Ocean Sailing

Offshore sailing between Netherlands and Norway 

Sailing to and from Norway is undoubtedly a unique experience. At sea, you will be surrounded by dramatic views, and upon reaching Norway, you’ll witness mountains rising straight out of the ocean. This journey offers the perfect blend of ocean sailing and exploration of pristine areas, with essential stops along the way.

While the primary focus of the trip is sailing, there will certainly be opportunities to explore the land. Hours on board will be filled with sailing, cooking, relaxation, and the chance to forge connections with fellow participants. Night voyages are included to cover the necessary distance, an integral part of the ocean sailing experience. During the sailing sessions, participants will be engaged in learning basic techniques.

2024: 02 to 15 September Sailing from Bodø to Amsterdam 2025: 23 January to 12 February Sailing from Amsterdam to Bodø

Trip Summary

Ocean Crossing

4-6 people

Airport Bodø, Amsterdam, Bergen

Departures

2024

02 sept

2025

23 jan

Location

We plan to undertake this crossing at the end of the current season in Norway and at the beginning of the next season in 2025. September has been identified as the optimal time for this journey, as January presents much colder and more challenging conditions. In September, the sun barely sets, whereas in January, as we travel further north, daylight diminishes. The points of embarkation and disembarkation for this adventure are Bodø Harbour and Amsterdam. Bodø can be conveniently reached by flying from Oslo. Alternatively, you can fly directly to Trondheim and then take the recommended 8-hour train journey to Bodø.

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YOUR STAY

Moondance, a 56ft Koopmans, draws its design inspiration from Dick Koopmans’ sailing ship “De Jager,” winner of the “Round of Britain 2006” and “Cold Handed Cup 2007.” This makes Moondance a truly exceptional vessel, purpose-built for expeditions and the unforgiving Arctic. With its lofty central lounge, comfy accommodations for nine, an array of heaters, a well-appointed bathroom inc. shower, and generous storage, Moondance combines adventure and comfort in one package, promising unforgettable journeys on the high seas.

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What is included and excluded

Included:
Moondance plus all facilities
Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks)
Certified Captain
Sailing suits & safety equipment

Excluded:
Flight tickets
Airport transfer
Expenses on shore
Alcoholic beverages
Excursions (optional)

How do I get there?

The point of embarkation and disembarkation for this journey is Bodø Harbour. From 12pm you are welcome on arrival day and at 12pm we wave you goodbye at departure day. You can easily reach Bodø by flying from Oslo. Another option is to fly directly to Trondheim and then take the train to Bodø, which takes approximately 8 hours and is highly recommended. A complete journey using public transportation is feasible from and to central Europe as well. Opting for this choice even entitles you to a discount on your trip!

Recommendations for flying (2 connecting / 6 hours total):
Google Flights or Skyscanner to find flights and book directly at the Airliner. Norwegian Air or SAS are the most common.

Reccomendations for flying to Trondheim (direct / 3h) and then take a train (direct /8h):
KLM to find the flights from Amsterdam to Trondheim.
Nordlandsbanen to find trains from Trondheim to Bodø

Reccomendations for public transport  (many stops / 48h):
Blabacar to hitch a ride.
Flixbus to find busses to Oslo.
Nordlandsbanen to find trains from Oslo to Bodø.

What do I need to bring?
Personal equipment: 30 – 40 L backpack Sunglasses Sunscreen Headlamp Water bottle Lunch container Book to read Earplugs Clothing list: Hike clothing Hiking shoes Fleece or sweaters Wind shell Waterproof jacket (breathable) Multipurpose stretch pants Waterproof pants (breathable) Waterproof shoes (boots) Warm hat Cap Swimwear Sandals (for walking inside boat, we don’t wear shoes inside) We provide you with Helly Hansen Workwear Alna 2.0 overall suits on board. Feel free to bring your own sailing gear if you prefer. Please pack your belongings in a Duffle bag, not a suitcase.
How is life on board?

An ocean crossing with Moondance Expeditions is a unique vacation. We are dependent on the elements, which requires a flexible attitude towards the program, the people, and expectations. In principle, we take the lead and initiative in everything. The captain guides you in their choices and asks for input. Based on our experience, guests feel more involved when they can participate in everyday activities on board. We always ask for a flexible and proactive attitude. The space can sometimes feel small, which is why we will regularly check in with you to ensure everything is meeting your expectations.

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What is on the menu?

During the journey, together with you we provide a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes to ensure your well-being:

Continental breakfast: includes eggs, fresh bread, fruit salad, and more.
Lunch: either premade sandwiches for onshore excursions or a hot meal.
Dinner: a diverse menu featuring self-caught fish, pasta, curry, traditional dishes, Asian cuisine, and more.
Snacks: assortment of cheese, bars, chips, etc.

Please feel free to inform us of any special dietary preferences or requests you may have.

Level of the voyage?

This voyage is open to both newcomers and experienced sailors. Our goal is to refine your sailing skills along the route, and we will tailor our approach to accommodate participants at any skill level. We can strike a balance between challenging and more relaxed itineraries. A basic level of fitness is necessary, and participants must be able to swim.

What are the terms and conditions?

Please read our Terms & Conditions when booking with us.

Can I charter the full boat with a group or as a guide?

We offer various collaboration opportunities and discounts for large groups, guides, tour operators / companies, hosts, and special projects. At Moondance Expeditions you can rent Moondance bare boat or as a full charter. We also work with local partners if you want to charter other boats. Please contact us for more information.

What people say 

Marco _enzian
Marco _enzian
6 February 2024
One of my best trips that I have done in my life .. my dream was sailing and splitboarding in one trip. So it was perfect at the moondance ⛵.. we where sailing with a strong wind 🌬️ and big 🌊.. and 2 mornings I wake up and the boat ⛵was full of 30cm fresh Powder 🌨️❄️.. We had perfect day at the mountains of Norway... A dream trip for me.. hope to visit soon again for a other dream sailing and touring ♥️
Johan Schuurman
Johan Schuurman
4 February 2024
Wij hebben een zeilreis gemaakt met de Moondance aan de westkust van Groenland. Dit was een levens veranderende ervaring waar wij de bemanning enorm dankbaar voor zijn. De professionaliteit van de gehele bemanning in die afgelegen regio was top! Daarnaast was de sfeer en samenwerking aan boord gedurende de onafgebroken zeiltocht van 7 dagen uitstekend. De hele reis was indrukwekkend en overtrof alle verwachtingen. De gehele bemanning zit in ons hart.
Marjolein Postma
Marjolein Postma
30 January 2024
Fantastische reis in Noorwegen gehad! Goed verzorgd en ontzettend leuke crew. Aanrader!
Floris Rijssenbeek
Floris Rijssenbeek
25 January 2024
Absolutely the best sailing and ski experience I have ever had! It's an adventure I will never forget thanks to the professional warm crew.
Nina Gigele
Nina Gigele
23 May 2023
I have been organising a Sail & Ski trip via #skiwithnina for 6 people and I found Sailing Taxi. I am happy that we worked together - smooth, same mindset, great cooperation and amazing trip!
Niels Sijpheer
Niels Sijpheer
6 May 2023
Begin April ben ik op pad geweest in Lyngen en Senja (Tromsø, NO) met Luuk en Eileen van Sailing Taxi, samen met 6 andere tour skiers. Zeilend door prachtige fjorden met witte sprookjesbergen op zoek naar ski-avontuur. Voor mij een droom die uitkwam. Het schip en de bemanning hebben daar enorm aan bijgedragen. De Moondance is een heerlijk schip, goed verwarmd, degelijk en ruim met voldoende opbergruimte voor alle spullen en heerlijke bedden. Thuiskomen op het warme schip was een heerlijke borrelhap en het eten stond vaak al klaar. Gezelligheid rond de eettafel en ook de mogelijkheid om je even af te zonderen. Geweldig om op deze wijze samen de Noorse poolwinter te beleven. Schipper Luuk en stuurvrouw Eileen zorgen er ongemerkt voor dat alles goed verloopt: voorraden aanvullen, vuil wegbrengen, water en dieseltanks vullen, motoronderhoud en zorg besteden aan alles dat hierom vraagt, navigeren, aanleggen langs besneeuwde en ijzige steigers, aan de wind zeilen bij 6 Bft tegen hoge golven om de boot te verplaatsen naar een plek waar we met de skies uitkwamen … kortom: epic! Ik zou niet weten wat er beter kan. Of ja, toch: de temperatuur van het zwemwater. Die was wat fris! Warme groet, Niels
max mudde
max mudde
20 January 2023
Top trip gehad. Prachtige ervaring. Alles is professioneel geregeld en het contact voorafgaand aan de reis is erg goed. Je weet precies waar je aan toe bent. Zeker een aanrader als je toe bent aan een avontuurlijke trip!
Rein Arnold
Rein Arnold
22 November 2022
Get out of your chair and go sailing with the Sailing Taxi! Fun guaranteed
Matthijs Westerveld
Matthijs Westerveld
22 November 2022
One of the most special adventures of my life. Awesome staff who take great care of their guests.
Artine van den Engel-Schouten
Artine van den Engel-Schouten
22 November 2022
Prachtig reis in Schotland gemaakt. Goede verzorging, lekker eten, prachtige ervaring.

Trip Summary

Ocean Crossing

4-6 people

Airport Bodø, Amsterdam, Bergen

Departures

2024

02 sept

2025

23 jan