Ski and Sail Adventures
Have you dreamed of skiing untouched slopes away from the crowds? If your answer is yes then we have the perfect ski and sail adventure for you.
Join An Organised Ski and Sail Trip Or Plan Your Own
Secret Atlas offers a number of exciting organised ski and sail trips with guaranteed departure dates. Led by expert guides, they are perfect for solo travellers and for small groups of skiers looking for a real adventure.
We also offer private boat charters for ski and sail for groups of individuals and companies. Please get in touch to find out more.
Ski and Sail Destinations
Secret Atlas offer ski and sail adventures in some of the most remote, untouched slopes in the northern hemisphere. Find out more about our destinations below.
Svalbard offers an amazing opportunity for adventurous skiers to take on untouched, rugged mountains in one of the most remote places on earth. Situated above 79º north, Svalbard is just 800 miles from the north pole making it one of our favourite ski and sail destinations.
The main month for ski and sail in Svalbard is during May when the snow is still fresh and the ice in the fjords has retreated so sailing yachts can explore the coast. May also benefits from 24 hour sunlight.
Find out about our Svalbard trips here.
Greenland is a skiers paradise with fjords flanked by mountains, glaciers and some of the most stunning scenery on the planet.
Exploring Greenland by boat is the ideal way as there are only 60km of roads in the entire country. An expedition sailing yacht allows us to get to places where others only dream of.
To find out more click here.
March is the perfect month for ski and sail in Iceland when the mountains are still snow-covered from the winter. The West Fjords region offers great opportunities for exploring and skiing.
Experience wild untouched landscapes in an area that is barely visited during the winter months and virtually inaccessible if not travelling by expedition yacht.
To find out more about Ski and Sail in Iceland click here.
What is Ski and Sail?
Ski and Sail is where we use an expedition vessel as a floating basecamp to explore and ski from. A sailing vessel allows us to get to the foot of untouched mountains where our land-based adventures begin. After a day of skiing, we then move on to the next location. An expedition vessel offers a great amount of freedom to explore and adapt to the conditions.
Secret Atlas work with a team of leading vessels and expert guides to deliver ski and sail trips in Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland and Norway.
What sailing experience do I require?
The great thing about ski and sail is that you don’t require any previous sailing experience as there will be a professional skipper and crew on board. A part of every sailing trip is that you are actively involved in the sailing of the boat which is a great way to learn new skills.
What skiing experience do I require?
You require at least some prior skiing experience and should be confident as all trips involve skiing in remote areas. On some trips there is a mix of experience ranging from professionals to less experienced. The experience level varies from trip to trip so we advise getting in touch with us to check.
Is it possible to snowboard?
Yes, but it is recommended that you use a split board with skins. Snowshoes can also work. If you have any questions please get in touch prior to booking.
Do we use ski guides?
Unless otherwise stated all our organised trips have an experienced ski guide onboard. The guides have good knowledge and are familiar with the areas we sail in. If you are organising your own charter and need assistance finding a guide please get in touch.
How much sailing/skiing do we do during the trips?
On Ski and Sail trips, skiing is the main focus. The expedition vessel is our floating basecamp that is used to get us from mountain to mountain. On a typical day, we will sail for a few hours usually after skiing. The weather and route will also dictate how much sailing time is required.
Will I get seasick?
This varies from individual to individual. If you feel you may be susceptible to seasickness we recommend bringing sea sickness medication with you which is available at most pharmacies. Our crew will be able to give you advice on preventing seasickness such as avoiding alcohol, keeping hydrated, and getting a good amount of rest.
What are the sailing conditions like during the winter?
Arctic sailing during the winter is an exhilarating experience and is not as extreme as it sounds. The weather conditions can vary from calm days to windy days. Depending on which trip you participate in, you can often have fair weather and milder conditions. The interior of the boats are kept warm so you won’t feel cold at night. Nothing beats waking up to a snow-covered deck in the morning.
Is it possible to rent sailing gear and skiing equipment?
This depends on the trip and the area of operation. Please contact us in advance with your requirements and what you would like to rent. We will instruct you on the best way to do it.
Is it possible to see the Northern Lights?
There is a good chance to see the northern lights during the winter and spring. In may in Svalbard there is 24 hour daylight so you will not see the northern lights then.