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Sailing Expedition from Svalbard to Greenland & Iceland

  • Vessel: Valiente
  • Where: Svalbard, Norway
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Embark: Longyearbyen, Svalbard - 22 August 2022, 12:00
  • Disembark: Isafjordur, Iceland - 3 September 2022, 15:00

Discover Arctic waters as you sail with Valiente from Svalbard, to Greenland and on to the shores of Iceland.

This is an exciting expedition with an ocean crossing from Svalbard to Greenland before finishing in Iceland, and a whole week of exploration and discoveries along the coast of East-Greenland. During the voyage we really get a feeling of the big ocean. In recent years the actual edge of the pack ice has been too far north for sailing along it towards the west, but we will still get close to large ice sheets, icebergs and glaciers when we arrive in Greenland.

Expedition sailing

On this expedition we also get to feel Greenland’s greatness exploring the fjords, among the mountains and glaciers along the north east-coast. This is an area very few have been before us and we are vulnerable and far from civilisation. We must be careful and manoeuvre slowly but we have the southern Greenland stream with us on our way south. In these waters at this time of year we no longer have the full midnight sun, but it will be very bright 24/7 which is always a good starting point for an adventure trip.

On this part of the expedition we will sail in the fjords, among glaciers, snow-capped mountains and icebergs. This is an area very few people have been to, and not a very common place for sailing, especially not for commercial operators. The maps are poor and it is far off the beaten track, we have to be careful. On the boat we have installed a type of forward-looking sonar that shows the depths also in front of the boat, which is nice to have when navigating in waters with poor maps. On our way south we sail by places like Daneborg and Mosquito Bay, and places where Norwegians and others have been before in history for various reasons.

After some good days sailing south along the coast we arrive at the inlet of Scoresby Sound, a huge and magnificent fjord system with glaciers, fjords and mountains. Here, the large icebergs float calmly back and forth and there is much to see and discover. At the entrance to Scoresby we also find the northernmost settlement of the east-coast. The village is called Ittoqqortormiit and has more than 400 inhabitants. Everyone lives in small wooden houses with the world’s coolest colours, and we arrive at the warmest days of the year. The inhabitants are mostly outside to enjoy the sun before the tough winter returns.

After a couple of days in Scoresby Sound we set sails again and head for Iceland and the port of Isafjordur. The crossing takes less than 2 days and at arrival we spend a fair amount of time ashore, stretch our legs and discover what Isafjordur has to offer.

LIFE AT SEA

Your ticket price will include the skipper and first mate (co-skipper), as well as a dedicated Svalbard guide with extensive experience from Svalbard. The crew-members will work as guides and polar bear guards when we are ashore in the terrain. Along the way, sailing or on motor, Valiente will include all participants in the sailing. Generally, she sails at all times of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off. When on anchor, there will be rotation shifts with one anchor guard awake, so that the rest can sleep.

An expedition to Svalbard is primarily an adventurous exploration, but also a great opportunity to learn about sailing and navigation, and not least the use of a boat as a starting point for explorations and experiences on shore.

Vulnerable Arctic

The Arctic is a vulnerable area under pressure from people and climate change. Valiente and her crew are committed to taking care of the environment as much as possible and we believe that small boats with few people and little pollution and waste are much less harmful to the environment, climate and local wildlife, than larger boats and cruise ships. We also try to gather garbage at the places we visit, instead of leaving something behind. On Svalbard and Greenland we follow AECO’s guidelines for encounters with wildlife, beach cleaning, cultural heritage sites and for arctic operators.

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Valiente

Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff

Expedition boat Valiente is a 70 foot steel boat designed to withstand tough arctic conditions, but with comfort and high standards maintained along the way.

She sails very well with a simple rig and has a lot of space on deck for guests and crew. Valiente has ample space in the saloon and wheelhouse with 360degree views. Below decks there is a well equipped galley. The boat has six cabins, most of them with ensuite and shower.

Valiente is very well equipped for trips and expeditions including; RIB light boat, two folding kayaks, big tanks for both water and diesel, water-maker, generators, safety and rescue equipment and communication equipment.

She spends her summers sailing in Norway, Svalbard and offering expedition sailing adventures to Greenland, Iceland, Jan Mayen and the Faroe islands.

Deck plan

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FAQ

  • What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Valiente?

    TBC

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes

  • Are there any added extra's?

    TBC

  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes - please specify at time of enquiry

  • What language is spoken onboard?

    English

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    6x private cabins

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    5

  • Is there WIFI?

    No

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    TBC

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes

  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    TBC

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.

  • Is bedding included?

    TBC

Locations

From: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

To: Isafjordur, Iceland

BY AIR:

Fly into Oslo or Tromsø to get a connecting flight to Svalbard. There are several flights a day into Longyearbyen airport from Oslo and Tromsø in Norway. Your easiest route from the UK to Longyearbyen (LYR) Airport for Svalbard is from London Heathrow via Oslo with airline SAS.

Taxis and buses meet each incoming /outgoing flight, even the ones in the middle of the night and will stop at the marina on request, and the airport shuttle service stops at all hotels in the centre.

STAY IN SVALBARD:

There are plenty of places to stay in Svalbard. Try Gjesthuset 102, Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg or Funken Lodge.

Please note that you need a guide to travel anywhere outside the town of Longyearbyen due to the risk from polar bears.

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