Expedition sailing holiday exploring Spitsbergen

Duration: 19 days
From: £2,980.00

If you've ever dreamt of weaving your way into icy coves to anchor for the night, listening to the crack of nearby icebergs and the calls of walruses and reindeer ashore, then you will love Spitsbergen.

Incredibly remote, awe inspiring and unlike anywhere else you will ever get to sail, this land is full of history. See nature at its most beautiful, rare wildlife and be part of what is a true adventure.

You don’t need experience on this expedition sailing holiday exploring Spitsbergen as all tuition is given. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions.

Awesome experiences include:
• Crossing the Barents Sea
• Passing Bear Island
• Icebergs, glaciers and wild, remote mountains
• Wildlife – eagles, seals, puffins, walruses, reindeer and maybe a polar bear!
• Ny Alesund – remote international research base
• Incredible hiking ashore

Why you'll love this adventure

  • great mix of sail training and remote exploration
  • decent change of spotting Polar Bears and Beluga Whales
  • perfect for solo travellers, couples or friends
Start
Tromso, Norway
Finish
Spitsbergen, Norway
Trip Duration
19 Days
Group Size
9
Private Departure
N/A
Activity
Sailing
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller

Dates

STARTEND

Friday

21 June 2019

Sunday

7 July 2019

Tuesday

9 July 2019

Friday

26 July 2019

Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary for Spitsbergen to Tromso. If you are on the route headed north, please just reverse it - there is no significant difference! What makes expeditions so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and so no part of this is guaranteed. It is indicative of a typical expedition to this region. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what's possible each day - and you are in the very high latitudes where the weather can be glorious or cold and harsh - but that's what the adventure's all about!

tromso to spitsbergen route map

What's included

• Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
• Fladen immersion suits. (These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.)
• Ocean-spec lifejackets. (These are the best on the market.)
• All on-board food and snacks.
• Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
• RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.

• Your travel to and from the start and end points.
• Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
• Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
• Any meals you eat ashore

Trip notes

The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!

We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking.

No experience required, full training given on board.

MEDICAL DECLARATION

We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.

Do I need experience?

No experience required, full training given on board.

Do people come alone?

Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!

How many people are on board?

Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 (except for Atlantic crossings) plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.

Is this a sailing holiday?

Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is bout having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. Rubicon 3 voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try!

Who else joins?

We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.

Tour operator

We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.

The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.

Hello! If you’d like to chat about finding you the perfect adventure or guidance on what’d suit you then we’re very happy to help. Tori & Larissa 0207 097 1734 • info@anotherworldadventures.com.

A most helpful, friendly and knowledgeable travel company!

Very helpful and provided lots of research material and excellent personal perspectives on the tall ship sailing trip I was interested in taking.

— Martin

Excellent thoughtful service.

They were prompt and friendly, and so thorough and helpful in connecting me with my adventure.

— Tina

One of a Kind Service!

From the very beginning of reaching out to AWA, they were super helpful, enthusiastic and informative.

— Matt

Why Book with Another World Adventures?

  • Book direct with the tour operator. No mark-ups, no fees.
  • Save time by browsing our handpicked collection of the best adventure travel experiences.
  • Claim free travel gifts when you use our site to find your next trip.
Another World Adventures – Adventure365 Blog – Photo by Egzon Bytyqi on Unsplash

Adventure365