Backcountry ski touring and sailing expedition along the west coast of Spitsbergen, 1000 km from Norway and 1200 km from the North Pole. The Svalbard archipelago of over 60 mostly unpopulated islands is a wild and remote place, and at a latitude of greater than 79º it is level with Canada's Ellesmere Island, or the northernmost end of Greenland. Our 2020 Ski and Sail expedition in Svalbard is a journey into one of the most unique and surreal ski touring destinations in the world with its juxtaposition of sea, mountain, and arctic environment. Yet, it is surprisingly easy to access, with three-times daily airline flights into the modern airport at Longyearbyen.
The west coast of Spitsbergen is protected by a long, thin island called Prins Karls Vorland, which protects an inner channel and allows straightforward sea access to dozens of fjords. The fjords harbour countless peaks rising 500 to 1000 m out of the sea, and offer outstanding ski touring opportunities. It is a land perfectly designed for skiing. Gaining access to these beautiful glaciated peaks is only possible by boat, as helicopter skiing is strictly forbidden in Svalbard. And a good thing, too: a sailing yacht is really the best way to visit this country, a tradition that has existed since whaling boats first made use of the area over 200 years ago. The s/v Noorderlicht, which we have chartered for this trip, is also the best boat around for the job. At almost 50 m (150 ft) long it's comfortable and stable and provides exceptional luxury with the classy lines of a gaff-rigged schooner.
NO20-1: May 2-9, 2020. Optional pre-sail ski touring: April 30-May 2, 2020.
Price: $7,895 CAD/person (Currently $6,240 USD / €5,448 / £4,660).
Pre-sail: Early sign-up bonus: Complete your registration before September 1, 2019 and join our Pre-sail ski touring out of Longyear City for no additional cost! After this add $800 CAD/person (Currently $743 USD / €664 / £568). Zero-rated tax (no GST).
Deposit: 30% payment secures your booking; 60% due September 1, 2019; balance (full payment) due February 1, 2020
Check out a video recap of our 2019 Svalbard expedition — thanks to Phil Wickens, expedition leader from Oceanwide Expeditions, for the beautiful video and hard work!