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Ski and Sail under the Midnight Sun

Lionel Lemonchois, Brian Farquharson, Andres Scherrer, Paul Degonda, Boreal Adventure Sailing
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Lionel Lemonchois, Brian Farquharson, Andres Scherrer, Paul Degonda, Boreal Adventure Sailing
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  • Get immersed in the Arctic wildlife, accompanied by an experienced and professional guide, and be a part of an 8-day adventure along the coast of Svalbard. Board the comfortable Garcia sailboat and explore the spectacular Arctic scenery along Svalbard’s west coast. Spend your days having adrenaline-fueled fun on untouched virgin snow and reenergize with warm meals and great company when you return to the boat. This unforgettable experience will take you to the most remote frontiers of the planet and leave you wanting more! 

    • 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 gear, review the boat and lister to the safety briefing, you’ll set sail towards the first ski spot!

      Sailboat anchored in Longyearbyen
    • You’ll ski and sail through the archipelago for six days in the company of experienced guides with extensive knowledge of the area. In accordance with your group, you’ll select a new spot to explore each day. After a hearty breakfast and assessment of prevailing conditions, enjoy 4-8 hours of touring before returning to the ship. Have some nourishing apres ski snacks and rest before joining your group for dinner and conversation. Each day will be a new adventure full of adrenaline and powdery runs!

      A skier enjoying the view over the snowy peaks and valleys in Svalbard
    • After six 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. 

      Longyearbyen's colourful houses surrounded by snow and mountains
    • What you get in this adventure: 

      • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Eight days of sailing
      • Six days of skiing
      • Seven-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)
    • This adventure is ideal for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers. Every day, you will travel 10-20km, with tour lengths ranging from 1100-1500m+. All participants should feel comfortable on black level resort runs as you will be skiing on glaciated terrain with variable snow conditions. Experience with sailing is not necessary.

    • Due to the terrain, location and length of tour, this adventure is for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers. If you’re just starting out, we recommend heading out for some intro touring with a guide and gaining some backcountry experience. 

    • It’s the best ever! You can expect a wonderful blend of adventure, camaraderie, and awe-inspiring beauty of Svalbard. You’ll spend a week there and taste unparalleled freedom. There are two boats cruising the icy waters of this Norwegian archipelago, Varuna and Intrepido, both hosting up to 6 guests. A friendly crew and a chef will spoil you every day with a full breakfast, après ski snacks, and a three-course dinner using local specialties with carefully selected wines!

      Both sailboats boast the highest standard deck fittings, rig, and sails. They are maintained and equipped above World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations Category 1 standards.

      These are the two available boats:

      Varuna is a 73-foot state-of-the-art sailboat designed for high-latitude activities and easy cruising through the most remote areas. Bespoke wooden interiors are warm and welcoming and the boat’s four double-bed cabins with ensuite showers ensure a pleasant stay. You can relax in the spacious deck saloon, offering 360-degree views of the surrounding environment. The inner hull is thermally isolated, so you can be sure you’ll be shielded from the humidity and external temperatures.

      Intrepido is a 68-foot sailboat specially equipped for sailing in cold waters and remote spots. The customized wooden interior, the thermal isolation, and double-glass portholes will keep you warm and cozy. You’ll stay at double-bed cabins with ensuite individual restrooms, showers, heating, lighting, and power supply. And if you’re up for some mingling and chatting with other guests, you can go to the spacious central cockpit, two deck cockpits, or a unique deck saloon. You’ll be able to have hot showers both on the Intrepido as well as Varuna.

    • 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
      • Handkerchief for blocking the sun (optional)

      Snow Safety Equipment

      • Avalanche beacon with good batteries (and spares)
      • Shovel
      • Probe (2.4m or longer preferred)

      Travel Equipment

      • Skis or split board
      • Ski strap
      • Ski or snowboard boots
      • Poles
      • Climbing skins
      • Skin wax (or a candle)
      • Ski crampons — mandatory
      • Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup
      • Ski helmet — optional

      Personal Equipment

      • Pack (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
      • 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

      Glacier Gear list

      • Harness — fitted for over your ski clothing
      • Locking carabiners (x2)
      • Non-locking carabiners (x2)
      • Prussik cord (5m x 6mm) —optional
      • Sewn sling (120cm) — optional
      • Lightweight ice axe — optional, don’t bring if you don’t have one or don’t like steep skiing

      If you have any questions regarding the equipment list, feel free to contact us prior to booking.

    • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. Your guides are able to provide any equipment subject to sufficient notice time and availability of gear. Equipment rental will be charged and included in the price.

      If you wish to rent equipment during your stay (including safety gear, please refer to the paragraph below), let us know and we can help make arrangements.

    • Group size:

      • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

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