A Week of Sailing and Skiing in Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen | Svalbard
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Top three reasons to go skiing in Spitsbergen

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    Sample the unique mix of Arctic corn and perfect spring powder

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    With 24 hours of sunlight, you’ll get the most out of your days on the slopes

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    New, untracked areas become accessible as summer progresses and the ice melts 

Journey to where Norway meets the North Pole and you’ll find the Svalbard archipelago, home to some of the coolest ski runs and Arctic backdrops in the world. Starting in Longyearbyen, the northernmost permanently inhabited settlement, embark on a week-long ski odyssey under the 24-hour Midnight Sun, during which you’ll tour untouched summits, shred untracked lines, and explore places no one’s ever seen before. From mild cruisers to bone-chilling couloirs, skiers of all skill levels will find a run of their own. And the best part? You won’t have to share the slopes with anyone. Find out more about skiing in Svalbard from Rob Coppolillo, AMGA/IFMGA Guide.

Season

May through June

Nearest city

Oslo is 3 hours away by plane

Duration

7 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

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Sailing and Skiing Week in Spitsbergen

7 days

Enjoy seven days of sailing and ski touring under the Midnight Sun! Make way to Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement, join a seasoned local guide, and chase the freshest lines on the island of Spitsbergen aboard the cozy and spacious Nanuk sailboat. Your guide will adapt the touring to your group’s goals and abilities. All you have to do is enjoy the views and pick the most exciting slope you want to shred!

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Itinerary

Arrival

Fly into Svalbard Airport just northwest of Longyearbyen and get transferred to your hotel in town. After you go over the trip logistics, get a good night’s sleep. You’ll need it for the adventure to come! 

A skier looking down from a scenic summit near Longyearbyen. Photo credit by Loup.

7 Days of Ski Touring

Pack your gear and get transferred to the Longyearbyen harbor. Board the Nanuk, a spacious sailboat built for Arctic expeditions, and head for the waters of Spitsbergen, Svalbard! Spend your touring days chasing some of the most pristine powder in the world, skiing everything from low-angle lines and mild bowls to technical chutes. Once you’re done with the slopes, retreat to your cozy sailboat to take in the solemn atmosphere, enjoy Norwegian delicacies, or share a drink with your crew!

Tourers watching the midnight sun near Longyearbyen.

Departure

After 7 days of Arctic adventures, return to the Longyearbyen harbor. You’ll have more than enough time to explore the northernmost town in the world. Visit the Svalbard museum or the local brewery, go on a ski safari, or enjoy a dog-sledding expedition!

Tourers posing for a photo in Spitsbergen, Svalbard.
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Life on board

Sail and explore the Svalbard archipelago on a spacious and comfortable 15m / 50ft Nanuk aluminum sailboat that will welcome you back each day after hours and hours of exploration on foot. The boat is equipped with warm and welcoming cabins for up to 6 guests, a covered outside cockpit, two saloons and two bathrooms. Feel cozy as you are securely at anchor in a protected and stunning bay.

Enjoy full meals on board, including some typical local Svalbard dishes. Each meal will be nutritional to give you the energy needed as you head for your day on the slopes.

Reviews

Reviews (2)

Backyard Svalbard backcountry ski trip
Greg S. about Backyard Svalbard on Tripadvisor

My favorite part of the experience was getting to know Sigurd, the guide, and hearing about all his local adventures. He did a great job arranging all the details for the trip, making it a safe, fun, and enjoyable day in the backcountry of Svalbard. I would highly recommend Sigurd as a guide and feel like I made a new friend. If you visit, remember the weather changes pretty quickly so leave yourself a day or two of flexibility for unpredictable conditions.

Service-minded and great guiding
Alexander F. about Backyard Svalbard on Tripadvisor

Backyard is a great partner during your tour planning, as well at they’ll give you a great tour experience. Their prices are fair and our guide, Loup, was great, both in terms of knowledge and personality. We went for a ski touring trip by snowmobile and had a great trip despite of stormy weather.

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Things to know

Covid measures in Svalbard, Norway

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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Svalbard, Norway, please refer to the official information about international travel to Norway.

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 ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Seven days of sailing and ski touring
  • Transportation to and from the hotel
  • Sailboat accommodations for the duration of the ski tour
  • All meals on board

What’s not included:

  • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
  • Transportation to Longyearbyen
  • Hotel accommodations in Longyearbyen
  • Meals in Longyearbyen
  • Activities in Longyearbyen
  • Alcoholic beverages on board

How fit do I need to be?

To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for 7 full days, covering miles of complex Arctic terrain every day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner-friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue-level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

  • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
  • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
  • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
    • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
    • Lightweight snow shovel
    • Avalanche probe
    • Harness for glacier travel (for advanced touring)

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Gloves and hat
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
  • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
  • Down jacket or vest
  • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
  • Spare clothes for a week of ski touring
  • Clothes for the sailboat
  • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
  • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
  • Water bottle and 1L of water
  • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
  • Food you can eat on the go
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Backpack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
  • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent: 

Ski rental locations are in Longyearbyen and should be picked up the night before your outing. If you need to rent gear, your guides can help you make the arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

  • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 5:1. A minimum of 3 participants is required for the tour to run.
  • If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.
  • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Min. age requirements:

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Minors above the age of 16 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.
  • Minors under 16 are not allowed to join this tour.

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

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

  • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120)  calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
  • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119)  calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
  • For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89)  calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
  • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
  • Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to this ski tour in Svalbard, most people fly into Svalbard Airport near Longyearbyen, the largest city in the archipelago and the starting point of this tour. 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.

Flying to remote Svalbard takes a while, so plan your journey ahead, and spend a day in town before departure on this tour. Your guide will organize for a minibus to transport you and your gear to your hotel in Longyearbyen.

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