Tromso to Longyearbyen, Svalbard,

24,800NOK / £2,300 per person*

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7 nights

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 transport, we get close to the natural forces over the Barents Sea, and we get close to nature and wildlife for the last days along the coast up to Longyearbyen. We will get winds in the sails, salt water in the hair and experience lots along the way!

The trip is a total of 600 nautical miles long. The crossing of the Barents Sea is a wonderful experience, and we’ll sail through the bright polar night on our way to the goal. As we leave the mainland, we’ll only have the ocean in front of us until we arrive on Bear Island (Bjørnøya), which is about halfway. After we reach the southernmost tip of Svalbard we’re greeted by the typical Svalbard nature with its iconic mountains, deep fjords and glaciers. We’ll then sail into Hornsundet where glaciers meet and crash into the sea, and it’s a spectacular sight. If time permits we’ll visit the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, before we arrive in Longyearbyen.

We’ll use expedition vessel “Valiente” for this trip. This is a 70-foot steel boat, she’ll take us safely through the Arctic waters. Our two skippers will include everyone in the sailing along. We’ll sail pretty much all day, and participants will be divided into watches. This is a superb chance for those wanting to get an introduction to sailing and navigation, in addition to exploring the magnificent nature!

Trip Start: July 2020 Dates TBC

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Vessel Type

70 foot steel yacht “Valiente”

Vessel Length

70 foot




Single + double cabins


Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

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  • Experienced skipper / instructor onboard
  • Accommodation on board the whole trip
  • Comfort package where you are guaranteed accommodation in cabins with linens, duvet and pillow
  • All food as indicated in the program
  • Use of shared equipment, small boats, kayaks along
  • Safety gear for all crewmembers


  • Journey trip / return Tromsø / Longyearbyen
  • Expenses for any restaurant visit or overnight stays beyond the approved program
  • Beverages

Practical Info

  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • A reasonable level of fitness recommended.


Getting there

Take an internal flight within Norway to Tromso.

Getting back

Take an internal flight within Norway from Longyearbyen.

Travel assistance

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Tromso to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Join: Tromso, Norway 

Leave: Longyearbyen, 

Day 1 – Arrival to Tromsø

We meet on board the boat at 3 pm. 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 aboard the boat requires cooperation, and before leaving we’ll hold a briefing on safety and how the boat works. Then we set sail, passing the Lyngen Peninsula on our way north. 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. – / – / D

Day 2 and 3 – Barents Sea / Bear Island

It takes approximately two days from the time we leave the mainland until we see land on Bear Island, of course 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 an interesting view 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. B / L / D

Day 4 and 5 – From Bear Island to South Cape

This stretch is slightly shorter than the leg from the mainland to Bear Island. We’ll pass South Cape early morning of 22 July. Now it’s time to sail into the deep fjord at Hornsund, a wonderful place with tall 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. Maybe we’ll find enough driftwood to make a bonfire at the beach?! B / L / D

Day 6 – 8 Hornsund to Longyarbyen

From Hornsund we’ll continue north along the coast. We pass Bellsund where the Svea mines are located further into the Van Mijenfjorden. We reach the entrance of the Ice Fjord, where we find most of the settlements. Longyearbyen and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg are the largest. If time permits, we stop at Barentsburg, located right at the entrance to the Ice Fjord. On the afternoon of July 23, we will go on to Longyearbyen for a good dinner either onboard or ashore. On the morning of the 24th we eat a good breakfast on board the boat and end the trip. If you have time we recommend a night or two extra in Longyearbyen to explore it! B/L/D



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)



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


Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife


Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require


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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