Bergen - Lerwick, Shetland (UK) - Bergen
August 30-September 4, 2020
Price: NOK 7250,-
12-25 years old: NOK 5800,-
All meals are included.
Dep. Bergen: Sunday 30 Aug. at 14 pm
Arr. Bergen: Friday 4 Sep. at 10 am
Boarding in Bergen: 11 am.-13 pm
Accommodation in hammocks.
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Only chance this year: Join an exciting late summer cruise to the Viking Islands in the west!
Due to Covid 19, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl had to cancel all trips until 26.08.20. It is therefore with great pleasure that we are finally going to sail again and go on this year's first Shetland cruise with fantastic trainees on board. Hurra!
ADDITIONAL MEASURES: Due to current infection control measures, we will, for example, have a maximum of 50 trainees at this voyage. This is to ensure good distance on board. We also note that we are unlikely to land on Shetland due to the prevailing situation. We will then look at alternative solutions by either going to the quay (without land law), finding a suitable place to anchor up, and possibly spending extra time to sail more - it will be a fantastic experience no matter what alternative we go for .
One of the reasons these trips are so popular is the short distance out to the open ocean. Just a couple of hours after casting off from Bergen, we reach the open sea and put the land behind us. Mobile phones are put away and we are ready to start sailing!
After two days of wonderful nature experiences and sail training across the North Sea, we come alongside the quay in the delightful little town of Lerwick.
An active and unconventional holiday
A sailing voyage is far more than just an ordinary holiday. Of course, there is the extraordinary conditions at sea and the highly special accomodation on the ship. But even more, as a trainee you become a part of crew on board and actively contribute to sail and operate the ship. Actually, without the trainee´s effort it is impossible to sail a ship of Statsraad Lehmkuhl´s magnitude! Everyone takes part in watch duties, sail maneuvers and rope pulling, and sleeps side by side in hammocks, as sailors have done for centuries. There is also plenty of time to relax, enjoy the excellent food, have a chat, or simply sit on the upper deck and rejoice in the wonderful impressions that the sea offers.
So, if you´re looking for a quiet luxury holiday, you may have to search a little further. But, if you´re ready for active days of unique experiences, exciting challenges and new friendships at sea, a sailing voyage with Statsraad Lehmkuhl just might be the right thing for you!
The first day on board
Immediately after embarcation, the trainees are divided into three permanent watch teams: white, blue and red team. Together with your shipmates, you will carry out four-hour watches twice a day. The helmsman is often a popular assignment. It's fun to mend the helm on Norway's largest sailing ship! And yes, you´re the one actually steering this huge ship! But keep in mind that the helm is manned 24 hours a day, so you have to endure all kinds of different weather conditions. However, the weather in August and September is often a little calmer than in the spring. In Shetland, the temperatures are usually at their highest in August.
Unity and common experiences
Vanity has poor conditions on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl. Rational clothing, hammocks side by side, joint meals and mutual effort on deck – all of which inspire unity and collaboration. We share the nice moments with each other (not on Instagram or Facebook) and we look after one another at sea. Many of our trainees experience that the personal ties to their loved ones are strengthened during the voyage, because of the unique experiences one shares on board a sailing ships.
Shetland hospitality and close ties to Norway
Shetland has a fantastic nature: rough, wild and beautiful at the same time. Once in Lerwick, you have the afternoon and evening at your own disposal. We dock at. 1 p.m. on Tuesday September 1, and cast off the next morning at 9 a.m.
Lerwick is a small and cozy town with lots of character. Statsraad Lehmkuhl has visited Shetland's only city so many times, that we call Lerwick our second home port. We always feel warmly welcomed in Lerwick, and it´s easy to get in touch with the locals at the pubs and cafes for a chat.
The influence of Scandinavia is evident in Lerwick, both in building customs, the distinctive dialect and the many archaeological excavations. More than a thousand years of shipping between Shetland and Norway has created close ties. In Lerwick you´ll find Norwegian street names, such as "King Harald Street" and "St. Olav Street ». A local specialty in Lerwick is the Shetland wool, and eager knitters among our trainees often take the opportunity to shop for this quality product.
When done with your sightseeing, you can stroll back to the ship, which is safely moored in the harbor a few hundred meters from the city center. The regular meals on board, breakfast, lunch and dinner, are served as usual, also when the ship is docked in the harbour.
After a short, but pleasant, visit in Lerwick, we cast off for Bergen. On the trip over to Shetland we were well trained by the ship's friendly and experienced crew. Now, we are ready to bring everything we have learned to life! Statsraad Lehmkuhl is one of the world's largest and oldest operational sailing ships. Two thousand square meters of sails and about twenty kilometers of rope must be handled. And the sails are set by hand power! This makes it easy to appreciate the importance of the trainee´s joint efforts, both on deck and up in the rigging!
It´s a lovely feeling when the sails extend from the masts, and we know that they are set by us! The sounds that occur on the open seas is also a very special experience. When the engine is turned off and the only sound we hear is the fluttering of the sails and the waves against the hull – it´s just magic!
For many trainees, the highlight of the voyage is to enter the rigging. You have to challenge yourself a little at first, start slowly and enter carefully. The nice thing about rig training is that you go as far as you want. There's no shame in turning back! Some trainees love to climb the rigging, while others like it best with both legs well planted on deck. Of course, both are perfectly ok! Often we find that the young trainees are the most eager to climb the highest, but we´ve also had 80 years old trainees at the top of the rig!
We hope this has inspired you to try out a voyage as a trainee on board Norway's most beautiful sailing ship! Everyone can sail with us, old or young. On our trips to Shetland many trainees are between the age of 45 and 65, but you´ll meet people of all ages and of many different backgrounds. On board Statsraad Lehmkuhl it doesn´t really matter - we are all in the same boat!
We can't promise you merely good weather across the North Sea, but we guarantee that this is a trip that you´ll never forget!
Hey ho, let's go!