Explore Svalbard

£2850 per person

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£2850 per person
11 nights

Have you ever dreamt of exploring the land of the frozen north? Slipping past icebergs with wild and remote vistas revealing themselves around every corner. The wildlife of Svalbard is off the scale, walrus, whales not forgetting the famous polar bears. We are still putting the final details in place for this expedition. If you have ever thought about organising your own expedition to in the frozen north of Svalbard, now is your chance. Gather a group of four together and you could charter Narwhal exclusively for your use. Your own mobile base and home while we help you to explore and complete your own expedition objectives in this unique wilderness. Are you ready to make that dream a reality?

Trip Start: 23rd June 2019

Trip End: 4th July 2019

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

57ft Steel Expedition Yacht

Vessel Length

57ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Twin (4 guests + 2 crew)

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

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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 accessed 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 78 degrees north. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.

24th June: Setting sail
Following initial safety briefings, 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 an expedition yacht. There will also be opportunity to simply soak up the stunning scenery of the polar landscape.

25th June – 26th June: Exploring Isfjorden
We will aim to voyage to a new area each day, experiencing the joy of travelling by water, before finding a sheltered anchorage to enjoy the surroundings, try our luck at some fishing or venture ashore to explore further. We will need to take care at all times when we are exploring ashore and keep our eyes peeled for polar bears. The following includes some of the highlights of an expedition to Svalbard, encompassing stunning natural scenery, cultural heritage and history as well as the areas unique wildlife and flora. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day to make the best use of the weather conditions. Having just a few guests onboard means that we can choose the areas that we explore based on your interests.

Highlights of Isfjorden include dramatic mountain ranges, interesting walking trails and a historic abandoned Russian mining town, walking through the deserted streets and buildings of the town it feels as though the occupants left just yesterday. The cliffs bordering Isfjorden are home to a multitude of seabirds including, puffins, guillemot and the little auk, only seen in the far north.

27th June – 28th June: Forlandsund and Kongsfjord
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 watching with bearded seals, walrus and possibly even beluga whales inhabiting it’s waters. Ashore you may see reindeer and we will never be far from the prolific birdlife of the islands. Kongsfjord is also home to the only ‘town’ in Svalbard outside Longyearbyen., Ny Alesubd Ny Alesund is a former mining town that now houses an international polar research station and was the departure point for the airship “Norge” before Admundsen set off to fly over the north pole.

29th June – 30th June: The rugged north
Beyond Ny Alesund, Svalbard takes on an even more remote and wild nature. In this rugged land of rock and ice we will monitor conditions carefully as we explore the wild glaciers of the frozen north.

1st – 2nd July: Travelling south
We must now turn our bows southwards and start the return trip to Longyearbyen. There will still be plenty of wonderful scenery and wildlife to enjoy on the journey as we swap stories with our crewmates about our favourite experiences.

3rd July: Arrival in Longyearbyen
This will be you final opportunity to fill your memory cards with the spectacular Svalbard scenery as we travel up Isfjorden to the main town of Longyearbyen. We will moor up for the night in Longyearbyen and enjoy our final evening onboard with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

4th July: Leaving the boat
Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to swap stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing high arctic life in Longyearbyen.

Please note that the itinerary above is provided to illustrate the general areas 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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LOCATION

“Kraken put together an action-packed itinerary”

Neha

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