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An unparalleled skiing expedition is yours to be had in May of 2019. Don’t believe us? Ski the rugged mountains of Spitsbergen, Norway, an inhabited (barely) island in the Svalbard archipelago. At a latitude of 79-80º, amidst sixty other islands in the archipelago, there’s not much between you and the North Pole. And the skiing is out of this world. There are few places to ski so remote and wild. Oh, yeah, check out the wildlife too while enjoying world class skiing. Where else can you ski in the midnight sun?
Ski from a sailboat!
Our expedition’s base is a comfortable and spacious two-masted, gaff-rigged sailing yacht. Yup, it’s a mouthful. She’s a hale ship, she’s the S/V Noorderlicht (Dutch for Northern Lights). On the S/V Noorderlicht we can sail to and sample the best ski spots on the west coast of Spitsbergen. Given the long days in spring, there’s no rush: the midnight sun provides amazingly soft light that makes ski touring so unique this far north.
Every day after lifting anchor, our goal is to ski. Days on the backcountry usually last from 5 – 9 hours. With abundant nature, there is plenty to beware. Because we’ll be amongst polar bears, guides carry bear-deterrents and firearms during touring days.
For our guests who want to spend more time exploring the archipelago, we’ve included an optional three day, pre-trip extension to accommodate ski tours and/or snowmobile tours based in Longyearbyen, the main town of Spitsbergen. At 870 km to the North Pole, Longyearbyen is the northernmost town in the world, with about 2000 inhabitants. There several hotels, a town center with bars, restaurants, shops and a great arctic history museum. We can put on our skis at the hotel and explore nearby peaks and glaciers. It’s all right there.
Svalbard Ski and Sail Logistics
This year's Ski & Sail - Svalbard trip starts in Longyearbyen on Svalbard. There are at least 3 flights daily to Longyearbyen from Oslo, Norway.
If you choose to participate in the sailing portion of this trip, you must arrive in Longyearbyen on Wednesday, May 22nd, at the latest. We’ll be boarding the boat at 4:00pm.
There’s also an option of three additional days of skiing from May 20-22. If you arrive in Longyearbyen on May 19th, you can participate in all three pre-sail ski tours, but you feel free to arrive later,if you like. Please let us know your intentions so we can take care of hotel bookings and any other arrangements needed.
When you book your return flight, it’s best to fly a morning or mid-day flight from Longyearbyen on Wednesday, May 29th.
Need to know
What to expect
- Included: 7 night yacht rental with crew, harbour fees, and permit fees; breakfast and multi-course dinners on board; UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guides.
- Pre-trip extension includes: 3 additional days of town based ski touring and excursions, 3x Hotel B&B in Longyearbyen. Please note there is no cost for the extension--just come ski with us and acclimate!
- Not included: Air travel, alcoholic beverages, lunches and dinners in Longyearbyen, and the hotel in Oslo en route.