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Spitsbergen: Fjords and Glaciers

fr 3,500 NOK / £3520 per person*

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*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.

7 nights

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

Welcome on board our 8-day trip along the northwestern coast of Spitsbergen; an area rich in majestic fjords and mountains, great glaciers, wildlife, and places that both have a lot of history and other things to offer.

On this expedition along the northwest coast we will be far outside the areas usually available from Longyearbyen, thus no matter if you have been to Svalbard before or not, you will experience something new. Of the many fjords we sail through the most known are the Kongsfjord, Krossfjorden, Lilliehöökfjorden, Magdalenafjorden, Bockfjorden and Liefdefjorden. Of the countless glaciers, the Kongsbreen and Monacobreen are the largest.

For this particular trip, our ambition is to really dive into the theme of fjords and glaciers. We will do this on several levels. Naturally, we will sail around and go for hikes in the fjords, and walk on several different glaciers with crampons, ice axes and rope. But we will also learn about the formation of the fjords, the movements of the glaciers, the inner life of the ice, and not least the glaciers’s’ challenges and future in a time of warming and changing climate. New knowledge about climate change becomes part of this. Few other places on earth is climate change as evident as in Svalbard. A warmer climate affects both the permafrost, glaciers and sea ice, and the whole ecosystem is under pressure.

Even though we do not circumnavigate Svalbard on this trip, there are great opportunities to see polar bears, whales, seals and a bustling birdlife. On Svalbard there’s midnight sun until August 11, so it will be bright 24 hours a day. You will have a great encounter with the beautiful and uninhabited Arctic landscape. Along the north west coast there is also good fishing that hopefully will make up some good meals along the way. With the sailboat as our mobile base, we get close to nature and wildlife in a careful way, and we are flexible in terms of weather conditions and where we anchor and go ashore.

An expedition with us to Svalbard is primarily a major exploration, but also a great opportunity to learn a lot about sailing and navigation, and not least the use of a boat as a starting point for explorations and experiences on ashore. Are you ready for the summer’s great polar adventure?

Trip Start: Various Date June – July 2020



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VESSEL

Vessel Type

70 foot steal hulled expedition boat

 

Vessel Length

70 foot

Skipper

Yes

Berth

6 cabins

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Extra crew/Svalbard guide
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • Accommodation on board the whole 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, HH inflatable life vest
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • Advice, guidance and practical training on sailing and boating in general. As an active crew member you will be engaged in, and learn to run a boat.
  • Survival Suit and Search and rescue (SAR) insurance for everyone on board
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday

Additional

  • Travels to and 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
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Optional activities where we hire external guides and equipment, such as kayaking, glacier hikes or surfing
  • Personal snack for excursions on land (so, it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – recommended, but up to you (normally you don’t need a special insurance to sail)

Practical Info

  • Open to beginner sailors
  • 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

Day 1 – We start the adventure!

We meet onboard the boat in the harbour of Longyearbyen at 12.00. We start with getting to know each other, before we go through the plan for the week. We get to know the boat and the equipment, and finish packing provisions and equipments. The life onboard requires cooperation, and before departure we go through routines and procedures onboard, for sailing and emergency situations. In Longyearbyen there is midnight sun this time of year, and we will make the most out of the afternoon and evening and set sail with course towards Tempelet, a mountain across the Isfjord. Throughout the night we continue our voyage on the inside of the island Prins Karls Forland, and through the narrow passage by Forlandsrevet.

Day 2 – Krossfjorden and glaciers

Within the day we reach Krossfjorden and Lilliehöökfjorden. Here we will visit the 14th of July bay and Lilliehöökbreen with its eight kilometer long glacier front. This is an impressive sight! We have no reason for hasting in these surroundings, and we will take our time to digest the impressions. After an eventful day, we sail out the fjord again and continue north to Magdalenafjorden.

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

Today the Magdalenafjord is our big highlight! The beautiful fjord with ice in the water and high peaks around is named after the guardian angel of early Basque whalers; Maria Magdalena. The fjord was an important base for whaling already from the 16th century. Many also died here, and at one place several burial sites can be found. As we sail further north we reach more protected waters amongst the north-western Islands in the Smeerenberg-fjord. We will visit islands with history dating from the 17th century when whale hunters dominated this area. At the peak in the 1630s there were about 250 boats here hunting about 750 whales per summer. Thus the whale population sank quickly and so did the number of whalers. Then 250 years later the island became relevant again, this time as base for several polar expeditions in the 19th and 20th century. Virgohavna was among others, the base for Swedish Salomon August André’s balloon flight attempt the North Pole in 1896-97.

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

The next few days we will sail into the fjords from the north side of Svalbard; Raudfjorden, Liefdefjorden and Mushamna. These fjords are the homes to a rich wildlife, and we can expect to see reindeer, seal and maybe polar bears. The glaciers in the area are fascinating; we pick up fresh ice at Monacobreen that we can put in the drink at the world’s northernmost bar; Texas Bar. The last night before we turn around we spend in Mushamna, which is a very special and well protected bay.

Day 6-8 – Sailing south via Ny-Ålesund

In the morning we start the return south towards Longyearbyen. We 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. Then we sail southwards on the inside of Prins Karls Forland to the mouth of Isfjorden, which leads us to the largest settlements on Svalbard, with Longyearbyen being the largest. As we approach Longyearbyen, we pass Isfjord Radio lying at the entrance of the Isfjord, an old radio station which today is an attractive place for accommodation. Inside the Isfjorden, we hopefully have time to a stop at the Russian mining town of Barentsburg; a special place with its own rhythm and atmosphere. The last morning we sail into Longyearbyen, we clean and wash the boat, and check out 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.

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 traveling 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.

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 getting back to the boat, other days we just eat a snack at the beach, 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 in disfavor of a trip on land, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.

KIT LIST

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

“Trip of a lifetime & perfect for the solo traveller….”

Tori

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