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24th April 2021 to 30th April 2021

Crossing the Barents Sea

£1970 Per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure.
This is a true adventure across the Barents Sea, where you'll then be greeted by the magical shores of Svalbard: go where before you have been.

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Suited to
Families, Individuals, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Open to beginner sailors
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
70 ft steel boat
Vessel length
70 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Various cabin configurations, max 16 people.
Insurance Required
Yes

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Embark on a true adventure across the Barents Sea to the stunning and untamed shores of Svalbard.

6 Nights: Various dates April & July 2021

Fr 22,500 NOK / £1,970 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator's local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

Welcome on board for a very special experience. We invite you to an exclusive trip from mainland Norway to Svalbard - by sailboat. On this trip, you will have the opportunity to arrive at Svalbard in a way that few have done before you. With the sailboat as a means of transportation, we get close to the natural forces over the Barents Sea, and we get close to nature and wildlife the last days along the coast up to Longyearbyen. We will get winds in the sails, saltwater in our hair and experience lots along the way!

The crossing of the Barents Sea is an experience not many people get to experience, which is also true about the bright polar nights. On this trip, we cover a distance of about 600 nautical miles. As we leave the mainland, we’ll only have the ocean in front of us until we arrive at Bear Island (Bjørnøya), which is about halfway. When reaching the southernmost tip of Svalbard we’ll be greeted by the typical Svalbard nature with its iconic mountains, deep fjords and glaciers. We sail into the fjord of Hornsund, where glaciers meet and crash into the sea, and it’s a spectacular sight. If time allows we also visit the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, before arriving in Longyearbyen.

Whether you want new sailing experiences, or learn more about sailing and crossing of oceans with a big boat, this is an ideal arena for learning and new insight. The sailing comes in addition to the experiences along the way, which makes this a great nature experience.

 

Departure from Tromsø (day 1)

We meet on board the boat at 16.00. Here you’ll meet the other participants, work on getting to know our home for the coming days and fill up the boat with the necessary supplies and equipment for the voyage. Life onboard the boat requires cooperation, and before leaving we’ll hold a briefing on safety and how the boat works. Then we cast off our mooring lines and set sail on our way north. Before getting into the open sea we will practice man-overboard exercise, tack and gybe, in addition to other manoeuvres. At this time of year, the nights are still bright, and if conditions are good, we go straight out into open waters heading for Bear Island.

On the Barents Sea, towards Bjørnøya (days 2 – 3)

It takes approximately two days from the time we leave the mainland until we see land on Bear Island, depending on the wind and sea. The distance is about 220 nautical miles, and there is a large stretch of open sea, but with abundant wildlife below sea-surface. We can expect to see whales, and the birds are with us all the time. In the evening on the third day, we will begin to hear music from the bird colonies on the southern tip of Bear Island. There are annually around 300 days of fog, so the island is not easy to spot, neither for those who come by sea or flying over, so it will be exciting as we approach. If conditions permit, we go ashore, and we will try to catch Barents cod on our secret fishing spot on the north side of the island.

From Bear Island to South Cape (days 4 and 5)

This stretch is slightly shorter than the stretch from the mainland to Bear Island. We’ll pass the South Cape, continue up the coast and then sail into the deep fjord at Hornsund, a wonderful place with high mountains and glaciers that calve into the sea. In Hornsund we go ashore and stretch our legs, and maybe we aim for a small hike to one of the nearby peaks. Most probably we’ll find enough driftwood to make a bonfire on the beach?!

From Hornsund to Longyearbyen (days 6 – 7)

From Hornsund we continue north along the coast. We pass by Bellsund where the Svea mines are located in the end of Van Mijenfjorden. We reach the entrance of the Ice Fjord, where we find most of the settlements on Svalbard, among them Longyearbyen and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg being the largest. If time allows, we stop in Barentsburg; a very interesting small community with its own atmosphere. The last day we sail into Longyearbyen, clean and wash the boat, then check out of the boat at 15.00. We encourage everyone to stick around at least until the next day, with accommodation on land, so we can meet for a farewell dinner on land in Longyearbyen this last night (which on this tour is a Friday!).

In Longyearbyen

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Longyearbyen in advance of the trip, then we recommend staying an extra day or two before travelling home. It’s always smart to add time for some rest and calmness before and after such a trip, to let the impressions sink in and see what’s happening.

  • Experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Accommodation onboard during the whole trip
  • All meals that we eat onboard along the way (from dinner first day to breakfast last day)
  • A sustainable, local, eco-friendly, unique, exotic and exclusive Norway holiday
  • High-quality inflatable life jackets
  • Free use of equipment such as ribs, kayaks, fishing gear etc
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour-fees etc
  • Transportation to/from Tromso/Lofoten
  • Our comfy-package: this package costs NOK 1500 and provides guaranteed accommodation in double cabin with hot water/shower in the boat. In the cabin you will find duvets, pillows and bedsheets.
  • Additional options/activities where we hire external guides and equipment, for example, guided bird watching trip in Bleik.
  • Meals at cafe/restaurants (we plan 1-2 meals ashore for this trip).
  • Drinks like wine, beer or exclusive apple juice and other luxuries.
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • A good level of fitness is recommended.
  • We recommend you bring all the items on our Kit List.
  • Wet weather gear is available to hire for 500NOK (£50) per person for a jacket and trousers.

Fly to Tromsø, Norway.

Fly from Longyearbyen, Norway.

Departure from Tromsø (day 1)

We meet on board the boat at 16.00. Here you’ll meet the other participants, work on getting to know our home for the coming days and fill up the boat with the necessary supplies and equipment for the voyage. Life onboard the boat requires cooperation, and before leaving we’ll hold a briefing on safety and how the boat works. Then we cast off our mooring lines and set sail on our way north. Before getting into the open sea we will practice man-overboard exercise, tack and gybe, in addition to other manoeuvres. At this time of year, the nights are still bright, and if conditions are good, we go straight out into open waters heading for Bear Island.

On the Barents Sea, towards Bjørnøya (days 2 – 3)

It takes approximately two days from the time we leave the mainland until we see land on Bear Island, depending on the wind and sea. The distance is about 220 nautical miles, and there is a large stretch of open sea, but with abundant wildlife below sea-surface. We can expect to see whales, and the birds are with us all the time. In the evening on the third day, we will begin to hear music from the bird colonies on the southern tip of Bear Island. There are annually around 300 days of fog, so the island is not easy to spot, neither for those who come by sea or flying over, so it will be exciting as we approach. If conditions permit, we go ashore, and we will try to catch Barents cod on our secret fishing spot on the north side of the island.

From Bear Island to South Cape (days 4 and 5)

This stretch is slightly shorter than the stretch from the mainland to Bear Island. We’ll pass the South Cape, continue up the coast and then sail into the deep fjord at Hornsund, a wonderful place with high mountains and glaciers that calve into the sea. In Hornsund we go ashore and stretch our legs, and maybe we aim for a small hike to one of the nearby peaks. Most probably we’ll find enough driftwood to make a bonfire on the beach?!

From Hornsund to Longyearbyen (days 6 – 7)

From Hornsund we continue north along the coast. We pass by Bellsund where the Svea mines are located in the end of Van Mijenfjorden. We reach the entrance of the Ice Fjord, where we find most of the settlements on Svalbard, among them Longyearbyen and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg being the largest. If time allows, we stop in Barentsburg; a very interesting small community with its own atmosphere. The last day we sail into Longyearbyen, clean and wash the boat, then check out of the boat at 15.00. We encourage everyone to stick around at least until the next day, with accommodation on land, so we can meet for a farewell dinner on land in Longyearbyen this last night (which on this tour is a Friday!).

In Longyearbyen

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Longyearbyen in advance of the trip, then we recommend staying an extra day or two before travelling home. It’s always smart to add time for some rest and calmness before and after such a trip, to let the impressions sink in and see what’s happening.

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)

Hat

Balaklava

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

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

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