So many trips could be classed as ‘Once in a lifetime’, but none more so than this extraordinary route across the Arctic Ocean and the Greenland Sea to Iceland via the far-flung outpost of Jan Mayen.
With only whales and seabirds for company this is a voyage to the edge of the world and one which you’ll never forget.
On board a 60ft expedition yacht you’ll be part of the crew as you explore this incredible and remote part of our planet. Previous sailing experience isn’t needed but a passion for adventure is a must!
- Wild polar expanses of Svalbard
- High latitudes offshore passage
- Possibility to land at Jan Mayan
- Cross the Arctic Circle at sea
- Snow capped fjords of east Iceland
Make an enquiry for full details on how you can join this hands on sailing adventure!
Why you'll love this adventure
- Hands on sailing experience across the Arctic Ocean & Greenland Sea
- Rare chance to visit the outpost of Jan Mayen
- Perfect for solo travellers
25 July 2022
5 August 2022
The trip starts in Longyearbyen, much loved capital ‘city’, or should we say village, of Svalbard. It’s home to an international community of researchers and polar explorers – the perfect base from which to prepare for our big adventure. We’ll use the first day to welcome everyone on board, cover the essential safety briefings and start preparation for the upcoming passage. There’s lots to cover and it’s important that everyone has taken on board all the information on a trip such as this, so expect a thorough introduction. For the full itinerary please request full details.
• 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 ashoreLongyearbjen, Svalbard
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.
Who is this trip for?
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. No previous sailing experience is required for this route.
FITNESS TO SAIL
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board.
Ability to complete the five exercises is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member.
Be able to lift 2 full bags of shopping five times, ten jumps with raised arms, stand on each leg for a minimum of five seconds, ten squats, ten step ups.
The exercises are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark.
If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.
Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions by the operator. At this time you will be asked to complete the operator’s medical declaration.
At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you may be refused permission to board.
Do I need sailing experience?
No! All training is provided.
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, the boat limit the crew size to 9 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 about having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. These 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.
What insurance do I need?
All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
Please make an enquiry for this trip in order to get full details on insurance.
TRIP CATEGORY: COASTAL SAILING
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.
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Excellent thoughtful service.They were prompt and friendly, and so thorough and helpful in connecting me with my adventure.
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