Bergen (NOR)- Lerwick, Shetland (UK) - Bergen
20 May - 25 May 2021
Dep. Bergen: Thursday 20 May, at 2:00 p.m.
Arr. Lerwick: Saturday 22 May, at 9:00 a.m.
24 hours in Lerwick
Dep. Lerwick: Sunday 23 May, at 9:00 a.m.
Arr. Bergen: Tuesday 25 May, at 10 a.m.
Price incl. all meals:
NOK 7 500,- / NOK 6 000,- (12-25 years old)
Accommodation in hammocks.
Boarding in Bergen 20 May: 10:00 a.m. - 13:00 pm
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The last chance to join Statsraad Lehmkuhl across the North Sea to Shetland before the big circumnavigation!
NB: SOLD OUT!
The Whitsun voyage will be the very last opportunity to sail on a voyage with "The pride of Bergen" before The One Ocean Expedition, August 2021 - April 2023. the Whitsun voyage is popular, and we recommend that you seize this opportunity fast, if you want to join us across the North Sea to Lerwick in 2021! Hey ho, let´s go!
Spend Whitsun at sea with your loved ones!
During Whitsun we have time for each other. Nevertheless, many families experience that fine moments get lost in everyday tasks and time spent on cell phones and TV-screens. How about inviting someone you love on board Norway's largest sailing ship for the Whitsun instead? Get away from everyday life and experience something brand new with your loved ones? On board Statsraad Lehmkuhl you create memories for life!
Only a few hours after we leave Bergen, the internet coverage disappears. You can put aside your smartphone and concentrate on being present for those around you, and not least, so that you may learn how to sail! Many parents and grandparents bring their children or grandchildren along, seeking to share unique experiences across generations. Also, quite a few of our trainees travel alone, inn full confidence that many new friendships will be established during the voyage.
Two thousand square meters of sail
Statsraad Lehmkuhl is one of the world's largest and oldest sailing ships in full operation, all year around. More than two thousand square meters of sails and two kilometers of ropes must be handled. The sails are set with raw hand power! Knowing this, one can easily understand the importance of the trainee´s efforts. As a trainee, you become an important part of the crew on board - without your effort, it's actually impossible to sail the ship! It feels great when you see the sails stretch out from the yards – and you know that they are put out there with the force of your bare hands! As you probably have guessed by now, a voyage with Statsraad Lehmkuhl is not as relaxing as a week by a Spanish hotel pool. But it's incredibly more exciting!
Climb the rigging
For some trainees the highlight at sea is entering the rig. You may have to challenge yourself a little bit at first, carefully making your way up for the first time. The beauty of rig training is that you follow your own pace. You take it to the level that feels comfortable for you. And there is no shame in turning back! Some trainees want to enter the rig many times during the voyage, often a little higher each time. While others like it better with both their feet well planted on the deck. Both choices are, of course, totally okay and just as much needed for the setting of sails! Often we see that the young ones are the most eager to get high up, but we have also had 80-year-old trainees at the top of the rig!
Watch teams and time to relax
Immediately after boarding the ship in Bergen the trainees are divided into different watch teams: white-, blue- or red-watch. Together with your shipmates you go on four-hour watches, twice a day. It's a majestic feeling to stand by the helm and steer Norway's largest sailing ship! And yes, it's actually you who control the ship! But keep in mind that the helm is manned 24 hours a day and you will have to withstand different kinds of weather.! During the watches you stand look out, fire watch, buoy watch and more. There will also be plenty of time to relax in your hammock, eat nice food, chat with the others trainees or simply to be out on the deck, enjoying the beautiful nature experiences at sea.
Shetland hospitality and close ties to Norway
When we arrive in Lerwick, Shetland's only city, you can spend the day any way you please. As a visitor in in Shetland you will be met with generous hospitality. The locals have close ties to Norway after more than a thousand years of sea voyages between the two countries. The Scandinavian influence is evident both in the architecture, the distinctive Shetland dialect and the many archaeological excavations. In fact, there are genetic evidence that as many as 60% of the men in Shetland originate from a Western Norwegian relative, (blame it on the Vikings)! The long stay of the Vikings, but also the history of Norwegian resistance movement on Shetland during the World War II, is clearly visible on the rugged islands. It makes a strong impression to learn about the Norwegian fishermen who risked their own lives while rescuing hundreds of refugees during their dangerous trips across the North Sea. The close ties to Norway are also expressed in the many Norwegian place names. In Lerwick you will find quite a few Norwegian street names, like "King Harald Street" and "St. Olav Street».
Statsraad Lehmkuhl organizes a sightseeing by bus which often is quite popular among our trainees. It lasts about 4 hours and takes you to the most famous sights in the area. There are also many other nice ways to spend your day in Lerwick. The scenery on Shetland is amazing; rough, wild and beautiful and worth a visit in itself. If you rent a car you can explore the island on your own. One can also go shopping for local specialties like Shetland wool, or pop by the local pubs. In pubs like "The Lounge" it is not uncommon to stumble across spontaneous performances by local folk musicians. After experiencing the area you can make your way back to the ship, which is safely moored in the harbor, just a short stroll from the city center.
For worried smartphone users, we can assure you that there is internet coverage in Shetland. So you will not be completely cut off from the outside world!
We sail together
On our way home to Bergen, we want to put into practice all the things we have learned! We sail the ship together and eat our meals together. The fresh sea breeze makes the already nice food on board taste even better. A Whitsun voyage with Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a social and truly enjoyable experience. People bond with each other quite easily, and a nice feeling of unity often emerges, especially within the watch teams. Not rarely, out trainees tell us about beautiful friendships created on board the ship. And the atmosphere is relaxing and friendly. Reasonable clothes that fit the weather conditions, common meals and hammocks side by side creates a very special vibe on board. Many trainees who travel with their loved ones often experience that the ties are strengthened during the voyage, because of the unique experiences one share on board a sailing ship.
Everybody talks about quality time. On board Statsraad Lehmkuhl that's exactly what you will get.
Welcome on board the Whitsun Voyage 2021!