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UK To Norway Sailing Holiday

Ipswich To Norway

A Voyage In Two Distinct Parts

Sailing Type – Coastal And Offshore Sailing.

This voyage has everything, a potentially challenging offshore passage as we travel 500 miles north, followed by some relaxed coastal day sailing among the fjords and islands of Norway. The voyage ends in the historic city of Bergen.

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 3 or 4 days. For more information about what to expect read
Offshore Sailing
Standing The Night Watch – an account written by one of the crew.

Beginners are welcome on any voyage. If you have never sailed before, more information about what to expect from this sailing voyage is here
Learn To Sail  
About Life Onboard
Saiing Videos

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.
John 

A new sailor takes the wheel of a Tall Ship. Schooner Trinovante, Orkney Sailing Holiday.

Offshore Sailing 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 ship’s crew and one of a close-knit team.

Tall Ships Race Video - Schooner Trinovante

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.

The video here was shot as we approached the coast of Norway in 2019.

The bowsprit of a schooner, Hardanger Fjord, Norway.

Sailing Amongst The Fjords And Islands Of Norway

Trinovante will be day sailing in the sheltered water of the fjords and islands after we make landfall in Norway. The scenery is spectacular as we thread our way north past Haugesund and enter the Hardanger fjord. We will see the Folgefonna glacier in the distance.

There are many beautiful places to visit here that are difficult to visit any other way than by boat. Trinovante will be taking you to some of the interesting places we have discovered over the years. Together we may discover some new places too.

A three masted schooner under light canvas sailing in the Norwegian fjords

Life Under Sail And Ashore

Apart from sailing the ship there will be time to take a walk ashore and explore. It’s a good bring some suitable walking shoes.

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

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

A tall ship in harbour, merchants quay, Bergen, Norway

Bergen

It’s worth having an extra day or in Bergen if you have the time. Bergen is a compact city with several good museums, lots of shops and some very pretty historic areas to walk around.

If the weather is nice take a ride up the funicular for spectacular views of the city below. From here you can also see the surrounding fjords and islands right out to sea.  If you like walking you can easily go further afield and higher from this view point.


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.

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