Offshore Voyage UK To Norway

Ipswich to Alesund

Offshore Voyage UK To Norway

Ipswich to Alesund

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A Voyage In Two Distinct Parts

This voyage has everything, a potentially challenging offshore passage as we travel 600 miles North followed by some relaxed coastal day sailing among the fjord and islands of Norway. The voyage ends in the beautiful Art Nouveau city of Alesund.

You will be part of a watch system the whole time we are on passage to Norway. The voyage to Norway is expected to take 4 or 5 days. For more information about what to expect read our pages on

Sailing Type – Coastal And Offshore Sailing.

Offshore Sailing

Standing The Night Watch – an account written by one of the crew.

View the location of this voyage on the 2019 Voyage Map

Read the Sailing in Norway page.

Just a note of thanks for the fabulous time I had aboard Trinovante across the North Sea. I think it mended something in me I hadn’t realised was broken. Of course the reason it’s so good is the way you make us incompetent crew able to share a part of your life.

n oil rig offshore in the North Sea at sunset.

Sailing From Ipswich To Norway

The exact route depends entirely on the weather  but the plan is to sail straight from Ipswich to Norway without any stops along the way. Offshore there are lots of oil and gas fields scattered in the North Sea but generally very little shipping. Mostly we will have the whole wide horizon all to ourselves until we see land on the other side.

The passage could be a true opportunity to steer by the stars – specifically the North Star.

Offshore voyages have a totally different atmosphere onboard to our coastal sailing holiday. You immediately become a key part of the ships crew and one of the team.

At the helm of a tall ship.

Land Ho!

Four or five days out we’ll make landfall somewhere among the fjords and islands along the West Coast of Norway, possibly at Bergen, Maloy or Floro.

It’s always exciting to see who spots the mountains on land first after several days at sea.  As we close the Norwegian coast the air will be filled with the fragrant smell of pine.

A lighthouse in Norway

Sailing Amongst The Fjords And Islands Of Norway

From here on the sailing is mostly relaxed day sailing as we thread our way in sheltered water through the fjords and thousands of islands that fringe this coast. Probably the only open water after Trinovante has made landfall will be the trip around the Stad Headland. The Norwegians keep threatening to bore a tunnel for boats right through Stad but until then our only option is to go round.

There are many beautiful places to visit that are very difficult to get to any other way than by boat. Trinovante  will be taking you to some of them. Hopefully we will also discover some new places together.

Sandsham, Sandsoya, Alesund ship alongside pontoon.

Life Under Sail And Ashore

Apart from sailing the ship you’ll be catching fish for dinner, taking a walk ashore (possibly up a very steep hill), almost certainly chatting to local people and generally chilling out and enjoying life.

There are several articles written by past crews on the old Schoonersail blog. This blog has not been updated for a while. Content now goes on the SchoonerSail facebook page

An offshore voyage – Sailing to Norway. Three different points of view

The Saga Of Earl John’s Voyage to Norway

Textures Of Norway

Aerial view of Alesund Norway


And then we arrive in Ålesund one of Norways most picturesque cities because it was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style. Constrained on a narrow peninsula with a backdrop of massive snow capped mountains it’s very much a working sea town, but with lots of lovely buildings to wander among.

It is worth arranging a day here before the start of the voyage if you have time.
There is an article about visiting Ålesund on SchoonerSail’s old blog. The blog has not been updated for a while because news now goes on SchoonerSail’s facebook page

All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries – where we sail, the type of sailing, 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?

Have Some More Questions?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions Page or just get in touch for a chat.
It will be Su or John picking up the phone

Tall Ships Sailing Holidays

Voyages In Date Order

Uk Sailing weekends on the schooner TrinovanteSchoonerSail

Tall Ships Sailing Weekend UK

Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Situation

3 Nights, 15th May to 18th May 2020 £440
A weekend on the water in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Full - Waiting List Only
View of waves sailing offshore to Norway.SchoonerSail

UK To Norway Sailing Holiday Offshore – Ipswich To Bergen

Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Situation

14 Nights 23rd May To 6th June £1445
An offshore voyage to the fjords and islands of Norway

FULL - Waiting List Only

The bowsprit of a schooner, Hardanger Fjord, Norway.SchoonerSail

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
The schooner Trinovante sailing amongst small islands, bowsprit view.SchoonerSail

Norway Sailing Holiday – Stavanger To Sandefjord

Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Situation

10 Nights, 20th June to 30th June 2020 £1395
Coastal sailing with stunning scenery on the south coast of Norway
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
Transit the Kiel canal, sail to Ijmuiden to join Europes largest Festival Of Sail
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

24th Aug To 31st Aug £755
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