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10th May 2024 to 16th May 2024

Ski & Sail Svalbard – 7 days

From £3500 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Ski & Sail Svalbard: Experience the best of the Arctic in May, with endless daylight, abundant wildlife, and pristine powder.
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Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
Good level of fitness and on this trip we require some experience with randonee/alpine touring/backcountry skiing.
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
Bavaria 44 or Bavaria 50
Vessel length
44 or 50 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10
Insurance Required
Yes

Ski, sail, and adventure in Svalbard's midnight sun! Join us aboard Valiente this May for unforgettable wildlife encounters and pristine mountain slopes.

6 Nights: 10 - 16 May 2024

From: 45,800 NOK / £3,500 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.

Are you ready for an epic adventure in Svalbard? Join us for a blend of skiing and sailing in the endless daylight of May. Just imagine skiing down untouched slopes and relaxing on our spacious expedition boat amidst stunning fjords. It's a week-long journey where wildlife thrives, and you get to ski where few have skied before. Valiente, our 70-foot expedition boat, is your home in the Arctic wilderness. With the itinerary we have planned, experienced guides and a seasoned skipper, good times and incredible experiences are guaranteed.

Each day brings something new, whether it's skiing in outer Isfjorden, exploring St. Johnsfjorden, Forlandssundet and Kongsfjorden, or sailing back to Longyearbyen. We have exciting things planned for each day.

Why You’ll Love This Trip

  • Enjoy spring skiing under the midnight sun. Most European skiing has wrapped up at this time of year, but it is still going strong in the North.
  • Get the chance to ski on virgin slopes amongst breathtaking fjords with local ski guides leading the way.
  • You'll have the chance to spot polar bears, witness whales breaching in the Arctic Ocean, and spot diverse birdlife that thrives in this unique ecosystem.
  • We explore iconic sites on Svalbard like Pyramiden and Barentsburg which are both abandoned Soviet towns offering a glimpse into Svalbard's unique history.
  • Experience Svalbard's unparalleled beauty, from the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier to the enchanting Forlandet National Park. It’s truly breathtaking.
  • Forge connections with like-minded travellers, share stories, and create lasting friendships amidst the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes.

Who The Trip Is For

  • On this trip, we require some experience with randonnée/alpine touring/backcountry skiing. You should have skied or snowboarded before, and been on backcountry/touring trips.
  • This trip requires a little work from the participants - and you must be open to contributing and opening up a bit socially. We want you to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, cleaning the boat, or contributing in other ways when required.
  • Travellers who want to see the world in a sustainable way. The trip emphasises sustainability in every possible way, both on and off the boat.
  • Those who embrace the flexibility of ocean travel. While we will attempt to reach as many destinations as possible, the final route will be determined during the trip depending on the weather conditions.

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

Welcome on board! We will meet in Longyearbyen harbour at 14:00, 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 sail to our first anchorage ready for skiing tomorrow.

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 and Barentsburg, as well Pyramiden and other smaller abandoned places. The fjord is surrounded by great mountains for skiing, so before we sail north, we spend a day or two skiing around Isfjorden.

Day 3 – 5: St.Johnsfjorden, Forlandssundet & Kongsfjorden

These days we use in the Isfjord area, and if the weather forecast allows us we will explore the magnificent fjords on the north-west coast of the Spitsbergen island. With ski touring and sailing, nice meals and spectacular wilderness!

Day 6: Sailing back home towards Longyearbyen

We start thinking about the return, whether it’ll be from the Isfjord area, or from further north around Kongsfjoren. If we have time we stop for a skitour along the way. We aim for a visit in Barentsburg and finish the day with dinner here if we are in the mood for that!

Day 7: Last skiing day and thanks for a great trip!

We wake up this last morning closer to Longyearbyen, where we do a last half day of skiing to end this wonderful week. Well down in the boat again, we clean, pack and tidy our way out of the boat, as we sail the last miles back to Longyearbyen. We end the trip at the dock latest at 16.00 this afternoon. 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. On some days we will eat dinner right away after skiing, while on other days we will have a light meal when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before having a late dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, or exploring the area. If the weather is really not in favor of skiing, we can spend the day sailing or doing something else fun.

  • Trip experience with a sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper on board
  • Guided trips every day – experienced and locally familiar ski guide
  • Small groups – maximum 6 guests per ski guide
  • Our Comfort Package consists of accommodation onboard in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready-made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • An environmentally friendly, local, sustainable, unique, exotic, and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • Survival Suit and Search and Rescue insurance for everyone on board
  • Use of our shared trip equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment, etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbor fees, etc.
  • Personal safety equipment, Helly Hansen inflatable lifejacket
  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Ski and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Personal snacks for excursions on land (it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury drinks (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, and similar, or other activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – optional, but recommended

Travel – in general

Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also allows you to start your holiday in a special way. Cycling, taking the train, or driving a car together can be good options! Feel free to add some extra time before and after your trip, since up north the weather can be unpredictable and might affect your plans!

Travel Longyearbyen

Very few row to Longyearbyen, a few more sail, but most fly. Norwegian and SAS fly to Longyearbyen.

What exactly is Ski & Sail?

Ski & Sail is a trip concept where we sail to the feet of the mountains and start the ski trip by the edge of the water. By boat, we can move from place to place, and choose mountain sides and areas based on weather and conditions. Ski & Sail is something Italian and French skiers have done in Norway since the 90s, and something Norwegians so far have only started to discover the joys of. SailNorway has arranged Ski & Sail trips in Helgeland, Steigen, Lofoten Islands, Lyngen, Finnmark, and on Svalbard for many years, and we dare say that we know many of the very best places along the coast. Skiing & Sailing is really cool!

Level of this trip – medium

On this trip, we require some experience with randonnee/alpine touring/backcountry skiing. You should have skied or snowboarded before, and been on backcountry/touring trips. Regardless, we will set up the trip based on the experience of the group, so that everyone has a great experience. On most of our Ski & Sail trips, we sail two or more boats in tandem, with one ski guide per boat. This depends on the number of participants we have signed up, but it allows us to split up into groups based on the participants’ prior experience. If you have a lot of experience and are on skis, you will still find the opportunity to challenge and enjoy yourself on the trip.
If you are wondering if this trip is a good fit for you, feel free to contact us so that we can help you find the tour that best fits your wishes and needs – whether you are a beginner or are very experienced.

Safety and risk – in general

We take safety seriously and on our trips, we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. On board a boat and on trips, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us, it is important that you as a guest and participant are trained quickly enough to be a participant – not a passenger. It contributes to learning, a sense of achievement, and increased safety for all. It’s also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses: you are trained to be one of the crew members on board. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.

Safety and risk – Ski & Sail

We have the same mindset when it comes to skiing and alpine/backcountry trips. On the first day of skiing, we train on search and rescue techniques and the use of avalanche equipment. Many elements determine the safety of an alpine/backcountry trip. Good planning, humbleness in relation to weather and avalanche risk, and a good group dynamic are important. It is also crucial that you follow the guide’s instructions in the mountains to ensure safety. Skitouring and alpine/backcountry skiing involve a certain risk, as does sailing. However, we at SailNorway, and our skippers and ski guides, do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner.

Snow conditions

We work with locally knowledgeable ski guides and plan the trips based on the latest available local reports and forecasts. If we are in a place without snow, we sail to where the snow is! With the sailboat we are flexible with regards to finding the best snow, meaning that we may sometimes go somewhere that is not mentioned in the program or a place that we might not have tested in advance ourselves. This adds to the excitement!

Equipment/packing

Equipment for ski touring and backcountry skiing is required for this trip, that means an avalanche/ski backpack with beacon, probe, and shovel, and touring skis (or splitboard) with skins and ski crampons. We have a few sets of avalanche equipment that can be hired through us if you let us know beforehand, and ski equipment can be rented through our partners. Crampons, climbing axes, and harnesses/ropes are not required on our trips. We do not expect you to buy lots of new equipment to join any of our trips, so, use what you have, borrow what you need from a friend, try to purchase used equipment, and if you have to invest in new equipment – buy quality items that will last. We will send you a detailed recommended packing list in good time before departure.

Food and cooking

On our trips, you will be part of the crew onboard and get the chance to participate in all aspects of the running of the sailboat. This includes the cooking, where everyone is taking turns in the galley! Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. Before the trip, we set up a menu and purchase what is needed. We offer good menus with healthy “boat-friendly” food. If you have allergies or preferences, let us know in the registration form and we will take that into account. During the trip, we often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat.

What we expect from you

We want you to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, cleaning the boat, or contributing in other ways when required. Our trips require a little work from the participants – and you must be open to contributing and opening up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people get along very well. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least doing things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting, and memorable stories :)

Life on board and accommodation

Life on board a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some, it can be perceived as quite intimate and crowded, which one should be prepared for. On our trips, everyone participates in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered a crew. We would like to get to know you well and hope that you will get to know everyone else on the boat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity, and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences will take your focus as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.
Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. The accommodation is in double cabins, some of which have a double bed and some of which have bunk beds. You must arrange any accommodation before and after the trip on your own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we’re happy to give you some recommendations.
We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always an abundance of fresh water.

What kind of people join this trip?

Many come alone, some travel as couples, and others travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and interesting people you will become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but this isn’t so important to us. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old as long as you want to go on a trip and intend to do your part in making this a great trip for everyone.

Environment and sustainability

Both sailing and alpine/backcountry trips are environmentally friendly activities, and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as possible. We encourage crew and participants to travel as environmentally friendly as possible, and we use local ingredients and resources as much as we can. We also run trips where we collect litter and clean ocean trash from beaches.
Philosophically, we often say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability: we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity, and food. In order to run sustainably, knowledge, patience, flexibility, and hard work are required. The same can be said about many other things that one tries to do in a sustainable way.

Minimum number of registered participants

We need a minimum of 5 registered participants to run this trip. We are able to tell pretty early on whether a trip will be confirmed or not. If we have to cancel, you will get reimbursed or offered to join another trip. Since we need a certain number of registered participants to confirm a trip, please do not book your travel (flights, ferry, train, bus, etc.) before we have confirmed your trip.

Take an internal flight to Longyearbyen.

Take an external flight from Longyearbyen.

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

Welcome on board! We will meet in Longyearbyen harbour at 14:00, 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 sail to our first anchorage ready for skiing tomorrow.

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 and Barentsburg, as well Pyramiden and other smaller abandoned places. The fjord is surrounded by great mountains for skiing, so before we sail north, we spend a day or two skiing around Isfjorden.

Day 3 – 5: St.Johnsfjorden, Forlandssundet & Kongsfjorden

These days we use in the Isfjord area, and if the weather forecast allows us we will explore the magnificent fjords on the north-west coast of the Spitsbergen island. With ski touring and sailing, nice meals and spectacular wilderness!

Day 6: Sailing back home towards Longyearbyen

We start thinking about the return, whether it’ll be from the Isfjord area, or from further north around Kongsfjoren. If we have time we stop for a skitour along the way. We aim for a visit in Barentsburg and finish the day with dinner here if we are in the mood for that!

Day 7: Last skiing day and thanks for a great trip!

We wake up this last morning closer to Longyearbyen, where we do a last half day of skiing to end this wonderful week. Well down in the boat again, we clean, pack and tidy our way out of the boat, as we sail the last miles back to Longyearbyen. We end the trip at the dock latest at 16.00 this afternoon. 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. On some days we will eat dinner right away after skiing, while on other days we will have a light meal when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before having a late dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, or exploring the area. If the weather is really not in favor of skiing, we can spend the day sailing or doing something else fun.

Adventure-wear

  • Woollen underwear – shirt and longjohns/ziplongs (bring two pairs so you have spare)
  • Woollen socks (multiple pairs) and woollen soles (bring two pairs so you have spare)
  • Woollen scarf/buff/high neck and hat (preferably warm and wind proof)
  • Mittens or gloves preferably with wind or water-resistant covers. 
  • Woollen sweater, preferably a turtle-neck
  • Warm pants, preferably multi-layered with warmer materials. (For use on deck or while sailing)
  • Warm winter jacket – down jacket or preferably primaloft (as they can handle water)
  • “Nice/party-/restaurant” clothing
  • Sea/sailing/rain/rubberboots, preferably “winter” style. Bring some big enough so that they breathe even with woollen socks and woollen soles. Tip – check out light weight ice fishing/snow mobile boots…
  • Light shoes/sandals/crocs that breathe well. (For use indoor and on deck in nice weather)
  • Sailwear/oilskin – jacket and pants (we rent out/sell good quality oilskins at reasonable prices, see separate information)
  • Sailing gloves (not a must) and here you can also use skiing-gloves or rubber/fishing gloves with wool liners.
  • A head torch (preferably one with dimming-function/red (night) light) + extra batteries.
  • Optional: Small seat-pad to put inside your pants, or the padded longjohns we’ve developed together with Northern Playground, https://www.northernplayground.no/en/shop/ziplongs-padded

Other equipment

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle(s), minimum 0,75 – 1 liter, Hydration reservoir (Camelbak)
  • Small washing cloth and soap
  • Towel and swimming gear
  • Thermos (insulated bottle) for hot water.
  • Drytech lunch/dinner for a day trip. (optional – instead of packed lunch)

Equipment for skiing

  • Skis or splitboard with fitted climbing skins and ski crampons, boots and poles!
  • Skis should be packed in ski-bag, boots in a boot-bag/bag for storage on board and easy&safe transportation to the shore in the dinghy. 
  • When we go in the dinghy in between the mother vessel and land, we use rubber boots in order not get wet. We then change to skiboots on the beach. So… you should bring watertight boots as high as possible. The absolute best are waders that fly-fishers use, however :)
  • Avalanche safety kit: Shovel, probe and transceiver/beacon (with extra batteries) – Everyone going ski touring must have complete kit!
    (We have a few kits for rent, can also be rented in Henningsvær/Tromsø)
  • Ski clothing
  • Helmet and goggles
  • (Skiing) Backpack, 30 – 50 liter capacity
  • Ski-crampons, recommended.
  • Splitboard-crampons, required. For icy/hard conditions.
  • Boot ice crampons and ice axe (we normally do not plan any runs that requires this, so it’s optional, not a must)  
  • Map over the area
  • Compass

Smartphones, charging and other advice

  • Onboard the boats there are USB outlets for charging phones when we sail. 220V outlets are available when we’re docked.
  • We have cellular coverage most of the time. (Mainland Norway)
  • We have enough life vests for everyone, but if you have a vest of your own that you want to use, then bring it! (Unscrew the gas-cylinder before checking in your bag at the airport.)
  • Pack like a sailor; in a bag or backpack, NOT in a rigid suitcase.
  • Pack as little as possible, but bring what you need!:)
  • The less items you bring, the faster we sail, and the less time you spend fooling around with your gear:)
  • Please make sure that you have a valid travel insurance, preferably with a cancellation coverage

PS: This is a recommended packing list. Please take into account if there are other items you may need on board.