Tromsø

The starting point of our Midnight Sun route is Tromsø, also known as “The Paris of the North”. With its 75,000 inhabitants is the largest city in the north of Norway, yet it has managed to preserve a large concentration of historical wooden houses within its city center. Nested on an island against a backdrop of snowy mountain, the city enjoys the midnight sun from the 21st of May to the 21st of July. We will start our trip from the Eidkjosen marina which is outside town, still we’ll have the opportunity to take a ride to the city for a stroll.

 

Harstad

Arriving in Harstad, in the distance we may spot the towering cliffs of the island of Grytøya. With only 24,000 inhabitants, Harstad is still the second most populated city in the region of Tromsø, and the last city we’ll encounter on our way. We may stop a few hours for rest and dinner, and organise our teams for our “night” sailing!

 

Trollfjorden

If there is one place where we have a chance to spot Trolls, it’s definitely here! This magnificent 2km long fjord is only accessed through a 100m narrow opening cutting though a cliff. It is said that a battle was fought here in 1890 between the first industrial, steam-driven fishing ships and teams of traditional open-boat fishermen over access to the fjord. Whether we give a try to fishing or not, it’s certainly the perfect place for stopping for a night, tell each other troll stories and follow the course of the midnight sun.

 

Henningsvær

Welcome to Henningsvær, the fisherman village nicknamed the “Venice if the North”. We’ll moor our gondola for the night in the tiny harbour and head for the first Italian pizzeria. Henningsvær is built across a series of island connected by bridges, and is perhaps the village with the most famous football field in the arctic, having appeared on a number of videos recently. Let’s grab a ball and challenge the local football club, the FK Lofoten.

 

Reine

Seen by many as the most beautiful village in Norway, this tiny fishing village is dominated by impressive peaks and spectacular fjords. From Reine we could hike the 448m to the top of Reinebringen (a three hour steep round trip) and enjoy epic views of the Reinefjorden and Lofotveggen (the Lofoten wall), a massive rise of peaks closing the horizon.

 

Svolvær

The town of Svolvær, which is the main settlement in the Lofoten, is also an important fishing port. A vibrant place with many cafes, bars, restaurants and museums, it is connected to the mainland by regular ferries. Time to rest our sea legs, check out how land sick we are, and why not an evening climb to “The Goat”, the characteristic local mountain visible from the town offering incredible views for those brave enough to perform the famous “Svolvær Goat leap.”

 

Keep the connection

Day 8 is the day to say goodbye. All the miles sailed, fjords visited, skills gained and time shared with others will make you bond and build relationships. Cherish these, keep in touch and remember that the Naleia Sailing family is there. See you another time!

What people say about Naleia
I usually fly solo when traveling, and it never occurred to me to sign up for a package tour. But I took a gamble here and Naleia exceeded my expectations. They have somehow figured out how to get adults to buy into a sincere spirit of group adventure and camaraderie without it ever feeling forced. And obviously, the locations are beautiful, the other people are engaging, the sailing is fun (you'll grow in confidence throughout the week), and it's clear that the Dominick and his team really care about the experience they are creating. You can easily do this trip alone, with friends, or with your significant other. I'm sure I'll sail with them again.read more
Holly Masek
Holly Masek
14:15 03 Oct 18
Stop thinking about sailing with Naleia... and just book it. You’ll love it! Your fellow crew members are a wonderful bunch – and we had the most laid-back skipper ever to roam the Med. The scenery is amazing and varied: you’ll moor-up in a port one night amongst super-yachts then drop anchor the following night in a nearly-deserted bay. You’ll learn so much if you’ve never sailed before, but it’s all really relaxed. I’m so glad I took the plunge – you will be too. Maybe see you out there one day soon...read more
Suzanne Lantos
Suzanne Lantos
14:00 21 Jul 18
Dominik has an amazingly ability to make everyone feel included and have a great time while also teaching new skills. But the best part is that people grow and learn new skills for life and learn things about themselves without even knowing. I’m already booked on another trip and have made new connections with people that I know will be friends for life. Thank you all.
Gary Jenkinson
Gary Jenkinson
22:41 17 Jun 18
Well organised trip, with Dominik competently answering all questions before the trip. Skipper Nico with endless patience to teach the basics of sailing to complete Newbies - I'll be back!
Doris
Doris
17:38 17 Jun 18
Loved the sailing trip to Azores.Dominik and the crew were amazing!We had a beautiful experience whalewatching and learning the basics of sailing.I'll definitely sail with Naleia again!! 🙂
Giuseppe Enriquez
Giuseppe Enriquez
12:43 14 Jun 18
Having done the 'Same Same' tour in Thailand. It was one of the most amazing experiences we had. The snorkeling was beautifull and we saw so many fishes and coral. The group of people we were with was great and spending time with experienced skippers we learned a lot about sailing. I highly reccomend it. One tip, do bring your seasick pills if you are sensitive to that. You don't want to recover from your seasickness while the rest of us is swiming in bioluminescent glow in the dark plankton and having an amazing time.Cheers, Joao and Margaread more
joao caldeira
joao caldeira
08:54 08 May 18
I had such a great trip with Naleia! Me and my friends sailed in Thailand with them. It was wonderful. Our skippers Marc and Nico are the friendliest, most fun and professional people. Being on a boat for 10 days is a intense experience, exciting and deeply relaxing at the same time!Sailing is such a gentle way of traveling, you have to be in tune with nature. Our skippers managed to avoid most mass tourism by arriving at our destinations for the night just when everyone else was leaving. This meant that we had the most beautiful islands to ourselves. Thailand is such beautiful country and the islands we discovered were absolutely stunning. I especially loved snorkeling in Ko Ha.On top of all the wonderful experiences we learned about sailing. Hoisting the main sail, standing at the helm, doing tacks, ankering etc are all very empowering experiences!I absolutely loved the trip and am planning to go on other trips with Naleia!read more
Teresa Liska
Teresa Liska
01:50 03 Apr 18
Great sailing experience.. well not too much wind in the Seychelles in February but still an awesome trip! And Nico's a 5 star skipper 🙂
Cba Xyz
Cba Xyz
16:34 02 Mar 18
I had the best time in Croatia. If you ever had the thought to try sailing, I can thoroughly recommend Naleia! The organisation is superb, the people are warm and open and you will learn much more than just the sailing itself. Personal highlights include spotting dolphins, feeling us come together as a team, swimming in deep blue waters and enjoying local restaurants in remote locations accessible by the sea.
Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
13:26 16 Sep 17
I just went to Croatia with Naleia and I can honestly say it was the best vacation I've ever had. It was the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation. Dominik and Marc were fantastic skippers, and yacht life is the best life! Equally as important is the community that Naleia cultivates, we traveled with a great group of diverse people who were interesting, easygoing, and fun to spend time with. I will definitely be sailing with the Naleia crew again soon.
Elizabeth Moody
Elizabeth Moody
15:28 22 Aug 17
I joined the Croatia Sunset Route with Naleia having never sailed in my life before and finished as a competent crew member of a fun and international team of new friends. I’d thought about joining a party cruise and seeing some beautiful scenery along the way but the connection with nature and the flexibility of being on two small yachts was so much better as we were able to visit tiny local villages and go swimming and snorkelling in bays that would have been inaccessible otherwise.Learning to sail – great! Making new international friends – great! Flexible personalised routes - great! Professional organisation – great!Beautiful Croatian scenery – great!read more
Bryn French
Bryn French
16:43 19 Aug 17
I went on a trip to Croatia having never sailed before and couldn't have had a more positive experience. The skippers were friendly and happy to teach, the boat quickly became a team and a lot of thought was put into the program of the day! Highly recommended for anyone looking for an adventure on the high seas with a great bunch of people.
Christopher Mills
Christopher Mills
18:16 17 Aug 17
I went on a week trip in Greece, and would definitely recommend sailing with Naleia! Great organization, very kind, fun and interesting people, and amazing places. Personally, it was quite a different travel experience, which I welcomed since that was what I was looking for. Also, you don't need previous sailing experience. Learning is really fun! It was great, I'm looking forward to doing it again!
Maria Bertogli
Maria Bertogli
11:33 07 Jul 17