Season 2017

During June-July and August 2017 Sylvia will set sail to the West Norwegian Coast. It is possible to book the whole yacht, or one cabin. Sylvia has 3 cabins (Master aft, Forward double, Bunk cabin), each suitable for 2 persons. With one cabin for the skipper, there are 2 cabins available for rental in each period. The maximum allowable guests on board are 4 persons. In case of small children, please contact us for exceptions.

As Sylvia can cover the whole West Norwegian Coast, you can choose any marked harbour on the map to start your journey. Bookings can be made per week or per 2 weeks from any marked port, to any marked port. We are flexible and try to accommodate your preference or suggest some alternatives based on weather conditions.

If you're unsure on which sailing area to choose, contact us and we can give some advise depending on the length of the charter. All routes listed below are just suggestions. Depending on the weather or preferences, every week is ‘custom made’!

1. Passage making Nieuwpoort - Norway

We start the season with the crossing from Nieuwpoort to Stavanger.

The voyage starts with a sail along the long sand beaches of Belgium and the beautiful dunes of the Netherlands, before we arrive in Vlieland in the Northern part of Holland.

From here we make a direct ca. 3 day-crossing to Norway. This means we will be sailing at night, cooking on board and taking part in a watch system. It's a great experience to watch the stars in the dark night, or just sit and think about live.

During the crossing, you'll learn to identify vessels and sail by radar. Watch for weather changes and take responsibility of Sylvia on your watch. At all times Glenn will be just nearby when there is an issue or you feel unsure.

2. From Stavanger to Bergen: Vikings and Fjords!

Fjords are among the most dramatic and spectacular landscapes on the planet. The world heritage area, the West Norwegian fjords, embraces some of the longest, deepest, narrowest and most beautiful fjords in the world. Their scenery and cultural heritage have spellbound visitors down the ages. Many people consider the fjords the very symbol of Norway, the foremost nation of fjords in the world!

Our first destination is Stavanger. Stavanger is one of the oldest towns in Norway. Very close to the harbor lies an historic 18th century part of the town that is certainly worth a visit.

In the wide Bokna fjord north of Stavanger lies an archipelago of big and small islands which are called ‘the green islands’. The history of these islands goes way back to the Viking age. Different walks or a visit to the monastery of bird island Utsira are among the options.

East of Stavanger one of Norway’s highlights lies within reach: the spectacular Lysefjord with the famous ‘Preikestolen’. This is a gigantic rock 600 meters straight up from the river. With some physical effort, it is possible to climb up to the edge of this breathtaking viewpoint over the fjord.

  • The next stop can be Haegesund, were we can spend the night at the broad mooring kay (Indre Kai). This historic and vibrant town played a big role in the Viking ages. It was from this area that the Viking Kings ruled Norway for more than 500 years.
  • From Haegesund, we sail into the Hardangerfjord area.
  • In Sundal we can moore the boat and make a magnificent walk to the gletsjer, or sail past the famous Langfoss waterfall.
  • Depending on time and interest we could sail further into western branches, which form the most spectacular part of the Hardangerfjord
  • On our way there, we pass the Fykesund fjord. Although we cannot pass the bridge on the entrance of the fjord, it is possible to explore the 7 km narrow fjord with Littl’ Syl or by kajak. On the end of the Fykesund fjord lies Botnen, a farmer village, for the big part abandoned since 1905.
  • From Ulvik a narrow path between fruit trees and meadows leads to the tiny village of Osa and the wild Osa fjord. Art lovers should also make a stop at the Hjadlane art gallerie (free).
  • From Eidfjord we can visit the hydropowerplant or make the climb to the Kjeasen mountain farm.
  • The southern branch of the Hardangerfjord leas to Tyssedal/Odda, from where it is possible to take a bus to the Skjeggedal. The starting point of a day long (20 km, 8-10 hours return trip) but spectacular hike to the famous Trolltunga. This is a tongue shaped rock 700 meters high, with a magnificent view over the fjord.

3. From Bergen to Bergen

Bergen is the biggest and most important city along the Norwegian West coast. With 240 000 inhabitants it is the biggest city after Oslo. It is also a very touristic city, which some may like, and others my dislike. Every year 150 000 cruise ship passengers visit Bergen which makes it world’s most visited cruise ship destination!

The harbour of Bryggen with old wooden houses from the Hanseatic period, is protected by Unesco, and an obligated treat, as we probably moore here.

In the hart of the unique fjord landscape of Norway, lies the ‘Sognefjord’, the langest (200 km) and deepest (1300 m) Fjord of Norway. It disperses far into the glacier area of Jutenheimen and Jostedalsbreen. You can enjoy the snowy mountain tops and breathtaking waterfalls rushing down the steep flanks.

Nature has been generous to the Sognefjord, giving it features as varied as smooth polished rocks by the sea, green forests, rivers, waterfalls and high peaks. Nature-lovers are in their element with good seawater fishing and diverse flora and fauna.

  • Balestrand kommune is one of the smallest municipalities in the region of Sogn, with approximately 1500 inhabitants. The city is known for its ornate Swiss-style houses.It has a tradition of art and craftsmanship. With its snow-covered mountains and open fjord landscape, Balestrand has been a favorite holiday place for travelers through centuries
  • From Balestrand we sail to Fjåerland. Fjærland is the district surrounding Fjærlandsfjord, a branch of Sognefjord. Fjærland has approximately 300 inhabitants. The area has been settled since the Viking Age.  The landscape in Fjærland has been shaped by glaciers. The results are magnificent mountains and valleys. The glaciers Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen come down to the valley floor in Fjærland. These are branches of Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European continent (487 km2). The lower Supphellebreen, at an elevation of 60 meters, is the lowest lying glacier in Southern Norway.  Busses are going to the glaciers and to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Afterwards we can accompany a guide for a walk on the nearby Suphellabreen.
  • At the south bank of the Sognefjord, enclosed by high mountains, lies Vik (or Vikoyra). Vik is an old Viking settlement and an early religious center. If time allows it, we can sail Throught the Aurlandsfjorden to Flåm. This village is the starting point of a spectacular traintrip to Myrdal ( 20 km further and 865 meters higher) and back. The railway is a unique example of engineering art. Underway, there is a stop at Kjofossen, a beautiful waterfall

4. From Bergen to Trondheim

We start in the Nordfjord, which is the smaller sister of the Sognefjord, half its length, and not as wide, but just as spectacular.

Stryn: Because of the favourable microclimate here, you can enjoy the ‘mediterranean atmosphere’, whilst having the possibility to make a hike to the Jostedal glacier.

Loen: Also a starting point for hikes to the glacier Kjenndalsbre. Loen also has a new attraction: a spectacular via ferata to the top of mountain Hoven (1011m) with spectacular bridges over deep cliffs!

  • Western islands Nordfjord: this part of the Nordfjord has a totally different landscape. Its islands and inlets have a wild, rocky coastline, with cliffs, lighthouses and white sandy beaches in between. Stadlandet speaks most to the imagination. As the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet here, It has an infamous reputation with the seafaring community. We will have to choose a good weather window to pass this beautiful but treacherous Peninsula.
  • Alesund: we pass Maloy and sail to Alesund, with its Art Nouveau architecture one of the most beautiful cities along the West coast. The cosy colorful centre lies right at the harbor. By climbing 418 stairs, or with a tourist train, you can get to the Aksla hill point. The magnificent view over the town surpasses the viewpoint from Floyen in Bergen.
  • Geirangerfjord: from Alesund, we can visit the famous Geirangerfjord, with steep cliffs and waterfalls, or the lesser known (but just as pretty) Hjorundfjord and Norangsfjord. Norangsvally is known as the most beautiful valley in Norway. Deep inside these fjords, there is virtually no wind, so this destination is only accessible by motoring Sylvia.
  • Kristiansund: we cannot miss this busy boat town. The 3 islands of Kristiansund are connected with bridges.

5. From Trondheim to Bodo

This routes starts in the University Town Trondheim and passes through hundreds of islands. You will see an abundance of birds (Jan Van Genten , Parrot Divers, sea eagles,…) and there are plenty of opportunities to fish.

While we sail to Rorvik and next to Bronnoysund, the days get longer and longer. When we pass the Arctic circle (66º 30′ NB) , the sun shines through the night. We load ourselves with Vitamin D in the energising midnight sun.

Interesting places to explore in this region are the Thorgatten moutain with its famous hole, the Vega archipelageo, on the Unesco World Heritage list because of its unique Coastal culture, the Suv Sostre (Seven Sisters) mountain range, and its 1000 meter high peaks, the Svartissen Gletsjer….or just what comes our way…

6. From Bodo to Lofoten

From Bodo the sharp peaks of the mystical Lofoten are visible. This is nature on its best…

Majestic eroded mountain islands, fjords (Nusfjord and trollfjord not te be missed), pittoresk fishing villages (Reine, Henningsvaer, Solvaer), deserted bays,…

Some interesting places on the Ofoten side (mainland) are: Kjerringoy is a trade post with 15 buildings from the 19th century, the Rago national Park, Narvik.

Depending on the chosen route and timeframe, we can pass the islands to Harstad, sail the West coast of Senja and then to Andenes, a famous place for whales, dolphins, to feed themselves on all the fish coming up from the deep waters on the edge of the continental plate. From here we can cross the Vesteralen , another rugged island chain, and reach the Lofoten from the North.

Charter pricing 2017

Belgian Boat Show : 10% discount on bookings in February 2017

Full boat charter (4p)

  • Crossing Belgium - Norway

    3.620€
    per week / excl 21% VAT Only 2 bookings available: Nieuwpoort-Stavanger and Stavanger-Nieuwpoort. Dates will be confirmed when charter schedules are fixed.

Cabin rental (2p)

  • Forward double

    4.500€
    per week / excl 21% VAT. Skipper included
  • Bunk cabin

    3.500€
    per week / excl 21% VAT. Skipper included

Availability

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Terms

Availability can be checked by sending us an email at info@sailing-sylvia.com. Limited slots are available, cabin rental under reservation till full booking. Skipper language is English. Bookings are confirmed after a deposit of 30%.

More information available when contacting us: info@sailing-sylvia.com

Included

  • Boat insurance
  • Pro skipper fee Glenn Harman
  • Safety equipment
  • Spinakker
  • Water/watermaker
  • 2 Electric toilets
  • 2 Warm water showers / outboard shower
  • Dinghy with engine/paddles (Little Syl’)
  • Snorkling gear

Excluded

  • Cleaning forfeit (100€ excl 21% VAT)
  • Transfers to and from SYLVIA (flights from Brussels-Norway are +/- 100-150€ pp)
  • Insurances (annulation insurance, personal insurance,..)
  • Berthing / mooring costs / Park fees
  • All expenses related to fuel and water consumption, food, beverages and alcoholic drinks, port and canal fees, are extra.

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