Trips

Ski & Sail in the Arctic | Svalbard | 8 days

Enjoy a week of backcountry skiing in Svalbard’s fjords. Make your way to Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement and chase the freshest lines on remote and untouched mountains! 

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Tallship Ocean Sherpa will be your sailing basecamp, she’ll bring you and your gear where the adventure is. To reach the best snow and get some epic descents, you will switch locations almost daily. Your seasoned local guide will adapt the touring to your group’s goals and abilities. All you have to do is enjoy the views and pick the most exciting slope you want to shred!

Trip information Svalbard

ITINERARY

The sailing tours start every Saturday. Here’s the weekly program:

Day 0: Arrival in Longyearbyen

Fly into Svalbard Airport just northwest of Longyearbyen go to your hotel in town. After you go over the trip logistics, get a good night’s sleep. You’ll need it for the adventure to come! 

Accommodation: Hotel in Longyearbyen

Day 1: Welcome aboard!

Get settled on board, your home for the week. Head towards the beautiful Isfjorden, a majestic fjord in Svalbard. You will anchor in Trygghamna, which is where you’ll have your first day of skiing! The bay Trygghamna translates to “safe harbour”, as its calm seas give travelers the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore the wonderful surroundings.

Meals: Light dinner

Day 2: First lines

With today’s locations being Trygghamna and Ymerbukta, you will have plenty of options to leave your first turns in fresh snow. You will find lots of terrific and exciting terrain options here. Once you return to the ship, you’ll be served a delicious meal before heading towards St. John’s fjord.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Out of reach

Today you’ll wake up in the wonderful St. John’s fjord, an area said to have potential gold hidden! Better go out and search for it, maybe you get lucky.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4 & 5: Krossfjorden

The destination for these two days is Krossfjorden, not far away from Kings Bay and Ny-Ålesund. You are now 79 degrees north- quite the milestone! This is the northernmost place of this tour, so make sure to fully enjoy the moment and take in this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Prins Karls Forland

This island is also known as the Foreland, as it’s the westernmost island in the Svalbard archipelago. These were most likely the mountains that Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovered in 1594, and he gave them the name Spitzbergen (due to how pointy they are). Enjoy the slopes!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Isfjorden

Isfjorden has countless skiing opportunities, and taking the weather into account, your guide will take you to the best spots. Ski like you’ve never done before, as this is the last day of skiing!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Disembark in Longyearbyen

After a full week at sea and in remote mountains, it’s time to return to civilization. Disembark the boat, explore the charming Longyearbyen, and catch your flight in the afternoon! 

Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDING IN PRICE

Price: € 5.550,- p.p.

PRICE INCLUDES

Experienced, certified guides with extensive knowledge of the area

8-day/ 7-night sail & ski touring adventure

Stay onboard the ship for the specified travel duration

Professional sailing crew 

Standard offshore lifejacket and lifeline

Shore landings and tours with the Zodiacs

Bedding and towels

All meals on board, snacks, hot and non-alcoholic beverages

Transportation from your hotel to the ship and from the ship to your preferred location in Longyearbyen 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Air fares to and from departure point

Hotel and meals in Longyearbyen before/after the tour

Insurance (personal medical, travel, cancellation, etc)

Technical backcountry ski equipment and clothing

Voice and data communication using onboard equipment

Alcoholic beverages on board

AVAILABILITY

Ski tours available in Svalbard, 2024:

April 13-20 

April 20-27

April 27 – May 4

May 4-11 

May 11-18 

May 18 – 25 

May 25 – June 1 

June 1-8 

                                     Minimum: 8 pax

THE GUIDES
  • Louis

    Louis is a qualified Svalbard guide with passion and dedication for ski touring in the Arctic. Skiing from the age of five, Louis has made numerous miles in the French Alps. That’s also where his love for climbing started, developing into his work as an instructor. Besides climbing and being a guide, Louis spends his time biking, paddling kayak and sailing. In addition, he has an impressive focus on polar climatology. Louis speaks English, French and Norwegian.
  • Romain

    Romain is from Belgium and speaks French, English and Norwegian. Romain is a ski fanatic, trained in AST 2 - Avalanche Safety Terrain 2 in Canada, in addition to ski and avalanche courses in the Alps and in Lyngen Norway. He’s our local expert in Lyngen. Romain has a love for both mountains and the sea, he’s got a D5L certificate and followed safety courses for sailors. He’ll ensure you are getting an unforgettable experience on our tours.
  • James

    James is an Arctic Nature Guide in Longyearbyen, and his knowledge of the area is supreme. His unique background in skiing techniques, avalanche decision making and the ability to create a good atmosphere in the group is exactly what you need to have a safe and enjoyable tour. He was trained at Sawback alpine with Tom Wolfe and likes to give you a lot of information. James is from Norway, speaks Norwegian and English, and also likes to sail.
PACKING LIST

You will need to bring or rent ski touring gear:

  • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, or splitboard with skins (can be rented, check Sportscenteret Svalbard)
  • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
  • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
    • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
    • Lightweight snow shovel
    • Avalanche probe
    • Harness for glacier travel (for advanced touring)

Suggested clothing:

  • 2 merino wool underwear long-johns
  • 2 merino wool underwear t-shirts
  • Fleece jacket and thin down jacket
  • Wool sweater
  • Big down jacket
  • Shell jacket & shell pants
  • 4 pairs thin merino wool socks & 2 pairs thick wool socks
  • Beanies and buffs
  • 2 pairs of gloves (1 thick, 1 thing) & glove liners
  • Warm mittens
  • Inside shoes or slippers for onboard the ship
  • Leisure clothing for the boat

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

  • Water-resistant duffle bag to pack all your belongings in (90+ liters; no hard case)
  • Backpack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
  • Helmet
  • Polarized sunglasses and ski goggles
  • Water bottle, 1L
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Favorite touring snacks
  • Personal medication
  • Toiletries, ear plugs
  • Blister plasters and sports tape (if you’re prone to blisters or sprains)
  • Camera — optional
  • Personal entertainment, i.e. book, crosswords, music
CONDITIONS OF SALES

Payment Terms

We will send you an invoice for this trip, a 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid three months (90 days) prior to departure, the invoice must be paid within the payment deadline. Once the trip is confirmed, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

Cancellations

When you unfortunately have to cancel your trip with us, please do so directly to Ocean Sherpa via the contact form or email.

Cancellation fees:

-Until 60 days before the activity: 25% cancellation fee of the total price

-From 59 to 15 days before the activity: fee equivalent to 50% of the total price

-14 days and under before the activity: fee equivalent to 100% of the total price

Responsibility

Ocean Sherpa is responsible for the secure and safe implementation of the activities and programs.

Customer’s obligations

Participants are required to familiarize themselves with the conditions of sale before they book the activity, and sign for reading and understanding the terms of participation.

Furthermore, the participant is obliged to follow any instructions given by the organizer or the tour guides.

Customer’s Responsibilities

Customers are responsible for assessing their physical and / or mental shape compared to the tour content. They are under no circumstances allowed to bring private weapons or pyrotechnic devices on the trips. Ocean Sherpa is not liable for accidents and injuries that are beyond its control.

Ocean Sherpa reserves the right to refuse admittance to a trip if the customer is a threat to safety, either for themselves or the other participants, or if the customer behaves so that he / she is a nuisance to the other participants. If the trip is delayed, changed or canceled because one or more participants do not follow the operator’s instructions, they can be held financially responsible for any additional costs.

Insurance

Ocean Sherpa has a liability insurance through their own insurance company, and also the necessary guarantees to the Governor are made. This includes expenses in connection with any rescue operation. Customers must have a private travel insurance.

Program change / unforeseen events

We’re used to harsh conditions… but for unforeseen events, Ocean Sherpa reserves the right to cancel or change the program until the tour starts due to force majeure, dangerous weather conditions or other events beyond the company’s control which are an obstacle to the safety of the activity. Changes like this will not affect the activity price. If the weather conditions, third parties or other circumstances cause delay or make it impossible to carry out the event as agreed, the organizer cannot be made liable for compensation. The decision whether it is safe to carry out the program is made by the captain in consultation with the guides. We will always strive to find alternative solutions within the financial framework.

In case of too few participants in relation to the specified number in the brochure or web, Ocean Sherpa reserves the right to cancel trips until 14 days in advance.

If travel restrictions given by the Government occur, a full refund will be given. Contact us if that’s the case.

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