SAILING AND SKIING IN THE ARCTIC SEAS OF SVALBARD
We invite you to visit one of the most pristine destinations in the World very close to the North Pole. Breathtaking scenery sailing around the Island of Spitsbergen and surroundings. Fresh ocean air in your face while picking pristine ski lines. Amazing scenery with wildlife as Polar bears, whales and birds. World Class ski destination in the middle of the Arctic. We will arrive to Longyearbyen airport, then we board and live, sail and ski from Kamak vessel, Captain has plenty of knowledge of the area and mountains in general. He is also a IFMGA Mountain guide and resides in Chamonix, France.
We will get on board and sail and ski for 8 days around the Islands of the territory .
About Svalbard territory , means the “Cold Coast” it is the most Northern Island with mountains before the Arctic Circle – Longitude 10 and Latitude above parallel 74. 1000 km North of Tromso in Norway. Formed by 9 Islands. The main one is Spitsbergen and then Edge Islan, Barents Islands and others. The island was discovered in 1194, but it remained unknown to the modern world until rediscovered by the Dutch explorers Willem Barents and Jacob van Heemskerck in June 1596. Russians arrived about 1715. The main objective was the whaling industry in 1800, but then coal was the main industry. February 9, 1920, by a treaty granting possession to Norway and mineral rights on an equal basis to various European and other countries.
In Winter temperatures can get to -40 celsius. Many polar expeditions have made Svalbard their base for scientific purposes. There is a very high population of polar bears
Arrival to Longyearbyen airport in Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard. Taxi to Hotel.
Get safety briefing. Polar bears education and safety. Check gear.
Day 2 to 8:
This is the minimum of days available to make worth it a trip like this.
We will sail and ski around the island finding different objectives, bays to anchor, peaks , summits. Watch amazing landscape and wildlife.
There is terrain for everyone to ski mellow open bowls, couloirs and play and backcountry ski. Options for first descents in World class ski terrain.
Days are long in May so we have plenty of time to ski, relax and enjoy the area.
We will try to cover as much sea and ground as possible.
Fly out from Spitsbergen Island back to Tromso, back to regular world …
This gear list is designed for Day Ski Trips in the mountains- We are including Glacier Gear that is applied to all Alps and Antarctica Ski trips but not for most of the Patagonian Trips, so just send us a quick email to don’t overpack
General Ski Clothing
- Backpack 30-35 lts
- Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
- Merino wool long underwear
- Water proof Goretex pants
- 1 pair of long ski sintethic socks
- T shirt- Capilene or Merino wool ideal
- Thin fleece, like Patagonia R1 or similar with a hood ideal
- Mid fleece layer or synthetic Jacket with some insulation
- Down jacket or warm puffy
- Water proof Goretex jacket
- Thin Fleece gloves for skinning or waiting in belays
- Thick ski gloves
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- Sunglasses with UV filter + Goggles
- Sun screen and lipstick
- Iphone/ Ipod music player/ Camara- optional
- Pocket knife
- Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
- Thermos 0.5 lts ideal for warm drinks
- Telemark, Split board or ski touring skis and bindings
- Ski, Telemark or Snowboard boots
- Telemark, Snowboard or ski touring boots
- Shovel, Beacon and probe
- Ski crampons mandatory specially in the spring (ask us)
- Ski poles
For Glacier terrain
- 2 Locking binners
- Boot Crampons
- Ice Axe
Photo courtesy Jean Bouchet/ Kamak boat
5800 EURO PER PERSON
Capacity of boat: 2 guides and 9 guests
Professional IFMGA-UIAGM Mountain guides
Taxi to the boat
All meals on board
Sail and Skiing accommodation on board
Air tickets to get to meeting point
Drinks on board
Meals in restaurants
30th April arrival –
Sail and Ski 1 to 8 of May-
Fly out 9 May – 2021
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