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Yacht Experiences

NORTHERN NORWAY & THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS

Scattered across the rough waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian Fjords and Lofoten Islands are some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on Earth with the deserved reputation of being the ultimate adventure playground. So remote and far-flung, that exploring here by yacht is one of the best ways to access all this region has to offer.

When to go:
May – September

Board your yacht in Leknes and get underway for Hamnoy and Reine, taking in the dramatic coastal scenery as you cruise. Voted one of the most beautiful places on earth, Reine is a breath-taking fishing village flanked by red and white fisherman’s huts. Spend the afternoon kayaking, sailing or paddleboarding in the Reinefjorden – the stretch of fjord between Hamnoy and Reine. Later, tender to Bunes, one of Norway’s best and most inaccessible beaches, for an alfresco dinner prepared by your yacht’s chef. After dinner, hike up Reinebringen where you will be rewarded with stunning views.

Anchor off the idyllic island of Vaeroy, a birdwatcher’s paradise that boasts pristine beaches, imposing mountain cliffs, and a quaint town. Head ashore with your guide and enjoy a mountain bike ride to the southernmost point of Vaeroy. Here, you will set off on foot to the breath-taking Nordlandsnupen peak.

Head out on your yacht’s tender to Flakstad or Unstad with your Pelorus surf guide where you will get to experience some of the Arctic Circles best waves. Alternatively, you can kite surf, paddleboard, or jet ski in and around Stamsund, right from the swim platform of your anchored yacht.

Long Lost Wrecks & Glacier Exploration

Cruise to Henningsvaer where you will have the opportunity to dive various stunning sites, including that of the 1958 wreck of M/S Hadsel, now lying 45-metres down on the seabed. You will also have the opportunity to helicopter ashore to experience glacier kayaking on Svartisen glacier. Have lunch on the ice, with stunning views in every direction before heading out ice climbing or hiking in the afternoon.

In Svolvaer, head out in tenders with a specialised naturalist to lie in wait for sea eagles. Watch them as they dive into the water for their prey and learn about this protected bird. Later you will climb Mount Svolvaergeita where you will feel like you are flying as you leap between high-altitude rock formations under the watchful eye of your guides and instructors.

Visit Manhausen, a private island owned by renowned polar explorer, Borge Ousland. Head out trekking with him and learn about his exploits in the Arctic. Later take a tender to explore the caves of Manshausen before trying your hand at spearfishing with the locals.

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Rafting Norway Photo Credit Erlend Hjelme Scaled Lofoten Norway Coastal Village Pelorus

Close encounters

As your yacht drops anchor in Bardu, jump back into a helicopter to head into the wilds to a luxury mountain lodge. Here you’ll encounter habituated wolves, coming face-to-face with them for a truly unforgettable experience.

Your final day brings you to Naustholmen, a private island owned by explorer Randi Skaud – the first women to complete a solo trip around the South Pole. Trek with Randi through the island before spending the afternoon kayaking, fishing, or climbing in scenic surroundings.