Sailing and Beach-cleanup in Helgeland

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Sailing Level 1 8 days 6-18 participants



  • Sailing through Norway's most beautiful coastline
  • Contributing to Norway's beach cleaning projects
  • Visit remote islands
  • Sleep on your sailboat 
  • Learn to sail
  • Optional SUP
  • Learn about ocean sustainability projects

We will sail south along one of the most beautiful coasts of Norway: Helgeland. Between the thousands of islets, islands and bays we will explore the spectacular and remote locations only reachable by boat. The trip sails from Bodø to Brønnøysund, a coastal stretch full of natural harbors, beaches, mountains and fjords. Along the way we will pass exciting places such as Rødøy, Træna, Myken, Lovund, Vega and Ylvingen. In addition to a great sailing experience on this trip, you will also help our nature and environment. In-between action filled sailing, delicious meals, midnight sun and anchorages in hidden bays, will you learn a lot about the ocean, how it is threatened by plastic pollution, and how you can contribute to solve these problems!

On this trip we are diving below the surface of these problems with marine plastic pollution. We will bring expertise within the field in order to hear from a variety of perspectives, from scientists to NGOs and waste management companies.

The most severe predictions from World Economic Forum says that there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050. Even in the cold and clear waters of Norway there are masses of washed up plastic waste on the beaches everyday. As sailors, passionate about the ocean, we cannot sit still and watch this happen without doing anything. On this trip we will bring you along to beaches where there should not be any plastic at all, and we are going to clean and pack out what we find there. You will be part of cleaning up some of these beautiful places and we sail along with a cleaner coast behind us!

If you like the sea, Norwegian nature, are skilled or only curious about sailing, and on top of everything want to spend your vacation doing something meaningful, then this trip is just what you are looking for!

On this trip we will be 2-3 boats sailing together. Read more about our boats here.

As on all our trips are you going to learn to sail, you will get challenges and feel that you have accomplished something, and gain memories that last a lifetime. If this is your first trip with a sailboat ever, we will make you into a seaman/-woman as fast as we can. If you’re an experienced seadog, you’ll have more responsibility and be assigned tasks that challenge you.

Of our planned activities you are free to choose what you want to join yourself. If you would rather take it easy one day, stay in the boat and write a poem, do yoga or do nothing at all, you are of course welcome to do that.

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional nature guide
  • Transport within itinerary

See more of what's included and not here.


Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.




Level 1 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You can be an experienced sailor, or be ready to learn! Be prepared to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, clean the boat or contribute in other ways when required. If you are an expereinced sailor you will be given more responsibility, if you are a beginner, you will receive the training you need in order to help out. 

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. In Northern Norway you must be prepared for all seasons, often during a single day.  Prepare for the contrasts! For us, the most important thing is to enjoy the ride and the sailing. Use what you ahve, borrow if you can, and invest in something new if you must. 

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to our meeting point, Bodø, is to take a flight within Norway from one of the main cities (Oslo, Bergen, Etc...) to Bodø, using an airline such as Norwegian or SAS. You can also reach Bodø by train booking a reservation with NSB. 

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.


You will stay on the boat for the duration of this trip in shared cabins. Due to lack of space on the boat it is not possible to have a single cabin. 


We ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.


You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 


The guide will speak English.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 6 people; Maximum: 18 people.


  • Accommodation in double cabin on the boat
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip (there is no chef joining this trip, you contribute on a rotating basis with the cooking and operation )
  • Personal safety equipment, inflatable life vest
  • Solid beach cleaning clothes 
  • Trip leader and guide

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to/from meeting point in Bodø/Brønnøysund
  • Optional meals at cafes/restaurants 
  • Entrance fees at galleries/muesum and similar or other alternative arrangements and activites that you/we may ocme up with along the way
  • Optional activies where we hire external guides and equipment, such as kayaking, glacier hikes or surfing 
  • Drinks and snacks

Day by Day



Welcome on board

Accommodation Boat
Meals L, D

We meet in the boats for check in at 11.00 in Bodø. When you get here, we will eat lunch, get to know each other, and go through the program for the week: our ambitions and expectations. Already this first day we dive fully into the topic of the trip. We will have a workshop about the issue at Stormen culture center where we will have speakers from different companies, organizations and the scientific community. We are also going to visit the waste plant of Iris Salten, the local waste company, and get to see what’s being done with the garbage we clean up along the coast. This day will be a full day of input on the topic! The first night is spent onboard the boats in Bodø.




Sailing and beach clean up

Accommodation Boat
Meals B, L, D

Today we start with a go through of the boat, equipment, and safety regulations onboard. In harbor we practice some man-overboard training and then we set sail Southwards towards Rødøy. Full of motivation and enthusiasm from yesterday, we will start the beach cleaning along the way. The islands of Fugløy and Bolga, and the old fishing village Støtt, are all places we will pass and have the opportunity to stop by for a round of beach cleaning. Dinner is served onboard. When we reach Rødøy, perhaps someone wants to go for a midnight sun hike to Rødøyløva?





Accommodation Boat
Meals B, L, D

After breakfast we will again go for a cleaning cruise and see how much plastic we can find on the shores of Rødøy. When the garbage is packed and ready to be picked up, we hoist sails again. Next stop is Myken; a small community on one of the outermost island towards the great sea. Here are we invited to a sightseeing on the world's only Arctic whisky distillery, for those who want to try it. After this tour and lunch, we continue sailing towards Selvær and Træna. We will moor in the harbor of Sanna and hopefully have a bonfire on the beach in the evening (weather dependent).





Accommodation Boat
Meals B, L, D

Even all the way out at the beautiful oceanic island of Træna will we find plastic. We’ll walk around the island while we picking up what we find along the shoreline, so the troll in the mountain on the island will be happy with us. After the cleaning trip we set sail towards Lovund and the mainland. We do a little clean-up cruise around the picturesque island of Lovund before we continue sailing to Onøy for the evening. We’ll have the worst of bad luck to not catch a fish for dinner..!




Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Accommodation Boat
Meals B, L, D

At Onøy we have friends in Explore Helgeland who rent out stand-up paddle boards to us (this cost is not included in your trip fee). We can play around with the boards around the islets and bays of Onøy, and can hopefully get some plastic with us back on the boards. Today’s sail goes South to Hjartøypollen by Dønna. A beautiful bay with a panoramic view to the majestic mountain range De Syv Søster (The Seven Sisters).




Vega: World Heritage Islands

Accommodation Boat
Meals B, L, D

In the morning we set our course towards Næs at the island of Vega. The route goes through a fantastic coast dotted with islands where we use our light boats to get ashore and do some beach clean-up on our way. When we’re safely moored in Næs we will visit Vega World Heritage Center where we can learn about the traditional use of the land with farming, fishing and specially eider ducks. Early evening we sail onwards to our homebase island of Ylvingen and spend the night at Himmelblå Brygge.




Return to the mainland

Meals B, L
Transportation 3hrs

After some beach cleaning at Ylvingen in the morning we will continue sailing the last few hours to our final goal, the city of Brønnøysund. We finish our trip here, clean-up and pack ourselves out of the boats, thanking each other for a great effort on the trip! Departure from the boats will be, at the latest, 15.00 (3:00pm). We hope you have a safe journey back home and that you have the opportunity to share what you learned with us with your communities back home. We sincerely hope to see you another time!



Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

Advice on other essentials to pack in your pack from Hvitserk of Norway on Vimeo.

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Hvitserk of Norway on Vimeo.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 



Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.


A medium thickness wool or fleece top.


A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.


We strongly recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.


Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 


Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 


Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 


1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.


1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.


2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.


Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 


Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.


UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.


Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 


2 liter capacity. 


Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...


Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 



We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.


A layer to protect your neck or face. 


We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.


A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hot tub or sauna depending on your trip. 


Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 


Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 


If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...


Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 


A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.



If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 


If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.


If youre a light sleeper.


In order to take notes and write about the trip.


Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.


To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. 

Dates & booking

Fri 26. Jun 2020 Fri 3. Jul 2020
Guaranteed departure
USD 1,417