Sailing the Helgeland Coast of Norway

Sailing the Helgeland Coast of Norway

6 Days



Sailing the Helgeland Coast of Norway

6 Days Starting and ending in Bodø, Norway

Visiting: Bodø, Saltstraumen bridge, Langsanden, Vikingen island, Hestmannen, Træna Municipality, Sørsanna, Fugløyfjorden, Lønngangen hula (CAVE)

Tour operator:

World Sea Explorers AS

Ship Name:
S/Y Stella Oceana
Ship Capacity:


Physical rating:

Low, Easy

Age range:


Tour operated in:
Trip Styles:

Sailing, Small Group


Island Hopping

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating 6-day journey through Norway's hidden gem, the Helgeland Coast. Stretching 200 kilometers from Trøndelag to Salten, this coast boasts over 12,000 islands and stunning natural treasures. Sail across the Arctic Circle in the Norwegian Sea, gazing at the legendary Seven Sisters mountains and Træna while exploring the ancient Viking town of Sandnessjøen. Dive into local coastal culture, experiencing life on remote, traditional islands and charming fishing villages. Marvel at the region's diversity: steep cliffs, deep fjords like the famous Sørfjorden, and untouched, pristine beaches such as Langsanden Beach. Witness vivid sunsets painting the sky and reflect on the mirror-like waters. Traverse unique mountain landscapes rooted in folklore and Viking legends. Discover the region's maritime heritage, try catching local seafood, and visit cultural sites while embracing the tranquil atmosphere of traditional islands. Encounter diverse marine life, from puffins to whales, thriving in the area's varied ecosystems. Don't miss the iconic Arctic Circle crossing ceremony on Vikingen island and the exhilarating Saltstraumen Maelstrom experience by RIB, showcasing nature's sheer power. Sailing the Helgeland Coast is an unforgettable odyssey, disconnecting you from city life and enveloping you in the raw beauty, culture, and adventure of Norway's stunning coastline.


  • 6 day sailing cruise on a luxury sailing yacht

  • Fishing, Kayak, SUP, and guided shore excursions

  • Saltstraumen Maelstrom RIB safari

  • Hot tub onboard

  • Local Northern Norwegian Cuisine

Places You'll See

Arctic Circle Crossing

Saltstraumen Maelstrom By Rib

Træna Islands

Arctic Circle Crossing

Saltstraumen Maelstrom By Rib

Træna Islands


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Day 1 : Maelstrom Rib Tour & Beach Sunset
Location: Bodø, Saltstraumen bridge, Langsanden
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Dessert

Check-in to the yacht in Bodø at 15:00 (3pm). Settle into your cabins, enjoy a light snack then walk over to the starting point for your 2 hour Saltstraumen Maelstrom RIB tour. Return to the yacht and depart from Bodø harbor in the evening. Dinner will be served after departure. The yacht will drop anchor for the night near Langsanden beach, where you can enjoy a long walk on a secluded white sand beach.

Day 2 : Arctic Circle Crossing & Fishing
Location: Vikingen island
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Dessert

A scenic sail to Vikingen island crossing over the arctic circle. Relax on the top deck, watch for birds, whales enjoy landscape photography. Try fishing along the way for your fresh caught dinner. The yacht will drop anchor in Sørfjorden where you can enjoy the evening in the hot tub.

Day 3 : Open Sea Sailing & Kayak/Sup
Location: Hestmannen, Træna Municipality
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Dessert

Sail West toward the open sea, past Hestmannen to Træna. Enjoy the incredible scenery outside or relax in the warm interior saloon with blankets, a book, playing cards, sea shanties or taking naps. ​Explore the small islands of Træna by kayak or SUP during sunset.

Day 4 : Hike & Explore Træna
Location: Sørsanna
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Dessert

Spend the day exploring the magical island of Sørsanna with a unique collection of ancient monuments, houses and caves dating back to the early stone age almost 9000 years ago. Go for a moderate summit hike to Gumpen (2km), walk through tunnels, explore the village and visit the ancient Kirkhelleren cave.

Day 5 : Fjord Cruise & Cave Bonfire
Location: Fugløyfjorden, Lønngangen hula (CAVE)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Dessert

Starting your return sail back north toward Bodø, sail from Træna to Fugløyfjorden where the yacht will drop anchor for the night. Go for a sunset walk and enjoy a bonfire by the the Lønngangen hula cave.

Day 6 : Return Sail
Location: Bodø
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks

On your final day, enjoy the scenery of sailing through fjords, islands and skerries as you return to Bodø, and disembark at 15:00 (3pm)

Ship Details

S/Y Stella Oceana

Image Of Ship

Stella Oceana is the perfect small ship for arctic expedition cruises for up to 8 guests and 4 crew. It is a custom ice class sailing yacht made in steel with 2 wooden sailing rigs, 2 exterior decks, a large spacious interior saloon, 3 guest cabins, a hot tub and separate crew area. It is a slim & heavy ship that is sturdy, steady, and sails smoothly with great fuel efficiency.

Ship Name:

S/Y Stella Oceana

Adults Only Areas:


Ship Children Facilities:


Ship Nursery:


Smoking Areas:

Upper deck

Ship Size:

30 meters / 100 feet

Ship Class:

Passenger Vessel, Ice class 1c

Ship Style:


Ship Type:

Sailing yacht

Ship Kind:

Expedition ship

Ship Currency:

Norwegian Kroner (NOK)

Ship Language:

Norwegian and English

Ship Capacity:


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Number of Decks:


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Number of Large Cabins:


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Ship Length (Meters):

30 M

Ship Width (Meters):

5 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

7 Kn

A (Grade LDSB)

Cabin for 2 with 2 single bunk beds.

C (Grade LDP)

Cabin for 2 with 2 single bunk beds.

B (Grade LDF)

Cabin for 4 with 4 single bunk beds and ceiling height curtains for privacy between the two sides of the room.

Amenities & inclusions

1 shared guest shower room, 1 shared guest wc, washer/dryer available if needed, bluetooth surround sound system in interior saloon, BBQ grill available in the summer, TV, Wi-Fi, Included: towels, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, clean and fresh arctic drinking tap water, coffee, tea, snacks, dessert

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    6 day cruise on a liveaboard luxury sailing yacht with 5 nights onboard sleeping accommodations

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    Wi-Fi available onboard

  • Fully Guided

    Local excursion guide

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks all day, coffee, tea, water, breakfast juices.

  • Saltstraumen Maelstrom RIB tour

    2 hour RIB tour from Bodø

  • Sailing Activities

    Fishing, Kayak, SUP, Hiking, Beach Walks, Bonfires, Explore villages

  • Hot tub


  • Toiletries

    Towels, bedding, shampoo, conditioner & hair dryer, etc.

  • Electronics & Entertainment

    Bluetooth sound system, TV, charging station, books & games

  • Experienced local crew

    Former Norwegian Coast Guard Sea Captain

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Transportation between the boat and airport must be self arranged.

  • Country Entry Visas

    Please check your embassy regarding travel to Norway

  • Tipping and Gratuities

    Tipping is culturally expected for this type excursion.

  • Alcohol


S/Y Stella Oceana is a custom-built luxury sailing yacht. The yacht is a breathtaking sight under sail and features intricate design and rich, highly crafted steel and wood work that reveals magnificent craftsmanship. Stella Oceana is a certified passenger ship and has an ice classification of 1c. The unique design of the ship allows you to explore the more remote islands and fjords in the arctic that are not easily accessible to ships of a similar size or larger. The ship offers a safe and comfortable holiday experience with large communal living spaces for small groups.

Cabin Arrangements: 2 twin bunk cabins & 1 four berth bunk cabin for a total of 8 guests. All cabins are equipped with spacious closets, adjustable heating, a window, warm duvets, linens and towels.

Exterior: Main deck with hot tub and spacious walking & lounging areas; Top deck with outdoor kitchen & seating area.

Interior: Large saloon with high ceilings and windows; 2 lounging areas; 3 dining tables; coffee bar.

Amenities: 2 shared toilets & showers, hot tub, charging station, Wi-Fi, TV, Bluetooth sound system, tender boat, thermal suits, shampoo/conditioner/bodywash, hair dryer, coffee table books & games.

Mode of Transport

Sailing yacht


Check out our Q&As

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes. Wi-Fi is available onboard.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes. Although it is a small group of 6-8 guests, each individual, couple or group will most likely be from different countries.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No. Please arrange your own flights to the nearest airport of the ship's start/end location.

  • What is the maximum group size?


  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes. We can make recommendations.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    No. Arctic expeditions tend to be cold so there are heaters throughout the interior of the ship.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?


  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. All guides speak English as well as other languages.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    You can either reschedule to a future date or you will be fully refunded.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    The accommodations are aboard S/Y Stella Oceana.

  • Company Instant Book

    Yes. Just a 30% deposit equals an instant booking.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Our expeditions are domestic within Norway and do not include international destinations on the itineraries.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Tourist class / 3-4 star

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Typically no, but please check with your country of citizenship's embassy in Norway.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Easy - must be able to go for walks and easy hikes.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Tourist class/standard

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. The minimum age to participate is 18. For private charters, children are permitted.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Transportation between the airport and the start/end location of the boat must be self arranged. Taxi and buses take card or cash.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Norwegian kroner (NOK), but cards are accepted everywhere.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes. When the ship is docked at harbours at night.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tip the crew with cash or card onboard. 10% is customary.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes. Prices vary per cabin type.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes. Please limit your luggage to duffel type bags, backpacks, or carry-on size suit cases.

  • What is it like sailing in Lofoten Norway?

    In the far North above the arctic circle, the weather changes very quickly so be prepared for all kinds of weather from no wind to storms, with a chance of snow, ice, rain, sun and clouds with temperatures ranging from freezing, mild, and warm depending on the season. Everywhere you go, there are many wildlife sightings. The water is emerald blue, and the mountains offer picturesque scenery.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    A copy of our booking terms and conditions and release of liability waiver.

  • Do you have a flexible policy with regard to Covid-19?

    Book with Confidence: World Sea Explorers’ has their guests covered from booking to boarding to give 100% risk-free cancellation and flexibility options.

  • What is the local food like?

    We source our food from local farmers, bakeries, and establishments. This means some food is only available seasonally and is of high quality. Common Norwegian foods include seafood, lamb, reindeer, potatoes, root vegetables, bread and pastries.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?


  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Reschedule 15 days or more prior to your tour date free of charge.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?


  • What is it like sailing on Stella Oceana?

    Sailing on Stella Oceana gives you peace and comfort to relax and feel safe because the boat is so strong and heavy. It was made to go in the ice and is extremely steady in rough weather. With only 8 guests, there is ample space for everyone (including high ceilings in the saloon), and compared to smaller sailboats, you can walk around inside and on the decks normally without feeling crammed.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    A small group of up to 8 guests comprised mostly of singles, couples and friends from Europe, North America and Scandinavia.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Corona Refund: Easily rebook, or we will refund you if we have to cancel your charter for COVID-19 related reasons. 15-Day Easy Rebook: Easily rebook for any reason up to 15 days prior to your charter. COVID-19 Protection: Easily rebook if you have to cancel your trip within 1 to 14 days of the charter due to COVID-19.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Ben   UK

An unparalleled sailing trip!


Sailing Norway's Helgeland Coast is a mesmerizing journey through untamed beauty, diverse landscapes, and rich heritage. A must-do for adventure seekers!

Sara   USA

Truly the hidden gem of Norway


Our 6-day journey along the Helgeland Coast was a mesmerizing adventure. The scenery, diverse marine life encounters, and cultural immersion were beyond compare. A true gem!

Daniel   UK

Exceeded my expectations


We embarked on the 6-day Helgeland Coast sailing tour and it exceeded all expectations. From the majestic Seven Sisters to the vibrant Arctic Circle crossing, each day brought new wonders. The personalized cultural experiences in charming fishing villages and remote islands created lasting memories. Our gracious hosts and crew ensured a comfortable and adventurous journey. The diverse marine life encounters and thrilling Saltstraumen Maelstrom experience were truly highlights. A perfect blend of nature, culture, and adventure—this tour is an absolute gem. Highly recommended for an unforgettable escape! From the moment we set sail, the team’s dedication to wildlife preservation was evident. Their commitment to ethical practices and respect for the environment shone through every moment of our journey. The knowledgeable crew ensured we observed wildlife from a safe distance, allowing these majestic creatures to roam freely. The tour wasn't just about sightings; it was an educational immersion. The experienced guides shared insights on marine life, ensuring we understood and appreciated the delicate balance of this unique ecosystem. Each day brought a new adventure—whale watching under the dancing Northern Lights, sled rides through pristine landscapes, and moments of serenity that only the Arctic can offer. The yacht's comfort and warmth made the experience even more magical. World Sea Explorers' dedication to wildlife conservation and their efforts to maintain sustainable practices deeply resonated with me. They've set a benchmark for responsible tourism in wildlife excursions. This journey was not just a trip; it was a lifelong memory and a celebration of our planet's natural wonders. I highly recommend World Sea Explorers to fellow wildlife enthusiasts seeking not just an adventure but a respectful and unforgettable encounter with nature. Merci beaucoup for this exceptional experience!

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  • Free Date Changes

    World Sea Explorers AS allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 90 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    World Sea Explorers AS requires a minimum deposit of 30% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 45 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of world sea explorers as charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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