Our trip begins in the town of Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitsbergen in the archipelago of Svalbard, which is part of Norway. Svalbard sits between 74 and 81 degrees north, about half way between the mainland and the North Pole. The 60 percent of entire landmass of Svalbard is covered in ice, the landscape punctuated by 5,000 foot mountains and deep icy fjords. This is a truly remote and wild part of the world. Home to lots of wildlife including polar bear, walrus and the blue whale. This majestic setting will be our playground for 10 days of world-class skiing.
During our trip, we will make our home aboard the SkyDancer, a 73-foot custom-built steel hull schooner. The SkyDancer sleeps 10 guests; 6 in 3 highly comfortable double cabins, and 4 more in a quad bunk upfront. In addition, there are two guest toilets, one with a shower and a heated floor for added comfort. There are 2 large salons, one deck saloon with an all-around view, and comfortable couches. This is a perfect area for reading, planning our days, or just hanging out. The second salon is down below, equipped with a kitchen and a large table for the entire crew to have meals together. Comfortably, the central heating with personal controls in each room will keep you warm and dry.
It is difficult to describe the beauty of this place, the blue sky, the white mountains all surrounded by ocean. No matter your ski ability, you will be taken by the experience of clipping into your bindings atop an alpine peak and looking at the ocean as you ski down. All the more incredible, the snow line is often nearly at the water’s edge, so the sensation lasts from the summit to sea.
Depending on our objective for the day, we will either take a zodiac to shore or dock at one of the outposts that can be found around the peninsula. Once ashore we will put skins on our skis and start climbing. You can expect to do 3-7k of the vertical per day depending on your fitness and desire. We usually have 2 groups, as we have 2 guides on every trip. Having two groups gives us the option of having a more motivated group and a leisurely group. People are usually free to jump from group to group depending on how they feel each day.
You can expect spring skiing conditions, often corn skiing, but sometimes powder! Because it’s springtime in the Arctic daytime temperatures range between 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit. The Lyngen offers some diverse ski terrain, from rolling and moderate open slopes, to steep and committing couloirs. There are glaciers, and some days we will want to take the appropriate gear to travel safely. All in all, it’s great skiing in a truly unforgettable environment.
Basing on a boat is a great way to enjoy a ski vacation. We have no commute. We wake up every morning only minutes from clipping into our skis. At the end of the day, we step onto the boat to Apres Ski with all our friends as we motor to our next destination.
Our hosts, Nick and Estella are also a big part of the experience. The SkyDancer is their home, and aboard we are invited into their world. All the meals are outstanding and plentiful. Dinner is served family-style, and always plentiful and tasty. Breakfast is more buffet style, so we can all eat when we choose as we prepare for our day. Lunch is sandwiches and other snacks the each of us will choose and put together on our own from leftover breakfast and other goodies Estella sets out for us.
- Trip Outline
- Gear List
Sail to Ski Svalbard Ski Trip
Ideally you should arrive the evening before the the scheduled start day. We recommend the RADISSON BLU POLAR. Although it is not mandatory to arrive the day before the start date, it does give a bit of a buffer incase luggage or flights are delayed.
Transport to Sailboat
Move into your room, organize gear, briefing and dinner. Plan on moving onto the boat between 10 and 1pm. You should plan on using the morning to buy alcohol, specialty items or any last minute needs.
Day 2 - 10
Backcountry Skiing & Ski mountaineering
Boat living, all meals, scenery and good times with friends new and old.
Don’t plan on leaving until late afternoon or evening. We do not spend our last night in Tromso so we cannot guarantee you will make an early flight.
Sail to Ski Svalbard Pricing: $7,800 per person.
Included in Price:
- 2 IFMGA/AMGA certified Mountain Guides
- Ship Captain and Chef/Deckhand
- 7 nights accommodations on SkyDancer
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trip
- Towels and bedding
- Memories to last a life time
Not Included in Price:
- Flight to and from Tromso
- Hotels before or after the trip
- Personal Insurance
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Lyngen SKI and Technical Gear List
Skis With Alpine Touring bindings: We recommend a light touring ski with a waist between 98cm and 106. Skis should be equipped with touring binding, preferably tech style bindings.
Ski Poles: We recommend an adjustable pole with extended grip
Climbing Skins: Skins need to be in good condition and cut to fit your ski.
Ski Touring Boot: Boots need to be compatible with your bindings. Boots must have a walk mode.
Ski Crampons: Ski Crampons must be compatible with you bindings and ski waist width.
Boot Crampons: We highly recommend aluminum crampons. Make sure they work with your ski boots
Harness: Harness must fit over ski clothing, be light weight and in good condition. You should also have 2 locking carabiners and a belay device.
Ice Axe: Ice Axe needs to be light weight and short (Less than 55cm)
Ski Backpack: A good ski pack should be light weight and have a dedicated pocket for your avalanche rescue gear and be between 35-50 liters.
Avalanche Rescue Gear: You will need a shovel and probe. The Shovel should have an extendable handle, an aluminum blade and fit into you pack without sticking out. Make sure your probe is in working order.
Avalacche Beacon: Your beacon should be a modern digital beacon. Come with new batteries in your beacon as well as one extra set.
Ski Helmet: While we don’t require you to ski with a helmet we do highly recommend it.
In The Company of Guides
Lyngen Alps Sail to Ski
Beanie: You might want to bring 2 just incase. We recommend one light and one medium weight Beanie.
Buff/Neck Gaiter: We recommend a lightweight buff as it has many uses.
Goggles: We really like goggles with changeable lenses for use in bright and low light. They should also be compatible with your helmet.
Sun Glasses: Even if you always prefer to ski in goggles, sun glasses are needed for the up. Goggles will get fogged with sweat.
Warm Gloves: How warm depends on you. We recommend a durable well fitting ski glove. Light Gloves: lighter weight gloves are recommended for hiking up to reduce sweating. Upper Body
Hard Shell Jacket: Waterproof/breathable jacket with ventilation.
Light Insulating Jacket: Breathable light insulating jacket.
Mid to Heavy Insulating Jacket: Temps can be cold, especially on the boat You will be happy for a nice warm jacket.
Top Base Layer: You will want at least 2 base layer tops. We really like sun hoodies to check this box.
Ski Pants: You are likely to want more than one pair of pants, We recommend a light option and a more waterproof option.
Bottom Base Layer: You will want at least two pair of bottoms.
Ski Boots: Also listed above under technical gear.
In The Company of Guides
Lyngen Alps Sail to Ski
Ski Socks: At least 3 pair of whatever you normally use. We prefer light weight socks
Rubber Boots: While not required, high rubber boots are great for getting in and out of the rubber boat.
Sunscreen: 50 spf or greater. Make sure your tube is not old as sunscreen can loose it’s effectiveness over time
Lip Screen: Make sure it has spf
Small First Aid Kit: This should contain blister repair material, over the counter pain killers and a few bandaids. We will have a full sized med kit on the boat as well as field kits with the guides.
Personal toiletries: Toothbrush, Paste, razor, Shampoo and soap etc. There is a shower on the boat.. Plan accordingly.
Towel: For your Shower
Travel/Casual Clothing: There is not a lot of room on the boat, so don’t over pack
Smart Phone/Laptop/Camera: There is sometimes wifi on the boat, but don’t count on daily high speed access.