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Svalbard ski mountaineering and sailing trip

7 days of backcountry skiing and sailing in Spitsbergen, leaving from Longyearbyen, together with an IFMGA certified mountain guide.

Duration7 days
Offer periodMay, Jun
Skill LevelAll Levels
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Description

I invite you to a unique 7-day ski and sailing trip in Spitsbergen, the largest and the only inhabited island of the Svalbard archipelago, in Northern Norway.

This is a remote and wild land in the Arctic Ocean, with stunning glaciers rising from the sea and dramatic peaks covered with snow. It is one of the northernmost inhabited regions in the world.

During this trip, we’ll be sailing on a comfortable 3 foot sailing yacht. Because the weather conditions can change very fast, it’s important to visit these places with a IFMGA certified mountain guide. With me, you’ll enjoy a safe trip, with a flexible program and also learn about this area.

The skiing, the landscape and the wildlife of Svalbard are truly unique. As, as we will be visiting the home of polar bears, guides will have firearms with them at all times.

You’ll be in the company of an amazing crew trained in England, as well as a captain that has lived in Svalbard for 18 years. All of them have extensive experience guiding in this island and will make your trip the adventure of a lifetime.

We’ll plan the trip according to the areas with the best skiing conditions, visiting different spots along the west coast of the island of Spitsbergen.

A typical day will begin with a good breakfast. Then we’ll organize our equipment and go after the best powder snow. We’ll be travelling in a wild place, almost untouched.

Each day, we will ski tour from 6 to 8 hours. As the sun never sets, we can manage the itinerary as we want, going out during the day or night.

Back in the boat, there’ll be time for dinner, relaxing, fishing and also planning the activities for the following day.

Please contact me if you want to discuss this extraordinary ski touring trip and check our next departures! Thank you!

I organize many other trips in Norway. You can also take a look at this backcountry skiing trip in Lofoten or this ice climbing program.

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Guide Ratio: 8 Clients: 2 guides/ 4 clients: 1 guide Level: We can tailor this trip to skiers of all levels, from first time ski tourers to professional skiers. Equipment: Each guest brings private ski and avalanche gear, backpack and clothing for touring. A complete equipment list will be sent out when ordering the Ski & Sail package. Skills / Level: I can cater our trips to skiers of all capabilities, from first time ski tourers to professional skiers. Spitsbergen has a lot of skiing for all skill levels. Our sailing boat for the ski touring trip: S/Y SKYDANCER – 73’ Polar Expedition Sailing Boat is a tailored made boat of steel for arctic sailing and sleeps up to 8 guests in high comfort cabins. Divided on 3 double bunk bed cabins and one 4-bunk cabin in the front. She has 2 large saloons. On the upper deck saloon you can enjoy the views in comfortable sofas, and there is another nice saloon down below where we have meals together, hang out, drink coffee and watch movies. There is also two guest bathrooms and one shower. The central heating throughout the Ship makes it warm, dry and comfortable on board. It also provides us with unlimited heated water for showers. To make sure we have fresh water at all times there’s a large tank together with a 300 liters pr/hour water-maker. She is equipped with all navigation aids and safety equipment for sailing in high arctic waters. The Ship has a cruising speed of 8-9 knots. Large generators ensure plenty of power for your laptop, camera, etc.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Longyearbyen (Svalbard)

Arrival at Longyearbyen. Transport to the sailboat. Rigging and arrangement of equipment, briefing, sail out of Isfjord, and 1st dinner/night on the Skydancer.

Day 2 to 6: Skiiing

Skiing/mountaineering, first descents and sailing.

Day 7: Return

Departure in the afternoon/evening.


About the guide

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Northern Alpine Guides is based in Lofoten, Norway and is run by IFMGA-certified guide Seth Hobby and his wife Maren Eek Bistrup. They offer climbing and ski touring trips, both tailor-made and for groups.

Their base camp in Kavelbag, Lofoten - the Lofoten Ski Lodge - is the ultimate spot to have a true Arctic experience while enjoying comfy accommodation and great food year round.

The team, made up of passionate and certified guides, also runs trips in Alaska, the Alps and Nepal. Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished alpinist or ski tourer, you can count on having the time of your life in the company of Northern Alpine Guides.


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