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Life on board

Statsraad Lehmkuhl is filled with students, researchers, trainees and crew, all working together to sail the ship and gather knowledge about the ocean. Throughout the expedition, we regularly share our experiences from the life on board.

A voyage with Statsraad Lehmkuhl is far more than an ordinary holiday! As a trainee, you become an active participant in the crew on board. Unity, seamenship and nature experiences go hand in hand. Med the helm, set sail, learn navigation, stand look out and climb the rigging - if you dare! the grat thing is that everyone can sail with us - no prior knowledge is required!

On board, you will experience both hard work and relaxation, gale and sunshine and, not at least, new, strong friendships as you share this utterly unique adventure with your fellow trainees. We dare say that you will leave the ship as a slightly different person than you were the first time walked up the gangway.

An environmentally friendly adventure

An adventure with Statsraad Lehmkuhl is an environmentally friendly way of travelling, since nearly 70% of our voyages are completed under sail each year. And with our newly installed revolutionary hybrid battery solution, Statsraad Lehmkuhl is becoming the world´s most environmentally friendly sailing ship in its class.

Mobile-free zone

A few hours after we leave port, the internet and phone coverage disappears. We can put our smart phones aside and concentrate on being present for those around us. As we leave the "ordinary world" behind, the ship falls into its own pleasant rhythm out at sea. We sail the ship together and we share all the great nature experiences with each other. Without internet coverage, the voyage is also a delightful detox from everyday focus on constant digital availability!

sailing ship at sea

Two thousand square meters of sail

Statsraad Lehmkuhl is one of the world's largest tall ships in year-round operation. More than two thousand square meters of sails and two kilometers of ropes are handeled with raw hand power. One can easily understand the importance of the trainee´s efforts! As a trainee, you become an important part of the crew on board - without your effort, it's actually impossible to sail this enormous ship! It feels great when you see the sails stretch out from the yards – and you know that they are put out there with the force of your bare hands!

As you probably have guessed by now, a voyage with Statsraad Lehmkuhl is not as relaxing as a week by a luxurious hotel pool. But it's incredibly more exciting!

On a sailing voyage, everyone must work together and take care of each other - a great foundation for beautiful friendships. Photographer: Simon Wozniak
On a sailing voyage, everyone must work together and take care of each other - a great foundation for beautiful friendships. Photographer: Simon Wozniak

Everyone is welcome

Everyone is welcome on the tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, regardless of age and previous sailing experiences. You do not have to worry if this is your first encounter with a tall ship! Our professional and friendly crew will teach you how to participate in sailing maneuvers, mend the helm, set the sail, pull the ropes, climb the rigging (voluntary) and many other skills.

In addition to fantastic nature experiences, the extraordinary surroundings and the activities on board provide a sense of achievement quite out of the ordinary.

A unique unity

Surrounded by the sea, a unique unity is created on board that becomes part of you, even long after the journey is over. We do our watches together, eat our meals together, take care of one another and sleep side by side in hammocks, as sailors have done for centuries. Cut off from the rest of the world, it´s not just the excitement of rig climbing and the thrill of sailing that make an impression. It´s the people, the interaction and the relationships that are created between them that often make the strongest impression. Many of the friendships created aboard lasts for life.

Recommendation for the voyage

Lie on your back out on deck in the evening and look up at the starry sky. Out on the ocean, with no other disturbing light, the stars come out in a very special way. Accompanied only by the sounds of the sails and the creaking of the ship, these are truly moments of magic!

The ship

The three masted bark Statsraad Lehmkuhl was built in Germany in 1914 and is one of the largest, fastest and most beautiful tall ships in the world. She is owned and run by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation in Bergen, Norway, and has served as a training vessel under the Norwegian flag for a century. She has undergone extensive upgrades and is in better condition than ever.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl in active use on sail training voyages for groups and individuals in a year-round operation. With a professional and experienced crew of 25, the sail training and the safety on board is well ensured.

Welcome on board for an adventure of a lifetime!

Statsraad Lehmkuhl at her home port in Bergen. Norway. Photo: Gjermundphotography
Statsraad Lehmkuhl at her home port in Bergen. Norway. Photo: Gjermundphotography

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