Skiing at the
Edge of the World
Svalbard is a Norweigian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Almost 60 percent of the archipelago is covered with glaciers, and the islands feature many mountains and fjords. Almost everyone who comes to Svalbard gets to see reindeer, walruses, and countless birds. Only the luckiest visitors on Svalbard trips see a polar bear or Arctic foxes. Although sightings are rare, you can luck out.
Travelers will find the world’s northernmost pub, wine cellar, church, museum and the site of the farthest north battle of World War II. The city of Longyearbyen also features a surprisingly bustling nightlife and plenty of dining options.
- 79° to 84° north
- UNTRACKED SUMMITS
- COBALT SKY
- DEEP-BLUE SEA
- 24 HOURS OF DAYLIGHT
Unlimited terrain under
the Midnight Sun
ASCEND AND DESCEND UNTOUCHED PEAKS
Be the first, or one of the first, to ascend and descend the epic peaks. The terrain is remarkably accessible. Most of the skiing is consistent with low 30-degree angles.
Steeper skiing can be found for anyone looking to challenge themselves.
Snow and ski conditions for every taste
During the week, snow can vary from dry Arctic powder to perfect spring corn.
Ski slopes vary from low angle open bowls to spines and technical chutes.
A surreal experience awaits
An expedition on a state-of-the-art ship
Sail on a Floating Polar Basecamp
While ski touring out of Longyearbyen is easy, getting deeper into the Svalbard wilderness takes some planning. Boats — sail or otherwise — are key for an adventure like this, providing flexibility and safety. Scenic climbs give way to long, beautiful runs back to the water, where a comfortable boat and a warm meal await you at the end of each day.
The ship hosts a professional and friendly crew, a couple of guides, and 6 hearty guests who love ski touring, good food, and epic scenery! The closeness to nature is enhanced with a spacious, protected and heated deck saloon, providing 360-degree views, while the warm wooden interiors and en-suite bathrooms guarantee comfort during the trip.
Lionel Lemonchois is a professional racer-skipper—his career spans solo oceanic expeditions, non-stop around the world races, and many more. He is also certified as an offshore commercial yacht master, contributing significant skills in both crew management, safety and medical emergency chapters. As the co-founder of Boreal Adventure Sailing and skipper of VARUNA, he’s dedicated to share his passion for sailing and nature.
Brian Farquharson is a professional mountain and climbing guide, a ski teacher, an Arctic Guide and RYA sailing teacher that has been running Ski & Sail tours for 15 years. In the last 23 years, he has become the lead guide for some amazing companies including the BBC, Pioneer Productions London, Amazon Prime and the top heliskiing operations worldwide. When he’s not leading tours, he tours Europe lecturing about avalanche awareness and rescue!
Andres Scherrer has made his dream a profession—he has been a qualified IFMGA mountain guide for 13 years! Sponsored by Mammut, he carries numerous expeditions all around the world and continuously discovers new terrain around Iceland, Norway, Japan and Alaska. When he’s not skiing, he works as a profiler for the Snow and Avalanche Research Institute in Davos and gives avalanche courses for all levels of skiers every year.
Paul Degonda travels the world year-round. He spends the winter season ski touring, mountaineering, freeriding, heliskiing, ice climbing and snowshoeing across the world, and during the summer he guides for mountaineering, sport climbing, bouldering, trekking and biking.
Your expert guiding team (up to 4 guides) is experienced in avalanche terrain and trained to handle any medical emergencies. Let your hospitable hosts ensure you have the best experience possible on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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!
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!
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.
To ensure your place, reserve the dates you want with a 35% deposit on next year’s adventure. Read about our cancellation policy on our FAQ page.
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 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.
Here’s what you’ll need to bring:
- 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)
- Probe (2.4m or longer preferred)
- Skis or split board
- Ski strap
- Ski or snowboard boots
- Climbing skins
- Skin wax (or a candle)
- Ski crampons — mandatory
- Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup
- Ski helmet — optional
- 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), let us know and we can help make arrangements.
- 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 your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A 35% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 65% of the amount is paid the latest 3 months (90 days) prior the departure. Fort short notice bookings 100% of the travel price is payable upon submission of the signed booking form.
Any delay in paying a down payment and/or the balance of the price will be considered a cancellation by you after a short grace period and cancellation fees will be applied.
If you are required to cancel your trip before it starts (departure date), you must inform Boreal Adventure Sailing AG as soon as possible in writing (by e-mail). The date of your written notice will be used as the cancellation date to charge the cancellation fee.
In case you need to cancel the trip, the following cancellation costs would be incurred:
- 100% of the price of the trip is refundable more than 365 days before departure date
- 75% of the tour price is refundable if canceled more than 90 days before departure date
- 50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 90 to 45 days before departure
- 0% of the price of the trip if it is canceled less than 45 days before departure.
All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure.
For any cancellation by the client, costs incurred by the traveler such as transportation to the departure point of the trip and return home, fees visa documents, travel documents and vaccination fees will not be subject to any reimbursement.
If cancellation occurs as a result of unpredictable or unavoidable events by the customer or by a third party (e.g. flight cancellations, loss or theft of luggage or personal belongings) other than Boreal Adventure Sailing AG, Boreal Adventure Sailing AG can not be held responsible nor can it be required to reimburse related costs, including cancellation fees.
You can request consent for a third party to take your place, up to 7 days before departure. The replacement customer must fulfil all the conditions associated with the contract, including medical health and fitness. The customer and the person replacing them shall be jointly and severally liable for payment of the amounts still owed for the travel. Boreal Adventure Sailing may refuse at its sole discretion the replacement customer and cancellation fees would remain applicable.
The prices are definitive. Price changes after the date of the booking form may arise from subsequent material increases in fuel costs, changes in or new fees (e.g. embarkation & disembarkation fees) or introduction / increase of taxes and government fees.
Should events beyond guide’s control occur (such as wars, political unrest, strikes, riots, airspace congestion, bad weather, thefts of luggage or other personal belongings of travelers), Boreal Adventure Sailing reserves the right to cancel the travel, change the dates, schedules or itineraries to ensure the safety of travelers, without possible recourse against Boreal Adventure Sailing AG.
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.