Hawila Sailing for climate justice

a group of people from several European contries travelled by wind through the Baltic Sea to address climate crisis

During the past weeks we have been sailing alongside a German sailing boat Lovis with an inspiring group consisting of sailors, scientists, activists and artists as a part of Turning The Tide project.

An eclectic mix of international individuals met in an unconventional environent to form a saling think tank and approach current environmental issues such as climate change, climate justice, ecological hazards in the Baltic sea and sustainable farming.

The trip started in Lubeck and continued through the Baltic Sea using the power of wind to visits the Samso Energy Academy, Grobund– the largest community led initiative in Denmark, Aarhus and then Copenhagen. In each destinations the group was engaging local communties in debates, common activities and dialogue on possible paths to more sustainable future.

In Copenhagen, on the 12th of Setember the public and like-minded individuals were invited to Teaterøen to discuss new initiatives, actions, examples of good practices gathered during the trip.

Hawila Project and Acting 4 Climate Nordic Tour

On the 18th of August we officially ended our Hawila Project and Acting 4 Climate joint collaboration in 2019. We have been sailing together on Hawila since June, trying to translate raising climate emergency awareness into the language of contemporary art. The tour powered by sail gave the artists the opportunity to experiment with new ways of low emission travelling. We visited Aalborg, Fredrikstad, Oslo, Melsomvik, the island of Anholt and Helsingor. Durig our stays in harbours the ship were being transformed not only in an unconventional stage but also in a platform for sustainable knowledge and ideas exchange bringing together the artists, the crew, travellers and local communities. Our first and last events took place in Copennagen.

Those past weeks were an intense time of working and being together. We were experimenting with living as sustainably as we could. Whenever we could we travelled by sail, emission free. We were cooking from organic supplies brought with as little plasting packaging as pssible. 
We tired to stay conscious about our resources, precious sweet water, electricity (partially produced by Hawila’s movement in the water thanks to our shaft alternator),

We were struggling while crossing difficult waters together, we were getting wet together, we were drying in the sun together, we were laughing and enjoying moments of sun and relax together. We were getting emotional after the circus performances seeing the audience being touched by it.

We went though moments of not being able to escape togetherness which challenged us as individuals and a group but also made us stronger.

The tour made us grow and dream, we are looking forward to more adventures!

Registration opened for Turning The Tide 2019

From the 31st of August to the 14th of September 2019 Hawila will sail alongside the 34m german schooner Lovis. Onboard the two vessels, groups of environmental and climate activists from Germany, Poland, Sweden and Denmark working together in a project called Turning The Tide. We will set sail from Lübeck, heading first towards Århus, then Copenhagen, to finish in Malmö. Actions are being planed in each city around the theme of Climate Justice.

There are still places available for the sailing, possible departure from Copenhagen, Lübeck or Århus, anyone can participate, and we got financed part of the trip so you will only cover a small contribution fee!

Education through action and adventure

Last Friday Hawila hosted L’école franco-danoise – Den dansk-franske Skole that organized a tech workshop for daughters and the girls’ primary role model- their mothers, to churn up interest for STEM subjects. 

The event was a continuation of our collaboration with The Danish-French School in the field of adventurous and inspiring education for kids developing different sets of skills like group work, motor skills, overcoming the fear of heights, gaining confidence in the water and many more.

Thank you for an amazing couple of days!

Out of the water

“Taking Hawila out of the water is like bringing a fish out of the ocean. She resists the crane, benefits from a push by the wind, to escape her cage. Is brought back, and finally surrenders to the metal teeth of the slip, to come up on land, inert.
We can then lay our curious eyes on her hidden face, masked by algae and other shells.

We spent 11 days on the slipway of Gilleleje, Hawila hoisted high up, enjoying this castle view over the whole fisherman town of North Sealand.

Only light work and inspection was planned this year, as we have saved up resources for a larger work effort, that should take place next year in the winter/spring with up to 3 months on the slipway. This year our ambition was to secure the vessel hull for navigating the Baltic, until October, as well as inspecting her to devise an accurate, large refit plan for the coming year.

Collectively, we were 15 people laboring away. The whole Hawila crew, aided by carpenters under the supervision of Yann, a shipwright from Brittany, France. Lots of caulking and small wood repairs were carried out. Additionally, more than a hundred copper plates were fastened to the hull. We held off on scheduled larger planking work for next year. We also enjoyed the opportunity of having her up, to fix our leaking gearbox shaft seal, and adding an experimental shaft sprocket, which will allow us to produce energy while sailing.

Now Hawila is back to her element, the bilges totally dry, the biggest reward for our efforts. Thanks to the great team, that worked continuously, we did more than I had planned, to a higher standard and for less resources, making this beauty’s hull ready for the coming summer!

Now we have sailed to Helsingør, to finish the work on the rig and above the water line on decks and cabins at the HAL16 workshop. By early June she should be ready to hoist the sails for another season!”

Captain Samuel

Changes in the Hawila summer 2019 tour and price reduction

Hello everyone!

Due to budget issues the Hawila and Acting For Climate summer sailing trip had to be shortened slightly. Have a look at the new slightly modified route in the post below!

The good news is that we got funded the norwegian part of the trip, allowing us to reduce all the sailing price by 33% for everyone! There are still places available so don’t hesitate to book! First come, first served!


Sail along – summer 2019

Join Hawila for the Baltic summer 2019 tour – learn about sailing and circus!

From July to August Hawila will be touring the Baltic with the Circus Collective Acting for Climate and an onboard show called “Into the water”. Become a part of our crew and live the adventure with us!

You will be a part of a sailing watch and get not only theoretical lessons but also hands-on experience with setting up the sails, operating the helm, navigating using traditional techniques. We will be crossing the open sea along Nordic countries’ coasts when during the summer sun rarely disappears behind the horizon.

This year due to the presence of unique professional circus artists and environmental activists on board, in addition to experiencing a marine life, you will explore the circus and performance world.

Sailing plan:*

  • Copenhagen – Aalborg (30 June to 5 of July)
  • Aalborg – Fredrikstad (5 to 15 of July)
  • Frederikstad – Oslo (15 to 22 of July)
  • Oslo – Tønsberg (22 to 28 of July)
  • Tønsberg – Copenhagen (28 of July to 4 of August)
  • Copenhagen – Rostock (4 to 7 of August)
  • Rostock – Copenhagen (11 to 14 of August)

* The given dates are boarding dates. Hawila will be leaving the harbours the day after. Departure dates may vary depending on the weather conditions and other factors.


Hawila is an 83-year-old two-masted Norwegian wooden ship of 32 meters long. After its long and adventurous story, the ship was left in disrepair in Copenhagen harbor. The Swedish State Maritime museum gave Hawila the status of cultural-historical value vessel in 2002. In 2014, Hawila was found by a group of friends and the vessel was donated to the newly created non-profit organization Hawila Project. After a large community-led refit Hawila it started to sail again in 2017. Now Hawila Project is stepping out further and connects with other Baltic communities to share goods and cultures, exchange and learn from each other.

About the sailing this summer


The fee contribution will cover:

  • Full board on Hawila (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and linen)
  • Compulsory membership to Hawila Project for the year 2019
  • Payment of harbour fees, canals and bridges
  • Fuel to maneuver the vessel and the dinghy
  • Daily sailing practices
  • Personal insurance

The daily fee contribution will not cover:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sailing waterproof clothes

To assure you an unforgettable trip and stay true to our values of sustainability and traditional sailing techniques, we will do our best to minimize the use of the engine and experience sailing and the wind at its best. Our will is to engage our passengers as much as possible in the sailing manœuvres and night watches. We believe it is the best way to involve you in the life at sea and its rhythm.

During the sailing, you will take part in workshops where teoretical knowledge about sailing techniques will be taught by our experienced crew members. You will get plenty of chances to put your knowledge into practice- will be taught how to steer the vessel, and how to handle the sails and lines. The permanent crew will be supporting you and will guide you into the different tasks. After embarking you will gain confidence and understanding of the ship and on how to handle her.

Everyone will get a chance to be involved in the manoeuvers, but there are also other aspects of sailor’s life you can get into. You can join the work in the galley and share cooking tasks with the cook as the crew needs to have a good diet to keep up the hard work at sea.


Hawila has two cabins available to the guests this summer (Forward cabin & Starboard cabin) located in the separated cabin area at the front of the ship. Both cabins have opening ports on the roof (windows) and electric lighting. You will be also free to hang out in the Messroom, which is a big common area and the social heart of the ship and welcome to use all the common facilities. Unless you book the cabins as a group you will share the cabin space with other guests.


We will provide you three homecooked, delicious meals. Our goal is to obtain ingredients from local, organic farms. Hawila stands for high quality, nutricious food made with love, this summer it will be no different. If you have any food allergies or diets, please inform us while making your reservation. We can provide vegetarian/vegan or gluten-free meals.

Sail along on this summer adventure and book your trip now!

Click on the link below to see additional details about each sailing legs and apply for a sailing membership:

“Into the water” tour

We are happy to announce that Hawila entered into a  partnership with the circus collective Acting For Climate (A4C), opening inspiring collaboration! 

From July to September Hawila will be touring together around Scandinavian ports with an onboard show called “Into the water“.

Circus show on board Hawila

“Into the water” is a contemporary circus show aiming at raising ecological awareness as well as triggering a wider debate on sustainable development. During the summer Hawila will, therefore, become not only an unconventional stage for performing arts but also a meeting point for those who want to embark for a debate on redefining our relationship with the environment around us. Therefore Hawila can continue to carry on its main vision which is is to engage and bridge coastal communities as well as serving as an educational platform to trigger a debate on the issues surrounding globalization. This summer we will sail from port to port to inspire people with a performance focused primarily on cycles and water. Among the “Into the Water” crew, you will find circus artists, actors, musicians, dancers, scientists, activists, visual artists, locals, sailors- all joining forces to bring awareness and inspire action towards a more sustainable way of life. We want to invite you to become a part of our amazing community this summer!

Tour Dates:

Acting for Climate

Acting for Climate is a group of young artists inspired by Piet Hein’s definition of art as ”the solution to the problems that cannot be formulated clearly before being resolved”, they want to use their art in the aim to achieve a sustainable future. Artists have an unique opportunity and responsibility to inspire action, joy, and change in relation to these challenges that concern us all. A4C wish to create a network of people, artists and activists that can work creatively on how to inspire change for a sustainable future. They intend to strengthen an expanding global network of action through interaction with local artists and activist. Acting for Climate is not just a group of performers, it is also a mindset introduced to the world.
As artists, they feel they have a responsibility to act on and talk about the challenges we see in our society.​

Find out more about A4C here!

Havne Fest for Klima( Harbor Fair for Climate)

In each harbor, the show will be accompanied by Havne fests for Klima (Harbour Fairs for Climate) aiming to bring people together for an invigorating gathering revolving around sustainability, promoting local producers of organic goods and people sharing information on projects that aim to consume and transport goods in a more sustainable way. The program of the festivals will consist of workshops, talks, art exhibitions, salvaged dumpster kitchen, and concerts. The aim of this year’s adventure is to share the knowledge and engage the audience in the search for the tools on how to make a very much needed change in our everyday life – as well as how to make it a more global reality.

Read more about Havne Fest here .

Sail Hawila to Estonia in June-July 2018!

Join Hawila this summer for a 25 days round trip to Estonia from Copenhagen, departure the 28th of June 2018! (One way trips also available)

We will stop by Gotland for a festival week in Visby, before reaching Tallinn for the European Global Ecovillage Conference where we will host workshops. Hawila will then be back in Copenhagen latest the 21st of July.

 Good ship, great food and beautiful people onboard!

There are still a few places available, get more info below and send your application here.


28 JUNE – 21 JULY 2018


Summer 2018 Hawila will sail across the Baltic Sea starting from Copenhagen, stopping by Gotland and going all the way to Estonia where the European Global Ecovillage Conference will take place. We invite you to sail onboard Hawila and join the international group of enthusiasts from different communities, green and social initiatives. The voyage will take 25 people together with a professional crew and include a number of workshops, activities and knowledge exchange during the sailing.


The sailing starts in Copenhagen, Denmark, comes to Swedish island of Gotland and continues to Tallinn, Estonia, stays there for a while during the Conference and goes back straight to Denmark. You can join the whole voyage or a part of it. The whole journey will last about 25 days, 28 June – 21 July. During the voyage the vessel will be propelled only by wind, so expected arrival and departure date may vary due to the weather conditions. We expect all participants to take some part in sailing routines and physical work. 

On its way to Estonia, Hawila will stop in Visby, on the island of Gotland, for a couple of days to join the famous Almedalen week where we will host workshops and projections onboard. Hawila will then head towards Tallinn to bring most of the participants to the Ecovillages Conference.  The vessel will be docked in Tallinn for approximately 5-8 days before heading back to Copenhagen near the 14-16th of July.


Hawila is a Norwegian 34 m long two-masted wooden ship, built in 1935. After its long and adventurous story the ship was left in disrepair in Copenhagen harbour. The Swedish state Maritime museum gave Hawila the status of cultural-historical value vessel in 2002. In 2014, Hawila was found by a group of friends and the vessel was donated to the newly created non-profit organization Hawila Project. After a large community-led refit Hawila it started to sail again in 2017. 

Now Hawila Project wants to step out further and connect with other Baltic communities to share goods and cultures, exchange and learn from each other. The non-profit aims to involve children, and to educate them in the process of production (farming), processing (sailing) and distribution (community).

Deadline for applications 
31 May 2018
Applications are treated on a first-come first-served basis.


The cost for the whole 3-weeks voyage is 900€ per person all inclusive (see below) which is a cost of running, with no additional profit . At the moment we are looking for external funding to reduce the cost (if successfully, then participants will be partly refunded). There are options to embark in Copenhagen and disembark in Tallinn for 500€. Similarly, it is possible to embark in Tallinn and disembark in Copenhagen for a similar price. The priority during the selection will be given to those attending the entire trip. If we have spare places we can take on one-way travelers.

Included: 3 meals a day, a bed, sailing and sailing tuition, sailing insurance and Hawila Project membership. 

Excluded: potential extra engine costs outside of docking operation.

In case of a significant delay on the schedule due to the weather conditions the use of the engine to propel the vessel is possible. It will be permitted by the captain only upon an agreement with the participants to cover the additional expenses (additional 25€/hours of engine use to be divided within the group).

– All participants are expected  to help with physical tasks during sailing and will become part of the active crew.
– Arrival and departure dates may vary slightly due to the weather (eventually +- 2 days).
–The voyage is kids-friendly: children of different age are welcome onboard. 
– Application for both ways voyage will be given the priority and will be treated on a first-come first-served basis: therefore apply as soon as possible. 
Applications for one way trip will be processed shortly after the deadline – May 31.
– After applying you will be contacted about the payment information. Your application will be finalised after 50% of the amount is received on the account.

Almedalen Week In Visby
On the way to Estonia Hawila will stop for a couple of days on the beautiful island of Gotland which at that time will be hosting Almedalen Week (Almedalsveckan) which annually takes place on Gotland and brings many thousands of politically and socially involved people and activists. 

The European Ecovillage Conference 2018
The final destination of the trip is European Ecovillage Conference 10-14th of July with over 500 of practitioners and researchers from ecovillages and sustainable communities.  There will be presentations, lectures, co-creation sessions, an Sustainable Technology Expo, dance, yoga and ceremonies, as well as a special programme celebrating Estonia ́s 100th anniversary. You are vety welcome to join the Conference too, for the application see the Conference website.

If you have any questions please contact us: info@hawilaproject.org