9th July 2023 to 29th July 2023

Svalbard: To the polar ice edge and the islands furthest north

From £4170 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Sail all the way up towards the Sjuøyane - the northernmost islands of Svalbard and Norway. Experiencing the atmosphere, tranquility, and sounds along the polar ice edge is the goal and focus of this expedition.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
70ft Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
70ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 12.
Insurance Required
Yes

Sail all the way up towards the Sjuøyane - the northernmost islands of Svalbard and Norway. Experiencing the atmosphere, tranquility, and sounds along the polar ice edge is the goal and focus of this expedition. Spend several days along the northwest coast which offers majestic fjords and mountains, glaciers, wildlife, rich history and culture.

9 Nights: 09 - 18 July 2023 | 20 - 29 July 2023

47, 900 NOK / £4,170 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.

Day 1: The adventure begins!

At 14:00 you will meet onboard and meet with your fellow passengers in the Longyearbyen harbour before running through the programme for the trip. The crew will go through the programme for the trip and you will be familiarised with the boat and its equipment before getting the trip started. As life onboard requires cooperation, the crew will go through a number of protocols and procedures with the passengers in case of an emergency before setting sail. Later this evening, you will be on your way and set sail towards the world’s northernmost settlement, Ny-Ålesund. There is midnight sun this time of the year in Longyearbyen so the passengers onboard will make the most out of the afternoon and evening before setting sail towards Alkehornet, a mountain across the Isfjord. Throughout the night the voyage will continue on the inside of the island Prins Karls Forland, and through the narrow passage by Forlandsrevet.

Day 2: The world’s northernmost settlement

Be sure to keep an eye out to spot a walrus colony as the yacht continues a little farther north until you arrive at what is considered one of the most beautiful places on Svalbard, the inlet of Kongsfjorden. Here you’ll stop off at Ny-Ålesund, known as the starting point for Roald Amundsen’s voyage to the north pole with the airship “Norway”. Gear up and get ready for a trip on land and be sure to get your cameras ready to start snapping the good memories with the majestic glaciers and mountains as your backdrop including the three pyramid mountains in the heart of the Kongsfjord named after the Scandinavian countries Dana, Nora and Svea.

Day 3: Cultural remains on the northwestern corner

The trip will continue north, to the north-west corner of Spitsbergen. You’ll reach Smeerenburgfjord, an area which got its name from 17th century Dutch whalers. This area has clearly visible cultural remains from the activity that took place in “Blubber town”. These are protected areas as all the remains from before 1946 still exist. The crew will then reach Virgohamna which also carries a lot of history and you will have the opportunity to spot visible remains from early whaling. Virgohamna was used as a starting point for many North Pole expeditions. 

 

Day 4-5: Towards the ice-edge and Rossøya; Norway’s northernmost point

From the north-west corner, you will set course straight for Rossøya, the northernmost island on Svalbard and in Norway. Now it is time to start looking for the ice! If you meet the ice edge, the yacht will follow it eastwards and see if the sea opens up as we get closer to land. The crew will guide the yacht calmly along the ice edge while you scout for bears, seals, whales and other animals. The trip will continue north until you reach the northernmost point,  where there will be chilled champagne and a suitable ice floe from the polar ice to celebrate! 

Day 6-7: Around Sjuøyane and southwards

The yacht will spend some time around Sjuøyane, and then work its way south. If there is little ice and enough time, you may have the opportunity to visit many of the islands up here and get the chance to do a hike for some views. After exploring you will sail past Verlegenhuken, the northernmost point of the Spitsbergen island and stop for a rest by the trapper station at Mushamna, with its well protected lagoon.

Day 8-9: Back towards civilization

The last few days are spent sailing back towards Isfjorden. If you did not get a chance to visit all the interesting sites on your way up along the northwest coast, you’ll get another chance now. An interesting place that you must view in the area is the old radio station that once was the only communication the Svalbard society had with the outside world, which today is a nice hotel. If time permits, you can expect to stop at the Russian settlement Barentsburg, located quite close to the entrance of Isfjorden and go ashore and spend the evening here and have dinner on land. This is a special experience in itself and a time travel back to the Soviet era. 

Day 10: Return to Longyearbyen and goodbye for now!

The yacht will reach Longyearbyen just after breakfast where you’ll have time to pack up your things and disembark by 14:00. If you have the time, it is recommended that you stay a night in Longyearbyen so all passengers can meet for a closing dinner in Longyearbyen on this last night. 

In Longyearbyen

It is recommended that everyone that joins on this trip to/from Longyearbyen to stay an extra day or two before travelling home/before the trip starts. Longyearbyen is a thriving little Arctic village with raw arctic nature. It’s always a good idea to add time for some rest and calmness before and after such a trip, to relax and let the impressions sink in.

The program

The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that can be adapted to the weather and conditions. The right to change and improve the itinerary is reserved. A dinghy will be available for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all trips – Are you ready for an adventure?

 

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper on board
  • Extra co-skipper and guide/crew onboard
  • Our Comfort Package which 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 onboard 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
  • 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; Helly Hansen inflatable lifejacket
  • Survival Suit and Search and Rescue insurance for everyone on board
  • Teaching, advice, and guidance about boat life and sailing
  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, and similar, or other activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury drinks (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • 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.

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 crewmembers on board. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.

Safety and risk – expedition

On our expedition trips, we often spend multiple days on sea-crossings, and we sail into areas far from people and with extra risk factors, such as sea ice and unreliable navigations charts. This requires our crew to have extra focus and awareness of the potential situations that might arise. We sail in these areas only in the most optimal seasons, and use only our largest and most sturdy boats, which are both equipped and dimensioned to cope with this type of expedition sailing. We are fully aware that sailing is the safest and most accessible way to visit these very inaccessible places. However, sailing in general, and especially sailing in the Arctic and over the high seas, involves a certain risk that you must be willing to take. Feel free to contact us for a chat and guidance regarding risk.

Level of this trip

This is a trip for people who want to experience the Arctic, and the spectacular landscapes and the unique wildlife Svalbard has to offer! In terms of sailing, this trip is not very difficult, but you must be prepared for both calm winds and sailing in harsher weather. If you are a beginner, we want to make you a seaman/woman as soon as possible, and if you are experienced, you will quickly get more responsibility and greater challenges. The group and crew will be divided into watch teams so that we can learn from each other and help each other out.

Equipment/packing

As with all activities, there is plenty of specialized equipment and clothing for sailing. 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. What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and layered clothing underneath. A pair of higher rubber boots for landings from the dinghy is very nice to have, in addition to slippers to wear below deck. Out on the high seas and in the Arctic, it is cold even in summer, so bring both swimwear and plenty of warm clothes. 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. You will be split into a watch team, with the teams working in rotations of 4 hours on and 8 hours off, with a rotating system to make sure that the night-shifts are divided equally among all watch teams. Our trips require a little work from the participants – and you must be open to contribute and open 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 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 generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some of which have bunk beds. Figuring out who sleeps where can be a bit of a puzzle, but we do believe we’ve gotten quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations.

We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always abundance of fresh water. This means it will not be possible to shower every day, but more or less every other day we are either in a harbor with fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or enjoy a sauna. A morning swim in the sea is free and is available all year round!

What kind of people join this trip – and how many are we on board?

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. Most of our participants are usually between 25-55 years old. The number of participants varies from trip to trip, but on these trips we are usually between 6 and 11 people.

Environment and sustainability

In general sailing is an environmentally friendly activity,, 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.

Please see 'Other Practical Information Section'

Please see 'Other Practical Information Section'

Day 1: The adventure begins!

At 14:00 you will meet onboard and meet with your fellow passengers in the Longyearbyen harbour before running through the programme for the trip. The crew will go through the programme for the trip and you will be familiarised with the boat and its equipment before getting the trip started. As life onboard requires cooperation, the crew will go through a number of protocols and procedures with the passengers in case of an emergency before setting sail. Later this evening, you will be on your way and set sail towards the world’s northernmost settlement, Ny-Ålesund. There is midnight sun this time of the year in Longyearbyen so the passengers onboard will make the most out of the afternoon and evening before setting sail towards Alkehornet, a mountain across the Isfjord. Throughout the night the voyage will continue on the inside of the island Prins Karls Forland, and through the narrow passage by Forlandsrevet.

Day 2: The world’s northernmost settlement

Be sure to keep an eye out to spot a walrus colony as the yacht continues a little farther north until you arrive at what is considered one of the most beautiful places on Svalbard, the inlet of Kongsfjorden. Here you’ll stop off at Ny-Ålesund, known as the starting point for Roald Amundsen’s voyage to the north pole with the airship “Norway”. Gear up and get ready for a trip on land and be sure to get your cameras ready to start snapping the good memories with the majestic glaciers and mountains as your backdrop including the three pyramid mountains in the heart of the Kongsfjord named after the Scandinavian countries Dana, Nora and Svea.

Day 3: Cultural remains on the northwestern corner

The trip will continue north, to the north-west corner of Spitsbergen. You’ll reach Smeerenburgfjord, an area which got its name from 17th century Dutch whalers. This area has clearly visible cultural remains from the activity that took place in “Blubber town”. These are protected areas as all the remains from before 1946 still exist. The crew will then reach Virgohamna which also carries a lot of history and you will have the opportunity to spot visible remains from early whaling. Virgohamna was used as a starting point for many North Pole expeditions. 

 

Day 4-5: Towards the ice-edge and Rossøya; Norway’s northernmost point

From the north-west corner, you will set course straight for Rossøya, the northernmost island on Svalbard and in Norway. Now it is time to start looking for the ice! If you meet the ice edge, the yacht will follow it eastwards and see if the sea opens up as we get closer to land. The crew will guide the yacht calmly along the ice edge while you scout for bears, seals, whales and other animals. The trip will continue north until you reach the northernmost point,  where there will be chilled champagne and a suitable ice floe from the polar ice to celebrate! 

Day 6-7: Around Sjuøyane and southwards

The yacht will spend some time around Sjuøyane, and then work its way south. If there is little ice and enough time, you may have the opportunity to visit many of the islands up here and get the chance to do a hike for some views. After exploring you will sail past Verlegenhuken, the northernmost point of the Spitsbergen island and stop for a rest by the trapper station at Mushamna, with its well protected lagoon.

Day 8-9: Back towards civilization

The last few days are spent sailing back towards Isfjorden. If you did not get a chance to visit all the interesting sites on your way up along the northwest coast, you’ll get another chance now. An interesting place that you must view in the area is the old radio station that once was the only communication the Svalbard society had with the outside world, which today is a nice hotel. If time permits, you can expect to stop at the Russian settlement Barentsburg, located quite close to the entrance of Isfjorden and go ashore and spend the evening here and have dinner on land. This is a special experience in itself and a time travel back to the Soviet era. 

Day 10: Return to Longyearbyen and goodbye for now!

The yacht will reach Longyearbyen just after breakfast where you’ll have time to pack up your things and disembark by 14:00. If you have the time, it is recommended that you stay a night in Longyearbyen so all passengers can meet for a closing dinner in Longyearbyen on this last night. 

In Longyearbyen

It is recommended that everyone that joins on this trip to/from Longyearbyen to stay an extra day or two before travelling home/before the trip starts. Longyearbyen is a thriving little Arctic village with raw arctic nature. It’s always a good idea to add time for some rest and calmness before and after such a trip, to relax and let the impressions sink in.

The program

The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that can be adapted to the weather and conditions. The right to change and improve the itinerary is reserved. A dinghy will be available for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all trips – Are you ready for an adventure?

 

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

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