Svalbard – North Western Territories,

28,500 NOK / £2,645 per person*

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8 nights

Welcome onboard our 8 day trip up along the north-west territories of Spitsbergen; an area rich on both historical sites and wildlife. Focusing on this one area, although relatively large, allow us more time at the different places we anchor, as well as time ashore. On this trip we will not spend much time on all the interesting places near Longyearbyen, as these are easily reachable on day-trips from Longyearbyen. Instead we will spend more time on the remote areas up north such as the north-western islands, the Bock fjord, and the Liefde fjord. However, on the way home we may go into the Kongsfjord and visit New Ålesund, and we also visit the Russian mining-city Barentsburg on the last day before arriving back in Longyearbyen.

When we sail we will sail no matter what time of day. There is no better way to explore this area than doing watches at different times of day every day. With the nimble sailboat as our mobile base we come close up on nature and the animals. We will see many different species of birds, seals and whales, and hopefully we we will also see polar bears on our way. We will have wind in our sails and saltwater in our face, all in the continuous arctic summer light this time of year.

Trip Start: 11 August 2018

Trip End: 19 August 2018

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Vessel Type

70ft Steel Expedition Yacht “Valiente”

Vessel Length

70 foot




Single + double cabins


Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

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  • Experienced skipper/instructor on board
  • All food eaten on board
  • 8 nights’ accommodation onboard the boat
  • Expenses for diesel, gas, harbour fees etc.
  • Free use of equipment like ribs, kayaks etc.


  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip.
  • Alcohol is not provided but you can bring your own. Consumption is always at the discretion of the skipper
  • Travel to and from boats not included

Practical Info

  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • A reasonable level of fitness recommended.


Getting there

Take an internal flight within Norway to Longyearbyen.

Getting back

Take an internal flight within Norway from Longyearbyen.

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Svalbard North Western Territories, Norway

Join: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, 11 August 2017

Leave: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, 19 August 2017

Our aim this week is to explore the north-western territories of Spitsbergen; an area especially rich in polar history where you can still see the remains of the attempts of explorers of old to reach the north-pole.

The area is also very rich in nature and wild-life. We will sail through the nights when we sail, but in between we anchor and spend time ashore. You’ll learn to handle the sailboat and be involved in the running of the ship. You will be aquainted with high lattitude sailing, and you will learn all about Svalbard; it’s history, nature, wildlife, birdlife, and much more!

Here are the highlights of this arctic sailing and wildlife adventure:
– The abandoned Russian city The Pyramid.
– Kongsfjord and New-Ålesund – the world’s northernmost settlement.
– The beautiful Magdalena-fjord.
– Amsterdam-island and the pioneer settlement of Smeerenburg.
– The Newton-Summit; the highest peak of Svalbard.
– The north-west corner of Spitsbergen.
– The edge of the ice sheet (depending on its position and the weather!).

Day 1 – Meeting onboard and sail out the Icefjord

We meet onboard the boat in the harbour of Longyearbyen, and start to get to know the other guests, the boat and the equipment. Together we stow all our gear and the food, and then we go through a safety drill and practice handling the boat and sails. After making sure we are all set to go we sail straight over the fjord from Longyearbyen to Tempelet (The Temple) with it’s impressive shapes in sand and stone. Then we head out of the Icefjord and north. During the night we will sail on the inside of Prins Karls Forland and through the shallow passage of the Forlands-reef.

Day 2 – Krossfjorden and the surrounding sites

During the day we will reach Krossfjorden (Cross-fjord) and later on the Lilliehöökfjord. Here we will visit the 14th of July Bay as well as the Lilliehöök-glacier with its 8 kilometer long glacier edge. No need to rush in these surrondings. If we are tired we will rest, if not we will sail back out the fjord and head further north towards the Magdalena-fjord.

Day 3 – The Magdalena-fjord and the north western islands

Coming up on the north western side the Magdalena fjord is our first point of interest. The beautiful fjord with ice in the water and high peaks around is named after the guardian angel of early Basque whalers; Maria Magdalena. The fjord was an important base for whaling already from the 16th century. Many also died here, and at one place one find a number of burial sites. As we sail further north we reach more protected waters amongst the north-western Islands, the Smeerenberg-fjord. We will visit the Danish-island and the Amsterdam-island with history from the 16th century whaling for Greenland-whales in this area. At the peak in the 1630s there were about 250 boats here hunting about 750 whales per summer. Thus the whale population sank quickly and so did the number of whalers. Then 250 years later the Danish island became again relevant as base for several polar expeditions in both the 18th and 19th century. Virgohavna on the north side was the base for both the André expedition of 1896-97 and later the Wellman- expedition of 1906, 07, and 09. Opposite from Virgohamna we may visit the Smeerenberg-point; the main whalingstation of the Dutch during the peak years of 1617-42. The sites on Danish Island and Amsterdam Island are very popular and also protected, hence the possibility to go ashore here is shared by other vessels.

Day 4-5 – Fjord-sailing into the longer fjords on the north side (day 4 – 6)

The next days we sail into the longer fjords with entrance from north; the Raudfjord, the Liefdefjord and Mushamna. These fjords are the home to many reindeers, seels, and polar bears are regularly seen. The glaciers are fascinating here, we pick up some fresh glacier ice by the Monaco glacier that we will use in our drink at Texas Bar, the northernmost bar in the world. The last night before heading south we will probably spend in Mushamna; a much used basecamp for hunters with a special and well protected natural bay.

Day 6-8 – Sailing back south (day 6 – 8)

On our way back towards Longyearbyen we will again turn around the caracteristic north-western islands. On the way we stop both in New-Ålesund; the northernmost settlement in the world, a mecca for polar reasarch, and Barentsburg; the russian mining town with it’s very special atmosphere. We will conclude the trip in Longyearbyen in the afternoon on the 10th and go for a good dinner together ashore. Instead of rushing directly to the airport we recommend that you spend an extra night or day in Longyearbyen to let the experiences of the last 8 days really sink in.


Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)



Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone


Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife


Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require


Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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