Firebird sets sail for the Ski & Sail holiday charter season in Tromso, Norway

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since our last blog so we thought we’d give you an update!

Our crew recently took Firebird through a yard period in Port Adriano where some standard maintenance jobs were carried out ahead of the winter ski and sail season.  Having completed all of our jobs we put our Oyster 885 back in the water where we then travelled on to our Palma home-base to prepare for the delivery trip to Ipswich, before heading on to Tromso, Norway.

Tim, Holly and Ollie transformed Firebird from summer to winter mode, including reinstalling our ski racks and boot warmers! It's set to be a fantastic season, with our friends at Boreal Yachting already enjoying everything sailing in the arctic has to offer - including the spectacular northern lights. Not long until we can share in the delights, just a small matter of 3000NM to sail first!

Our chef Mel has also been busy in the galley making sure the crew have hearty food to sustain and energise them as we sail to chillier climates in search of fresh backcountry snow.

To find out more about our fantastic winter Ski and Sail holidays click here!

That’s all for now!

The Firebird Crew

Apres Ski - With a Twist

Whilst you may be used to diving into your favourite apres ski bar, you can also enjoy the likes of a private “Ghost Pub” after your ski down the mountain in remote northern Norway. Our favourite, again on Kvalloya, is left unlocked and unmanned for anyone to use, set with a sound system and bar – your own private party! James Ollie and Mel met guests today with “Afternoon Tea” treats and cans of beer kept cold by arctic snow on your way in to the pub and homemade steaming gluhwein once inside.


Arnoya - A Hidden Gem

A favourite spot on our charter itinerary is Arnoya which holds Trolltinden. There are a number of words that can describe this place, but peace is maybe the best one. A quiet stillness accompanies you on your tour up Trolltinden, located on a remote island with only 4 inhabitants. Fighting other skiers for fresh powder is only an echo in your mind of previous holidays in crowded French ski resorts. You’re unaccompanied on this mountain – except for your friends and mountain guide and the view at the top is for your eyes only before a thrilling descent which leads directly to the boat at the bottom.