Join us when we go around Svalbard - by sailboat! We will get extra close to both nature and wildlife on this trip, and we get to experience Svalbard in a way many can only dream of. Hop on board!
Note: This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.
On this trip we focus extra on places and experiences that are outside the normal reach of Longyearbyen. If you have been to Svalbard before, this tour will give you many new experiences and you will look at this island kingdom with new eyes. Maybe this is your first time at 78 degrees north? Then you definitely will have an absolutely extraordinary encounter with the Arctic with us. It is midnight sun on Svalbard until August 11, so it will be bright around the clock.
This is an expedition where we sail around the entire archipelago with the sun, the clock and the ocean current. We will pass through the Hinlopen Strait in the north-east and visit the north-east country, but we will not sail around this area. For more details, see the day-to-day program.
There will be many opportunities to see polar bears, whales, seals, and a buzzing birdlife. We sail past beautiful and uninhabited Arctic landscapes and binoculars and cameras should never be far away. Are you ready for this summer's big polar adventure?
Physical level and risk
So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.
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We have to work a little to reach the destination. These are trips most people can handle, if they have a basic level of fitness. We sleep in comfortable tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to join. The physical activity is the main element of the trip, such as cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing / hiking or glacier hiking, but you do not need prior knowledge of the activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help. Read more about the grading on our trips here
- All accommodations
- All meals
- Norwegian guide
- All transportation within the itinerary
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Level 2 out of 6. This is a trip that most people can join. This trip is not very difficult, but you must be prepared for both wind and sailing in severe weather. If you are a beginner, we want to make you a seaman/woman as quickly as possible, and if you are experienced you quickly get responsibility and major challenges.
Please read more about our level of difficulty here.
Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams.
Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.
If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your medication.
Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process.
We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour, we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.
This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.
Valiente is a 70-foot large expedition boat. The boat is comfortable and steadily built-in steel for sailing in Arctic waters. The boat is amply equipped and has large outdoor areas, a steering house and a lounge with 360-degree views. Accommodation in double cabins.
We will sail at all hours of the day, and we will distribute everyone on board into guard teams that are 4 hours on and 8 hours off. There is a prepared plan for food along the way; together we prepare meals, occasionally we eat fresh fish, and everyone contributes a bit during the trip.
You must have adequate health and accident insurance that will also cover any repatriation. Remember to bring proof of travel insurance on your trip.
Some general things to be aware o:
- Some insurance companies use the number of meters above sea level as a criterion for what the insurance covers and whether they call it an expedition or not. Pay special attention to this - and check it carefully.
- Some insurance companies require an extension if the individual journey goes beyond a certain duration.
- Make sure the insurance covers the selected geographical area.
- Some insurance companies have an upper limit on their cancellation and sickness insurance.
We recommend that you check that your insurance covers the following:
- Cancellation insurance - must be taken out at the time of booking the trip. Check that the total amount of the cancellation insurance covers the total amount of your trip. If it does not, you should purchase additional cancellation insurance that covers the remaining amount.
- Lost the purpose of the journey. (For example, you can travel to Africa if you break your arm before departure. But it may not be possible to climb Kilimanjaro and sleep in a tent. Therefore, you should have insurance that covers the loss of the purpose of the trip.)
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.
The weather and wind conditions can affect the program. The guide will customize the tour and the program according to conditions.
- Accommodation and transportation at sea
- Meals as mentioned in the day to day program
- Local guide and skipper
- Bed linen, comforter, and pillow
- Use of SeilNorge's general equipment: light boats, kayaks, fishing equipment, etc.
- Personal safety equipment, inflatable life jacket (Helly Hansen), survival suit, and search and rescue gear (SAR) for everyone on board
Price does not include
- Transport to/from Longyearbyen
- Meals at cafes & restaurants during the week (we will add one café visit and one restaurant visit as part of the program)
- Entrance fees to galleries, museums, etc.
- Rental of equipment from external companies (For example SUP boards)
- Personal equipment
This is an international trip we have in collaboration with our partner SeilNorge. Most of the participants are Norwegians, but there may be some foreigners as well. SailNorge is responsible for the practical implementation of the tour. Things will be very similar to when you are on other trips with Hvitserk, and during the trip, you will get to know both Hvitserk and SeilNorge.
If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.
Day by Day
Meet up at the dock in Longyearbyen
We meet up at noon at the dock in Longyearbyen. We start by getting to know each other before we will go through the plan for the week. We get to know the boat and the equipment and fill the boat with supplies. On a sailboat, we are required to work together, and before departure we go through routines and procedures onboard, for both sailing and emergencies. At this time of year it is midnight sun on Svalbard and we take advantage of the bright afternoon and evening to sail towards the world's northernmost settlement, Ny-Ålesund.
The world's northernmost settlement
Maybe a walrus colony wakes us up this morning at Forlandsundet if we're lucky? As we gradually approach the research town of Ny-Ålesund, we moor here for a short trip on land. Ny-Ålseund was the starting point for Roald Amundsen's journey towards the North Pole with the airship "Norway". Kongsfjorden is considered one of the most beautiful fjords in the whole of Svalbard, so it is wise to have the camera easily accessible.
Cultural memories in the far north
We continue north, to the north-west side of Spitsbergen. We sail into the Smeerenburg Fjord, an area that has taken its name from Dutch whalers in the 17th century. There are still clearly visible cultural monuments in this area, and all remains that were here before 1946 are completely protected. We continue our course east and into the fjords on the north side of Spitsbergen towards Woodfjorden, where we stop by Mushamna fishing station for bonfires and stories on land. From here we sail towards the "highlight" of the trip, 80 degrees north. Maybe a cold bottle of champagne and an appropriate ice floe from the arctic ice awaits us as a diving board. Eventually the journey goes south into the Hinlopen Strait. If the weather permits we get ashore and stretch a bit on the sea legs somewhere in the Hinlopen.
Towards the south
We have started to go south, sailing through Freemansundet, an area known to have many polar bears. We continue towards the innermost parts of the Storfjord, a large and shallow fjord that extends all the way down to the southern parts of Spitsbergen. This area is the least visited on the whole of Svalbard, and there are several mountains we can climb, for example, the Keilhau mountain. We are approaching Sørkapp, which we have to go past before turning north again, up the west side and towards Hornsund.
Towards the civilization
Hopefully, we have arrived at Hornsund as we continue along the west coast up to Isfjorden and Longyearbyen. Hornsund is a great area, protected from the weather and wind from the sea. There are many opportunities for mountain hikes. At the bottom of the fjord four glaciers meet, and the sight and sound of the glaciers calving into the water is nothing short of spectacular. As we approach Longyearbyen, we pass by Isfjord Radio at the mouth of Isfjorden, an old radio station which today is an attractive accommodation. We will also sail past the Russian mining town of Barentsburg, hopefully, we will have time for one stop here; a special place with its very own rhythm and mood.
On our last morning, we sail to Longyearbyen before we clean and wash ourselves out of the boat. We encourage everyone to stay at least until the next day so that we can meet for a closing dinner in Longyearbyen this evening.
Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:
- Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
- Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
- Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.
Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay.