Nordic Plastic Navigation: international youth voyage with sustainability theme. For young people aged 15-25 (26-28 at request) from the following countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. Meet your mentors and fellow trainees in Elverum and spend two days getting to know each other and learning what to expect on board. Afterwards you will board the Gunilla as a group in Fredrikstad, ready to sail the ship and learn about sustainability! Visit Stavanger and Bergen, and finally Kristiansand, organise climate actions, conduct research of microplastic in the sea and, of course, participate in sailing activites! Make friends from other countries, find what connects you, and what interesting differences you can find. Explore Norway from the water and have an unforgettable adventure!
About the Journey
Nordic Plastic Navigation is a youth sailing journey with a sustainability theme. You will start your adventure in a town of Elverum, where you will spend the first two days meeting the group. The experienced mentors will organise games and other fun activities designed to help you get to know each other better. You will also start learning about plastic pollution and its dangers for the seas.
Soon you will be making your way to the Gunilla who will be waiting for your group in Fredrikstad or a nearby port. Step on board and meet the captain and crew who will spend the next 12 days teaching you about sailing a Tall Ship. Soon you will leave the harbour and set the course to explore the famously beautiful Norwegian coastline. Take the helm of an impressive Tall Ship, climb the masts and admire the views, learn to navigate, trim the sails and enjoy life following a new rhythm.
By living, learning and working together you will get to know your peers from different countries on a deeper level. You will have enough time together to discover cultural and individual differences, find the best ways to work together and learn from each other. Set up country presentations, help the cook prepare your national meal to share with others, discuss the best solutions different countries have in place for climate change.
Learn from an experienced marine biologist on board. Fish for microplastics in the sea and analyse the samples before entering them in a global database. Learn about different ways in which you can easily live more sustainable life and teach others about it. Organise cleanup actions on shore and try to involve the public by spreading the word about your project. Discover nature in a new way, experience life on the sea and enjoy the short periods of digital detox.
Elverum is a town in south-east Norway in the region of Østerdalen. Although quite small, Elverum lies on important crossroads, making it a significant market town in the past. Visit the Glomdal open-air museum to see the picturesque houses and glimpse handwritten medieval manuscripts. Admire the 1736 wooden church. Plan a trip to the Norwegian Forest Museum to learn about the history of hunting, trapping, fishing, forestry and forest industry in Norway.
Kristiansand is the business and cultural capital of southern Norway. The sea and surrounding fjords are perfect for recreational activities like fishing and sailing, and the nearby inland and mountains are ideal for skiing and hiking. In the more urban areas you will find a rich variety of cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums.
Sponsorship and costs
Co-financed by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. The youngster price (age 15-25) is EUR 995,- per trainee, instead of the normal price of EUR 1,495.
Windseekers from the Netherlands and Sweden need to become members of their countries' Sail Training Associations for a small fee (usually up to EUR 30).
Participants of this journey can enter the Windseeker Dinghy Programme for free. Learn how to raise money for your own journey at: windseeker.org/dinghy
Potential reimbursement of the cost of your travel to- and from the ports, up to a certain amount (based on the country of origin and tickets costs, according to the rules of the Erasmus+ Program).
The maximum amount is: for Norway EUR 180, Sweden EUR 180/275 (depending on the distance), the Netherlands EUR 275, Denmark EUR 275, UK EUR 275.
The reimbursement will take place several months after the journey and is conditional on Erasmus+ grant (to be confirmed).
Dates: 22 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
Participating countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK
No sailing experience required!
Official language on board: English
Price includes: accommodation and meals, excludes drinks at the bar
Price excludes transportation costs to-and from the ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers
Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
Windseekers from the Netherlands need to become member of STAN
Swedish Windseekers need to become member of Sail Training Association Sweden
Windseekers from Denmark need to become members of DSTA
In order to meet its statutory obligation to provide a guarantee, Windseeker makes use of the guarantee scheme provided by VZR Garant. You can check that this is the case by visiting VZR Garant’s website and verifying that the organization is listed as a participant. VZR Garant’s guarantee applies within the limits of its Guarantee Scheme (which can be found on VZR Garant’s website. The Guarantee Scheme specifies the exact journey offering to which VZR Garant’s guarantee applies and what the guarantee entails. If services are not provided due to the financial insolvency of Windseeker you can contact VZR Garant, which has its offices at Torenallee 20, 5617 BC Eindhoven, Netherlands, by sending an email to email@example.com or calling +31 (0)85 13 07 630.
Agathe (26) France
"Discovering how far you can surpass yourself and push your limits out of your comfort zone"
Barnabas (22) Hungary
"IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE JOY TO STEER FOR HOURS WHEN THE WIND WAS BLOWING AND EVEN WHEN IT WAS COMPLETELY DEAD. I LOVED TO SEE THE SEA, I LOVED THE SILENCE OF THE OCEAN."
Mark Quirijn (24) Netherlands
"It has been a wonderful experience. And I have found two incredible friends."
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