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Frequently asked

Questions? Have a look at the following answers or get in touch with us here.
1. Where do you sail?

Our primary sailing area is the Helgeland coast, stretching north from Torghatten and Brønnøysund, past Vega, the Seven Sisters, Lovund and Træna, and finally reaching Myken, Meløy and the Svartisen Glacier. Depending on the season, we may sail further north to Lofoten, Lyngen, and Kvænangen following whales or fantastic skiing conditions.

2. How do we get there?

Getting to our base on Herøy is easy. We are situated 30 - 60 minutes from the nearest airport (Sandnessjøen Flyplass), separated by a short ferry ride. Airport transfer by taxi to the yacht is available. Guests may also travel by train from Oslo and take the corresponding bus to Sandnessjøen or take the Hurtigruten ferry from anywhere along the Norwegian coast to Sandnessjøen. We can also arrange helicopter transfer from Oslo, Trondheim, Bodø, and other major cities and happily help guests coordinate their travel plans to and from the yacht.

3. When can we go?

Nordvær is open year-round. While many associate sailing with the summer months, sailing past snow-covered peaks or watching the Northern Lights at anchor mid-winter is a truly unforgettable experience. Our Voyages page describes the seasonal variations in detail. We recommend booking well in advance, as availability is limited.

4. How long are your trips?

Voyages on Nordvær last from a single afternoon or evening, to multi-week expeditions. Most guests book the vessel for a week or more. Our favorite trips last for about 10 days, giving us time to enjoy everything Helgeland has to offer at the perfect pace.

5. What are your prices?

Our all-inclusive price for the 2023 season is 260,000 Norwegian kroner (about 26,000 EUR) for a weeklong voyage for two. Each additional guest (max. 8) costs 5,000 Norwegian kroner (about 500 EUR). We offer a 10% discount on the second and third weeks of multi week voyages, as well as early booking and last-minute discounts of 5%. See the Voyages page for more details regarding what is included in the price.

6. Is the boat safe, warm, and comfortable?

Yes. The Lagoon 51 is a fantastic yacht, with spacious interior and exterior spaces perfect for any weather during any season. Our Lagoon 51, Nordvær, will be upgraded with high-capacity forced air and electric heating throughout the vessel, ensuring a warm and dry yacht year round.

7. What amenities are available on board?

We have equipped Nordvær for comfort.  High-capacity heaters, a generator, extra water tank, full kitchen, sound-system, electric flush toilets ensure and more comprise the technical facilities. Nordvær is also equipped with a 13 foot dinghy and outboard engine for shore excursions. Inside, comfortable berths and linens, designer soaps and shampoos, and rainy-weather activities ensure a luxurious experience. Finally, we carry high-quality safety equipment on board and have optional foul-weather gear available to keep our guests warm and dry. Kayaks, freediving equipment, and fishing gear are included in the price.

8. What can we do on board?

Most days on board Nordvær are filled with sailing, sightseeing, relaxation and dining. We happily guide kayaking, free diving and fishing excursions from Nordvær using our own guides. Other activities, including yoga and a massage-service, may be coordinated in advance. We also offer the introductory and fundamental kayaking courses following the Norwegian Paddling Association (Norges Padleforbund) course plan during our voyages.

We like to get outside in any weather and we have great gear helping us do just that. Still, for inside days we provide books, games, and plenty of snacks to keep spirits up.

9. What can we do on shore?

The Helgeland coast is full of opportunities for both the adventurous and those looking to relax. The Nordvær crew love to take excursions ashore, whether barbecuing on secluded sandy beaches, taking nature walks in easy terrain, or hiking steep mountain peaks along the coast. During the winter and spring seasons, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing make for an unforgettable experience. Despite many years as avid big mountain free skiers, the Nordvær crew leaves ski guiding to the true professionals, ensuring our guests safety no matter the snow conditions.

The Helgeland coast is full of cultural attractions, including a UNESCO World Heritage, and countless viking sites for the historically inclined. Finally, we work closely with restaurants along the coast, providing the ultimate dining experience. Many of these restaurants must be booked well in advance and we ask guests to let us know if they are interested in booking a restaurant visit during the booking process. 

10. What do we do if the weather doesn’t cooperate?

Norwegians will tell you there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. That is why we coordinate with top-of-the-line equipment manufacturers to keep all our guests warm and dry, no matter the conditions, with our optional equipment packages. Having spent most of our lives in the North, we are experts at having fun in any weather. Thankfully, the weather along Helgeland is incredibly dynamic and often spectacular even when the skies are grey. Still, sometimes the weather wins. We plan in advance, positioning ourselves advantageously in locations with the best weather and plenty of activities to keep spirits up. 

11. Who sails with Nordvær?

We tailor voyages for many types of guests, including families, groups of friends, and corporate customers. We love having babies and children on board and take care to ensure their comfort and safety. 

As an experienced researcher himself, the captain happily sails for scientific expeditions and voyages along coastal Norway and in the Arctic. 

12. How many guests can Nordvær accommodate?

Nordvær can accommodate 12 guests during single-day trips and 8 guests during overnight trips. On certain occasions, we may accommodate an additional 1-2 children berthed in the starboard suite and an additional 1-2 guests in the salon berth. Contact us for details. 

13. What kind of dining does Nordvær offer on board?

For standard trips, our on board seasonal menus are created in cooperation with renowned chefs from Norway and abroad. Many of the ingredients we use are from Nordvær’s own farm, other local producers, or caught and picked by our guests themselves during diving or shore excursions. We serve typical Norwegian breakfasts with fresh bread, local meat, cheese, and yoghurt, in addition to an assortment of fruits, vegetables as well as tea, artisanal coffee, and juices. Lunch may either be served on board or as a picnic during shore excursions, always incorporating fresh local ingredients. Our dinner service is served family-style. Typical fare includes fresh scallops, fish, or crab, local lamb, reindeer, or game meat, fresh vegetables from our farm and a variety of wild ingredients native to the coast of Norway.

We also happily accommodate professional chefs on board for fine-dining experiences and can sail to a variety of high-end coastal restaurants.