Svalbard Summer Expeditions | 8 days
Explore Svalbards fjords, glaciers and mountains – home to unique wildlife – on this sustainable cruise in the Arctic
On this eight day trip you sail along the west coast of Svalbard or ‘Spitsbergen’, named after its pointy mountains. Exploring Svalbard in the summer gives you the surreal experience of continuous daylight, providing numerous wonderful chances to capture the true Arctic in your photographs. You can spot seals, birds, Arctic foxes and polar bears in their natural habitat; our guides will tell you all about the unique wildlife and Svalbard’s history.
The ship and its crew carry ten guests and two guides to places you can only reach by boat. With our fast and sturdy expedition Zodiacs you are close to the water, totally immersed in the Arctic! You explore and photograph the landscape and sea life. On land, hiking offers you scenery up close and with panoramic views. The guides can split the group and adapt hiking to your goals and abilities. Depending on the weather you can climb the glaciers using crampons and ice axes in a rope team.
Back on board you enjoy your hot, private shower, relax and enjoy nature and wonderful food in great company.
After landing in Svalbard Airport, your sailing adventure starts the next day in the afternoon, with meeting the crew and settling into your cabin. After a light dinner and once sailing, we’ll inform you about life aboard and the weekly program. We always take the weather and other factors into account, as well as the wishes and possibilities of our guests.
Day 1: Longyearbyen – Welcome aboard!
On Saturday we head towards beautiful Isfjorden – the majestic fjord of Svalbard. We’ll anchor in Trygghamna, where we have an amazing view of the glacier Esmarkbreen. This glacier has a stunning length of 15 kilometers! The bay Trygghamna was given the name “Safe harbour” because of its calm and easy seas.
Day 2: Sailing to Kongsfjorden – 79 degrees
You will wake up to the majestic mountains and wild nature of Kongsfjorden. Without internet connection, you can now immerse yourself in nature. We will sail to spectacular Krossfjorden, with two split fjords in the inner part, a popular site to visit. We’re landing close to Ny-London and ‘Lloyds Hotel’: in contrast to the untouched scenery, Lloyds Hotel is an old hunter’s cabin – painted orange.
Once you return to the boat, you’ll be served a delicious meal before heading towards Magdalenefjorden.
Day 3: Magdalenefjorden and Smeerenburg
Magdalenefjorden will take your breath away with its stunning surroundings. The fjord is rich in wildlife and history: you can spot walruses and seals in their resting zones, or whales swimming in groups. Discover the historical remnants of the whaling history in Trinity Harbor, where whalers from the 17th century caught whales for their oil, baleen and walruses for their tusks. After visiting Magdalenefjorden we will sail to Danskøya and Smeerenburgfjorden, rich in colonies of the little Auk and other birds.
Day 4 : The remote North-West
The remote islands Danskøya and Amsterdamøya are also famous for their history and wildlife and a good site to spot polar bears. Several small islands there are non-accessible bird islands, creating reserves for the birds to raise their young.
Day 5: Sallyhamna
You are now over 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. You will hike to the best viewpoint for great photography opportunities.
Day 6: Visit Ny-Ålesund
Ny-Ålesund is the northernmost settlement in the world, known for its mining history; nowadays it’s the location of an Arctic observation point. There are about 60-100 scientists living in Ny-Ålesund from all sorts of countries, but not many stay here during winter. We’ll visit the village including the souvenir shops and the museum.
Day 7: Isfjorden
Sailing south to Isfjorden, we pass the long island Prins Karls Forland, “the foreland” where famous walrus colonies are situated. The steep coastline, high mountains and the glaciers on the east side make for picture perfect panoramas. Use the jib net or crow’s nest to take a perfect shot!
Day 8: Disembark in Longyearbyen
After a full week of sailing at sea and climbing remote mountains, it’s time to return to civilization. A wide variety of breakfast choices will energize you for your last day in Longyearbyen. Disembark the ship, explore the charming town and catch your flight in the afternoon!
INCLUDING IN PRICE
Price: € 4.150,- p.p.
Experienced, certified guides with extensive knowledge of the area
8-day/ 7-night sail & hike 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
Air fares to and from departure point
Hotel and meals in Longyearbyen before/after the tour
Insurance (personal medical, travel, cancellation, etc)
Voice and data communication using onboard equipment
Entry costs museum
Alcoholic beverages on board
Sail & hike cruise Svalbard, 2024:
June 22 – 29
June 29 – July 6
July 6 – 13
July 13 – 20
July 27 – August 3
August 3 – 10
August 10 – 17
August 17- 24
August 24 – 31
Minimum: 8 pax
- Louis is a qualified Svalbard guide with a passion for skiing in the Arctic. Starting at 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.
RomainRomain is from Belgium and speaks French, English and Norwegian. Romain is a mountain and 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’ll easily guide you up a glacier. Romain also has a love for 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.
JamesBrage James is educated as an Arctic Nature Guide in Longyearbyen and knows the area well. He was trained as a ski- and mountain guide at Sawback alpine with Tom Wolfe. He’ll bring you along safe hiking tours and likes to give you a lot of information. James is from Norway, speaks Norwegian and English, and also likes to sail.
Recommended clothing items:
- Windproof jacket
- Hiking shoes
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Duffle bag (not a hard shell suitcase)
- Backpack (around a 20-40L)
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Personal medication
- Toiletries, ear plugs
- Blister plasters and sports tape (if you’re prone to blisters or sprains)
- Personal entertainment, i.e. book, crosswords, music
CONDITIONS OF SALES
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.
When you unfortunately have to cancel your trip with us, please do so directly to Ocean Sherpa via the contact form or email.
-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
Ocean Sherpa is responsible for the secure and safe implementation of the activities and programs.
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.
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.
Ocean Sherpa has a liability insurance through their own insurance company. 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.