REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND LEVEL OF DIFICULTY
No previous sailing experience is required. If you're a beginner, we want to turn you into a sailor as quickly as possible. If you are experienced you'll get challenges and responsibilities that match your level. We want you to take part in the routines on board the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales, washing up, cooking, cleaning the boat, or contribute in other ways when required. Although sailing is not difficult, crews must be prepared for occasional sailing in strong winds and in more severe conditions. On longer passages crews are also expected to cooperate actively in the management of the sailboat, communicativeness and a certain amount of mental and physical resistance are required.
The difficulty of this voyage is rated 1-2 on our five-point difficulty scale as listed HERE. Some of the optional accompanying activities in the form of a waterfall or glacier excursions involve a long uphill walk. However, normal physical fitness is sufficient.
NUMBER OF BERTHS
Sail trip is open for individuals and groups up to the maximum capacity of the sailboat, which is a crew of 7 people (plus a skipper). For maximum comfort, however, we usually sail in the number of 6 people (plus skipper). In the case of a larger group, we can offer one extra bed in the salon (the boat's living space). The minimum capacity is 3 crew members. In case of lower interest, we will try to arrange another date.
PLACE OF EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION
The Norwegian city of Bergen or Norheimsund (aprox. 1 hour by bus from Bergen) The exact location of (dis)embarkation in the cities will be specified by mutual agreement before sailing, taking into account the requirements of the crew and the current weather conditions.
HOW TO GET (FROM) THERE
The city of Bergen has an airport. You can also fly cheaply to/from Oslo. From Bergen to Oslo you can get environmentally friendly by rail or bus. From Bergen to Norheimsund is a direct bus connection
Transport to/from the place of departure/arrival takes place individually or in a group, according to crew decision. If not stated otherwise, travel expenses (except by our sailboat) are not included in the price.
We will be happy to provide you with more information on this topic. In case of interest, we are also able to arrange tickets for a fee.
FOOD AND COOKING
On our sailing trips, everyone contributes to the operation of the boat. And cooking is not an exception. Every crew member takes his turn in the galley, and we are happy to learn beginners to some cooking skills and basic recipes.
In advance of the sailing trip, the menu, concerning allergies and diets of participants, is set up by the crew. The daily menu usually consists of 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with small snacks. The hot meal takes place at least once, but more often twice a day.
The crew makes provisions shopping on the day of embarkation. If the whole crew agrees, we can make the provisions shopping for a trip for a fee before your embarkation. For more information on catering see FAQ.
During the trip, we also often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat.
For more information, visit the FAQ section.
During the sailing trip, the crew is accommodated on the boat. The accommodation is in 3 cabins which have a double bed. (We try to put girls in a cabin with girls and vice versa, but when circumstances do not allow so, you might as well prepare yourself to share the cabin with one of the opposite sex. If this is an important topic for you, please let us know in advance.) Any accommodation before and after the trip must be arranged on its own.
There is also a spacious common area on the boat - salon, toilet with shower, and galley (kitchen) equipped with fridge, gas cooker with oven, and most kitchen utensils. The ship is equipped with an electric heater in case of cold days. For a better idea, visit the page with a description and pictures of the ship HERE.
No special equipment, except focus on water- and windproofnes of clothes and shoes, is needed. As a rule, you can do with standard equipment for a summer holiday in the mountains. The list of mandatory and compulsory equipment will be sent after sail trip enrolment. Waterproof clothing for sailing can be rented. If you are interested in climbing the via ferratas, you must have a via ferrata set with you. If you don't have your own outdoor gear or said ferrata set, as a Serenity Explorers crew you can get a discount on renting or buying gear from https://namcheshop.cz/ and others. Feel free to contact us for advice.
If EU citizen, you only need your ID card for traveling to Norway. If not EU citizen or not sure, in your interest check with the embassy if you need a visa or other entry permit.
ENVIRONMENT and SUSTAINABILITY
Both sailing and backcountry trips are environmentally friendly activities and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as possible. We encourage crew and participants to travel as environmentally friendly as possible, and we use local ingredients and resources as far as possible. We also motivate crew members to collect litter and clean ocean trash from beaches.
We believe that sailing is an exercise in sustainability; we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity, and food. In order to run sustainably - knowledge, patience, agility, and hard work are required. The same can be said about many other things that one tries to do in a sustainable way.
For more information, please visit the FAQ section or do not hesitate to contact us using our contact form.