Ski and sail to the polar bear’s Land

5 days ski and sail to Svalbard with Basecamp Arctic Voyagers

per person 23,900 nok
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Ski Tour to the polar bear’s Land

Welcome to five days of Alpine skiing adventures aboard the wooden schooner Linden. When the Arctic spring blooms, we set sail for untouched snow, midnight sun skiing, and unique ski touring.

In May Svalbard skiing conditions are at its best and we set sail for snow-capped mountains, searching for the perfect snow. Up to 1000-meter-tall mountains seem to rise straight out of the sea, giving us a stunning Alpine scenery to play in. This is skiing without boundaries in the untouched snow, where the tracks you come across are not from other skiers but rather from Svalbard’s wildlife.

The days are long, and we may run one to three ski excursions a day. After a solid breakfast, we go ashore and start skiing straight from the beach. We are ski touring 6-700 meter tall peaks amongst surging glaciers plummeting down and into the ocean, this is Svalbard where more than 60% of the ground is covered by ice.

On most days we choose to pack warm lunch and spend the whole day outdoors in the Arctic wilderness to get the most out of extraordinary conditions and sites. On other days we may have lunch on board when we move to new peaks with virgin snow. We enjoy sauna, After Ski drinks and a three course dinner on Linden in stunning and cozy surroundings!

Day 1

Meet your guide at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen who will take you to your new home Linden. You can leave your extra luggage in the luggage storage at the Basecamp hotel. We will gather in the ship lounge for some snacks and a safety briefing. This is a good time to get to know the staff, your fellow skiers, and the ship. Basecamp Arctic Voyagers’ vessel, the tall ship Linden is a perfect home for an Arctic Ski Tour adventure. Linden has an excellent ventilation system and offers good options for drying your gear in 5 twin cabins with private shower and toilet, and 2 single cabins with shared bathroom. In addition, there are extra facilities for drying your gear.

Our crew love sailing and can’t wait to demonstrate and teach you too if you like to join in and show how well Linden sails. It’s time to hoist the sails and head into the snowy pristine Arctic!

In the evening join us for the Captain’s welcome dinner as the sun sits high in the sky. Through the voyage, the earth is spinning slightly tilted on her axis leaving Svalbard facing the sun night and day from April into late August. This 24-7 service of sunlight creates a booming bonanza for all life in the ocean allowing us to savor the result of abundant and intense Arctic wildlife also above the water during spring and summer. This also impacts our activity level, and we always consider if midnight sun skiing is possible and hope to get our ski tour in tonight after the Captain’s welcome dinner!

Dinner included
S/V Linden

2-4 days

In Isfjorden lay wilderness paradises and snow-capped mountains in a string. There are so many opportunities for skiing and ever-changing landscape. We plan to spend time on the northern side of the Isfjord, and near the ocean at Kapp Linne over the next days. This means shorter distances to travel in between and more time spent ski touring.

Surrounded by 600-1000 meter peaks in the Northern Isfjord National Park, so many of them are within reach from the water’s edge. A climb from the shoreline, and next we are in the virgin snowfields with breathtaking views ahead of us. With your alpine guides, we find the best off-piste skiing down back to the shore. We can always come upon Arctic wildlife while skiing. There are more polar bears than people in Svalbard, so on every outing onshore guides armed with rifles accompany you. Once on the water, we are happy to swing by anything exciting, for example, glacier fronts into the ocean.

We always look out for wildlife and take time to stop and watch. Your guides are eager to share their extensive knowledge about Svalbard nature and fauna. With luck, we can come across polar bears, walrus, and whales!

Enjoy a coffee on the deck as we head to our next destinations while watching the continuous mountains and shores without any roads and infrastructure. This is what makes Svalbard a unique wildlife spot in the world. Here polar bears rule on land and sea-ice. There are glimmering glacier fronts, towering bird cliffs, and arctic wildlife.

All meals included
S/V Linden

Day 5

On our last day we sail back to Adventfjorden. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the ship before you head back to civilization in Longyearbyen. In May there should still be sea ice around, so watch out for some spectacular Svalbard seals, walrus and even polar bear.

Breakfast included

Summary

Price: nok 23.900 per passenger

Departures: 9.5-13.5.2018  & 14.518.5.2018

Minimum: 6 persons

Age limit: 18 years

Individuals & Groups: If the departure dates above does not suit your itinerary, we can set up a private group for you and your fellow passengers with additional supplement for private guide

 

What’s included?

Private bathroom double occupancy or Shared bathroom single occupancy

Activities, accommodation, and meals

Alpine skiing expert/guide

Transport to and from accommodation

Search and rescue insurance

Transport to and from shore excursions

Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for boat transfers

Insulated Rubber Boots for boat rides

 

What’s not included?

Mountaineering Skiing equipment, Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250

 

Recommended equipment

To participate in the skiing program you have to master advanced ski techniques for both ascent and descent in challenging alpine terrain. The skiing is demanding so you are required to bring professional Alpine skiing equipment such as randonee ski. Personal Locator Beacons and Avalanche Beacons, probe and shovel are compulsory! To facilitate an easy and quick embarkation and for storage, we also request that skiers bring their gear in one ski bag each.

To enjoy the ski tours participants must be competent to ski in all kind of snow conditions. You must also have the stamina to enjoy days up to1000-1200 meters of altitude skiing with a backpack. We recommend you to have solid ski equipment; randonee ski with a width of minimum 90 mm. You must also bring with you a backpack of minimum 30 liters to pack all your personal equipment, clothing, food and drink when we are out in the mountains.

Safety is very important to us!  All participants must bring with them a transceiver, a shovel, and a probe!

To facilitate an easy and quick embarkation and for storage, we also request that skiers bring their gear in one ski bag each.

Recommended clothing in the Arctic: Woollen underwear as the base layer, warm wool or fleece trousers & sweater on the top, two layers of socks (thin & thick woollen socks), water- and windproof layer on the top (spacious clothing is recommended since air is the best insulation),  minimum 2 pair of gloves (1 pair wool and 1 pair water- and windproof are recommended), warm hat (windproof), scarf or fleece tube. We also recommend bringing a lightweight down or synthetic jacket to use when we enjoy our lunches out in the wilderness.

Good to have with you: Indoor shoes or extra woolen socks, Indoor leisure wear/ casual clothing for dinner, Toilet articles, Sunglasses, Sunscreen (not based on water), Binoculars, Camera, Contact lenses (for those using glasses) and a power adapter plug for European 220 volt. The rest of your belongings you can leave at Basecamp Hotel.

 

Note

In Spitsbergen, weather conditions can change quickly. We can meet heavy winds, snowstorms, thick fog, crevasses and lack of snow or ice. This means we might need to make changes to the planned route, and this might lead up us not arriving to the planned destination. It can also mean that we need to use a different transportation style or accommodation than what was described in the program.

As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, there will be an additional climate investment charge of NOK 250 per guest.  This is donated in its entirety to Basecamp Foundation’s forestry project in Masai Mara, Kenya. The trees bind CO2 and contribute to reducing the effects of emissions associated with our activities – and your travel.

Combine your stay with accommodation at the most unique hotel at Longyearbyen – Basecamp Hotel.

 

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