Take part in the footsteps of Willem Barentsz and the early whalers and go on a ski expedition to the infinite white mountains of Spitsbergen / Svalbard! This special Ski & Sail trip is only open to adventurous, experienced ski mountaineers. It is a true expedition to a remote and wild area. You navigate between the icebergs, have the opportunity to see polar bears, walruses, reindeer and pole foxes and sski over rugged glaciers above deep fjords. It's a once in a lifetime trip, an unforgettable journey high on the bucket list of many adventurers!
Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard Islands group. The archipelago consists of about 60 islands and is located in the northern ice sea at 79 ° north latitude. Not many places in the world are as far away and as wild as Spitsbergen.
Our arctic journey starts on Friday night in the "capital" Longyearbyen. With SAS, you fly from middle Europe via Oslo and Tromsø on arrival the same day. Longyearbyen is 870 km south from the North Pole and 600 km north of the European Northern Cape. It is a village with around 2,000 inhabitants. We stay in a nice hotel with B & B, in the evening we go out to dinner in a restaurant. The next 2 and a half days we have the time to explore the area of Longyearbyen and to make a shorter tour of the city and some skitours. A good opportunity to calmly acclimatize to the Arctic climate and check your gear. It is also possible to book an excursion with sled dogs or by snowmobile to the Russian settlement of Barentszburg. In the evening you can meet the adventurous and very international local people in one of the bars. We spend another night ashore and may take a short skitour of the next day before we arrive at the end of the afternoon by the end of the afternoon for the next 7 days: The almost 50 meter long and 7 m wide sailship "Rembrandt van Rijn ". This ship accommodates up to 33 guests in 2- and 3-person cabins and 12 crew members. Here you will be taken care of all week by the crew. We have an option on the 3 last twin porthole cabins for up to 6 participants. The company consists of an international group of ski mountaineers. The crew consists of highly experienced Dutch professional sailors and a cook. There is an expedition leader on board with which Edward and colleague IFMGA guides will adjust the program. The guides carry a gun with regard to the polar bears who can cross our path. Daily, the group goes by Zodiac ashore to make beautiful skitours on more or less glacier terrain. You can expect all kinds of snow from tasty powder to spicy crust snow.
Given the long days in spring, we are in no hurry. It's no longer dark and skiing at midnight sun is a great experience that makes skiing in the far North extra special. Our day trips usually take between 5 and 9 hours, with 1000 to 1500 altitude meters being taken. But that's not a problem, because you start from sea level, which means that, unlike, for example, skiing in the Alps, you do not suffer from the altitude. All in all, a great adventure - the journey of your life!
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Btw, smoking is not allowed on board.
|Level||Experienced ski mountaineeris|
|Physical condition||Excellent level of fitness (health check required)|
|Ski / snowboard technique||Being able to ski up-and downhill in all kinds of terrain, also when it's steep.|
|Off piste experience||Extensive off piste experience|
|Skitouring experience||Extensive skitouring experience necessary, good balance, kick turn without problems. Experience with previous tour trips in arctic areas such as Norway, Sweden, Lapland, Greenland and Iceland is beneficial.|
|Number of participants||6|
|Our Service Package Includes||8 days / 7 nights full board on board (all meals on board including snacks, coffee and tea), 3 days bed and breakfast in a hotel in Longyearbyen, guiding by Edward Bekker, if you do not own: use of safety pack consisting of shovel , probe, avalanche, belt, carabiner; armed, experienced expedition leader on board and on land.|
|Not Included Are||Flights to Longyearbyen and Vv (€ 500 to € 550 pp from Europe), possibly excursion from Longyearbyen on the 1st day, possibly rental of skis with skins and crampons (if you do not own: you can rent yourself at home - we can mediate) avalanche airbag, (alcoholic) drinks, tips for the crew, dinners and lunches in Longyearbyen.|
|Price||on request Sun May 5 - we May 15, 2019|