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.
Linden was built in Mariehamn, in the Åland Islands – an autonomous archipelago off the west coast of Finland. This magnificent ship 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. In 2017, her current owners Njord Sail and Cargo APS with the wish to offer sustainable charter and cargo transport, working with local businesses and enterprises to ensure efficiency. Today, she takes her guests up to the Artic during summer months, 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 – an experience like no other.
- Total number of berths : 35
- Guest berths : 12
- Number of bathrooms : 10