Risør Wooden Boat Festival

Travel with us July 30–August 10, 2018

Let’s go to the Risør Trebåtfestival!

Travel with us to the Risør Trebåtfestival for a once-in-a-lifetime, off-the beaten-path adventure to Europe’s largest and oldest wooden boat festival. Much like Port Townsend, Risør, Norway has an environment of wooden boat builders and boats—it’s about time we visited. Join us for a four-night, waterfront farm-stay on the carless island of Sandøya, with a water taxi to the Festival each day! After the Festival we’ll spend time in Oslo, Kristiansand, and Haukeli.

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Trip Summary


  • July 30 to August 10, 2018
  • Four-night, waterfront farm-stay on the carless island of Sandøya
  • Freshwater and saltwater swimming and fishing
  • Water taxi to the Risør Wooden Boat Festival each day
  • Three nights in Norway’s capital city, Oslo, including visits to the Viking Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, the Fram Museum, and more.
  • One night in Kristiansand and one night in the mountain area Haukeli
  • Led by fun-loving Port Townsend locals

Taste of Norway Trip Open House


December 10 | 3–5 PM | NWMC
Come to our open house to learn more about the trip to Norway. Meet the trip leaders, see photos of where we’ll be going, hear about the Risør Wooden Boat Festival, ask questions, and get answers! You’ll also have a chance to reserve your spot for the trip.

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About Risør

Risør, Norway and the waterways and mountains of southern Norway are picturesque, idyllic, and charming—especially in summer! A coastal town with an active boatbuilding community, Risør has a preserved wooden boat culture with a long history of wooden boat building.

About Sandøya

Sandøya is a natural and cultural gem situated just 20 miles from Risør. The carless island has just over 200 residents, with several craft establishments, places to eat, and a convenience store. We will travel between Sandøya and Risør via water taxi.

About Oslo

Norway's capital city is a site-to-see in August, with warm weather, long days (16 hours of daylight!), and world-class museums. Home of the world's best-preserved Viking ships, Oslo is the perfect place for exploring Norwegian culture and maritime history.

About Risør

Risør, Norway and the waterways and mountains of southern Norway are picturesque, idyllic, and charming—especially in summer! A coastal town with an active boatbuilding community, Risør has a preserved wooden boat culture with a long history of wooden boat building.

About Sandøya

Sandøya is a natural and cultural gem situated just 20 miles from Risør. The carless island has just over 200 residents, with several craft establishments, places to eat, and a convenience store. We will travel between Sandøya and Risør via water taxi.

About Oslo

Norway's capital city is a site-to-see in August, with warm weather, long days (16 hours of daylight!), and world-class museums. Home of the world's best-preserved Viking ships, Oslo is the perfect place for exploring Norwegian culture and maritime history.

Cost: $5000

Includes:

  • Trip leadership
  • Lodging
  • Transportation in Norway
  • Oslo and Festival passes
  • Most meals

Doesn’t Include:

  • Airfare
  • 3 dinners and all lunches
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses

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All photos credited to Visit Norway.