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Untouched desolated mountains, unique wildlife, and beautiful Arctic nature in Svalbard, Spitsbergen. Join us ski touring with the unique SV Linden!

Ski and sail on the Arctic Outpost of Spitsbergen are one of the most exotic adventures a ski touring enthusiast can experience. Spitsbergen is the biggest island on the archipelago of Svalbard, and the islands consist of more than 60% glacial landscape. The weather is harsh during the winter, but when the spring arrives, the desolated Arctic nature become an eldorado for ski touring expeditions.

The ski touring tour starts in the town of Longyearbyen (Longyear City). The town is the largest settlement on Svalbard, with approximately 2500 inhabitants. From Longyearbyen, the wooden sailor SV Linden will bring us to mountains that are unreachable without the use of boats. SV Linden is the largest operative wooden schooner in the whole of Europe! 

Situated in the high north, Svalbard is approximately in the middle of mainland Europe and the north pole. Due to its top northern position, the island has midnight sun between the 20th of April and the 23rd of August. The sun is shining all day long, and the long and sunny days open up endless opportunities for beautiful springtime ski touring. Similar to the well-known areas in Lyngen and Lofoten, the mountains on Svalbard towers right up from sea level. Most of the mountains have an altitude around 1000 meters above sea level (MASL), and the ascents are normally between 600 to 800 meters. 

When you enter the SV Linden after a long and beautiful day of ski touring on Svalbard, you will be served a hot soup straight from the kitchen. A real after ski with respect to traditions include a proper sauna. Before dinner, we sum up the day in SV Lindens own sauna and look forward to a delicious three-course dinner.

On this ski and sail tour, you will be served meals with high-quality ingredients and food. In the start of the season, SV Linden sails from Denmark, along with the Norwegian coast, and visit various places en route. Here, they pick out high-quality commodities from local farmers, producers and others. The chef on board takes great pride in creating both good tasting and surprising meals, and perhaps you will get to experience a meal inspired by the polar explorers' own menu? See you on Svalbard and Spitsbergen! 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. This trip is for people of minimum 16 years of age,  who love a real adventure. You must have previous experience with ski-touring. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. 

HOW TO GET THERE

Daily flights (3-4 hours) from Oslo to Longyear City. Please send us an email at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in the most unique boat you will find on Svalbard, Spitsbergen, and perhaps Europe. The bunks are spacious, you share them with four others, they have private bathrooms, and a reasonable amount of storage room for equipment etc. 

Accommodation in Longyearbyen is not included, but we are happy to assist you with this. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

The weather on Spitsbergen might necessitate that our boat departure from Longyearbyen is postponed or cancelled. Guides and the staff present are the ones responsible for taking this decision, and we reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 6 people; Maximum: 12 people.

INCLUDED

The price includes activities, safety equipment, accommodation, and meals according to the program. 

NOT INCLUDED

Flights and airport shuttle. 

OTHER INFORMATION

This is a trip that we organize in collaboration with our partner Basecamp Spitsbergen. 

DAY 1: Welcome to LONGYEAR CITY and Svalbard, Spitsbergen

You will meet your expedition leader at the Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen at 15:00. The hotel is within the middle of Longyearbyen (Longear City), and you reach it quickly by bus from the airport. You can leave additional luggage at the hotel, and together we go down to SV Linden. In the saloon, we gather for some refreshments and the safety briefing. It is now time to set sail, and the crew eager to show you how elegant the SV Linden move in the wild nature on Svalbard. 

In the evening, the captain will welcome you with his dinner, and if the weather allows, we will go out for a ski tour underneath the midnight sun. 

Accommodation SV Linden Meals D Time 4-6 hours ski touring Transport `15 minutes` 

DAkY 2-4: sKi and sail on Svalbard, Spitsbergen

The mountains are lined up throughout the Isfjorden (literally, the ice fjord) outside of Longyearbyen. We plan to move towards Kapp Linne in the north, and in this landscape, we have numerous opportunities for beautiful ski touring tours. 

All of the mountains you find in Isfjorden are between 600 and 1000 meters above sea level. We reach land by the use of dingy boats, and you usually can ski straight from the ocean to the mountains. The guide will adjust the tours to the groups' skill level, and you will generally have many options for skiing. 

Svalbard has a rich wildlife, and more than 3000 polar bears live on the different islands around. Because of the presence of the bolar pear, we will have much to look at while saying, but also necessitate that we move with caution, and with respect for the wildlife. Glaciers cover more than 60% per cent of Svalbard. Look forward to a mighty sight of the blue and purple glacier fronts!

Which one of the big five (polar bear, walrus, polar reindeer and the ivory gull) will we see this time? 

Accommodation SV Linden Ascent 500-1000m Distance 5-10km Meals BLD Descent 300meters Time 8-10 hours ski touring Transport 4-6 hours

DAY 5: The advent fjord

On our last day, we will sail home through the Adventfjord. At deck, you can enjoy a healthy and tasty breakfast, before arriving in the civilisation around 09.00 in the morning. Most probably, it will be some sea ice around us, so be sure to look out for seals, walrus or even polar bears while we sail. 

You will reach most of today's aeroplanes leaving Longyearbyen. Though, if you have never been in Longyearbyen, you should spend a day or two in this very interesting and unique settlement. Please ask us if you need accommodation or tips on what to do in Longyearbyen.

Accommodation not included Ascent 0 m Meals B Descent 0 m Transport 4-6 hrs

 

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring with you everything you need. This list is intended to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Spitsbergen in this period are most often dry, but seldom warmer than 10 Celsius plus. We don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip. Please contact us at [email protected]com if you have any questions.

Underwear

Preferably wool.

Base Layer

We recommend two pairs of wool.

Fleece jacket

Bring a good Mid Layer.

Shell pants

Gore-Tex or similar. Pants with ventilation for the skiing days. 

Light pants

For use on the boat

Insulated jacket

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening.

Gloves/mittens

 

Socks

Wool is the best, bring several pairs, fresh socks help reduce gall.

Cap/hat

Bring a warm cap, and something to protect you from the sun is also smart.

 

 

T-shirt

For the evenings

Shoes 

Nice to have a couple of shoes to use on the boat

Backpack / Rucksack

40-50L (it should be a good one, we carry our backpack each day)

Sunglasses

 

Sunscreen

And sunblock for your lips.

Toiletries

 

Camera

 Remember a lot of free space on your memory card.

A smile

Lightweight, and good for the group dynamics

Earplugs

For sleeping

Backpack or small bag

A smaller bag or similar for extra clothing 

Indoor clothing

casual clothing for dinner and even wear

Swimsuit / Shorts

For sauna!

Indoor shoes

It is customary to take off your shoes indoors and wear slippers instead

 Ski's, ski boots, helmet, poles and skins All of the equipment are mandatory. You have to bring your own equipment
Helmet for skiing

mandatory

Ski crampons  
Shovel, transceivers and probe Mandatory
Bottle 2L is sufficient 
Snacks You get chocolate, chips, candy etc. in Longyearbyen