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Northern Norway Nordland VÅGAN

Climb and Sail - Steigen and Stetind

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August 5 - August 13, 2020 - NOK 22.500 Join us climbing and sailing among Norway's national treasures! We sail from island to mountain, to experience, see and learn. We play in the wind, in the water, in the fjord, in the archipelago and in the high mountains!

This trip offers some of the most amazing and beautiful nature experiences Norway has to offer. For quite a while we have wanted to offer a trip where we sail from mountain to mountain, and climb some of the most beautiful peaks in the area. We are now casting off, and docking at the entrance to some of Norway's most spectacular climbing tours!

Moving around by sailboat is the best way to travel in these areas, and it is very convenient. From the sailboat close to land we can admire and study the mountains we are ascending, and then we just go ashore and up there.
Are you ready for next year's sailing and climbing adventure ?!

We start and end this trip in Bodø. First we sail to Steigen and through Mannshausen, the expedition island of Børge Ousland, a very good starting point for climbing the nearby Nordskott-traverse. This is an airy, but manageable climb, which will give us a good idea of what is waiting in the mountains later in the week.

From Nordskott we continue to Hamarøy and Hamarøyskaftet, which is our next mountain to climb on this trip. This is a very special mountain in north-Norway; only 613 meters high, but still airy and with a great view.
From Hamarøy, the trip continues northwards and we pass by Tranøy Lighthouse, were we’ll possibly go ashore to have a look around.

The main objective of the trip is Stetind, Norway's national mountain! As an ambolt in granite it is towering Tysfjord, and even atheists can become religious by the sight of the mighty giant. We have skilled guides along the way and they will take us safely to the top of all the peaks.

If you want to experience the best of this area, then this is the trip for you! On our trips you get the variety and combination of pleasant evenings in the boat and mind-blowing mountain experiences during the daytime!

On this trip we will use our Humla sailing boat. Pictures and more information about our boats can be found here.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tour start in Bodø
Day 2: Sailing to Nordskott and Mannshausen
Day 3: Hefty Nordskot-travers and evening sailing to Hamarøy
Day 4: Hamarøyskaftet 613 m.a.s.l
Day 5: Sailing north
Day 6: "The ugliest mountain I ever saw" - Stetind
Day 7: Sailday to Bodø (reserve day for Stetind)
Day 8: Goodbye for this time!

Level of trip

Sailing-wise the trip is not particularly difficult, and you are very welcome to join no matter what sailing experience you have! If you are a beginner, we would like to make you a sailor as soon as possible, and if you are experienced you will have responsibility and greater challenges. You will contribute to the sailing, cooking and operation of the boat on this trip.

The climbs on this trip are not technically challenging, but there are some very airy parts along the way, which can make the heart beat a little faster. In general climbing is graded from 3 (which is very easy) to 9 - 10 (which is difficult, very difficult), the climbs we are going to do during this trip are in the 4's. If you have climbed a little before, if you are used to the mountains and have a steady foot and you do not have fear of heights, you will be able to complete this trip.

Safety

The guides on the trip are certified climbing instructors and active climbers, and always focus on safety. This also allows the program to change along the way. The peaks could be replaced with other great peaks in the area, if the situation would indicate that. Weather and conditions might lead to changes in the plan along the way, but the program is flexible and we make every effort to get to the planned peak. Our tour guides will make continuous evaluation and judgement of safety along the way.

We take safety seriously and on our trips we train on handling various situations that may occur at sea. Man-over-board, fire, abandoned vessel, broken mast, running aground are some of these. Building the participants' expertise on how to handle critical situations are key elements for better safety on board. On board the boat and on tour everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us, it is important that you as a guest quickly learn to be a participant onboard and not a passenger. It contributes to learning, sense of achievement and increased safety for boat and crew. That's why our tours are also considered as sailing courses and not a trip where you are a passive passenger.

Equipment

We provide all the common equipment. Those who sign up for the trip will receive a detailed equipment list before departure. Of personal climbing equipment that should be brought, are: helmet, harness, screwgate carabiner, belay device/rappel figure eight, 2 pcs. Prusik/hug knots. If you can not get the equipment before departure, you can rent the equipment package for NOK 650 per week.

Travel

If you have time, we always encourage to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also gives a different start to a vacation than traveling quickly. Nordlandsbanen train line goes all the way to Bodø, and by night from Oslo to Trondheim, it's a great journey from southern Norway.For timetables and prices see www.nsb.no If you live along the coast, the speed ferries or Hurtigruta are possible options either northbound or southbound. Another option is a flight to Bodø, and there are some reasonable tickets.

Accommodation

We live on board the sailing boat in double cabins, some with double beds, some with bunkbed (one over the other). It will not always be possible to shower every day because of limited fresh water capacity, but mostly every other day we are either in a harbor with enough fresh water or we will go to a place where we can borrow a shower. And of course this is a summer trip and then we usually bathe in the sea anyway.

During the tour everyone helps in the operation of the boat, and we all take turns cooking. Prior of the tour, we set up a menu and go grocery shopping. If you have allergies, please let us know. During the trip, we also sail by some of the area's best restaurants.

Changes in the program

This program should be viewed as a starting point that we adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to continually improve the tour program for the better. With us along the way, we always have light boats for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and equipment for bonfires and trips ashore - we are ready for adventure!

Terms and conditions when it comes to mountain- and climbing tours:

The day to day program is indicative and changes may occur. We also refer to our general travel terms.

We take safety very seriously, and we reserve the right to make changes or cancel climbing-activity if reasons are compelling, such as bad weather, injuries or other circumstances. Participation is at your own risk. Payment for the trip is not refunded as a result of unforeseen events, injuries/weather or other circumstances. However, we have a whole week at our disposal and we will be playing in an area rich in nature and opportunities for alternative activities.

Read more and book your trip here.

SeilNorge AS
Himmelblå Brygge
8985 Ylvingen

Telefon: (+47) 41 29 79 00


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