14-DAY YOUTH IMPACT EXPEDITION NORWAY

Sail to remote places and involve cleaning up trash, conducting research, staying active, and playing games!

On the Moondance, we offer more space for projects with a positive impact on people and nature. After 3 years with our new ship Moondance, it seems we’re finally reaching the point where we can cover our annual costs. This coming August, we’re organizing 3 separate 14-day expeditions where 8 participants per week can sign up.

The projects will be organized in collaboration with participants from youth organizations accros Europe and will take place aboard the sailing ship Moondance. Just like the air, the sea is always in motion. There’s a constant current everywhere across all the seas in our world. One of these currents is the North Atlantic Drift, which leads to encountering crates from Portuguese fishermen in the fjords of Norway. The amount of waste and plastic along the coast of Norway is a major issue. The goal is to collect as much waste as possible with the participants. Additionally, we will analyze the collected waste with the participants and conduct accessible tests on the quality of seawater, such as water quality around fish farms. This way, you truly embark on an expedition, make a positive impact, and learn a lot!

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14-day youth expeditions

8 participants

Bodø

Departures

2024

5 augustus, 19 augustus en 26 augustus

LOCATION

The summer season on the Lofoten Islands starts in June and ends in September. During this period, temperatures range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. In August, the sun barely sets, providing ample opportunities for an efficient expedition.

The departure and arrival point for this journey is the port of Bodø. Bodø is easily accessible by flying from Oslo. We have chosen 14-day expeditions to avoid weekly flights. Participants and guides will travel as a group to and from their homeplace.

Bodø

Lofoten

Steigen

Programma

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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Professional Approach

Together with InTheSameBoat, we carry out the cleanup operations. ITSB is one of the most professional organizations in clearing litter in remote areas. Six years ago, we ourselves spent a month cleaning up trash with children from a sailing school aboard another ship. From this experience, we conducted research on waste, with the goal of turning it into skis. The documentary was shown, among other places, at Tuschinski Amsterdam. With this experience and collaboration, we can guarantee safety in the most remote locations and ensure the operation is optimal.

Contribution & Expectations
We offer our boat at cost price, with a portion financed by subsidies and the remainder covered by participants. Participation fee is €800, which includes:

Sail expedition aboard the Moondance ship plus facilities
– Captain and crew member
– 14-day program and additional activities
– 3 meals per day including snacks
* Travel (to/from) Bodo is at participants’ expense.

We encourage (especially younger) participants to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise the amount. In case the crowdfunding is not successful, we ask parents to guarantee the remaining amount.

Planning

All trips start and end in Bodo, and with the dates below, both the outbound and return journeys can be planned.

Each trip is preceded by two information evenings. During the first evening, topics such as participant introductions, guidance and skipper introductions, crowdfunding, and planning the outbound and return journeys are discussed. The second evening focuses on final preparations for departure, covering items such as packing, insurance, meeting points, and financial arrangements, which are checked and adjusted as necessary.

Expedition 1: Onboard from Monday afternoon, August 5th, until Sunday morning, August 18th.

Information Evening 1: June 10th at 6:00 PM via Google Meets
Information Evening 2: July 15th at 6:00 PM via Google Meets

Expedition 2: Onboard from Monday afternoon, August 19th, until Sunday morning, September 1st.

Information Evening 1: June 10th at 7:00 PM via Google Meets
Information Evening 2: July 15th at 7:00 PM via Google Meets

Expedition 3: Onboard from Monday afternoon, September 2nd, until Sunday morning, September 15th.

Information Evening 1: June 10th at 8:00 PM via Google Meets
Information Evening 2: July 15th at 8:00 PM via Google Meets

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Group Allocation

For each trip, there will be 9 or 10 people on board, consisting of 1 captain, 1 crew member, at least 1 supervisor, and 6 heroes and heroines. Heroes and heroines are between 12 and 20 years old, and supervisors are between 20 and 30.

Skippers, crew and guidance
Supervisors have an integral part in the volunteer group, but you also have specific responsibilities. In addition to the qualities of a hero or heroine, you are expected to be caring and patient, have experience in guiding groups, be proactive and take initiative, be physically fit, and able to cope with little sleep for two weeks. You must be able to prepare dinner for 9 people, be familiar with outboard motors and dinghies, and have experience with sailing and cabin boats.

The skippers participating in this project have an impressive profile. They have sailed at least 5000 nautical miles in coastal waters and have made Atlantic crossings. They hold certifications such as RYA Yachtmaster, marcom-B, STCW, and sea survival first aid (RYA). They have at least one month of experience with our sailing ship Moondance, have proven themselves in icy conditions, are skilled in dealing with various personalities, have a strong sense of responsibility, and are well acquainted with the extremes that Norway has to offer.

How to Sign Up

Sign up via the registration button (or this link) spread across this page. Upon receipt, we will contact you as soon as possible. You can register until May 31st, and in the first week of June, you will hear if you have been selected to participate. In the meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions via email or phone.

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.