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Sailing Svalbard Expedition around Spitsbergen

  • Vessel: Valiente
  • Where: Svalbard, Norway
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Embark: Longyearbyen, Svalbard - 31 July 2022, 12:00
  • Disembark: Longyearbyen, Svalbard - 9 August 2022, 15:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin£4,175.00 £1,043.75
Double Cabin (double occupancy)£4,175.00 £1,043.75

Discover the land of the midnight sun with an expedition sailing holiday around Svalbard.

On this expedition you will have the opportunity to see and experience Svalbard in a way that few have done before. With a fully equipped expedition vessel and as a small group, you will get close to nature and wildlife, both on sea and on land by foot.

On this expedition Valiente will sail clockwise around the whole of Spitsbergen, with the sun and with the current. On the northern side of the archipelago, you can go ashore on Nordaustlandet, before sailing through the Hinlopen Strait, around Barents Island, and into the Storfjorden. The program is packed with highlights as Valiente passes by many great places.

Land of the midnight sun

Svalbard is wild and fierce in its own way! An Arctic sailing around Spitsbergen gives a lot of time to dwell in nature and let the landscape sink in, and we have the surroundings mostly to ourselves this far from Longyearbyen and of what can be called civilisation on Svalbard. Valiente is able to enter small lagoons and sheltered harbours, places you may have read about in old expedition tales. On Svalbard there is midnight sun until August 11, so there will be daylight 24 hours a day.

During the 850 nautical miles in varied landscapes there are good opportunities to see polar bears, whales, seals and a bustling birdlife. You will have a unique encounter with the beautiful and uninhabited arctic landscape, that will get less desolate and uninhabited as soon as you start listening and take your time to look around and become at one with it.

If this is your first time at 78 degrees north you will have a meeting with the Arctic that that stays in your body and mind for a long time. And if you’ve been to Svalbard before, this trip will give you so many new and exciting experiences that it will be worth a new trip to the archipelago.

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.


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.

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


  • Are all meals included?


  • Are there any added extra's?


  • 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?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    6x private cabins

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?


  • Is there WIFI?


  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?


  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?


  • 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?



From: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

To: Longyearbyen, Svalbard


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.


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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