Arctic Ocean by Sail
Dates: 24th July - 8th August
Departure port: Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Destination: Tromso, Norway
Total distance: 700nm
Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Tromso, Norway
24th July - 8th August 2019
24th July: Joining the expedition
You will join our expedition yacht in Longyearbyen. Despite being the most northerly city in the world, Longyearbyen is easily access by air with several flights a day from mainland Norway. You will be met at the yacht by your skipper who will give you a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the town and get your first taste of life at nearly 80 degrees north. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.
25th July: Setting sail
Following initial safety briefings we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered and spectacular Isfjorden provides the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat. The skipper will take you through everything that you need to know about how sailing and life work onboard an expedition yacht. There will also be opportunity to simply soak up the stunning scenery of the polar landscape.
26th - 28th July: Exploring Svalbard
Weather permitting, we will explore the specular southern peninsular, with it’s glaciers reaching down to the sea, navigating carefully when we encounter ice and seeking out a good anchorages which will allow us to explore ashore as well as to get a good nights sleep. We can expect abundant wildlife and will be keeping a careful eye out for polar bears.
29th July - 4th August: Crossing the Barents Sea
We will be looking carefully at the sea and weather conditions to choose a good time to make our crossing of the Barent’s Sea. The total crossing is a distance of nearly 400 nautical miles which we will expect to take 4-5days. During the crossing the crew will be divided in to groups of 2 or 3 called ‘watches’, each supervised by a member of our crew, the watches will take it in turns sailing the yacht across the ocean throughout the day and night. Sailing through the night out of sight of land is one of the most magical and unique experiences of ocean sailing. During our journey we can expect to be accompanied by sea birds as they wander the ocean. If we are lucky we may even find ourselves encountering whales. If the conditions are right then we will stop at the truly remote island of Bjornoya (Bear Island), approximately 200 nautical miles into the journey. We may even get a chance to go ashore and explore. Then it will be onwards to complete our crossing and see Norway come into sight.
5th - 6th August: Fjord Norway
Following our open ocean crossing we will be greeted by the dramatic fjord land of Northern Norway. Navigating the narrow and sheltered fjords will give us a change of pace as well as a change of scenery on the final leg of our voyage.
7th August: Arrival in Tromso
We will spend our final day enjoying the scenery of Northern Norway before heading into port in Tromso. We will moor up for the night in Tromso and enjoy our final evening onboard with a nice dinner and time to swop stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
8th August: Leaving the boat
Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing the vibrant city of Tromso.
Please note that the itinerary provided above is provide to illustrate the general areas the we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests.