Explore remote ski slopes by expedition yacht on this Arctic ski and sail adventure. 

On this exciting adventure, you will form part of the crew on an expedition sailing yacht as you head out into the wilderness of Svalbard to search for skiing spots with an expert guide. You will join in with the sailing activities, including the cooking onboard, so a passion to be part of an adventurous expedition is a must. Experience with alpine touring/backcountry skiing is essential. No previous sailing experience is required.

 

Highlights

  • Ski pristine, untouched slopes away from others.
  • Access, remote, hard to get to ski spots on an expedition sailing boat.

  • Certified ski guide with Svalbard experience.

  • Enjoy hikes ashore in the untouched wilderness.

  • Warm and comfortable expedition yacht with a deckhouse and just 10 other guests.

Key Information

Departure Location Longyearbyen
Arrival Location Longyearbyen
Trip StyleHands-on Sailing and Skiing
Physical RatingIntermediate
Maximum Group Size10
AccommodationShared Cabin with Bunk or Double Bed
Duration6 Days
Time of YearSpring
Included
Not Included
ski untouched arctic slopes

The Voyage & What To Expect

Ski & Sail is a voyage where we sail into the foothills of the mountains and start the ski trip from the water’s edge. By expedition vessel we can move from place to place, and choose mountain and areas based on the most favourable weather conditions.

This journey is aimed at people who would like to participate in an exciting adventure to ski some remote arctic slopes and join in with the day to day running of an expedition yacht. Onboard you will join in with the cooking and the running of the boat. It’s all part of the adventure and the community spirit on board.

The departure point is Longyearbyen in Svalbard which is connected by an international airport. Using the boat as a floating basecamp we will set off into the wilderness to explore and ski remote slopes around Isfjorden and Kongsfjorden.

Landing ashore will be made when the opportunity arises to ski at different sites and take hikes when the opportunity arises.

The focus of the trip is on sailing and skiing. You don’t require any previous sailing experience, but you will need a good level of fitness and previous skiing experience to participate.

The boat is comfortable and well-equipped meaning if you have never stepped foot on a yacht before you will feel right at home.

The expedition vessel is managed by a professional crew and you will be accompanied ashore by a certified ski guide trained in polar bear protection.

svalbard sailing circumnavigation

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome on board

We will meet in Longyearbyen harbour at 10:00, get settled into the boat and get to know each other. Before we set sails, we’ll take you through safety routines on board, and familiarize you with the boat. We eat dinner on our way out of the fjord and we will try to get a ski hike during the day.

 

Day 2: Skitouring in outer Isfjorden

The most famous and visited fjord in Svalbard is Isfjorden. In their respective side fjords in this fjord system, lies the cities of Longyearbyen, Barentsburg and Pyramiden as well as smaller abandoned places. The fjord is surrounded by great mountains for skiing, so before we sail north, we go for a hike or two around Isfjorden.

 

Day 3-4: Kongsfjorden (Kings Bay), Krossfjorden, Magdalenafjorden

These days we use in the magnificent fjords on the north-west coast of the Spitsbergen island. With ski touring and sailing, nice meals and spectacular wilderness!

 

Day 5: Sailing back home towards Longyearbyen

We begin the southwards travel back home and stop for a ski tour along the way if we see that there’s time for it. We aim for a visit in Barentsburg and conclude the day with dinner in Longyearbyen this last night!

 

Day 6 – Departure

After breakfast, we clean ourselves out of the boat and we wish each other a good journey back home. Thanks for a great trip in these beautiful surroundings! If you have the time, we recommend spending an extra day or two in Longyearbyen to relax after the week’s impressions and get to know more of this little multicultural Arctic hub.

 

The Program

The program may change according to weather and conditions, but it gives an indication of how we spend the days. We start every day with a good breakfast and make a packed lunch before we go ashore. Some of the days we eat dinner right away after skiing, other days we just eat a little when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before we make a later dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, and time to look around. If the weather should be really not in favour of skiing, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.

ski and sail in the arctic

The Vessel

A high latitude expedition sailing yacht is the perfect alternative to large cruise ships for the environmentally conscious traveller looking to get closer to nature.

 

A 70-foot long expedition sailing yacht is the perfect floating basecamp for a ski and sail adventure in Svalbard. Made from steel, she is built to withstand the toughest Arctic conditions.

  • Small group size of 8-10 explorers ensures an intimate experience
  • Private cabins with either double or bunk beds

  • Large saloon area

  • 5 x Bathrooms / Showers

  • Large Interior

  • A Zodiac (inflatable dinghy) for shore landings
  • Covered wheelhouse

  • Warm and comfortable living space with radiators throughout the boat

  • Steel hull built for travel in the polar regions

  • Retractable keel to allow her to reach shallow waters that are inaccessible to larger vessels

  • Life Jackets are provided

Find out why we prefer small expedition vessels to larger ships here

Living Area

Saloon

Double Cabin – Sleeps 2 

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Double Cabin – Sleeps 2 

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Twin Cabin – Sleeps 2 

Cabins vary in size and are allocated on a first come first served basis. If you have any questions about accomodation please check with us at the time of booking. 

Dates & Availability

Select a date to start your journey

May 10th - May 15th 2020
May 16t - May 21st 2020

This trip has been handpicked by us and is operated by a trusted Secret Atlas partner. We guarantee the best price for your journey at the time of booking.

Please ensure you have read our booking terms and conditions here. A full set of terms and conditions from our supplier will be sent to you at the time of booking.

It is a condition of booking that you have your own travel insurance to cover the activities listed. 

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