Sailing the Fjords of Norway
Last August, we returned to Norway for our second sail through the fjords, along the Lofoten Peninsula. It was certainly an adventure on this voyage north of the Arctic Circle, with exploration of towering fjords, hikes to epic peaks, sampling local fare in historic UNESCO villages, and - just maybe, for the brave amongst us - a dip or three into frigid water.
Known for it’s dramatic scenery, Lofoten’s high peaks rising straight out of the ocean, it’s sections of open sea, sheltered bays, and stunning beaches all come together to create a land of wonder. The coast is peppered with tiny towns that have clung to the coast for a thousand years, surviving on the bounty of sea and more recently the visitors who have flocked to this distinctive part of Norway.
The first people came to Lofoten over 7,000 years ago. During the Stone Age, people made a living out of fishing and hunting. We’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site at Nusfjord, where you can get a sense of what life on the coast must have been like 300 years ago, when the success of a whale hunt could mean the different between a winter of plenty or famine.
We sailed from the port city of Svolvaer, heading north and east to the beginning of Lofoten and Trollfjord, an incredibly narrow fjord only accessible by boat. We then dip south towards the island of Skrova for kayaking amidst white sand beaches, then west along the long peninsula towards Reine, stopping for hikes, hot spring soaks, and meals in historic villages.
We’ll sail from the port city of Svolvaer, heading north and east to the beginning of Lofoten and Trollfjord, an incredibly narrow fjord only accessible by boat. We then dip south towards the island of Skrova for kayaking amidst white sand beaches, then west along the long peninsula towards Reine, stopping for hikes, hot spring soaks, and meals in historic villages.
Throughout the week’s sail, there were several opportunities to climb fjord walls, from moderate hikes to challenging climbs. These excursions into the mountains above the sea provided a refreshing and different perspective from being under sail, and gave you a new sense of the scale and majesty of this spectacular part of Norway.
At the heart of this trip: exploration by sail. Most days featured two to five hours under sail, in a variety of weather conditions. Highlights included entering Trollfjord. Situated at the base of 3,500 feet mountains, and with an opening just 100 meters wide, Trollfjord is only accessible by boat, providing an exceptional moment to convene with the majesty of nature.
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