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Ski & Sail Spitsbergen

A Norwegian archipelago in the middle of the arctic ocean – rough, wild, incredibly beautiful.

 

Skitouring in Spitsbergen – exciting, extravagant, adventurous, pure nature.

Discover wild mountain landscape in the so-called “last wilderness of Europe”  – while spending the nights on an expedition sailing boat. The experienced crew will teach you all the interesting facts About wildlife, history, vegetation and the geography of Spitsbergen and the Arctic. Spotting wales and seals is almost part of the every-day routine and even a polar bear might cross your way under the blue sky of the midnight sun. And every day, you will be dropped off at one of the most fascinating places of Spitsbergen and you will get the opportunity to follow our certified UIAGM mountain guides all the way to top of an untouched peak and ski down a virgin line in the arctic powder.

Ski & Sail in Spitsbergen – a once in a lifetime experience!

Adventure Factor courages
Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle enjoy
Risk feel free to tell your partner about it
Comfort simple

Highlights:

  • Expedition cruise
  • “Last wilderness of Europe”
  • Lonely summits
  • “Summit to sea” – ski touring
  • UIAGM mountain guide

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

Planned itinerary:

1. Day: Longyearbyen
Individual travel to Longyearbyen. Transfer from the airport to the cruise ship. Until embarkation, you will some spare time available, which you can use to explore Longyearbyen, the “capital” and administrative center of Spitsbergen. The harbor is ice-free throughout the year. The most important source of income for the locals is the mining industry, which is why you will find various mines at the mountain sides bordering the city. A small museum gives you an impression on the history, flora and fauna of Spitsbergen. In the evening, we are departing. “Cast of, full steam!”

2.-7. Day: Ski & Sail
In the course of the travel on our comfortable three-mast schooner SV Rembrandt Van Rijn, we will explore the impressive wide regions of Kongsfjorden, Isfjord and Prins Karls Forland. The experienced crew will inform you about wildlife, plants and geography of the Arctic. Additionally, there will be excursions onshore and ski tours every day (if the weather conditions allow it) to the most beautiful places and peaks of Spitsbergen, of course accompanied by our certified UIAGM mountain guide. The schedule of a typical day consists of ski touring with ascents to mountains with an average hight of 700-850 m and runs in an open rough terrain (the actual cumulated vertical meters can exceed 1000 m over the course of a day). An exact routing of the ship and the ski tours cannot be determined in advance. Weather, sea disturbances and possible avalanche hazard will define the final course of the program in order to use the conditions as good as possible.

8. Day: Disembarkation
In the morning in Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport an individual journey home.

check_circle_outline  Included:

  • 6 days guided ski touring at various spots in Spitsbergen, accompanied by english-speaking, certified UIAGM mountain guide (depending on weather and snow conditions)
  • 7 nights on board the ship in choosen cabin categories
  • Breakfast, lunchbox and dinner, snacks, coffee, tee on board the ship
  • All transfers in Spitsbergen (given that specific arrival and departure times are met)
  • Scientific lectures and guidance by an international expedition team on board and ashore

 

help_outline  Optional:

  • Flight to Longyearbyen
  • Double cabin facing the ocean with a porthole (€ 450,00)

 

highlight_off  Not included:

  • Flight to/from Longvearbyen ( we gladly make you an offer)
  • Pre- and post land Arrangements
  • Ski Equipment
  • Personal Medicine
  • Personal travel-insurance (which is mandatory)
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on board
  • Entry and exit tax for Spitsbergen
  • Visa fees (if they apply)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses of all kind
  • All costs and services that might occure due to any events beyond our control e.g. natural disasters, flight cancelation, strike, increase of fees for hotels, transport, etc
  • All not specifically mentioned included services

 

info  General Infos

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in Heliskiing / Ski Touring lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an certain trip is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email [email protected] for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Note: In this trip, Furtenbach Adventures will act as an intermediary. We reveal the terms and conditions of the tour operator Oceanwide expeditions, whose travel, cancellation and liability conditions are fully met.
Adress: Visserijkade 5 (4382 ZA Vlissingen, Netherlands)
Phone number: +31 118 410 410
E-Mail: [email protected]

 

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG[European Travel insurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

 

language  Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations
Swiss or EU citizens:
 When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 or more months.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

 

work  Equipment

Please note which equipment is included under the point “What the price includes”. You will receive an equipment list after your booking or on request. 

 

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain.

 

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

 

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty/ Technique

Ski Touring always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in different snow conditions and steep terrain. For Ski Touring members should be able to perform kick-turns. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

 

Note of the tour operator

All activities on or off the vessel, such as (but not limited to) ski outings and Zodiac trips, are done at the passenger’s own risk. Oceanwide Expeditions is not liable for any damage, such as (but not limited to) bodily injury, illness, and death unless as a result of gross negligence. Furthermore, with the consent to participate in the ski mountaineering program, the passenger agrees to make no claims for reimbursement for shortened travel days due to reasons beyond the organization’s control, such as (but not limited to) conditions of weather and ice, avalanche threads, polar bears threats, and expedition staff injuries. On all our transactions, the general terms and conditions of Oceanwide Expeditions b.v. apply, registered at the Chamber of Commerce, Middelburg, the Netherlands. File nr.: 50590715. Upon request, a free copy will be provided. All itineraries are for guidance only.

 

Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic requirement on board a historic sailing vessel. Important information about the sailing program: The boat is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time). This is not guaranteed. The captain decides whether to use the sails or the engine. There is no claim to one or the other propulsion method. If sails are used, the crew operates them. Guests follow the safety instructions of the team. Average cruising speed for s/v Rembrandt van Rijn is 6.5 knots.

 

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid 60 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in the GTC of the tour operator.

 

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of the tour operator.
For travels in which Furtenbach Adventures only acts as an agent like this one, the cancellation policy of the particular operator applies.

Therefore the following cancellation fees will apply:
up to and including 90 days prior to departure………………………….20%,
from 89 days up to and including 60 days prior to departure………50%,
from 59 days up to and including the day of departure……………….100% of the total price.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 30 days prior to departure.