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Sail and Explore the Svalbard Archipelago

Svalbard | Norway
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Top reasons to sail and explore the Svalbard archipelago

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    Explore the diverse areas rich in history and unique wildlife

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    Remote places, jaw-dropping nature and beautiful fjords along the way

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    Spend your days animal watching and hiking the shores of Svalbard

With more than 3000 polar bears and less than 3000 inhabitants, Svalbard is the epitome of Arctic wilderness. Situated to the north of the Norwegian mainland between the Greenland Sea and the Barents Sea, the archipelago of Svalbard provides superb scenery and geological diversity that every explorer dreams of. The untouched nature combined with the archipelago’s fascinating history and cultural heritage makes this place the ultimate nature-lover destination. Day has no beginning or end under the Midnight Sun that brings out magical colors of the snow-covered plains. Explore the most magnificent locations, including Longyearbyen, Isfjord, Forlandslund, Kongsfjord, Krossfjord, and large, beautiful fjords along the North Coast. The possibilities are endless as you sail the cobalt blue seas on a 73ft long sailboat! 

Season

June through August

Nearest city

Oslo is three hours away from Longyearbyen by plane

Duration

13 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Sail and Explore the Svalbard Archipelago

13 days

Experience the Arctic wildlife to the fullest, accompanied by an experienced and professional guide. Take part in this 13-day long adventure along the coast of Svalbard and spend your days animal watching, hiking and exploring the spectacular locations along the coast that are rich in history, cultural heritage, and wildlife. Reenergize each evening with a warm meal and get to know the group of outdoor enthusiasts that you share this experience with. If your mind is elsewhere at the mere thought of embarking on an Arctic exploration, this is the perfect adventure for you!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome Aboard

After you arrive at the airport, you’ll be transferred to the sailboat where your adventure begins! Get settled, get to know the crew, and make yourself comfortable. Once you check your luggage, review the boat and listen to the safety briefing, you’ll set sail towards the remote frontiers of the Arctic!

Sailboat anchored in Longyearbyen

Days 2-12: Sail & Explore

Sail through the archipelago for eleven days in the company of experienced guides with extensive knowledge of the area. After a hearty breakfast, grab your backpack and head to the spectacular locations along the coast! Your guide will maximize time spent onshore and in explorations and, depending on the weather conditions, you might explore more than one landing spot on given days. After 4-8 hours of exploring the great outdoors, return to the boat for nourishing apres snacks and rest before joining your group for dinner and conversation. Each day is a new adventure!

Longyearbyen's colourful houses surrounded by snow and mountains

Day 13: Say Goodbye to Svalbard

After twelve days of unforgettable travel through the cobalt blue seas and snow-covered Svalbard, you’ll reach the port in the morning and disembark before heading back home. 

Tallship sailing the Svalbard Coast
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Life on board

A spacious sailboat

Sail and explore the Svalbard archipelago on a spacious and comfortable 22m / 73 ft Garcia sailboat that will welcome you back each day after hours and hours of skiing. Warm and welcoming cabins, each with en-suite heads and showers, will make you feel cozy as you are securely at anchor in a protected and stunning bay. 

Luxurious experience

This experience is as luxurious as it gets! Let the chef prepare gourmet dishes, as well as some typical local dishes assorted with a selection of quality wines. Each meal will be packed with proper nutritional ingredients and hydration to carry with you as you head for your climb, and you will be treated with recovery snacks upon return!

Welcoming crew

Let the crew take care of your equipment as you enjoy the views surrounding the anchorage. Relax and enjoy dinner with your group—evenings onboard become a special time for camaraderie and sharing experiences, as well as for planning your next adventure over a warm meal.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Svalbard

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Svalbard, please refer to Visit Svalbard.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure: 

  • An experienced, certified guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Thirteen days of sailing and exploration
  • Twelve-night ship rental with professional skipper and chef
  • Standard offshore lifejacket and lifeline
  • Shore landings and tours with the dinghy
  • Bedding and towels
  • Onboard food (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner), hot beverages and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Fuel and all port dues

What’s not included:

  • Ski, trekking or other outdoor activity gear
  • Air fares to and from Longyearbyen
  • Food and beverages on the day of arrival until boarding
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Voice and data communication using onboard equipment
  • Insurance (personal medical, travel, cancellation, etc)

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is ideal for intermediate to advanced hikers. Every day, you will travel to another location and walk for several hours at a time. Experience with sailing is not necessary.

What if I’ve never hiked before?

Due to the terrain, location, temperatures, and length of tour, this adventure is for intermediate to advanced hikers. If you have no experience, we recommend heading out for some intro hikes with a guide and gaining some backcountry experience. 

What equipment do I need to bring?

Here’s what you’ll need to bring:

Clothing list

  • Wool or synthetic socks and liner socks
  • Long underwear top — synthetic or wool
  • Light fleece or wool sweater
  • Wind shell — nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type jacket
  • Waterproof breathable jacket
  • Warm insulated jacket — down or synthetic
  • Long underwear bottoms — synthetic or wool
  • Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
  • Waterproof breathable pants
  • Warm hat — wool or synthetic
  • Brimmed cap for sun protection
  • Face warmer — scarf, neck tube or balaclava (optional)
  • Light gloves — wool, synthetic or leather
  • Insulated gloves or mitts with waterproof outer shell
  • Spare gloves or mitts
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Swimsuit

Personal Equipment

  • Dry bag
  • Backpack (30-40 litres) 
  • Sunglasses (both orange and dark lenses help a lot for travel in all conditions)
  • Goggles (orange lenses)
  • Sunscreen and lip cream (SPF 30+)
  • Head lamp with good batteries
  • Hairdryer
  • Insulated water bottle or thermos (1-2 L)
  • Lunch bag or container
  • Personal blister kit (i.e: Leukotape-P and Compeed/Second Skin blister pads)
  • Pocket knife — optional
  • Camera — optional, but recommended 
  • Binoculars — optional

Hardcase luggage is not admitted on board. If you have any questions regarding the equipment list, feel free to contact us prior to booking.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group size:

  • To ensure your comfort and safety, this max number of people in a group for this adventure is 6. You can join this adventure on your own or in bigger groups until all the spots are taken.
  • Prices are per person in double bed cabins (2 persons). A single cabin (1 person) may be requested with a price surcharge. The cost doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Min. age requirements:

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Minors as young as 14 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements. 

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Svalbard, most people fly into Longyearbyen, the largest city on the Norwegian archipelago where your adventure begins. There are daily flights to Longyearbyen from Oslo, Norway, but we encourage you to book early. Norwegian Air flies from Oslo, while SAS arrives from Stockholm.

Your guide will transfer you from the airport to the sailboat. During the evening you will have a briefing with your guides and find out the rest of the details.

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Outdoor adventuring makes us fall in love with our planet and people, it gets our brains rewired differently and forces us to rethink our life priorities.

For years, we’ve dreamt of building a company that can make an impact on things that we deeply care about. Here are some initiatives we are grateful to be contributing to.

1% of our sales goes to environmental non-profits
We provide work to thousands of local guides worldwide
We operate on carbon neutral and renewable energy
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