Climb aboard Linden for a weekend sail around the glacial coast of Svalbard. Explore Isfjorden and explore its inner fjords, or sail northwards with the hope of spotting spectacular wildlife.
Leaving Longyearbyen at 3pm on Friday we venture into Svalbard second biggest fjord, Isfjorden for a taste of the Polar regions. Depending on the weather and wind conditions, you will either search the different inner fjords of Isfjorden, or sail around its corner to sail northwards. The fjord is full of beautiful glacier fronts, cliffs that are home to hundreds of birds and plenty of arctic wildlife. The gulf stream keeps the fjord ice-free for large parts of the year, although sometimes that same stream carries tons of drift ice into the fjord. Millions of years of geological history is visible, and over 400 hundred years of human presence has put its mark on the landscape.
The ship will navigate sea ice easily with her strengthened hull, and you’ll need to keep your eyes and ears open – it is on the sea ice that the polar bears are most likely to be seen. Migratory patterns change seasonally, even daily, and you may encounter blue whales as well as Svalbard’s Big Five; the polar bear, walrus, arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer and ivory gull. In a bid to create the most opportunities to see wildlife, and adhering to the Arctic weather conditions, Linden’s crew will decide where to sail at short notice so a detailed itinerary isn’t often possible.
The Linden crew are eager to show you the ropes of this magnificent ship, so if you’re after a hands-on sailing expedition then you won’t be disappointed. Equally, if you want to make use of the library, sauna and stunning scenery sailing by, then you are more than welcome to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Sailing into the Arctic Wilderness||7 June 2019||3||£1,250||Enquire now|
|Sailing into the Arctic Wilderness||14 June 2019||3||£1,250||Enquire now|
|Sailing into the Arctic Wilderness||21 June 2019||3||£1,250||Enquire now|
|Sailing into the Arctic Wilderness||28 June 2019||3||£1,250||Enquire now|
|Sailing into the Arctic Wilderness||2 August 2019||3||£1,250||Enquire now|
|Sailing into the Arctic Wilderness||9 August 2019||3||£1,250||Enquire now|
|Sailing into the Arctic Wilderness||16 August 2019||3||£1,250||Enquire now|
Linden was built in Mariehamn, in the Åland Islands – an autonomous archipelago off the west coast of Finland. This magnificent white sail schooner was a joint venture between residents of the Åland Islands, the Finnish government and established ship owners in an attempt to create a vessel that was a worthy representation of the traditional maritime culture of the islands. Because of this, Linden was built in pine – how the Åland and Finnish traditionally built their ships. In order to meet modern standards, the DNV required that a reinforced steel superstructure was put inside the hull, with watertight bulkheads to meet the safety requirements for passenger vessels.
Until 2006, Linden sailed the Baltic Sea, proudly representing Åland, before being sold to a restaurant in Helsinki that turned her into a day cruiser, where she barely left Helsinki harbour. Now fully restored she was bought by her current owners in 2017 to offer sustainable charter, environmental experiences and cargo transport, working with local businesses and enterprises to ensure efficiency. Today, she sails her guests up to the Artic during summer months, sailing around Svalbard Norwary, slicing through the water and inbetween the ice in order to give her passengers the chance to experience the artic via sail, ski and hike this remote archipelago near the North Pole. Life under sail in this remarkable location gives guests the chance to witness polar bear, artic foxes and reindeer with carfeul consideration to this fragile environment.
During the winter months, Linden heads for the sunnier climes of the Canary Islands. With Tenerife as her base, Linden’s winter sun sailing schedule offers trips to the harder to reach islands of La Gomera and La Palma with plenty wildlife spotting on the way of pilot whales, hawksbill turtles and Manta Rays.
Take a look at this beautiful white sail tall ship.
- Total number of berths : 35
- Guest berths : 12
- Number of bathrooms : 10