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Ski & Sail: Svalbard

fr 31,500 NOK / £2,810 per person*

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On booking, your final balance will include a carbon offset contribution in line with our eco-policy. For more information, please contact us

*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.

6 nights

If these dates don’t work, why not book the whole boat for dates that do. Minimum 5 participants.

When the skiing season is about to end in mainland Norway, it’s at it’s best in the arctic archipelago of Svalbard! The sun is back and shining 24 hours a day, animals are back and thriving and the snow-conditions are perfect, so May’s a fantastic time in Svalbard.

Svalbard can offer fjords, mountains and vast wilderness areas that are still untouched by human activity even now in our time. The traces we find in the nature here are not from people, but from the polar fox, seals, birds, reindeer or the queen of these lands, the polar bear! On this trip we’ll be accompanied by the wild animals and the elements; air, ocean and ice in every way – from sea ice, to glaciers and snow we can ski in all forms.

With a week at hand we have time to navigate out of the Isfjord basin and up along the north-west coast of the island Spitsbergen to the really majestic fjords. How far we sail each day to ski will of course be due to weather and snow-conditions along the way.We will experience and explore raw nature, ski-tour and get tired and pumped, and eat and drink well. We use the dinghy to shore, put on our skis and skins at the beach, hike up and ski down a mountainside probably nobody have skied before us. Everything is set for an awesome trip!

The ski touring we do during this week will be planned with everyone the day before. After a day’s hike and ski we relax in the boat with warm and good food, before we sail to the next fjord, harbour or anchorage.With us onboard on this trip is a certified ski-guide with several years of experience with this type of ski-touring in Svalbard. The boat is our mobile base and is warm and comfortable. On this trip we use a very steady and comfortable boat, built in steel to sail in arctic waters. The boat is well equipped and have big outdoor areas, a lounge with a great view and a social wheelhouse.

Trip Start: Various Dates April – May 2020



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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Bavaria 44 “Nirvana” or Bavaria 50 “Humla”

Vessel Length

44 or 50 foot

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Single + double cabins, max 10

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

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Included

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Guided trips every day – experienced and locally familiar ski guide
  • Small groups – max 6 guests per ski guide
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • Use of our shared trip-equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour-fees etc
  • Personal safety equipment, Helly Hansen inflatable life vest
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • Survival Suit and Search and rescue insurance for everyone on board

 

Additional

  • Transportation to/from Longyearbyen
  • We do not have our own chef on this trip. As a part of the crew, you contribute on a rotating basis with the cooking and operation of the boat
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Ski and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Personal snack for excursions on land (so, it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Beverages like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – recommended, but it’s up to you (you normally do not need a special insurance to sail and to ski, but check with your insurance company)

Practical Info

  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • Intermediate skiing is recommended.
  • A good level of fitness recommended.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Fly to Longyearbyen

Getting back

Fly back from Longyearbyen

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.

ITINERARY

Ski & Sail, Svalbard

Day 1: Ship o’hoi – let’s meet and set sails!

Welcome on board! We will meet in Longyearbyen harbour at 10:00, get settled in to the boat and get to know each other. Before we set sails, we’ll take you through safety routines on board, and familiarize you with the boat. We eat dinner on our way out of the fjord and we will try to get a ski hike during the day.

Day 2: Skitouring in outer Isfjorden

The most famous and visited fjord in Svalbard is Isfjorden. In their respective side fjords in this fjord system, lies the cities of Longyearbyen, Barentsburg and Pyramiden as well as smaller abandoned places. The fjord is surrounded by great mountains for skiing, so before we sail north, we go for a hike or two around Isfjorden.

Day 3-4: Kongsfjorden (Kings Bay), Krossfjorden, Magdalenafjorden

These days we use in the magnificent fjords on the north-west coast of the Spitsbergen island. With ski touring and sailing, nice meals and spectacular wilderness!

Day 5: Sailing back home towards Longyearbyen

We begin the southwards travel back home and stop for a skitour along the way if we see that there’s time for it. We aim for a visit in Barentsburg and conclude the day with dinner in Longyearbyen this last night!

Day 6 – Thanks for a great trip!

After breakfast we clean ourselves out of the boat and we wish each other a good travel back home. Thanks for a great trip in these beautiful surroundings! If you have the time, we recommend spending an extra day or two in Longyearbyen to relax after the week’s impressions and get to know more of this little multicultural Arctic hub.

The program

The program may change according to weather and conditions, but it gives an indication of how we spend the days. We start every day with a good breakfast and make a packed lunch before we go ashore. Some of the days we eat dinner right away after skiing, other days we just eat a little when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before we make a later dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, and time to look around. If the weather should be really not in favour of skiing, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.

KIT LIST

Ski kit

Skis and boots

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

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

“This voyage has been one of my best experiences so far.”

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