Arctic Research Expedition

£3950 per person

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£3950 per person
15 nights

Following on for our successful Clean up the Arctic expedition in northern Norway in 2018, we will once again be taking on an environmental research and protection expedition. This time we will be heading deep into the polar north, focussing our research and clean up efforts in the remote wilderness of Svalbard. During our 2018 expedition, we experienced how ocean currents bring vast amounts of marine litter to wash up on pristine arctic beaches. The remote nature of these beaches poses a challenge to both the monitoring and removal of this pollution. This is where we come in! On board our expedition yacht, we have the ability to access remote beaches, the ones that it may be impossible to access on foot. From this unique perspective, we can collect data on the problem as well as remove litter from otherwise inaccessible locations.

You can be part of this expedition. We are looking for 4 crew members to join us onboard. You will take part in sailing the boat as well as help to conduct our scientific surveys and beach cleanups. This expedition is ideal for ocean enthusiasts, photographers, marine scientists and filmmakers wanting to contribute to ocean protection in one of the remotes places on earth. No sailing or scientific experience is required, our crew will show you everything that you need to know about life on a scientific expedition yacht. If you would like to experience this wonderful and fragile wilderness first hand whilst working to protect it we would love to welcome you onboard.

Trip Start: 7th July 2019

Trip End: 22nd July 2019

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

57ft Steel Expedition Yacht

Vessel Length

57ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Accommodation on board, including bedding and duvet.
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board.
  • Use of an expedition sailing suit, and offshore standard lifejacket.
  • Professional and qualified crew.
  • Use of our rib to get ashore and explore.

Additional

  • Travel costs to and from start/end point of trip
  • Any food ashore

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

ITINERARY

You will join our expedition yacht in Longyearbyen. Despite being the most northerly city in the world, Longyearbyen is easily access by air with several flights a day from mainland Norway. You will be met at the yacht by your skipper who will give you a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the town and get your first taste of life at nearly 80 degrees north. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.

8th July: Setting sail

Following initial briefings on safety and our scientific projects we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered and spectacular Isfjorden provides the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat. The skipper will take you through everything that you need to know about how sailing and life work onboard a research expedition yacht. There will also be opportunity to simply soak up the stunning scenery of the polar landscape.

9th –  20th July: Svalbard research objectives

Now we embark on our research and clean up objectives proper. Exactly where we go and which project we undertake will depend on the weather conditions that day. Each day we will aim to complete one or more of the expedition objectives:

Conduct marine litter surveys on 9 remote, previously un-recorded beaches in Svalbard for inclusion in the Marine Conservation Association database

Remove marine litter from arctic beaches

Log marine litter in the open ocean with the University of Georgia Marine Debris Tracker project

Take open ocean trawl net samples to monitor microplastics in the Barent’s Sea

Conduct marine mammal surveying on Svalbard coasts and Barent’s Sea

Re-create weather measurements recorded in old whaling ship logs to illustrate climate change on a human scale

Plankton levels recorded for the University of Plymouth’s Secci disk project

Use photography to share a powerful message of how plastic pollution is affecting wildlife in the polar regions.

Obtain unique footage and produce a documentary film of the expedition

During the expedition we will explore the specular western coast of Svalbard. This area is often referred to as the most spectacular on Svalbard and for good reason. With narrow fjords and glaciers craving their dramatic icebergs into the ocean, it is arctic beauty at it’s most magnificent. The nutrient-rich waters of this area mean that it is a great place for wildlife with bearded seals, walrus and possibly even beluga whales inhabiting it’s waters and will always be keeping a careful eye out for polar bears.. Ashore you may see reindeer and we will never be far from the prolific bird life of the islands. Navigating carefully when we encounter ice and seeking out a good anchorage which will allow us to get ashore for beach cleans as well as to get a good nights sleep.

21st July: Return to Longyearbyen

We will spend our final day revelling in the polar world of Svalbard and filling our memory cards with final pictures before heading into port in Longyearbyen. We will moor up for the night and enjoy our final evening onboard celebrating the part that we have all played in protecting the Arctic, leaving it cleaner, having increased our knowledge base about the challenges it is facing and spreading the word about its future protection.

22nd July: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to swap stories, research notes, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing Longyearbyen

Please note that the itinerary above is provided to illustrate the general areas the we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests.

KIT LIST

Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket, the warmer the better

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)

Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

Boots – Wellington type boots. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Rucsac – for on land exploring

Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

Swimwear – you might not fancy a dip in the Arctic waters but a local hot tub can be a treat that you don’t want to miss out on

Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries onboard but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

Entertainment – books, music etc for rest time

Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

Head torch – ideally with a red light function

Sunscreen – 24hr daylight can be relentless

Sunglasses

A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

Passport / visas

Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

Kitbag – this must be squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal

INSURANCE

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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