Sailing in Norway and Spitsbergen

Small-scale trips on sailing ship the Meander to Norway and Spitsbergen. Freedom and Adventure on the go! The Meander! Known for years as a charter ship all over the world.

Previously the ship sailed through the waters of Antarctica, the Atlantic, the Baltic and the North Sea and now the course is turned to the extreme north. Previously, the ship sailed through the waters of the Baltic Sea, now the stern is turned to the extreme north. The Meander will be sailing in Northern Norway and Spitsbergen. Destinations to which the following applies: the smaller, the more flexible, the more fun it will be. Sailing and discovering where possible! On an expedition in the far North with a maximum of 12 passengers and 5 crew members. It doesn’t get more adventurous and smaller than that!

We can guarantee extraordinary sailing trips through extraordinary areas. Experiencing impressive expeditions through beautiful nature reserves and spotting special animals such as polar bears, arctic foxes, whales, walruses and countless bird species. And don’t forget: the most beautiful fjords in the Northern Hemisphere. Usually far away from civilization.

Nautical adventure in the high north

A special holiday, sailing in a nature that you will only find in a few places in the world. Undamaged and absence of many people. Living in and with this nature in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, the Norwegian coast and Spitsbergen

Norway, the land of rugged coasts, islands, fjords, fishing ports and deserted places. A country that you can experience particularly well by ship.

Spitsbergen, the northern most inhabited place in the world. An archipelago of Norway halfway the North Pole. Traveling in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers such as Willem Barentsz, Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. You will not only find expedition and whaling history here, but also an unprecedented wealth of Arctic plants and animals (including walrus and polar bear). Together with impressive landscapes, the special light, the silence and immense space, they form the ingredients for a unique experience.

One of the few ships that sail there is the Meander, which manages to find the most beautiful places between the southern cape from Norway and Spitsbergen far in the Northern Arctic a combination of active sailing, idyllic mooring in quiet fjords, beautiful walks and discovering remote places. Good food in a good company surrounded by beautiful nature.

Living the way life is meant to be. Once we are sailing you will find out that you have forgotten the rest of the world.

  • Reliable, certified and good seaworthy ship
  • Experienced, fully certified crew
  • Active sailing
  • Explore beautiful nature areas
  • Get in touch with other people
  • Hiking
  • Ski & Sail
  • Expeditions
  • Extensive breakfast, tasty lunches and 3-course dinner in the evening
  • Personal contact
  • Individual booking

De Meander offers the following trips:

Spitsbergentrips

Spitsbergen is the northernmost inhabited place in the world. An archipelago of Norway halfway between the North Cape and the North Pole. Travel in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers such as Willem Barentsz, Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. You will not only find expedition and whaling history here, but also an unprecedented wealth of Arctic plants and animals (including walrus and polar bear). Together with impressive landscapes, the special light, the silence and immense space, they form the ingredients for a unique experience.

One of the few ships that sail there is the Meander, which manages to find the most beautiful places between the south of Norway  and far into the Arctic.

A combination of active sailing, idyllic mooring on quiet islands and fjords, beautiful walks and discovering remote places. Good food in good company surrounded by beautiful nature. Live as life is meant to be.

Coastaltrips

The sailing trip with the Meander along the coastline of Norway is a unique experience. Enjoying the fjords, the mountains, the countless islands and the various coastal towns where we moor every day.

The traditional route goes from Bergen to the north followed by the Vikings, by cargo ships and traders. Since the 19th century, the so-called “postal ships” on this route have been carrying passengers, mail and cargo and calling it “the most beautiful sea voyage in the world”

This sailing trip follows the Norwegian coast from Bergen along old trading places, the monastery ruins on Selja, the western cape and of course Alesund and Kristiansund. Often under shelter of the islands and sometimes out on the open sea.

From Tromso you can reach wonderful areas for walking. The height differences are often around 400 meters and from above you have a beautiful view over the hilly landscape and the Fjords. On all sailing trips in Norway we make time to walk, but during this trip we will also regularly do longer walks or mountain walks. These can range from 1-2 hours to 5-6 hour day hikes. And of course you do what you want. You can make individual walks that are as heavy or light as you want. It is also possible to take a (mountain) walk with a number of people. Every day we consult on the basis of where we are, the possibilities and the weather conditions. We provide the necessary maps not only on the water but also on land and we will respond as much as possible to all wishes.

As an extension of the coastal voyages, the sailing trip on the Meander continues north from Kristiansund to Bodo. The further north, the rougher and less densely populated. Mountains with snow and glaciers, deep Fjords and remote islands characterize this trip. Crossing the Arctic Circle, the boundary of the Arctic. In the spring the days get longer and longer. Chance to see the Northern Lights in the fall.

The Lofoten and Vesteralen. These island groups in Arctic Norway are one of the most beautiful areas in the world.
Cultivated for hundreds of years, it was the refue of the Vikings as of the 5 th century. An area with special history. A landscape with special colors. Over the centuries a source of inspiration for writers and artists.

If it is dark enough from the second half of August there is a chance to see the NorthernLights. The Northern Light is located on a circle around the poles and the Lofoten and the northern coastal area are good areas to see it.

Seatrips

The Meander also makes some real sea voyages. These are crossings to and from Norway. For example, from the Dutch city of Harlingen to Bergen in Norway, a stretch of 350 miles across the sea is in a straight line and due north-south. A few days completely isolated from the world. Sailing at night, making miles, keeping watch and navigating are the elements that make exploring the coast after a few days at sea so special. Along the way you can learn everything about sailing and navigating at sea.

The Sea Voyages last a number of days and nights. Steering, navigating, looking out and adjusting sails are part of the tasks during your watch and are controlled and supervised by the crew members on board the Meander.

As an extension of the coastaltrips, we also sail along the Dutch or Norwegian coast so that we can enjoy the ports and cities, the landscape, the sights, the fjords and the culture.

The sea voyages are for people with real sea legs or who want to get one. People who want to embark on the adventure of the sea or who want to gain that experience to later make a sea voyage with their own ship. Also very nice to do with a bunch of seafaring friends.

Ski & Sail 

See the page ‘dates’ for more information

Whale watching 

Norway is one of the best places for whale watching. Different kind of whales and dolphins live along the coast. In the north of Norway you have the best chance to see them. In general, the Vesterålen are a perfect spot for whale watching. On our sailing trips from the Lofoten to Tromso or vice versa we pass the favourite spot of these whales.

General information

In connection with possible cancellations, the general terms and conditions of BBZ / TCN / MCVN apply. As the trips take place on a sailing ship, the travel program also depends to weather conditions. We like it if you actively help with sailing, steering and navigation. You do not need any experience for this and if you want to know more, we will gladly teach you.

Transfers  

The trips mentioned are offered excluding transfer.
All our entry and exit points have been chosen so that they are easy to reach. Public transportation in Norway is good. You generally travel independently to and from the arrival and departure ports.
Of course we can always advise on the possibilities.
Please contact us:
Telephone: 0031-653209055 (ship) / 0031-612779903 (office)
Email: info@sailing-expeditions.com
 

Travel and prizes

Norway is a country that you can experience particularly well by ship. Because the prices in Norway are very high, other holidays in Norway are often more expensive.

The prices quoted for our trips are per person based on full board, excluding transfer, alcohol and soft drinks and other personal expenses.

Our experience is that usually not much more personal expenses are needed. We travel in small groups so that we can respond well to the personal wishes of our guests.

For example, if you follow a diet or have special wishes, please let us know when booking. We can then take this into account as much as possible.

Cancellation by Sailing-Expeditions

All trips have a minimum or maximum number of participants. If your trip cannot take place, because there are for example too few participants, we reserve the right to cancel a trip. You will be notified by telephone or by writing 4 weeks before the date of departure of the trip. When we have to decide to cancel a trip, the costs of the trip itself will be refunded, but it is not possible to demand to us the costs incurred by yourself in connection with this trip (for example visa, vaccinations, flights, etc.). We therefore recommend that you take out cancellation insurance where possible.