Crossing The Arctic Circle

Tall Ship Adventure Sailing In Norway

Crossing The Arctic Circle

Tall Ship Adventure Sailing In Norway

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Bodo To Trondheim – A journey under sail

There are some fantastic places to visit on this leg. It is wild and grand in equal measure. You’ll cross the Arctic Circle and maybe more than once as we explore small islands and deep fjords. One crew member described this area as the west coast of Scotland on a large scale but we think that does not do it justice.  Expect an ‘edge of the world’ experience.

View the location of this voyage on the 2019 Voyage Map

About Life Onboard

Read the Sailing in Norway page.

The scenery was stunning, and we moored or anchored in a series of small harbours and bays keeping our eyes open for wildlife and Trolls.
Sharing a beer on deck  as the Nordic sun slowly sank over the silent fjord will be an enduring memory 

Stuart And Sarah

A schooner at anchor, Arctic Circle Norway


Bodø, with a population of 47,000, is 50 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is capital of the county of Nordland. The airport makes this a very convenient stepping off place for activities in the region. There are shops in the town and the main attraction is the aviation museum.

Bodø is memorable for us because Trinovante once attacked the city fort with musket fire in a re-enactment battle and the city fired back with cannon.

The plan will be to head for a secluded anchorage on the evening you arrive. This far north at this time of year there is no night. On the day you arrive on-board there will be 23 hours and 40 mins of daylight and 23 mins of twilight or what the Shetlanders call summer dim. Fine for chilling out after dinner on deck with a beer.

Saiing Across the Arctic Circle

66 33 degrees marks the Arctic Circle – maybe it is just a line on a map but it is certainly a beautiful part of the coast.

One of our favourite magical Norway places is in this area and we’ll be aiming to take you there if the weather is right.

Out on the bowsprit, getting the jib off.

The Sailing

The coast between Bodo and Trondheim has areas of open water and areas full of islands and skerries.

As part of the crew on Trinovante you will be doing all the things sailors usually do such as hoisting sail, steering and handling mooring ropes.

If you have not sailed on Trinovante or done this type of sailing you can find more information on our Learn To Sail Page.

Reindeer, Sea Eagle, Otter and Pilot Whales wildlife around the Arctic Circle, Norway

The Wildlife

Twenty percent of the world population of sea eagles live in the area around Bodø so you are almost guaranteed to see some. Although they are huge birds of prey with a wing span of up to 2.6M they are often harassed and attacked by smaller birds. It seems it is lonely at the top!

Sighting of pilot whales are fairly rare but we have seen large pods of them twice on this leg.

Reindeer and otter sightings are possible. One year there was an otter pottering around the quay in Bodø right next to the boat.

A tall ship anchored in a fjord in Norway

Unspoiled Anchorages

It is rare that we share an anchorage with another boat this far North in Norway. What amazes us most is the total silence. It is unusual for us in the UK to completely escape traffic and other man-made noise.

I forgave Paul, my husband, for all the hours he spent browsing the internet for adventure sailing holidays in Norway when we anchored here. The fact that there was snow on the tops of the mountains was the only clue that we weren’t in the Caribbean, but north of the Arctic Circle. 

Warehouses on the river, Trondheim, Norway.


Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway and was once the capital during the Viking Age.

Today it is an attractive city with an open spacious feeling. There are lovely walks along the river and colourful old warehouses line the banks in the city centre.

Don’t miss Nidaros Cathedral which dates back to 1070 and is still a centre for pilgrims. Trondheim also has a couple of museums and lots of big shops. We think it’s worth spending an extra day here if you have time.

All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries – where we sail, passage lengths and the places we call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.

What’s included in the price?

  • All meals onboard
    We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Obviously, if you choose to eat ashore, this is at your own expense. We can cater for most diets, but you must let us know about special diets at the time of booking. We cannot cater for special diets at short notice.
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
    Ships rules are no drinking alcohol at sea or if we are about to sail. This does NOT mean Trinovante is a dry boat – it’s fine to have a drink in the evening when we are at anchor or alongside. We don’t sell alcohol on board so bring your own.
  • Use of life-jackets and wet weather gear

What is not included in the price?

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A weekend on the water in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Full - Waiting List Only
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UK To Norway Sailing Holiday Offshore – Ipswich To Bergen

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Norway Sailing Holiday Fjords & Islands – Bergen To Stavanger

Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Situation

10th June to 16th June 2020 £895
Sail in the Fjords of Norway from Bergen to Stavanger
FULL - Waiting List Only
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Norway Sailing Holiday – Stavanger To Sandefjord

Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Situation

10 Nights, 20th June to 30th June 2020 £1395
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Sailing through the Swedish islands near GothenburgSchoonerSail

Norway To Sweden Sailing Holiday – Sandefjord To Gothenburg

Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Situation

6 Nights 5th July to 11th July 2020 £855
Coastal sailing with stunning scenery through Sweden's Bohuslän coastal archipelago
Limited Spaces Remaining
Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark seen from the deck of a sailing shipSchoonerSail

Sweden To Denmark Sailing Holiday – Gothenburg To Copenhagen

Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Situation

6 Nights, 15th July to 21st July 2020 £855
Sail the Swedish islands to wonderful Copenhagen.
Limited Spaces Remaining
Ships moored at Nyhavn, Copenhagen DenmarkSchoonerSail

Denmark To Germany Sailing Holiday – Copenhagen To Kiel

Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Situation

7 Nights, 25th July To 1st August 2020 £925
Sail the Danish Islands to Germany.
The Parade Of Sail, at the start of Sail Amsterdam, the largest sail festival in EuropeSchoonerSail

Sail Amsterdam Festival – Kiel To Amsterdam

Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Situation

5th Aug to 13th Aug 2020 £1095
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FULL - Waiting List Only
Trinovante alongside the quay at Hoorn, NetherlandsSchoonerSail

Netherlands Sailing Holiday – Amsterdam to Den Helder

Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Situation

15th August to 22nd August 2020 £850
Sheltered water coastal sailing to the beautiful old seaports of the Ijsselmeer
A view of Felixstowe Port through the booms of a sailing shipSchoonerSail

Netherlands To UK Sailing Holiday – Den Helder To Ipswich.

Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Situation

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Sail on an offshore voyage to the Thames Estuary in the UK Limited Places Remaining
The Waverly paddle steamer ship heading under Tower Bridge LondonSchoonerSail

UK Sailing Holiday – Ipswich To London

Cancelled Due To The Coronavirus Situation

5th September to 9th September 2020 £545
Sail the rural rivers of the Thames Estuary and sail up the Thames to Tower Bridge.

FULL - Waiting List Only