Two Week Sailing Experience
Included in the total trip cost:
• Private captain and chefs for each boat
• Travel support to help customize and guide your group's journey
• Delicious family style meals with seven breakfasts, six lunches, three dinners and snacks aboard, all prepared by your private chefs
• Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, local taxes, etc.
• And of course unabashed adventure and epic memories!
The southwestern Norwegian city of Bergen is surrounded by some of the world's most spectacular and unspoiled natural attractions. A dramatic landscape formed during the Ice Age, there are deep blue fjords, dense forests, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and, yes, glaciers. On this trip, we will cruise into Sognefjord, Norway's longest and deepest fjord. Along the way we will stop in small villages and communities, each with their own history and culture.
AIRPORT AND TRANSPORTATION
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. If you are traveling to the USA for this trip please check USA visa requirements for your nationality before booking.
The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt of your visa requirements, please contact your Embassy for full details.
Temperatures in Bergen are mild, thanks to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream, and peak in August with daytime averages of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. There is, however, a likelihood of rain, so don't forget to pack rain gear.
Sailing Collective stocks each boat with healthy, fresh and flavorful local foods and produce from the region. Passengers and crew cook family-style aboard; cooking enthusiasts and foodies are welcomed to add their skills and experience. Sailing Collective skippers and crew are all talented cooks and will prepare meals as well. Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Included: 7 Breakfasts (including coffee and tea), 7 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Snacks*, Bottled Water
Not included: Soft Drinks, Juice, Liquor, Wine, Beer, etc.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time in your Guest Form:http://thesailingcollective.com/guest-form
• Recommended spending for the week, $200 - $400 per person
• Additional food/beverages including alcohol and snacks
• All expenses on shore including meals and drinks
• Flights and transportation to and from the marina location.
• Tipping captain and crew is welcomed (15% to 20% is industry standard, and all gratuity is split evenly between the crew)
Life aboard a Sailing Collective journey is uncomplicated so we recommend packing appropriately. Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat. Island attire is very casual at all times so we recommend packing light and embracing the simple life.
• Rain Coat/ Foul weather gear
• Rain pants
• Warm clothes – it can be cold any day of the year in Maine
• boat shoes or other non-slip shoes
• hat / sunglasses / sailing gloves (optional)/ sun screen
• warm clothes just in case / fleece
• swim / beach towels (bath towels are provided)
• iPod/music player
• any special dietary foods or medications
We'll meet at Hjellestad Marina, a pontoon marina with guest berths on jetties, as well as water, fuel, electricity, propane, showers, launderette, shops and post office. It is just a short drive from the airport or Bergen, and bus service is available. If you arrive early, there is much to explore in Bergen, which is the second largest city in Norway. Take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen for a stunning view of the city, or head to Skostredet area to take in the city's impressive street art, which extends beyond colorful murals to neon-light installations and sound-scapes.
Herdla is situated north of the island of Askøy, which is adjacent to the city of Bergen. It is a popular target for tourists. The nature reserve on the island is home to some 220 species of birds. Even if you aren't big into birding, the reserve is a beautiful place for a walk. There are also good fishing possibilities in the area.
Fedje is a low-lying island, just one archipelago consisting of hundreds of smaller islands and rocs. It features a small and quiet harbor in the bay. Fedje has been inhabited for 4,000 years, with its population concentrated round lagoon like bays in the north of the island. Wave at Hellisoy cast-iron lighthouse, the second oldest in Norway, on your way in or out.
Eivindvik is a slightly larger village with a very picturesque approach and interesting history. Sheltered by high wooded hills. it has served as the commercial and government center of the municipality of Gulen. For centuries, farmers from up and down Norway's western coastline met here to discuss matters of taxes, building of roads and churches, military duties and judge in criminal cases. Anchor in the bay east of the village.
Høyanger is known for being one of Norway's earliest industrial towns, thanks to steep surrounding mountains and the fjord — the largest in the country — that run through it providing perfect conditions for hydroelectricity and aluminum works. There is also good hill walking in the surrounding area and fishing.
Vik sits at the head of an open bay located deep in the fjord. There is a little town with a magnificent stave church, which was built around the year 1130. Its history extends to even earlier times, though — ancient burial mounds built around 400 AD indicated that the area was home base for Vikings.
Fjærland is a village in Sogndal municipality, along the Fjærlandfjord. Located at the very end of the fjord leg and surrounded with impressive high rocky mountains, small waterfalls and the nearby glacier arms Bøyabreenand “Supelabreen" (a part of the Jostedalsbreen glacier) and the Norsk Bremuseum.