Scandinavia Yacht Charter Guide
For a summer getaway based purely on hours of sunlight, Scandinavia comes up trumps. Discover the spectacular fjords, volcanic landscapes, archipelagos and inland waterways of the Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea has long been regarded as one of Europe’s most pristine cruising grounds. As the allure of bright nights and days blurring into one draws travelers north to reset their compass, the enchanting coastlines of Norway, Sweden and Denmark offer myriad delights that are bathed in the warmth of endless summer days. Offering scenery on an epic scale, the timeless quality of these coastlines have changed little over the past centuries, leaving a unique atmosphere that is best enjoyed from the decks of a luxury yacht.
STAVANGER TO LYSEFJORD (20 NAUTICAL MILES)
Colorful wooden buildings cradle the hills and line the quaysides amid Stavanger’s modern interpretations of a seafaring past. Spend a few hours exploring ashore before cruising to the beautiful Lysefjord.
LYSEFJORD TO HAUGESUND (42 NAUTICAL MILES)
Wake for an early morning hike up to Norway’s famous Pulpit Rock. A climb to the top rewards with the most breathtaking viewing platform in the world. Relax back on board as you move on to the Haugesund area.
HAUGESUND TO AKRAFJORDEN TO ROSENDAL (65 NAUTICAL MILES)
Cruise to the Ajrafjorden where you will find a range of activities ashore at the Trolijuv Adrenalin Park. Head for a peaceful night’s anchorage at Rosendal.
ROSENDAL TO LOFTHUS (50 NAUTICAL MILES)
Step ashore to the beautiful village of Rosendal and explore the famous rose gardens. Spend a few hours fishing in the salmon-rich waters before cruising to Lofthus.
LOFTHUS TO EIDFJORD (22 NAUTICAL MILES)
After a day of activities ashore make way to your next anchorage. Glide toward Eidfjord early evening, stepping up on deck for cocktails as you salute the sun setting over the famous Vøringfossen waterfall.
EIDFJORD TO TYSNESøY (30 NAUTICAL MILES)
After a peaceful anchorage in Eidfjord, step ashore for numerous high octane activities, including the Hardangervidda National Park’s White Water Jump, which combines zip lining and abseiling over the fast flowing river beneath. After an adrenalin-fueled day relax on board as you make your way to Tysnesøy.
TYSNESøY TO BERGEN (30 NAUTICAL MILES)
Best known as the gateway to Norway’s fjords, Bergen remains under the radar of the tourist trail and has the atmosphere and charm of a small town. Anchor in the colorful port and wander through the medieval district of Bryggen before a final dinner on board. Spend a few days ashore exploring the city’s medieval architecture, restaurants and cafés.
The coastlines of Scandinavia provide an abundance of charter experiences. From their sleepy fishing villages to medieval castles, the timeless quality of scenes that have changed little over the centuries are an intriguing backdrop to any luxury yacht charter. Spend time ashore in the cosmopolitan cities of Stockholm and Copenhagen or cruise the dramatic fjords of Norway and the alluring coastline of Denmark and its islands. For those looking for even more adventure, the spectacular coastline of Iceland provides dramatic scenery at every anchorage, while Finland offers plenty of natural wonders for an action-packed charter.
The following itinerary focuses on the west coast of Norway and the southern fjords and is just an example of the endless cruising possibilities that the region has to offer. The dramatic fjords are what draw most luxury yachts to explore these majestic cruising grounds. From Stavanger up to Bergen, spend time ashore exploring the medieval architecture, restaurants and cafés, before cruising through the deep blue fjord’s and coastline dotted with farms and villages. Continue up to the Lofotoen Islands, part of the Arctic Circle, for even more tranquil cruising opportunities.
- Take a heli-tour of Norway’s glaciers
- Slip into the Jacuzzi and stay up late to bask in Norway’s midnight sun
- Hike Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
- Visit Stockholm to enjoy some high-end shopping and local cuisine
- Crusie the coast of Scotland in search of puffins, gray seals and other wildlife
While cruising through Norway’s spectacular fjords, take a detour into the striking UNESCO World Heritage site of Geirangerdfjord. Continue to the northern part of Norway and the Lofoten Islands. The approach to the islands offers stunning views of the towering peaks of the Lofoten Wall – a 200 mile range of mountains.