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Hardanger Maritime Centre
Our coastal program commences at the Hardanger maritime centre, deep in the hardangerfjord. Our ‘classroom’ is the 130-year-old sloop “mathilde”, fully restored so young people can sail her. Mathilde was the ‘internet of her time’ - providing information, news and goods to communities. She (like the Vikings) made the journey across the North Sea! This is an action packed week, learning the crafts of seamanship, sailing the fjords, fishing, camping and wild swimming.
Arrival to Bergen Airport. Transfer by bus to Hardanger. Welcome on board, stowing of baggage, learning to hang your hammock and overnight in harbour.
Presentation of skipper and crew followed by safety and awareness training, ship’s rules, team division and watch lists/tasks. General orientation of the ship. Training in climbing the rigging, hoisting and stowing sails and general rope work. Commence voyage, practical sailing with explanation and instruction
Sail theory and practical sailing ‘with’ and ‘against’ the wind, understanding tides and currents. Knot tying and splicing. Wild swimming and rowing with shore visits to hike and explore museums and other places of interest. Fishing with lines, rods and nets.
Practical sailing and navigation put into a historical context, discussion and learning of coastal life before the age of steam, oil and automation and understanding of life in coastal communities. Wild swimming in secluded lagoons.
Sail to final destination, preparation for disembarking, washing, and tidying. Transfer to Bergen, overnight in either hostel or at a partner college.
Bergen Airport for return flight. This program can be extended with a longer stay in the city of Bergen.
This trip has flexible daily departures
All our trips include flights where needed, transfers, full board, lodging, equipment and guides. We’ll tailor the trip to meet the individual requirements of your group and our team will provide round-the-clock support from proposal to completion of your trip. Please get in touch for a detailed price quotation (minimum group size four participants).