Head off on a culture and nature filled adventure on a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen. Starting and finishing in Longyearbyen, this ten day trip will take you to some of the most unique places in the world for you to experience nature in an intimate group.
Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen
Head off on a digital detox on a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen filled with nature and adventure. Starting and finishing in Longyearbyen, this ten day trip will take you to some of the most unique places in the world for you to experience nature in an intimate (maximum 8 person) group.
You are lucky to have 24 hr daylight on Svalbard during the summer and may do landings whenever suitable. The world’s northernmost settlement, Russian mining towns, cultural remains from the trappers, whaling stations, and glaciers – these are just some of things you will see and there is nowhere else you will feel closer to pioneering times. You will be travelling in polar bear territory, but don’t worry, a guide with polar bear protection will stay close to you during all landings.
Set foot on some of the most unique places in the world and experience nature unlike any other.
- Explore the world’s northernmost settlement and former mining town
- Bucket loads of wildlife
- Catch sight of Bråsvellbreen, one of many epic glaciers
- See remains from a Pomor trapper station
- Hike on Hornsund and rest your muscles in a hot tub that evening
Why you'll love this adventure
- Explore the North of the world and step back into pioneering times.
- Bucket loads of wildlife.
- Catch sight of Bråsvellbreen, one of many epic glaciers.
- Digital detox.
- Get for solo travellers.
15 July 2020
28 July 2020
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
Sail from Longyearbyen and back again and experience Ny-Ålesund, the world’s northernmost settlement and former mining town; Bråsvellbreen, one of many epic glaciers on the archipelago of Svalbard; the southernmost point of Spitsbergen and Hornsund where you can go ashore and hike.
- 3 meals per day plus snacks
- Clean bed linen and towels
- Transport to and from Longyearbyen
- Usage of warm flotation suits
Cabins: Choose between two styles of cabins, double bed or bunk cabins. Each cabin has en suite toilets and shower facilities. All cabins have clean linens and towels included for the voyage.
Food: We offer three meals per day and snacks in between. We serve a variety of Norwegian and international dishes.
Who is this trip for?
- Environmentally aware people
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.
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