Discover the wild polar land of Spitzbergen with this amazing 6-day ski touring trip sleeping in a yacht, with Goulven, UIAGM certified mountain guide.
Spitzbergen is a remote land (partly) inhabited, halfway between the Arctic Circle and the Pole. It offers wild and spectacular landscapes to ski tourers. Between the mountains there are gigantic glaciers that open up directly into the sea. On the wide fjords lined with ice we can see many birds and seals, walruses, reindeers and polar bears.
From mid-March to mid-June, the decline of the ice provides access to the beaches by boat. Incredibly, there is still a thick layer of virgin snow to enjoy long ski runs.
From Longyearbyen we sail along the northwestern coast of Spitzbergen, grandiose and wild: ce, rock and snow dominate. And during the short summers with permanent daylight, the bright light creates a mosaic of vibrant colours reflected in the deep blue sea. During this period, the animals are active and usually visible.
Throughout the week you will also discover the ancient whaler counters and trapper shelters, as well as Ny Ålesund, at 79ºN.
Aboard an elegant and comfortable 120 foot schooner specially equipped for polar cruises, during 7 days life is paced by navigation (sailing if weather permits), hiking and delicious meals prepared by the cook on board.
Each day we travel to a different location in search of the most beautiful slopes. Once there, the zodiac will drop you to go skiing. Climbs along the glaciers are easy because of the low altitude. We walk 3 to 6 hours per day, with altitude changes of 800 to 1100 m.
The trip lasts 8 days, and we will ski during 6 of them.
Already confirmed dates:
– 5/16/2018 to 5/23/2018
– 5/23/2018 to 5/30/2018
Does this trip sound tempting? Then please contact me and let’s start planning your northern adventure!
We will sleep on the yacht.
Group size: 12 to 18 people, with 3 guides. Price: €3980 per person, based on double cabin. I will loan you an avalanche research device (transceiver), a mountain harness, an ABS bag airbag-shovel-probe.
We will meet at the Longyearbyen airport.
With my name I can’t make you believe that I am mountaineer of origin! I am a breton migrant worker who was stranded in the Pyrénées and later in the Alps…
What I like most of my job is the incredible mountain’s support to weave the real relationships in a short time and often the quality with people whom I guide to these beautiful summits. It is with a great pleasure that I put at your disposal my 25 years of experience in the climbing, mountaineering and skiing playgrounds to guide you in your adventure projects. I am also ski instructor and mountain rescuer. See you soon!
Overall the experience was great - Xavier really knew the local area catered to everyones abilities in the group and offered some great advice. I would love to book another day trip (or maybe even a multi day trip!) with Xavier so I could experience some of the peace and quiet you get away from the piestes in the remote areas of the mountains. Would recommend to anyone that wants to explore the mountains away from the crowds.
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Goulven a une lecture époustouflante de la montagne. Son histoire personnelle est passionnante et en dit long sur son expertise. Etant guide à travers le monde et co-pilote d’hélicoptère de secours dans les Alpes, on se sent rassuré de le suivre hors des sentiers battus. Je recommande vivement d’être guidé par Goulven, surtout pour des randonnées techniques.
Group of 1
|EUR 3980 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 15920 each|
Want a different number of travellers?
- Guiding fee
- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
- Transport during the trip
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6 days of skiing