The International Tall Ships Race this summer is in Norway and Denmark. Blue Clipper is picking the best voyage legs of this event and then doing her own thing for the rest of the summer. After early summer in Scotland, Iceland and the Faroes, her peak summer sailing grounds have a distinctly Scandinavian feel
Aberdeen to Fredrikstad Tall Ships Festival
This mile builder across the North Sea has to pass the Western Fjords and around the Southern Coast of Norway to get to Fredrikstad, so you have a taste of things to come, and possibly a few stops.
Fredrikstad is the second host port for the 2019 Tall Ships Race so as you approach this city at the entrance to Oslo Fjord, you will start to see other tall ships converging on your destinations.
Enjoy the buzz of an international tall ships race, fireworks, mix with crews from all over the world and maybe you might want to book the next leg too.
Join the Tall Ships Fleet - Cruise up the Fjord Coast
Blue Clipper has time in this leg to enjoy coastal sailing amongst a myriad of islands and dip into the best fjord country as all the fleet make their own way to Bergen. Whilst it is called a cruise in company and is part of the summer tall ships race series, this is neither a race, or a giant tall ship parade of sail. There are hundreds of miles to cover and lots of little host ports encouraging one or two tall ships to stop and enjoy the local hospitality.
The attraction is the freedom to visit other places too or just anchor in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the mountain wilderness. This is a great voyage for all ages and you get the scenery and grandeur of exploring fjords on a tall ship, without lots of time in a festival city with all the crowds.
Tall Ships Race to Aarhus, Denmark
There will be a lot of big Russian, Polish and Norwegian tall ships in the race legs so bring a camera. There is less opportunity to soak up the scenery but plenty of sailing action, day and night.
Cruising in Norway After the Race
Blue Clipper has a great summer voyage exploring all the Countries bordering the Kattegat - Danish Islands, Swedish Archipelago, and Southern Norway all the way to Stavanger and fjord country once more. A firm favourite is Lysefjord with the huge vertical cliffs and pulpit rock. Don't Look down.