Square-rig Sailing

Brave the elements in an open square-rig ship, discovering the Norwegian coastline and making landfall on an unknown island. Expedition Lofoten- 740 nautical miles in an open boat- an experience you will never forget.

Learn to sail the traditional wooden boats of Norway along Trøndelags storied coast. Navigate between islets and skerries, rowing as the sun sets behind you, or make headway with the wind at your back. In an open sailing ship there's always new challenges to test you, but in return you'll experience nature and the sea in a way many thought had died decades ago.

We have boats both big and small, from 8 to 43 feet (that is to say Danish feet), all built at the school by our proud boatbuilders. While these are not Viking ships, no they are modern boats built in a living tradition that can be traced to the Vikings, they appear as if they were Viking ships, and use the same rigging as Viking ships once did.

Many of our students continue to sail traditional boats after their time at Fosen, around the world you'll find skippers and crewpeople who have experienced our sailing course. The Dragon Harald Fairhair, the Seastallion from Glendaloch, Saga Oseberg, and Lofotr are some examples.

At the end of April, when the rest of the school is taking three weeks to work exclusivly on projects within their courses, we will be sailing due north, to Lofoten, in our femboering Skårungen, a 43 foot wooden boat. In the course of three weeks we'll sail 740 nautical miles, round-trip, with only the help of the wind and our own ingenuity. Get ready for spectacular experiences of nature, peaceful night-watches, and many good moments on board. From night navigation over Folla, to island hopping around Helgeland, and bonfires on Røst. To lie in your sleepingbag, safe and warm, while rain whips the waves, and the night crew brings the ship safely to harbor, is to commune with those who sailed this coast a thousand years before, to meet those before you and feel what they felt. It is as such too when you feel the wind at your back, and the warmth of the newly made coffee you drink before going out to your shift as night watch, the boat drifting along Helgeland's peaceful coast. You can hear the voice of Kaneles whispering "Hold meg igjen, Kristaver" as you ply the waves of Vestfjord, and make for the Wall. You will learn, you will be exhausted, you will be challanged, and you will grow because of it. You will meet those who have sailed before you, feel the same cold, and hear the same winds howl that they once heard.

Who does this course fit?

People who love to be outdoors and want to experience the coast in a whole new way will be happy on this course. You don't need past sailing experience, but being open to learning new things will certainly be an advantage. Do you want to learn to sail, or discover the beauty of Norway's coast? Then this is the course for you.

What we expect of you?

That you will want to learn, and will engage with the teachers and other students.

We have:

-Boats big and small
-Safe and secure waters for sailing these boats, with or without a teacher
-Trøndelags beautiful archipelago
-Fun and interesting weather patterns
-A boat workshop, as well as ropemaking and sailsewing equipment

What you need to bring:

(Bring with you what you have, anything you don't can be arranged for, or you can buy once you get here)
-Rain clothes (preferably oilskin)
-Windproof jacket and pants
-Rubberboots (better if with insulation)
-PFD (Personal Floatation Device)
-Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
-A thick, woolen sweater (translator's note: this is absolutely critical you have or get, check the tag to make sure it's 100% Wool, not fleece, not acrylic, but wool)
-Woolen long underwear (also critical, and must be of wool)
-Hat and mittens (mittens cover the whole hand, they do not seperate the fingers, gloves are nice to have, but you will also need mittens)
-Camping utensils, a cup/mug, and a plate to eat off of.
Welcome On Board!

This is a 9 month course, from late august until the end of may. In addition to the chosen course, the year also consists of electives and school-wide activities like school trips, farm week etc. Our average student is between 18 and 25 years old, but we also have older students. All students live in the school dorms, and organic food is included in the school fee. Classes are held in Norwegian, but all our teachers speak English as a second language and will explain in English when necessary. We expect you to try to learn Norwegian, and we offer evening classes in Norwegian language and culture.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! kontor@fosen.fhs.no

Meet the Teacher

Kjetil Sildnes is our sailing teacher here at Fosen.

He has great knowledge on the use of boats and people in boats.

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