Ski touring Spitzbergen

Spitzberg west coast Svalbard
Duration: 9 days
Scale: 1 - 12 people
From: Spitzberg
Tour size: 6
To: west coast Svalbard
Categories: Ski trip
Languages: English and French
Transportations: sailboat
6 days ski touring and randonne in wide actic open space. This journey allows access to the ski tourer to some of the most beautiful scenery of Spitzberg. A truly once in a lifetime arctic freeride experience in an unspoilt landscape.

DATE
from 7th au 14th May 2021 
from 14th au 21st May 2021
(without flight from your home to Longyearbyen and back)


DESCRIPTION

A kingdom of ice, Spitzberg is the main island in the archipelago of Svalbard where polar bears reign and are masters of all they survey. This archipelago is situated about 650 kilometres to the north of Norway and is only 1000 kilometres from the North Pole. With a surface area of 39,044 km2 it measures 280 kilometres from north to south and is between 40 to 225 kilometres east to west. The Norwegian Sea borders the south, the Greenland Sea to the west and the Artic Ocean to the north.

With rocky peaks rising to 1700 metres covered in snow where it’s dark for two and a half months.

Devoid of any human habitation for a very long time, this archipelago today if home to 2400 inhabitants who live in two main settlements: Barentsburg, a community of 400 Russians and Longyearbyen, a town populated by 2000 Norwegians. Longyearbyen is the administrative centre of Spitzberg.

This expedition has no chalet or refuge as its headquarters. The difference to this journey is that you will live aboard an authentic 56 metre sailboat, which will cast anchor each evening near fjords with breath-taking views of summits and neighbouring glaciers as they plunge straight into the waters of the Artic Ocean!

This trip requires a good level of ski tourers that are in search of new discoveries. Sometimes maritime, sometimes alpine, close to the polar bears that will follow the progress of the boat, this journey allows access to the ski tourer to some of the most beautiful scenery of Spitzberg. A truly once in a lifetime arctic freeride experience in an unspoilt landscape.

 

PROGRAMME

1st day : flight from your home to Oslo
2nd day : flight from Oslo toLongyearbyen
From 3rd to 8th day : Ski touring in the fjord of South Spitzberg. We will navigate the fjords in the west from Longyearbyen. The choice of fjords and summits will be made according to the conditions of ice in fjords, the weather forecast, the snow coverage.... 
The daily expeditions are subject to weather conditions, they are not compulsory and each visitor is free to participate or not.  
9th day : flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo
>  10h day : flight from Oslo to your home

LE BATEAU

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Our boat, the Rembrandt was originally built as a herring lugger. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-masted passenger sailing schooner in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program in 2011.  
The vessel measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2, 5 meters. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 28 passengers in 14 twin cabins. The general interior public areas include a spacious restaurant area so that all meals can be taken together as well as separate bar area and reading table area. There is room to relax, read and socialize.
The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers excellent open deck viewing areas, even when under sail.
The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed in 2011 according to the latest SOLAS regulations.


VIDEO AND TECHNICAL SHEET
>  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG2dYY7Wfgw&t=32s
>  Technical presentation sheet


BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR STAY

This ski touring adventure starts from our floating basecamp, our 2 masted sailboat. Once on the boat the expedition begins with a journey that will take place mainly in the sheltered waters of the fjords. The boat will cast anchor every evening in the harbour of the fjords to ensure protection from the swell and a good nights sleep.
Each morning the crew takes us in RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to the shore. From there we put on our skis to begin our magnificent ascents. Most of the time we return by a different route from the way up. When it’s possible we ski down the other side of the mountain into a different fjord where our boat will meet us.
Every evening the program for the next day is decided, depending on the conditions of the snow, the weather but also what you want to make sure you get the most from your holiday.
The vertical change is between 600 and 1100 metres to reach the summits of the mountains. For the more keen, a second summit or a traverse of a pass is possible in the same day.
The groups will be made according to ability and physical condition. If during an ascent someone feels they cannot make it and wishes to return to the base, it is usually possible, especially if there is a spare guide or we are still in sight of the boat.
All hikes start at sea level. So besides suffering from a party the night before no one should suffer with headaches from altitude sickness!

 

From / per person

4 350,00CHF

Booking
Total:
4 350,00CHF
upgrade your room
Details
Departs at
08:30:00
6 participants left

Need help booking? Talk to us!

+41(0)792059595 adrenaline@verbier.ch
Important information
  • Full board accommodation on the boat (7 nights)
  • Supervision by an full qualified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Civil liability insurance in case of an accident
  • Flight and travel cost to Longyearbyen
  • Alcoholic drinks on the boat
  • Ski touring set and safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe, harness)
  • Cancellation insurance
  • For any reservation reservation a 50% deposit is required. The balance of the trip must be paid 120 days before departure.
  • If ski trip is cancelled by the client - between reservation and 120 days in advance are liable to 50% of the payment - less than 120 days in advance are liable to full payment
  • The mountain guide cannot guarantee total safety in the mountains. The participant accepts the residual risk which remains in the mountains in spite of being accompanied by a judicious professional. In the case of our serious professional misconduct, the Adrenaline Bureau des Guides is covered by third party insurance up to the amount of CHF 5,000,000. Adrenaline declines all liability in case of an accident during guided activities. Please ensure that you are covered for the risk of accident and repatriation.
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