Ski touring in Spitsbergen, Svalbard

6 days of ski touring and sailing in Spitsbergen leaving from Longyearbyen (Svalbard) in the Arctic together with Jean Marc, IFMGA mountain guide, who has been in love with this island in Norway.




Trip Duration

8 days

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

May, Jun

Type of Trip



    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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    3950 EUR

    Group of 2
    3950 EUR

    Group of 3
    3950 EUR

    Group of 4
    3950 EUR

    Group of 5
    3950 EUR

    Group of 6
    3950 EUR

    Group of 7
    3950 EUR

    Group of 8
    3950 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     This is the price to join a group tour. There will be a guide every 8 clients and there are up to 30 places available on the boat.


    • Day 1Arrival

      Flight from your departure point to Oslo and Longyearbyen (Svalbard, Norway). Night on the boat.

    • Day 2 to 7Ski tour

      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.

    • Day 8Flight back to Oslo

      Back to Oslo and further connections.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    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

    cold water and a 220v powerpoint, showers and toilets. Below deck saloon and galley, upper deck

    lounge and open bar. Three course evening meal, breakfast with freshly baked bread, cakes and snacks.

    Large viewing deck outside.

    More info

    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.

    - Porterage: All skiing days are completed with a backpack.

    - Local transports: Minibus or taxis for all ground transfers, zodiacs to go ashore.

    - Payment: €1850 at booking. The balance of €2000 to be paid at least one month before departure.

    - Technical equipment included: an avalanche transceiver (ARVA) and mountain harness, basic group pharmacy. The rest of the equipment is not included.

    - All meals in general are included. Not included: personal drinks and snacks to be taken while skiing (dried fruits, nuts, cereal bars, energy bars or drinks, chocolate…), drinks at the ship’s open bar, dinner and drinks in Longyearbyen on the first night.

    - Insurance: We recommend that you to take out insurance "Cancellation - Emergency Assistance - Repatriation" of the type offered by the "French Alpine Club", “Ski Club of Great Britain” or the “British Mountaineering Council”, even if the payment with certain credit cards may offer partial insurance.


    - Backpack: You will use this bag for cabin luggage on the plane and each day skiing. The bag should not be large (approximately 30 litres) and it should contain heavy or fragile items and items that you may need between check-in at the departure airport and arrival at the destination airport. For example: cameras, jacket, books, magazines, personal medication, toiletries, etc. We strongly recommend that you carry your ski boots with you in the cabin in this bag or another shoe bag. During the trip you will use this

    backpack every day – it will contain all you need while skiing and your picnic lunch. The guide will tell you what you will need to take with you at each stage.

    - Check-in bag: This bag will be checked in at the airport. During the stay in Spitsbergen it will remain on the boat in your cabin and contains the material that you won’t be using during the day. The bag should not weigh more than 20 kgs (in accordance with the airlines’ luggage allowance). Skis are usually subject to a supplement for oversize luggage. We ask you to adhere strictly to the weight allowance for luggage.

    - Ski equipment: Touring skis with touring bindings, “skins”, “couteaux”, crampons, standard ski poles, ski touring boots with Vibram sole (recommended). We will lend you mountain harnesses and an ARVA.

    - Clothing: Dress in the system we call ‘three layers”: Base layer in a synthetic, moisture wicking fibre (but not cotton). A second layer comprising polar fleeces or pullovers and/or a sleeveless or sleeved down vest (bring 2 top layers and 1 bottom layer). The third layer is a windbreaker (top and bottom). These are garments made of microporous fabric such as Gore Tex (trousers with a side zip opening will provide better ventilation during the climb). Three pairs of wool or terry socks, ski gloves, mittens, sweatshirts, ski hat, cap.

    - Personal medical kit: Any medicines you take normally, vitamin C or multi-vitamins, painkillers - aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or similar, Imodium and Ganidan or similar, an 8-day course of broadspectrum antibiotics (on prescription), anti-inflammatories, stretchy self-adhesive bandage

    (Elastoplast), a selection of plasters and disinfectant compresses and second skin or Compeed (protection against blisters available in chemists).


    About the Guide


    UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide

    - The passion of virgin areas -
    Climbing, mountaineering, trekking, off-piste skiing, ski touring, heliskiing, I have used all the resources available in the mountain to explore the Alps in France, Italy, Switzerland, and also Nepal, Peru and Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Alaska, Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Turkey, Norway, Greenland and Spitsbergen…
    Currently, with the enthusiasm of being a guide, I traverse the world’s mountains and I share my passion with those whom I call “clients” but after many years of common adventures have become my friends.



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    What People are Saying

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    Hello to all who like the intensity of amazing heights reached with sometimes a bit of sweat but so rewarding that the memories live in you year in or out. I travelled many times with Jean-Marc as guide. Heliskiing in Canada, Touring skiing (seals\' skin skiing) in Tromso, Spitzberg or more simply in ski resorts like France, Italy and Bulgaria. I recommend him for the complete trust in what he is sure I can do and his guiding ability on top of our sharing a good bear after the day\'s efforts (I am Belgian so ...). I even tried myself at 53 years\' old to a bit of climbing with \"Aiguille d\'Entrève\" and discovered a new ability. Great moments past and to come.
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