Discover the magical and wild Spitsbergen, Svalbard, with this incredible ski touring trip from a boat!
Ski touring and sailing in the fjords of a Polar region. The dates might seem a bit strange… But mid May to late June is the only period where Spitsbergen (Svalbard) is accessible by boat and where the snow remains good for skiing. The rest of the year the island is surrounded by ice.
In this northern latitude and at this time of the year, the climate is similar to what can be found in April in Norway. The scenery is incredibly beautiful and provides a soothing serenity.
From Longyearbyen in Svalbard, we’ll be heading to the south of Spitsbergen, where only a few dare go. This trip is a truly unique polar expedition! Very few people know the wild southern coast of the Svalbard archipelago.
We will probably have the chance to admire some polar animals: the bearded seals, beluga whales, puffins, reindeer and also the polar bear if we are lucky.
But don’t worry, mountain guides are trained and accredited by the Governor of Svalbard to lead these expeditions. They have great experience in this region and know its wildlife very well. All the guides will be armed.
Our base camp will be the beautiful Rembrandt Van Rijn, a 168 ft three-mast schooner. It is very comfortable and elegant, with 15 twin cabins, each with its own bathroom and toilet. It also has a spacious deckhouse with open bar and lounge, and an additional saloon. The food served during the trip is excellent!
The Rembrandt Van Rijn is a ship specially equipped for navigation in polar regions, refurbished for this very purpose! It is a true floating luxury hotel. It moves quietly and drops us off each day at a different spot. The size and comfort of the boat (for 18 passengers + 3 guides) offers great freedom. During eight days, we will be sailing and ski touring to the rhythm of life on board.
This journey is a complete discovery. It provides a much more unique experience than a traditional ski touring trip. This program will also allow us to get a true grasp of current environmental issues — global warming and the melting of the ice caps.
Leaving from Longyearbyen, we head towards northern Spisbergen. We sail to Ny-Âlesund, the scientific polar base close to the 80th north parallel, which is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world. Some of the places we will explore include ancient whaling posts and fur traders’ cabins: Isfjorden, Bellsund and Hornsund. Finally, the end of the expedition is returning to Longyearbyen, a small but lively university town. We will have a celebratory evening before we say goodbye.
This ski touring journey is dedicated to experienced skiers with good physical conditions.
Please contact me to join me on this unique adventure in the Arctic. I will be happy to give you all the details and share with you my best memories in Spitsbergen.
I also invite you to read the article that the Explore-Share’s team made about myself and Spitsbergen, my favourite ski touring destination 😉 You’ll find it here Spitsbergen: Skiing in the Arctic.
Flight from your departure point to Oslo and Longyearbyen (Svalbard, Norway). Night on the boat.
|Day 2 to 7|
Board the ship at midday, then sail towards northern Spitsbergen. Among this magnificent and unspoiled scenery, we will have six full days of ski touring in a different fjord every day. We choose the tours each morning according to the weather, the state of the ice, the snow conditions and the skiers’ wishes and stamina. Gradients of 800 to 1300 m, 3 to 6 hours walk per day. Of course, we will choose ski itineraries according to the skiing ability of the group, with the possibility of different group levels. Finally, on day 7 in the evening return to Longyearbyen harbor at the end of the day.
Flight back to Oslo
Back to Oslo and further connections.
Looking to join a group?
|04/05/2018 to 11/05/2018|
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport to the start of the trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Friday 5th May in Oslo mid-afternoon for the flight to Longyearbyen
Very comfortable sailing ship, with fully equipped twin berths cabins with hot and
The price is per person excluding flights. Flights are approximatively €500 from the main European cities to Longyearbyen via Oslo. We are going to travel with SAS from Geneva to Oslo and Longyearbyen, Companies NORWEGIAN or SAS. You can of course book flights from other airports
Although the guide ratio is 1:6, we can be up to 18 participants with 3 guides on the boat!
- Formalities: Passport valid for more than 6 months for EU citizens.