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Spitsbergen Fjords and Glaciers

From £3119.45 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Welcome on board our 8-day trip along the northwestern coast of Spitsbergen; an area rich in majestic fjords and mountains, great glaciers and wildlife
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Pay a 50% deposit per item
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
70 foot steal hulled expedition boat
Vessel length
70 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
6 cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Explore majestic fjords and breathtaking glaciers as you sail along the northwest coast of Spitsbergen; the largest island in Svalbard. 

7 Nights: Various dates June - July 2020

39,500 NOK / £3,119.45 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.

This expedition will take you to places that only boats can reach, far outside the areas usually available from Longyearbyen. Experience this ice kingdom from the unique vantage point of a steel expedition yacht, as you navigate your way through fjords and around mountains, discovering places rich in both history and wildlife.

As you sail and hike in the fjords, walking on different glaciers with crampons, ice axes and rope, you will learn about the formation of the fjords, the movements of the glaciers and the inner life of the ice. Few other places on earth is climate change as evident as in Svalbard and you will discover how a warmer climate affects both the permafrost, glaciers and sea ice and therefore the entire ecosystem. This expedition is a great opportunity to improve your sailing and navigation skills as well as your knowledge of this area and the effects of climate change.

With opportunities to see polar bears, whales, seals and a bustling birdlife, you will be immersed in the beautiful and uninhabited arctic landscape, getting close to nature in a careful way by exploring areas such as Raudfjorden, Liefdefjorden and Mushamna on the north side of the archipelago. Svalbard’s midnight sun will also mean light 24 hours a day, a concept unfamiliar to most.

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

Day 1 – Start the adventure

Join the boat in the harbour of Longyearbyen at 12pm where you will familiarise yourself with the boat and get to know the crew. Before departure you will go through routines and procedures onboard, including the safety brief. You will then set sail towards Tempelet, a mountain across the Isfjord. Sailing through the night with the midnight sun, you will continue your voyage on the inside of the island Prins Karls Forland and through the narrow passage by Forlandsrevet.

Day 2 – Krossfjorden and glaciers

Reaching Krossfjorden and Lilliehöökfjorden, you will visit the 14th of July bay and Lilliehöökbreen with its eight kilometer long glacier front. This is an impressive sight and you will have no reason to rush, taking your time to immerse yourself in these breathtaking surroundings. After an eventful day, you will sail out the fjord and continue north to Magdalenafjorden.

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

Today you will reach the stunning, historically fascinating Magdalena fjord. Named after the guardian angel of early Basque whalers, the fjord was an important base for whaling from the 16th century. As you sail further north you will reach more protected waters amongst the north-western Islands in the Smeerenberg-fjord.

Day 4-6 – Fjord-sailing on the north side

Sail into the fjords from the north side of Svalbard. Raudfjorden, Liefdefjorden and Mushamna are home to rich wildlife and you can expect to see reindeer, seals and possibly polar bears. The glaciers in the area are fascinating and picking up fresh ice at Monacobreen, you can put it in your drink at the world’s northernmost bar; Texas Bar. Before turning around, you will spend a night in Mushamna, a very special and well protected bay.

Day 6-8 – Sailing south via Ny-Ålesund

Beginning the return south, you will pass the north-west islands and stop by New-Ålesund, the northernmost community of the world and a mecca for researchers from all over the world. You will then sail south on the inside of Prins Karls Forland to the mouth of Isfjorden, which leads to the largest settlements on Svalbard. As you approach Longyearbyen, you will pass Isfjord Radio lying at the entrance of the Isfjord, an old radio station which is now an attractive place for accommodation. Inside the Isfjorden, you may have time to a stop at the Russian mining town of Barentsburg; a special place with its own rhythm and atmosphere. On the last morning you will sail into Longyearbyen, clean and wash the boat and check out at 3pm. The yacht encourages everyone to stick around until the next day in accommodation on land, to meet for a farewell dinner in Longyearbyen

 

In Longyearbyen

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Longyearbyen in advance of the trip, then stay an extra day or two before traveling home. A time for rest and calm before and after such an adventure allows you to decompress and soak in this amazing trip.

 

The program

The program may change according to weather and conditions, but the itinerary gives an indication of how the days will be spent. Every day starts with a good breakfast and a packed lunch will be made before going ashore. Some days dinner will be eaten straight after skiing while other days you will eat a little when you return to the boat, and then sail on before eating a late dinner. According to forecast and preference of you and your crew, time can be spent fishing, sailing and exploring.

  • Star chef on board. Look forward to unique culinary experiences!
  • Trip experience with a 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
  • Food onboard during the trip
  • Comfort Package: accommodation in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready-made bed.
  • Use of shared trip-equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour fees etc.
  • Personal safety equipment: HH inflatable life vest
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • A lot of time outdoors
  • Travel to and from the boats
  • Guided trips every day – experienced and locally familiar ski guide?
  • 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)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and other alternative arrangements and activities along the way
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • Intermediate skiing is recommended.
  • A good level of fitness is recommended.

Travel

Check sas.no or wideoe.no for flights to Svolvær. If you get to Bodø you may take the ferry or fast ferry over to Lofoten. See the public itinerary here: www.177nordland.no. You may also perfectly well take the train to Bodø. Travelling slowly gives another dimension to a journey than flying. If you’re travelling from a city in the north or wish to extend your journey with a day or two, you can consider doing so on Hurtigruten.

Take an internal flight to Svolvær.

Take an internal flight from Svolvær.

Day 1 – Start the adventure

Join the boat in the harbour of Longyearbyen at 12pm where you will familiarise yourself with the boat and get to know the crew. Before departure you will go through routines and procedures onboard, including the safety brief. You will then set sail towards Tempelet, a mountain across the Isfjord. Sailing through the night with the midnight sun, you will continue your voyage on the inside of the island Prins Karls Forland and through the narrow passage by Forlandsrevet.

Day 2 – Krossfjorden and glaciers

Reaching Krossfjorden and Lilliehöökfjorden, you will visit the 14th of July bay and Lilliehöökbreen with its eight kilometer long glacier front. This is an impressive sight and you will have no reason to rush, taking your time to immerse yourself in these breathtaking surroundings. After an eventful day, you will sail out the fjord and continue north to Magdalenafjorden.

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

Today you will reach the stunning, historically fascinating Magdalena fjord. Named after the guardian angel of early Basque whalers, the fjord was an important base for whaling from the 16th century. As you sail further north you will reach more protected waters amongst the north-western Islands in the Smeerenberg-fjord.

Day 4-6 – Fjord-sailing on the north side

Sail into the fjords from the north side of Svalbard. Raudfjorden, Liefdefjorden and Mushamna are home to rich wildlife and you can expect to see reindeer, seals and possibly polar bears. The glaciers in the area are fascinating and picking up fresh ice at Monacobreen, you can put it in your drink at the world’s northernmost bar; Texas Bar. Before turning around, you will spend a night in Mushamna, a very special and well protected bay.

Day 6-8 – Sailing south via Ny-Ålesund

Beginning the return south, you will pass the north-west islands and stop by New-Ålesund, the northernmost community of the world and a mecca for researchers from all over the world. You will then sail south on the inside of Prins Karls Forland to the mouth of Isfjorden, which leads to the largest settlements on Svalbard. As you approach Longyearbyen, you will pass Isfjord Radio lying at the entrance of the Isfjord, an old radio station which is now an attractive place for accommodation. Inside the Isfjorden, you may have time to a stop at the Russian mining town of Barentsburg; a special place with its own rhythm and atmosphere. On the last morning you will sail into Longyearbyen, clean and wash the boat and check out at 3pm. The yacht encourages everyone to stick around until the next day in accommodation on land, to meet for a farewell dinner in Longyearbyen

 

In Longyearbyen

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Longyearbyen in advance of the trip, then stay an extra day or two before traveling home. A time for rest and calm before and after such an adventure allows you to decompress and soak in this amazing trip.

 

The program

The program may change according to weather and conditions, but the itinerary gives an indication of how the days will be spent. Every day starts with a good breakfast and a packed lunch will be made before going ashore. Some days dinner will be eaten straight after skiing while other days you will eat a little when you return to the boat, and then sail on before eating a late dinner. According to forecast and preference of you and your crew, time can be spent fishing, sailing and exploring.

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