Arctic sailing around Spitsbergen - 12 days into the wild

57,500 NOK

august 11 - 22. august 2021

12 days

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Covid-19 - Flexibility and infection control

You only pay the trip deposit (NOK 6000) at time of booking, and in these times we are extra flexible. Read more about our booking flexibility here.

We are also being extra careful and taking precautions to avoid infection onboard, see our infection control plan here.  

New as of 1.1.2021:
For increased safety, we request that all participants are tested before joining our trips, and to take precautions against infection in the time before departure.

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Welcome on board for a very special trip and nature experience! We invite you to an exclusive voyage around Svalbard - by sailboat! On this expedition you will have the opportunity to see and experience Svalbard in a way that few have done before you. With a sailboat and as a small group we are flexible, and will get close to nature and wildlife, both on sea and on land by foot. Come join us; we will have wind in the sails, salt water in the hair and experience a lot along the way!


On this expedition we sail clockwise around the whole of Spitsbergen, with the sun and with the current. On the northern side of the archipelago, we go ashore on Nordaustlandet, before sailing through the Hinlopen Strait, around Barents Island, and into the Storfjorden. The program is packed with highlights and we are passing by many great places, see the program in the sidebar for more details.

Svalbard is wild and fierce in its own way! At Arctic sailing around Spitsbergen we have a lot of time to dwell in nature and let the landscape sink in, and we have the surroundings mostly to ourselves this far from Longyearbyen and of what can be called civilization on Svalbard. With the sailboat, we are able to enter small lagoons and sheltered harbours, places you may have read about in old expedition tales. On Svalbard there is midnight sun until August 11, so there will be daylight 24 hours a day.

During the 850 nautical miles in varied landscapes there are good opportunities to see polar bears, whales, seals and a bustling birdlife. You will have a unique encounter with the beautiful and uninhabited arctic landscape, that will get less desolate and uninhabited as soon as you start listening and take your time to look around and become at one with it.

If this is your first time at 78 degrees north you will have a meeting with the Arctic that that stays in your body and mind for a long time. And if you've been to Svalbard before, this trip will give you so many new and exciting experiences that it will be worth a new trip to the archipelago.

It's not just any sailboat we use on this trip, but our 70-feet expedition boat Valiente. She is a very steady and comfortable boat built in steel, made for sailing in arctic waters. The boat is well equipped and has a large outdoor area, a wheelhouse and a 360-degree-view lounge. For pictures and more info about Valiente see link here.

SailNorway will be providing skipper and first mate (co-skipper), and a dedicated Svalbard guide with extensive experience from Svalbard. Us in the crew will work as guides and polar bear guards when we are ashore in the terrain. Along the way, sailing or on motor, we will include all participants in the sailing. We will generally sail at all times of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off. When we are at anchor we always rotate the shifts with an awake anchor guard and the rest can sleep.

Our Svalbard circumnavigation is primarily a major exploration, but also a great opportunity to learn a lot about sailing and navigation, and not least the use of a boat as a starting point for explorations and experiences on ashore. Are you ready for the summer's great polar adventure?

See our short film about SailNorway recorded on this specific tour here!

See skipper Mats's nice pictures and travel story of the trip we made circumnavigating Spitsbergen in 2017 in our blog here

The Arctic is a vulnerable area under pressure from people and climate change. In SailNorway we are committed to taking care of the environment as much as possible and we believe that small boats with few people and little pollution and waste, are considerably less harmful to the environment, climate and local wildlife, than larger boats and cruise ships. We also try to gather garbage at the places we visit, instead of leaving any traces behind. 

Having the lowest possible carbon footprint as possible is important to us. We sail as long as there’s wind, and we target to have a sustainable menu, procurement, and waste management. Although we have to use engine for moving forward when it is completely windless, our trips are among the most sustainable ways to experience Svalbard.

On Svalbard we follow AECO's guidelines for encounters with wildlife, beach cleaning, cultural heritage sites and for arctic operators. More about AECO's guidelines can be read here

The ice conditions for the past four years in July and August have allowed us to circumnavigate Spitsbergen. In the summer of 2019, there was a lot of ice south in the Hinlopen Strait, also in July, but we got through as the first boat of the season. So as a subject of change to our Arctic sailing around Spitsbergen we must underline that it is the ice conditions that decide whether we get to circumnavigate or not. If there is too much ice in the Hinlopen we have to turn around and sail back counterclockwise. We will do whatever we can to get around. However, if we turn around, we will sail as far south on the west side as we have time to, and to other exciting places where the ice does not stop us.


Exploring Spitsbergen by sail boat was an amazing experience, stunning scenery and great people to share it with.

Ellen

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