Ski & Sail Expedition in Svalbard
- Vessel: Valiente
- Where: Svalbard, Norway
- Duration: 9 days
- Embark: Longyearbyen, Svalbard - 26 May 2023, 10:00
- Disembark: Longyearbyen, Svalbard - 3 June 2023, 12:00
Explore the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard with a ski and sail adventure on expedition yacht Valiente.
Join expedition vessel Valiente in the heart of the Arctic circle as she takes guests on an adventure Ski and Sail holiday to explore the fascinating fragile archipelago of Svalbard.
On this expedition you will have the opportunity to see and experience Svalbard in a way that few have done before. The main focus of this trip will be to experience and explore the fjords and glaciers around Isfjorden both under sail and on land.
- Guided sailing and skiing
- Private cabins
- All-inclusive board
- Bucket list destination
- Polar bears & Arctic wildlife
- EXPERIENCE LEVEL > Medium; Some alpine touring or skiing experience recommended
YOUR SAILING AREA
Tucked in the heart of the Arctic circle is the fragile and breathtakingly beautiful archipelago of Svalbard. Sweeping glaciers, majestic fjords and Arctic wildlife is abundant and the archipelago is home to the most Northerly town in the world.
This expedition adventure on Valiente will take guests to showcase the very best of Svalbard with a ski and sail holiday. At this time of year, the sun is back and shining 24 hours a day, animals are back and thriving and the snow-conditions are perfect; May is a fantastic time in Svalbard.
Get to know the Isfjord from the water, using the weather forecast to dictate the exact route to make the most of the snow-conditions along the way. The beauty of being in a boat means that we can easily move from one place to the next and reach good conditions far quicker than we could by land.
Skiing and sailing
Using the dinghy to head ashore, we’ll put on our skis, hike the mountain and ski fresh snow where nobody has skied before. The ski touring we do during this week will be planned with everyone the day before depending on the weather. After a day’s hike and ski we relax in the boat with warm and good food, before we sail to the next fjord, harbour or anchorage.
Valiente will have a certified ski-guide with guests at all times. All our guides have several years experience with this type of ski-touring in Svalbard.
All voyages for 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 five guest cabins, with the 3 doubles having an 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 planMore about Valiente
Life on board
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.
The Arctic is a vulnerable area under pressure from people and climate change. The crew and owners of Valiente are committed to taking care of the environment as much as possible and believe that small boats with few people and little pollution and waste, are considerably less harmful to the environment, climate and local wildlife, than larger boats and cruise ships.
We want you to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, cleaning the boat, or contributing in other ways when required. Our trips require a little work from the participants – and you must be open to contribute and open up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people get along very well. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least doing things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting and memorable stories.
Joining Valiente will see you become part of the crew, taking part in all aspects of sailing. From the day to day running of the boat, to cooking up meals with your fellow guests, the crew of Valiente will be on hand to guide you in this bucket list experience.
The skipper and first mate (co-skipper), and a dedicated Svalbard guide with extensive experience from Svalbard will be onboard for the duration of expedition trips. Along the way, sailing or on motor, we will include all participants in the sailing.
We will generally sail at all times of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off. When we are at anchor we always rotate the shifts with an awake anchor guard and the rest can sleep.
Leave no trace
Having the lowest possible carbon footprint as possible is important to us. We sail as long as there’s wind, and we target to have a sustainable menu, procurement, and waste management. Although we have to use engine for moving forward when it is completely windless, our trips are among the most sustainable ways to experience Svalbard.
We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always abundance of fresh water. This means that you cannot expect to shower every day while onboard with us, but a morning swim in the sea are always available and free every day year round!
Philosophically, we often say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability: we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity and food. In order to run sustainably, knowledge, patience, flexibility, and hard work are required.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Fishing equipment
- Use of the on board small sailing dinghy fro extra practice!
What’s not included
- Waterproofs > Guests can rent oilskins from us for 500NOK per trip, per person
- Swim towel
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
- Any meals ashore
Equipment for ski touring and backcountry skiing is required for this trip, that means avalanche/ski backpack with beacon, probe and shovel, and touring skis (or splitboard) with skins and ski crampons. Valiente have a few sets of avalanche equipment that can be hired through us if you let us know beforehand, and ski equipment can be rented through our partners. On our Ski & Sail adventures in Svalbard we do often travel across snow-covered glaciers on the trips on land. This means that the guides will ask you also to bring personal glacier equipment (harness, slings, prutzics, carabiners) in addition to the touring equipment, this could also be rented through Valiente.
We do not expect you to buy lots of new equipment to join any of our trips, so, use what you have, borrow what you need from a friend, try to purchase used equipment, and if you have to invest in new equipment – buy quality items that will last. Valiente will send you a detailed recommended packing list well in advance before departure.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals and soft drinks are included. Guests work on a rotation basis to cook together onboard.
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?
3x double cabins, 1x twin bunk cabin, 1 x quad bunk cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Is there WIFI?
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
12v charging under sail, 220 EURO 2pin when connected to shore power/generator
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Guests can rent oilskins from us for 500NOK per trip, per person.
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?
Yes, all bedding and a towel is provided
From: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
To: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
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.