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Sailing and Beach-cleanup in Helgeland

Welcome to a meaningful and magnificent experience with a sailboat on the coast of Helgeland. This summer we are releasing a whole new concept: Sailing and Beach Cleaning, and you’re invited! We have always included beach clean ups in our programs, but for the first time we are inviting you to an entire trip focused on beach cleaning. Here, you will gain knowledge about plastic pollution in our oceans in addition to an adventurous sailing experience.

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.

DIFFICULTY           

Level 1 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. A minimum age of 10 years old for this trip.

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above.  Check out our equipment video here. This is a video made for our hiking tours in the summer, and the weather so far north can shift drastically. Make sure you are prepared for any weather our Arctic can throw at you!

ACCOMMODATION

You will stay on board.

BAGGAGE

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our means of transportation, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip.

FOOD

You will be served traditional Norwegian breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegetarian food available upon request. 

INSURANCE 

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

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks 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: 21 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide
  • Activities listed
  • Local transportation on the tour
  • Experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Guide with deeper knowledge on the topic
  • Accommodation on board during the whole trip
  • All meals that we eat on board along the way (from lunch first day to lunch last day)
  • A sustainable, local, eco-friendly, unique, exotic and exclusive Norway holiday
  • High quality inflatable life jacket (HellyHansen) available for loan
  • High quality inflatable life jacket (Helly Hansen) available for loan
  • Free use of equipment such as ribs, kayaks, fishing gear, etc…

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • International transportation
  • Transportation in and out of Norway
  • Transportation to/from Bodø/Brønnøysund
  • Meals at cafe/restaurants (normally once or twice per trip)
  • Our comfy-package: this package costs NOK 1500 and provides guaranteed accommodation in double cabin with hot water/shower in the boat. In the cabin you will find duvets, pillows and bed sheets.
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and such
  • Loan of equipment and activities provided by external parties, like SUP-boards
  • Drinks like wine, beer or exclusive apple juice and other luxury.

DAY 1: WELCOME on board

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.

Accommodation Boat Meals L, D Transport

DAY 2: sailing and beach clean up

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 BLD

DAY 3: myken

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 BLD

DAY 4: træna

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..!

Accommodation Boat Meals BLD

DAY 5: SUP

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).

Accommodation Boat Meals BLD

 

DAY 6: vega: world heritage islands

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.

Accommodation Boat Meals BLD

DAY 7: Last leg and departure

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!

Accommodation Boat Meals BL

 

The program should be understood as a base which will be customized after weather and conditions. We also do reserve us the right to continuously improve this trip-program to the better. With us we always bring light boats for getting on small expeditions ashore, we have fishing equipment for the cod, and outdoor gear for bonfires and hikes - we are ready for an adventure together with you!

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 youre 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 weather where youre traveling here.

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

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

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.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

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

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. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

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

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

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

HIKING SHOES

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

BACKPACK

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

SUNGLASSES

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

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

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

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

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

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

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

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We 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.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

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

SWIMWEAR

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

TREKKING POLES

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

HEADLAMP

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

FIRST AID KIT

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

CAMERA

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

CASUAL CLOTHES

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.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

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.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

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

SLEEPING MASK

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

Bed linens and towels are included all nights.