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Scandinavian Yacht Charter

Our Scandinavian yacht charters offer a world-renowned cruising ground with pleasant temperatures and long nights in the summer months.

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  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Long summer days
  • Scenic villages

Scandinavia Sailing Vacations

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Receive a friendly welcome from the Scandinavians as you sail the shores, discovering the rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and wooded islands.

From our base in Saltsjöbaden in Sweden, you can cruise the 14 beautiful islands of Stockholm, head out to the serene Stockholm archipelago and relax on the sandy shores of Erstaviksbadet. Or you can explore Stavanger’s wonderful islands from our base in Vestre Aamoy and sail Norway.

On a Scandinavian sailing vacation, you’ll have the chance to see some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, dine on fresh seafood and shop for the contemporary designs for which Scandinavia is renowned.

Make sure you try the traditional tipple, Aquavit, during your Scandinavian yacht charter. Distilled from grain and potatoes and flavored with herbs, you can say cheers or “skål!” to your family and friends before tucking into traditional Nordic cuisine.

When you choose a Scandinavian yacht charter, you’re in for the vacation of a lifetime. With picture-perfect sailing grounds, you’ll get to experience a combination of stunning scenery and cultural cities.

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Scandinavian Yacht Charter

From bases in Sweden and Norway, head to the serene Stockholm archipelago or Stavanger’s wooded islands, all while enjoying long summer nights, big city culture, expansive beaches and some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery.

Sweden

Cruise a vast archipelago with beautiful islands and secluded coves.

Norway

A wonderful destination with mountains, fjords and charming small islands.

Top things to do in Scandinavia

Visit Stockholm’s Gamla Stan

Sweden’s capital is spread across 14 islands and Gamla Stan (Swedish for ‘Old Town’) is one of the prettiest. Wander around charming cobblestoned streets, enjoy a cinnamon bun at one of the many cafes and visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of Sweden’s monarchy.

Island hop Stockholm’s archipelago

The second largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea is made up of almost 30,000 islets, islands and rocks, each with their own character and home to many Swedes’ summer houses. We recommend paying a visit to Ljusterö for its water sport activities and the nature reserve on Kålgård island.

Celebrate Midsummer Scandinavian style

If you’re visiting Scandinavia in June, then you’re in for a treat. In Sweden especially, the longest day of the year is celebrated nationally. If you’re in Stockholm, head over to Skansen, where you can dance around a maypole, make flower crowns and sing traditional Swedish songs.

Admire Uppsala’s impressive gothic cathedral

Thirty minutes north of Stockholm lies the university city of Sweden. Perfect for a day trip while on your Scandinavian yacht charter, visit the iconic cathedral, stroll around the botanical gardens and shop on Svartbäcksgatan, which leads to Uppsala’s main square, Stora Torget.

Cross the Öresund Bridge

With so many things to do in Scandinavia, it makes sense to extend your vacation and see what the other countries have to offer. The Öresund (Øresund in Danish) is the bridge that connects Malmö in Sweden to Denmark’s capital. The bridge is around 10 miles long and has beautiful views of the Baltic Sea.

Relive your childhood at Tivoli Gardens

Located in central Copenhagen, Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world. There are numerous rides, restaurants and shops to visit and a fireworks display in the summer. While you’re in Copenhagen, we’d recommend heading to Lagkagehuset, for the best pastries you’ll ever taste, and paying a visit to Nyhavn to see the backdrop of beautiful colored buildings. For the record, you can give the Little Mermaid statue a miss – there are so many better things to do in Scandinavia.

Pay a visit to Sweden’s second biggest city

Stockholm is beautiful, but Gothenburg has a much more Swedish feel to it. The Haga district has many cool restaurants and bars and Slottsskogen is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll.

People watch in Oslo’s Aker Brygge

If you make it over to Oslo, the first place you need to head is to Aker Brygge, full of cafes, restaurants and shops and the gateway to Oslo’s fjords. If you have time, check out Vigeland Park for the interesting sculptures, or Grünerløkka, which is arguably home to the best nightlife in all of Scandinavia.

When is the best time to visit Scandinavia?

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The best time to visit Scandinavia is between June and August, with long summer days. In northern Scandinavia, you’ll also get to experience the midnight sun. Temperatures reach between 68 and 73°F.

Bear in mind when you’re sailing around Scandinavia that, even in the height of summer, it can get cold at night, with temperatures dipping to 50°F. So make sure you bring a jacket.

September marks the start of winter and the snow can come quickly, so be prepared.

Sailing trips in Scandinavia to suit your budget

If you charter a yacht in Scandinavia in the low season, then flights are often cheaper and your choice of seat availability is wider.

However, if you sail in the high season, you will enjoy much better weather, but also more crowds as the Swedish population loves to sail.

What are the sailing conditions in Scandinavia?

The sailing conditions in Scandinavia include winds from the south from spring to autumn with calm waters, making it the ideal time for a Scandinavian yacht charter. During autumn and winter, the wind moves to the west and can be strong.

What are the mooring fees in Scandinavia?

Scandinavian mooring fees will vary depending on whether you are using marinas, where you sail and the time of year you charter.

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Useful information for Scandinavian yacht charters

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Where is Scandinavia located?

Scandinavia is located in Northern Europe and is made up of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. This is not to be confused with the Nordic countries, which includes the three Scandinavian countries, as well as Finland and Iceland.

What is the currency in Scandinavia ?

Each country in Scandinavia has its own currency. Denmark uses the Danish Kroner, Norway uses the Norwegian Kroner and Sweden uses the Swedish Kronor.

What is the Wi-Fi connection like in Scandinavia ?

The Wi-Fi connection and internet access in Scandinavia is very good, with most bars, restaurants and marinas offering free Wi-Fi.

When you’re on your Scandinavian yacht charter, you’ll also have Wi-Fi onboard your boat.

What is the best way to get to Scandinavia ?

Reaching Scandinavia from the US is easy. SAS, Norwegian Air, Icelandair and Finnair fly direct from multiple US cities direct to the capitals of Scandinavia.

If you’re heading over to our Saltsjöbaden base, then the closest airport is Stockholm Arlanda. If you are sailing from Stavanger, fly to Stavanger International Airport Sola.

Discover Scandinavian charter vacations with Dream Yacht Charters

Scandinavian yacht charters for sailors

If you can sail, then you can browse our range of Scandinavian boat rentals, create your own itinerary, provision the boat and set sail at your own pace.

Captain only Scandinavian charters

If you haven’t got any sailing experience, you can still sail around Scandinavia with our skippered charters. Your skipper will take control of the sailing for you, meaning you have plenty of time to relax with your guests.

Scandinavian sailing itinerary

Our local base teams are experts in helping you plan your Scandinavian sailing vacation. They have prepared suggested itineraries, to help you make the most of your yacht charter and plan.

From our base in Stockholm, you can see the beauty of Sweden’s east coast, and from Stavanger you can enjoy the south-western coast of Norway.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

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Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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