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22nd May 2020 to 2nd June 2020

Tromsø- Svalbard

£2850 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
This is the really big one, a true bucket list experience for any adventurer who has dreamt of crossing the ocean to the frozen kingdom of the ice bear
Nights onboard
11
Vessel type
57ft Steel Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
57ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)
Insurance Required
Yes

Navigate through ice and past glaciers as you cross the sea to the kingdom of Svalbard in this bucket list adventure

11 nights: 22 May - 02 June 2020

£2,850 per person

A true bucket list experience for any adventurer who has dreamt of crossing the ocean to explore the kingdom of the polar bear. Experience the ever-unfolding beauty of this breath-taking arctic landscape as you sail through fjords and past mountains before picking a weather window to sail across the Barents Sea to Longyearbyen in Svalbard. 

Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of ice and rock from the truly unique vantage point of a steel expedition yacht. Sailing through the day and night you will carefully navigate your way past icebergs and glaciers on your 400nm trip, keeping an eye out for arctic wildlife, including whales and walruses.

As you sail under the magical midnight sun, out of sight of land, you will eventually arrive at Svalbard, where you will explore its remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes and polar bears.

Day 1:Joining the expedition

Join the expedition yacht in Tromsø, a vibrant city with regular flights in arctic Norway. Following a warm welcome on board, you will be shown around the boat and given the chance to familiarise yourself with the yacht and the itinerary. After settling in, explore this cultural hub of a town, with its centuries old wooden houses and arctic cathedral. Dinner will be provided on board on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew members.

Day 2: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings you will head out of port, setting sail for the first time. The sheltered fjords in this area provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat. The skipper will take you through everything you need to know about how sailing and life work on board an expedition yacht. There will also be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery of northern Norway.

Day 3 – 8: Crossing the Barents Sea

The total crossing is a distance of nearly 400 nautical miles and will take around four to five days. During the crossing the crew will be divided into groups of two or three, with each watch supervised by a member of the professional crew. The watches will take it in turns sailing the yacht across the Barents Sea throughout the day and night, underneath the midnight sun. During the journey you can expect to be accompanied by sea birds as they wander the ocean and you may even find yourselves encountering whales. If the conditions are right then you will be able to stop at the truly remote island of Bjornoya (Bear Island), approximately 250 nautical miles into the journey, before continuing your crossing to Svalbard.

Day 9 – 10: Exploring southern Svalbard

Slow down the pace as you encounter the unique environment of Svalbard. Exploring the spectacular southern peninsular, with it’s glaciers reaching down to the sea, you will navigate carefully through the ice as you seek out a beautiful anchorage to get a good night’s sleep and step foot on the incredible Norwegian archipelago.

Day 10 – 11: Exploring Svalbard further

Using the weather conditions to best advantage, you will seek out the highlights that Svalbard has to offer, with the opportunity to visit important landmarks to Svalbard’s unique history.

Day 11: Arrival in Longyearbyen

Travelling up Isfjorden to the main town of Longyearbyen, you will moor up for the night and enjoy your final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories and pictures from the expedition with your crew.

Day 12: Leaving the boat.

Breakfast will be provided on board and you can say your goodbyes before you either head home or explore more of Longyearbyen and arctic life.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas visited on the expedition. The exact itinerary followed will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions.

  • Accommodation on board, including bedding and duvet.
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board.
  • Use of onboard equipment, including SUP
  • Use of an expedition sailing suit and offshore standard lifejacket.
  • Professional and qualified crew.
  • Use of our rib to get ashore and explore
  • Travel to and from the boats
  • Food ashore
  • Open to beginner sailors.

Tromsø, Norway

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Day 1:Joining the expedition

Join the expedition yacht in Tromsø, a vibrant city with regular flights in arctic Norway. Following a warm welcome on board, you will be shown around the boat and given the chance to familiarise yourself with the yacht and the itinerary. After settling in, explore this cultural hub of a town, with its centuries old wooden houses and arctic cathedral. Dinner will be provided on board on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew members.

Day 2: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings you will head out of port, setting sail for the first time. The sheltered fjords in this area provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat. The skipper will take you through everything you need to know about how sailing and life work on board an expedition yacht. There will also be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery of northern Norway.

Day 3 – 8: Crossing the Barents Sea

The total crossing is a distance of nearly 400 nautical miles and will take around four to five days. During the crossing the crew will be divided into groups of two or three, with each watch supervised by a member of the professional crew. The watches will take it in turns sailing the yacht across the Barents Sea throughout the day and night, underneath the midnight sun. During the journey you can expect to be accompanied by sea birds as they wander the ocean and you may even find yourselves encountering whales. If the conditions are right then you will be able to stop at the truly remote island of Bjornoya (Bear Island), approximately 250 nautical miles into the journey, before continuing your crossing to Svalbard.

Day 9 – 10: Exploring southern Svalbard

Slow down the pace as you encounter the unique environment of Svalbard. Exploring the spectacular southern peninsular, with it’s glaciers reaching down to the sea, you will navigate carefully through the ice as you seek out a beautiful anchorage to get a good night’s sleep and step foot on the incredible Norwegian archipelago.

Day 10 – 11: Exploring Svalbard further

Using the weather conditions to best advantage, you will seek out the highlights that Svalbard has to offer, with the opportunity to visit important landmarks to Svalbard’s unique history.

Day 11: Arrival in Longyearbyen

Travelling up Isfjorden to the main town of Longyearbyen, you will moor up for the night and enjoy your final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories and pictures from the expedition with your crew.

Day 12: Leaving the boat.

Breakfast will be provided on board and you can say your goodbyes before you either head home or explore more of Longyearbyen and arctic life.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas visited on the expedition. The exact itinerary followed will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions.

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

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap

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, waterproof with good grip. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop in mid-calf depth water.

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Backpack – 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 on board 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 a soft type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal