The Bergen


9 – 13 April

9 -13 April

Welcome to the Bergen Shipping Voyage 2024

Join us when the Norwegian maritime industry sets sail together for the future.


We look forward to setting sail with you.

Welcome aboard!


Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? As a participant on the Bergen Shipping Voyage you will enhance your leadership skills, expand your professional network and make new friends. Step on board 110-year-old tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl and learn more about how you can lead both yourself and others.

While we sail the ship together from Bergen to Lerwick, Shetland and back again, you will participate in a unique leadership course, specially designed for this voyage by the professor and former navy officer, Olav Kjellevold Olsen.

Aboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl, you will live and work together with other professionals from the maritime sector. Through 5 days at sea, you will live, eat, work, discuss, and reflect together with exciting people from all over the maritime industry.

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

Who’s sailing with them?

Their fellow sailors for this voyage will be professionals from all over the Norwegian maritime industry. The course is suitable for anyone who wants to develop their leadership skills.

Don’t know who to send?

No problem! You can book tickets for your company today and name the participant later.


Departure and arrival port: Bergen

From Bergen, we set sail for Lerwick – the largest town in Shetland. Lerwick is located in the Bressay strait on the east side of the island, north of the Scottish mainland.

Shetland and Norway have strong ties that go back a long way in time, and Lerwick is by many considered as Statsraad Lehmkuhl’s second home port after Bergen.

We return back to Bergen to the start of the One Ocean Week 2024.


Detailed information on embarking and boarding time will come later. 


Course fee per participant: NOK 9.990, – inc. all meals aboard
For member organizations in The Bergen Shipowners Association or The Norwegian Shipowners Association.

For members of Maritime Bergen and Maritimt Forum: NOK 14.990,- per participant.

Travel to/from Bergen + accommodation ashore before and after the voyage is not included in the price.  


  • 27.11.2024 – 31.12.2023: Pre-sale exclusive to member organizations of The Bergen Shipowners Association and The Norwegian Shipowners Association.
  • From 01.01.2024: Open sale

Who can join?

To join this voyage, your company must be a member of either:
The Bergen Shipowners Association, The Norwegian Shipowners Association, Maritimt Forum or Maritime Bergen.

The Bergen Shipping Voyage aims to inspire professionals in the maritime industry for future leadership positions, enhance their understanding of the leadership role, increase collaboration across the maritime industry and inspire new ideas. 

During the voyage, you will be part of a unique leadership course, specially designed for this purpose by the professor and former navy officer, Olav Kjellevold Olsen.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl has been used to train leaders in the Norwegian Navy for decades and has proven to be an exceptionally efficient arena for leader development.

The course starts with a full-day digital seminar in March. As well as being the kick-off and onboarding for the voyage, this seminar will teach you how one can accomplish an efficient onboarding process in your daily work and learn you the theory behind it.

Each watch team will have theoretical lessons each day aboard the ship. The learning points from the lessons will be put into action in the practical exercises during the sea watches every day.

During the sea watches, we will also have talks, discussions, and coaching on deck.

The course is built around the different tasks and situations that will occur while we sail the ship.

In addition to the ordinary watch teams, you will also be part of a smaller partner team of two – buddies. The buddies will work extra closely, reflect, and discuss together, coach, and give each other feedback.

You will also have plenty of time to enjoy sailing on the open ocean and cultivate good conversations, away from all the everyday distractions.

About Olav

Olav Kjellevold Olsen (1968) is a professor in work- and organizational psychology at BI Norwegian Business School and the University of Bergen. Olav has over 27 years of an officer in the Norwegian army, whereas 14 of these as the headteacher in operational leadership at the Naval Academy.

Olav is among the most published researchers within operational psychology and leadership. He has extensive experience in leadership development and is one of Norway’s best leadership developers and coaches.

Olav was awarded the “Best Teacher Award” for 2021 at the University of Bergen.

Sea watches

The sea watch arrangement has long traditions and is the backbone for life aboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl. All participants will be assigned to a watch team. You will be on watch for 4 hours during the day and 4 hours during the night.

During the sea watches, you and your fellow watch mates partake in all the necessary task required to sail the tall ship. All tasks are performed under the guidance of the professional crew.

The watches are distributed thus:

Red watch           12–16 / 24–04
White watch       04–08 / 16–20
Blue watch          08–12 / 20–24

Apart from 1 hour of lectures every day, most of the remaining time between the watches is leisure time you can spend together with your sailing companions.


Accommodated will be in one of the ship’s two “banjers” where everyone will sleep side by side in hammocks, like sailors have done for centuries. The hammocks are sturdy and comfortable and are equipped with matrasses (you must bring your own sleeping bag and pillow).

Passport and travel

All participants must have a valid passport.
Travel to/from Bergen and/or any accommodation before boarding is not included.

Meals and special diets

All meals aboard the ship are included in the course fee: breakfast, lunch, dinner, plus some additional fruit and snacks.

Breakfast     07.20 – 08.30
Lunch           11.20 – 12.30
Dinner          17.20 – 18.30

In addition, there is a coffee break every day at 10.00 and 15.00.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl can facilitate special diets for those with food allergies and/or vegetarian/vegan diets. These must be specified upon booking.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a 109-year-old ship, so please note that it will not be possible to accommodate all dietary considerations.

Health and safety

Regardless of the weather conditions, you can feel safe on board. Safety always comes first at Statsraad Lehmkuhl. The ship is one of the world’s largest sailing ships in year-round operation and is built to sail on the open sea.

She has been tested countless times in rough waters, including on annual winter voyages across the North Atlantic. Solid ship construction, advanced navigation equipment, extensive upgrades and maintenance and a skilled crew make Statsraad Lehmkuhl a very safe ship.

Going aloft

For safety reasons, there are some physical requirements for everyone who wants to go into the rigging:

    1. One must manage one (1) «pull-up», followed by 10 seconds where one hangs freely by the arms.
    2. If one manages to hang freely by the arms for 10 seconds (without a pull-up), one can go up to the first platform, but not above it.

If you do not meet the physical requirements, you can only enter on the bowsprit.

Phone and WiFi

This will be a digital de-tox and a time-out form today’s chronic digital availability. There is no regular phone and internet coverage or WiFi available when we are out at sea. The professional crew has daily contact with land and can convey important messages if needed.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Want to join?

Price and information

Course fee per participant from NOK 9.990, – inc. all meals aboard.

The Bergen Shipping Voyage 2024

The Bergen Shipping Voyage aims to inspire professionals in the maritime industry for future leadership positions and enhance their understanding of the leadership role.

Through this unique voyage, we want to gather people from all across the maritime industry aboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl. The ship has been in use for training young leaders for decades, and we belive that she is the perfect arena for it.

The Norwegian maritime industry first gathered on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl during The One Ocean Expedition in 2022. 73 participants with 16 different nationalities from 4 different continents made up the very first the class of Bergen Shipping Voyage participants.

Through the 6 day long voyage the 73 participants sailed the historical tall ship from Ishigaki in Japan to Manilla in the Philippines. They developed a unique unity, pushed their own boundaries further than most had expected and gained experiences they will take with them for the rest of their lives.

Check out the video below to see how the 2022 class fared on board during Statsraad Lehmkuhl during our first voyage.

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