Ski and Sail the Svalbard Archipelago Ski and Sail the Svalbard Archipelago

Skiing at the
Edge of the World

When you embark on these remote, untouched, snowy paths near an ocean and at the edge of the world under the midnight sun, your perspective of vastness will change with each passing day.
Skiing far away from the tourists and crowded routes, you’ll journey towards the midway between the northern coast of Norway and the North Pole. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure has it all, from arctic skiing on untouched powder to all the comforts of home with yacht sailing.

About Svalbard

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
Svalbard is one of the most challenging and breathtaking destinations for a ski touring adventure.
The location of Svalbard on the full map of Europe.
The zoomed map of Svalbard.

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.

Svalbard is full of surprisingly accessible mountains that provide a consistent ski experience.
Polar bears are kings of Svalbard, as their population exceeds the number of human inhabitants on the archipelago.
Gazing at the ice-cold sea from the snowy slopes of Svalbard.
Skiing in Svalbard is immensely rewarding thanks to the accessible slopes and epic landscape.
This road sign in Svalbard indicates a high chance of a polar bear appearing.
Gazing at the ice-cold sea from the snowy slopes of Svalbard.

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

A breathtaking Arctic panorama of Svalbard.

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.

A Svalbard sailor preparing the boat for the ice-cold sea of the Arctic.
While sailing around Svalbard, you’ll be treated with beautiful 360-degree views.
This 73-foot boat is called Varuna - and it will take you on an epic sailing adventure around Svalbard.

Varuna

You will stay on a 73-foot sailboat called Varuna—Garcia shipyard’s state-of-the-art yacht designed and built for unlimited travel and thoroughly equipped for the high latitude activities. This versatile and comfortable boat easily cruises at double digit speeds and is adapted to host skiers, hikers and their gear, making the entire operation smooth and safe. With her, you’ll sail countless coves and experience the archipelago the way it’s meant to be experienced!

Your guides

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.

Brian Farquharson is a professional mountain and climbing guide who will take you on a ski tour adventure around Svalbard. Lionel Lemonchois is a certified yacht master and the co-founder of Boreal Adventure Sailing. Andres Scherrer is a mountain guide with 13 years of IFMGA certification, making his expertise extra useful for this expedition. Paul Degonda is a passionate traveller and the final guide for this epic Svalbard ski and sail expedition.
The polar landscape of Svalbard filled with mountain peaks and fjords is nothing short of magical.