A truly exploratory ski touring expedition in the rugged mountains of Spitsbergen the only (barely) populated island in the Svalbard archipelago of about 60 islands in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway at a Latitude of 79-80º. Few spots in this world are as remote and wild as Spitsbergen, not to mention all the wildlife and glaciated peaks that offer world class skiing. Our Svalbard Ski and Sail 2019 expedition is a journey into one of the most remarkable ski touring destinations in the world. We are selling this trip of a lifetime in partnership with Vetta Mountain Guides of Colordo and Tom Wolfe (Guide IFMGA) of Canada.
May 19, 2019 - May 29, 2019
We will base from a comfortable and spacious double masted gaff-rigged sailing yacht, the beautiful S/V Noorderlicht (Dutch for "Northern Lights"). This enables us to sample the best ski touring spots along the west coast of Spitsbergen. Given the long days in spring, there will not be any rush: around the clock the midnight sun provides an amazing soft light that is unique to ski touring this far north. Our goal is to ski tour every day after lifting anchors in Longyearbyen. Our skiing days usually last from 5 – 9 hrs. Due to the presence of polar bears, the guides will be carrying bear deterrents and firearms during the ski touring days. All in all an amazing adventure – a trip of a lifetime!
For our guests who want to spend more time in this amazing area, we include an optional 3-day pre-trip extension to do ski tours and / or a snow mobile tour based in the town of Longyearbyen, the main town of Spitsbergen. At 870 km distance to the North Pole, Longyearbyen is the northern most town in the world, has about 2000 inhabitants, several nice hotels, a small town center with bars, restaurants, shops and a great arctic history museum. Usually, we can put on our skis at the hotel to explore nearby peaks and glaciers.
This year's Svalbard Ski and Sail trip starts in Longyearbyen on Svalbard. There are at least 3 flights daily to Longyearbyen from Oslo, Norway.
If you choose to only participate in the boat portion of this trip, you must arrive in Longyearbyen at the latest on Wednesday, May 22. We will be boarding the boat at around 4:00 pm.
There is an optional 3 days of ski touring offered May 20-22. If you arrive in Longyearbyen on May 19 then you can participate in all three pre-sail ski tours, but you can also arrive later than that if you like. Please advise us of your intentions so we can make hotel bookings and other arrangements.
When you book your return flight, the best option is to fly with a morning or mid-day flight from Longyearbyen on Wednesday, May 29.
7 nights yacht rental with crew, harbour fees, permit fees, UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guides, multi-course dinners and breakfast on board. Pre-trip extension: 3 additional days of town based ski touring and excursions, 3 x Hotel B&B in Longyearbyen (included in trip fee).
Air travel, alcoholic beverages, lunches and dinners in Longyearbyen, hotel in Oslo en route
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