Safety on land: On land you are in the realm of the polar bear. You will be briefed before we go ashore on how to behave in a potential polar bear encounter and the experienced expedition leaders will always carry a rifle and flares for protection. For additional safety we always scout ahead with binoculars prior to any land excursions and we do not go ashore if we have reason to believe there are polar bears in the area. All our expedition leaders respect the wildlife and the environment as well as being knowledgeable and well trained. Due to the risk of polar bears, guests must stay close to the guide at all times.
Crew: All crew have the necessary papers and courses required by Norwegian law. In addition, they have a variety of experience that ranges from classical sailing to fishing and merchant vessels and are happy to share their knowledge. The expedition leaders on shore have extensive training and experience, with a minimum of two seasons in Svalbard. On our programs there is always a minimum of three crew.
Activity: We strive to provide at least one trip ashore each day. Depending on group interest and other external factors we may do some hikes as well. We encourage social activities and will be surrounded by stunning landscapes. To some extent, we are also open to suggestions from guests for daily activities. On deck we have an eight person wood fire hot tub that is fueled by driftwood we collect from shore. As you can imagine, this is very pleasant and relaxing after all the artic action we are involved in throughout the day.
The vessel: A 72 ft ketch rigged sailing vessel built in 1987 and designed by Robert Perry, a well renowned American boat designer. She has a comfortable wheelhouse, a big saloon and six cabins. She has been around the world twice. The boat is well equipped for artic sailing with radiators in each cabin and an inside steering position. In total there are three different seating areas, giving plenty of personal space for everyone on board. Outside on the spacious deck there is a ladder towards the crows nest (a ships look out point located in the main mast), and two big chests to store your adventure gear.
What to bring: Small day pack, rubber boots, hiking shoes, waterproof clothing, warm undergarments, camera, sun glasses, gloves, a warm hat, toiletries and a bathing suit. Be sure to bring soft bags for your main luggage. Hard cases take up a lot of space and are hard to stow away.