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9 Days | 8 Nights

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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Head way up north to Svalbard for this incredible ski touring/split-boarding experience. Cruise the Arctic Sea on a sailing boat & head ashore to ski amazing mountains in the land of the polar bear. Only 8 guests/trip. Join as a solo traveller or small group.
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Fixed Date(s): Apr 30 - May 08, 2024
Days: 9
Price: USD 8,500
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Fixed Date(s): May 08 - Feb 16, 2024
Days: -81
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Svalbard Ski & Sail Tour

Head away from the ordinary backcountry ski touring options, and achieve the extraordinary by going skiing just 600 miles south of the geographic North Pole on the Svalbard Arctic Circle Ski and Sail trip. Ski Svalbard (a.k.a. Spitsbergen) amongst the planet’s most northern mountains in the land where polar bears roam. If you only want to write a short bucket list, put Svalbard skiing in the top 5 things to do to make the most out of living a full and adventurous life.

Whether you want to go skiing in Svalbard or split boarding in Spitsbergen, which means “jagged mountains” (the largest island of Svalbard is called Spitsbergen and the whole archipelago of Svalbard was called Spitsbergen prior to 1925!), you’ll get to explore a majestic environment of glaciated mountains and pristine fjords. Spend your days exploring untouched terrain on the remote and beautiful Svalbard. Experience the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that draws enthusiast from around the globe, while skiing virtually untracked landscapes that remain the world’s best secret.

This trip is in a truly remote and wild environment with wildlife and glaciated peaks surrounding that offer world class skiing. Travel by sailboat among the majestic mountains and glaciers that rise directly from the sea, it will be an experience of a lifetime. You will sail to a new location every day on an expedition-equipped boat with rooms for 8 guests, plus guides & crew.

This is a trip for travelers wanting to experience something unique, wild, breathtaking and beautiful - no matter if you’re an experienced or intermediate backcountry enthusiast, you will be welcomed aboard.

For detailed information on the program, see the Itinerary tab.

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Where is Svalbard Norway?

A bit like the North Pole, the Arctic region is like a magnet drawing you in. The archipelago of Svalbard Norway in the Arctic Ocean is way up north and half way between North Cape of Norway and the North Pole. The Svalbard island range from 74° to 81° north latitude.

To get to the start of the tour you will have to fly into Longyearbyen (LYR) in Svalbard, which is probably the only town where you’ll find a street sign to indicate a polar bear road crossing. Most flights are via Oslo (OSL) or Tromso (TSO).

Skiing in Svalbard

Sailing around in a boat is the best way to really explore the remote wilderness, and hunt down the best conditions. The boat moves to a different location each day and you head ashore via a zodiac boat.

The Svalbard skiing terrain on offer varies significantly from scenic and meandering alpine terrain to steep and challenging sphincter tightening couloirs. There are two mountaineering guides on the trip, so to some degree, the 2 groups can undertake different skiing and splitboarding objectives.

With respect to the Svalbard snow, expect any type with variants in the form of powder, crust, or corn.

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Required Ability/Experience

Whilst this sounds like a mission for a pro skier, you don’t actually need to be a pro skier or split boarder. As an absolute minimum you need to be a solid intermediate to advanced skier or snowboarder (black ungroomed runs) and have experience riding off-piste in a range of snow conditions (including challenging snow quality). Previous ski touring/split boarding experience is required and crevasse rescue skills advantageous but not essential. Human power via skinning and boot packing is the only way to get up the mountains, so needless to say, you’ll need to be very fit to get the most out of the trip.

A gear list will be provided which includes ski/snowboard touring gear, crampons (ski/split board and boot) and ice axe. Gear rentals are not provided.

The trip is limited to 11 clients per itinerary. Some travel with friends but many also travel alone.

More Reasons to Ski Svalbard

Apart from the majestic scenery, the wildlife spotting adds to the appeal of the trip. You may see reindeer, the Arctic fox, whales, dolphins, seals, walruses, and of course, polar bears. But don’t fear! Considering this is the land of polar bears, the mountain guides always carry a gun in case of a polar bear encounter.

Trekking, kayaking and wildlife cruises via the zodiac are also available during the cruise. You’ll take many photos that will look way better than any postcards your aunties ever sent you.

Another reason to head this far north, is that it’s sort of fun to put sun screen on at night time!

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Svalbard Itinerary

The trips start with a flight into Longyearbyen in Svalbard. Due to common flight schedules, commonly a night in Oslo (OSL) Norway is required.

Day 1
Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway, and transfer to hotel.

Day 2
Board the boat and begin journey with almost endless daylight. Once on board you will meet the crew and get briefed about safety and routines while sailing. When getting acquainted in your allocated cabins, the ship will set sail out of Longyearbyen and you can relax and enjoy the pristine scenery. The boat will be heading far north to Northern Spitsbergen where the group will be on its own for the next few days.

Days 3-8
The group will cruise the fjords of Spitsbergen, Norway in search of excellent terrain and first descents. Trekking, kayaking and wildlife cruises in the zodiac are also available. The onboard chef will provide excellent warm meals..

Day 9
Return Longyearbyen, Norway and depart for flight home.

Flexibility is a must for all Arctic travel. This program is subject to change throughout the journey depending on ice, weather and local conditions.

The Boat

You will stay aboard an expedition equipped sailing boat, which provides small, but comfortable lodging, with shared bathrooms.

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There are no long ocean crossings (unlike the Antarctica ski trip!) or long trips to get to ski descents. The boat may hit some unsettled waters but most guests do not suffer any seasickness effects.

The boats are built for cruising in a cold climate and have a big warm saloon on the upper deck with large panoramic windows. Meals are cooked by the on-board chef.

You are not responsible for any of the sailing activities unless you would like to learn and help.

Rates & Inclusions


9 days from $8500/person

  • ACCOMMODATION: Twin-share cabin onboard sailing boat
  • GUIDING: Guided ski/snowboard touring for duration of tour
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board the boat
  • LANDINGS & EXCURSIONS: Shore landings & Zodiac excursions as weather permits
  • ADDITIONAL LODGINGS: Hotel night stay in Longyearbyen with continental breakfast
  • TRANSFERS: Transfers from the hotel to the ship & from the ship to the airport,plus all miscellaneous service taxes & port charges
  • SMALL GROUP: Maximum 8 guests/trip
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information package
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Not Included
  • FLIGHTS: Longyearbyen (LYR) via Oslo (OSL) or Tromsø (TOS) - See flight options here
  • SKI GEAR: Skiing/Splitboarding equipment, skins, avalanche safety gear
  • INSURANCE: Baggage, cancellation & travel insurance (emergency medical & evacuation insurance is mandatory)
  • OTHER: Gratuities for mountain guides & yacht staff, telecommunications charges, other government charges or visa expenses

Reservations and Payment

A deposit of 50% per person is required to confirm a reservation. The deposit may be paid by bank wire transfer, check, money order or Visa/Mastercard credit card. There is a 5% service fee for the use of credit cards. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure. Final payment may be paid by bank wire transfer or check. We do not accept credit cards for final payments. All prices and payments are in US dollars and no other currencies can be accepted.

Mandatory Travel Insurance

Passengers traveling with Ice Axe Expeditions are required to be covered by a travel insurance policy that includes emergency evacuation coverage up to a minimum of $200,000 USD. Your policy must cover ski mountaineering if you will be participating in that activity. We travel to remote regions of the world and we recommend that the policy’s emergency evacuation benefit be higher than minimum.

Cancellations and Refunds

All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received up to 150 days prior to departure are refunded less an administrative fee of $500 per person. If cancellation is received between 149 and 95 days prior to departure, the 50% deposit is forfeited. Please note that for cancellations received within 94 days prior to departure, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited. If cancellation occurs within the 94-day period and full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid monies are due immediately. If for any reason the voyage on the vessel “Arctica II” (which is chartered) is cancelled, passengers will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation or damages, for any loss, consequential damage, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation arising, whether or not such cancellation arises in whole or in part as a consequence of any act or omission of Ice Axe Expeditions or its servants or agents. For these and other reasons mentioned below, passengers are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation insurance.

Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program in which you choose not to participate. It is understood that refunds cannot be made to passengers who do not complete the tour for any reason whatsoever. Itinerary The itinerary described is subject to change at the discretion of the ship’s master and Ice Axe Expeditions’ Expedition Leader. This is an expedition to a remote part of the world, and we reserve the right to change the itinerary due to weather conditions, availability of anchorages, political conditions and other factors beyond our control without consulting the passengers. It is understood that such decisions will be made in the best interests of all passengers aboard and with regard to the safety of the vessel. We may for any reason change the date of departure or conclusion of the expedition, the scheduled point of departure for the expedition, omit or change a scheduled stop on the expedition, change the scheduled place for conclusion of the expedition and change the mode of transport whether before or after the tour has departed, without prior notice to the passengers.

Passengers will have no right to refund and Ice Axe Expeditions will not be liable for any loss, consequential damages, expenses, loss of time or enjoyment or inconvenience in the event of these inevitable itinerary changes. The images featured in our brochure are inspirational in character and do not necessarily depict the exact people, animals, and places encountered by passengers. Ice Axe will not refund any of the payment due to weather delays and loss of ski days.


Voyage rates are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change prior to departure. Substantial changes in tariffs, exchange rates and the price of fuel, services and labor sometimes increase the cost of expedition arrangements significantly, and we reserve the right to alter our prices or introduce surcharges accordingly, even if payment has been received in full.


Please read this important information carefully. The payment of a deposit of any part or full payment for a reservation on this tour shall constitute consent to all the provisions contained herein. Ice Axe Expeditions acts as a general sales agent for the vessel, and also act as sales agents for the passengers with respect to other transportation, hotels, etc., and as such exercise every possible care. However, Ice Axe Expeditions and/or associated Agents shall not be held responsible for property loss or damage and/or any damages resulting from illness, personal injuries or death that may be sustained by reason of, or while engaged on, any tour whether due to the ownership, maintenance, use, operation or control of any automobile, boat, vehicle, hotel, common carrier or any other conveyance used in carrying out the tour. We can assume no liability due to any cause whatsoever whether caused by failure or delay or other irregularity, acts or omissions occurring during a tour under which the means of transportation or other service provided thereby is offered or supplied by owners, operators or public carriers for whom Ice Axe Expeditions acts only as Agent. Ice Axe Expeditions reserves the right (at their discretion) to alter or omit any part of the itinerary or change any reservation, feature and/or means of conveyance without notice and for any reason whatsoever and without allowance or refund, and with extra costs, if any, resulting there from paid by the passengers. We reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, in which case payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. Ice Axe shall not be responsible for any injury to person (whether or not resulting in death) or damage to property arising out of any act of war, insurrection, revolt or other civil uprising or military action occurring in the countries of origin, destination or passage. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. In case of a medical problem arising during the voyage, either on board or on shore, which results in costs for evacuation, use of aircraft or repatriation, the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the passenger. The transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not aboard their carriers or conveyances. The passenger contract in use by the carriers concerned (when issued) shall constitute the sole contract between the transportation companies and the purchaser of these tours and/or passage. By accepting the ticket the passenger also agrees to its terms and conditions. By forwarding of deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for himself/herself or other passengers. Ice Axe Expeditions reserve the right to cancel or withdraw any person as a member of the tour at any time.


Passengers extend Ice Axe Expeditions permission to take their photograph during the voyage and release all rights over those images. Passengers who do not wish to be photographed during the voyage must inform Ice Axe Expeditions in writing prior to the voyage.