Join the three-masted schooner Linden for a five day sailing adventure in the pristine Arctic wilderness on Svalbard. Keep your eyes peeled for spectacular wildlife, including polar bears!
Leaving from Longyearbyen, Linden will set sail to discover the cold glacier coasts of Spitsbergen. This is an excellent way to combine Arctic adventure with sailing, and Linden’s crew will take you to the hidden gems of the west coast of Svalbard. As the wind picks up and the sails fill, get comfortable with a book, help with hauling ropes or scale the mast rigging – it’s up to you.
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 we 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, we’ll decide where to sail at short notice so a detailed itinerary isn’t often possible.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Discover The Deep Fjords||23 July 2018||5||£2,250||Enquire now|
|Discover The Deep Fjords||30 July 2018||5||£2,250||Enquire now|
|Discover The Deep Fjords||6 August 2018||5||£2,250||Enquire now|
|Discover The Deep Fjords||13 August 2018||5||£2,250||Enquire now|
|Discover The Deep Fjords||20 August 2018||5||£2,250||Enquire now|
|Discover The Deep Fjords||27 August 2018||5||£2,250||Enquire now|
|Discover The Deep Fjords||3 September 2018||5||£2,250||Enquire now|
|Discover The Deep Fjords||10 September 2018||5||£2,250||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