Join us for a holiday with meaning on our sailboat. Sail the coastline of Norway with over 12,000 islands, learning about ocean health and ecosystems and meeting local people at every port.
- One of the worlds most beautiful coastal areas
- Learn to sail!
- Midnight Sun
- Myken, Træna, Vega, and many more islands!
- Clean up the coast so that it stays beautiful!
- Vacation with education
Welcome to a meaningful and magnificent experience with a sailboat on the Helgeland Coast. Together with Seil Norge and Nordic Ocean Watch we are taking sustainably-minded people out to sail the Norwegian coastline while helping clean up our beaches. Surrounded by beautiful scenery we sail to leave a positive footprint; you get to take part in beach cleanings, get knowledge about littering in the sea and hear about current and specific solutions to this ongoing problem. Fun, educational and inspiring!
On this trip you will learn much more than sailing! A specialist in marine litter from Nordic Ocean Watch will join us and we will hear from various companies along the way working to reduce the problem of marine litter and plastic waste in the ocean. We also collaborate with Hold Norge Clean, IRIS, HAF and SHMIL Waste Management on this trip. Between action-packed sailing, cozy meals, the midnight sun and relaxing in the harbor, you'll learn a lot about the ocean, how it's threatened and how you can help solve these challenges.
According to studies from the World Economic Forum, there may be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Even up here in our cold, clear Norwegian Sea, plastic is washed up on both land and beach every day. As nature lovers and sailors who are passionate about the sea, we are unable to sit still and watch this happen, therefore we want to contribute to a cleaner sea. If you like the sea, are driven or curious about sailing and want to spend your holiday on something meaningful, then this trip is for you!
Of planned activities, you are completely free to participate in what you want along the way. If you one day prefer to take it easy in the boat and write poems or do yoga, or do nothing, then, of course, you can do that.
Physical level and risk
So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.
Read more about physical requirements and risk here.
We have to work a little to reach the destination. These are trips most people can handle, if they have a basic level of fitness. We sleep in comfortable tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to join. The physical activity is the main element of the trip, such as cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing / hiking or glacier hiking, but you do not need prior knowledge of the activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here
Activities / trips with low risk. There are usually few incidents, and they are usually of such a nature that they can be treated locally. Read more about the grading on our trips here
- All accommodations
- All meals
- Norwegian guide
- All transportation within the itinerary
See more of what's included under the "details" tab
Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.
Hvitserk has for many years been a champion of responsible tourism, and the idea of a sailing and cleaning trip has been wanted for a long time. Now we can invite you along! Together with Seil Norge and Nordic Ocean Watch, we aim to create a vacation that is full of meaning, learning and new experiences. If you follow Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics, then come contribute and learn even more here in Norway. Not only is this an education vacation, but also a chance to really get to know Norwegians, and the locals that live and depend on our ocean's health.
You do not need any prior knowledge to join this tour. This trip is rated a 1 out of 6 on our difficulty scale. The Helgeland coast is fairly shielded from the high seas so there are normally few waves. We also have many people contributing while sailing, so it is not tiring. But we do not control the weather, and you must be prepared for both windy and severe weather. Regardless; If you are a beginner, we want to make you a seaman/woman as quickly as possible, and if you are experienced you quickly get responsibility and major challenges. All participants contribute with the sailing, in the cooking and operation of the boat. You would be surprised how fulfilling it can feel to contribute to the group as well as the world!
Please read more about our level of difficulty here.
Hvitserk and Seil Norge provide all the general equipment. A list of personal equipment can be found in the equipment list below.
Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams.
Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.
If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your medication.
Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process.
We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour, we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.
This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.
We stay on board modern sailboats, with shared double cabins.
You must have adequate health and accident insurance that will also cover any repatriation. Remember to bring proof of travel insurance on your trip.
Some general things to be aware o:
- Some insurance companies use the number of meters above sea level as a criterion for what the insurance covers and whether they call it an expedition or not. Pay special attention to this - and check it carefully.
- Some insurance companies require an extension if the individual journey goes beyond a certain duration.
- Make sure the insurance covers the selected geographical area.
- Some insurance companies have an upper limit on their cancellation and sickness insurance.
We recommend that you check that your insurance covers the following:
- Cancellation insurance - must be taken out at the time of booking the trip. Check that the total amount of the cancellation insurance covers the total amount of your trip. If it does not, you should purchase additional cancellation insurance that covers the remaining amount.
- Lost the purpose of the journey. (For example, you can travel to Africa if you break your arm before departure. But it may not be possible to climb Kilimanjaro and sleep in a tent. Therefore, you should have insurance that covers the loss of the purpose of the trip.)
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.
- Experienced and local skipper/instructor on board
- Tour leader with knowledge and professional expertise
- Overnight on board the boat in double cabins
- All meals during the trip (from lunch on the first day, to lunch on the last day. There is no chef on this tour, so as a crew member you help out with the preparation of meals while on the boat)
- A sustainable, environmentally friendly, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian holiday
- Lend of top quality inflatable life jackets (Helly Hansen) and solid clothes for cleaning
- Use of SeilNorge's general equipment: light boats, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.
- All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, port fees etc.
Price does not include
- Transportation to/from Bodø and Brønnøysund
- Meals not mentioned in the day to day program
- Entrance fees to galleries, museums, etc.
- Rental of equipment from external companies (For example SUP boards)
This is an international trip we have in collaboration with our partner SeilNorge. Most of the participants are Norwegians, but there may be some foreigners as well. SailNorge is responsible for the practical implementation of the tour. Things will be very similar to when you are on other trips with Hvitserk, and during the trip, you will get to know both Hvitserk and SeilNorge.
If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.
You can go to both Bodø and Brønnøysund by plane. However, if you have time, we encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also provides a different start to a holiday than traveling fast. Biking, taking the train or riding several people in the same car are good options! Nordlandbanen goes to Bodø. For the journey home from Brønnøysund you can take a bus to Grong and train from there. See www.177nordland.no. Another "slow" and great way to get to and from Bodø/Brønnøysund is with Hurtigruten. Take the trip from Bergen, Trondheim, Bodø or Tromsø, see the timetable for Hurtigruten at www.hurtigruten.no. Feel free to contact us for tips or questions.
Day by Day
Bodø, workshop and garbage visit
We recommend that you come to Bodø by train, and why not read up on how the Nordlandsbanen was built while onboard? Meeting at 11:00 AM in Bodø where we have lunch and get to know each other. The Culture House in Bodø is new, beautiful and cool - here we will meet on the first day and have a workshop on the challenges related to plastic in the sea. At the same time, we go through the week's program and have a mandatory talk about what ambitions and expectations each one has. At Stormen Culture House we are visited by various companies, associations, and professionals who want to share their experience, knowledge, and commitment around the topic of plastic in the sea! We will also visit Iris Salten's waste facility outside Bodø. There we get a tour, see what happens to the garbage we are going out to hunt for, and we hear a bit about how those in Iris assist in the work of keeping our coast clean. So this day you will get lots of input on why we are sailing and cleaning the beaches! We spend the first night aboard the boats in Bodø.
How to sail and clean the beaches?
Today we will start with a review of the boat and the equipment, and safety routines on board. In the harbor, we practice various scenarios that can happen on a sailing trip, and then we drop and set sail south with the course for wonderfully beautiful Rødøy. Full of motivation and courage after yesterday we will stop along the way and start the beach cleaning. We pass, among others, the islands of Fugløy and Bolga, and the fishing village of Støtt, and in all these places we will be able to stop by and clean plastic in the shoreline. We will eat dinner on the way. Well ahead on Rødøy, maybe someone will take a midnight sun hike to Rødøyløva?
We clean our way to Myken Whiskey Distillery
After breakfast, we set out again for even more cleanup to see how much plastic we can pick up along the beaches on Rødøy. When the garbage is packed and ready for pickup, we raise the sails again. Now we are heading for Myken; a small island community at the very end of the ocean gap. Here we are invited on a tour at the world's only Arctic whiskey distillery, for those who want to join in on that. After a guided tour and lunch we sail on to Selvær and Træna. At Træna we moor in the harbor at Sanna. In the evening, hopefully, we will light a bonfire on the beach.
Cleanup around Træna and sailing towards Onøy
Many of you have probably heard about Træna? The annual music festival here has gradually gained attention both nationally and internationally. Even here, in the realm of the sea people, at the very end of the sea gap, we will find plastic. We take a walk around the island while picking up what we find on the beaches around the majestic Træna Mountain. After the cleaning, we set sail yet again towards characteristic Lovund and the mainland. After a clearing on Lovund we continue our voyage to Onøy in the evening. We are committed to catching dinner ourselves!
Stand-up padling on Onøy
At Onøy, those who want to rent a stand-up paddleboard and test it out can do that. We play with the boards in the archipelago around Onøy and hopefully get some plastic trash back on the boards. Of course, it is allowed to stay on Onøy for those who want that. The afternoon's voyage continues further south towards Hjartøypollen by Dønna, a bay with fantastic views of the famous mountain range The Seven Sisters.
Vega - World Heritage
In the morning we set our sails towards Næs on Vega. The route goes through a fantastic archipelago where we do a quick beach clean up with our dinghy. Once at Næs, we visit the Vega World Heritage Center where we will enjoy a lecture about the traditions of the Vega Islands, with the eider bird and the sustainable agriculture and coastal fishing - a culture that has made the area a UNESCO's World Heritage site. Early in the evening, we sail on to the island of Ylvingen, where we will spend the evening on Himmelblå Brygge.
Sailing to Brønnøysund. End of trip
After a beach clean up session at Ylvingen in the morning, we continue the last couple of hours in beautiful surroundings to Brønnøysund and end the trip there. On arrival in Brønnøysund we clean and wash ourselves out of the boats, and say thank you for the trip! Departure from the boats no later than 3.00 PM.
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:
- Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
- Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
- 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.
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.