Spitsbergen sailing expedition

“Explore the west coast of Spitsbergen from a small schooner, sailing between fjords, spotting wildlife and watching the Arctic scenery float by.”


Longyearbyen | Sail on a three masted schooner | Max 12 passengers | Learn some sailing skills | Go ashore each day | Flexible itinerary to reflect wildlife and weather conditions | Seabird colonies | Wildlife watching | Whales | Hiking | Lunch at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel | Sauna

Description of Spitsbergen sailing expedition

Taking to the water is a wonderful way to discover Svalbard in the summer time, and this five day sailing expedition explores the west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Your vessel for this holiday is a three masted schooner called Linden, with an ice strengthened hull, which accommodates just 12 guests.

While on board, you might like to relax on deck and watch the Arctic scenery float by, listening to the sound of the wind in the sails, or you may prefer to get actively involved in sailing the ship – the captain and expedition guide will be happy to help.

We will be sailing through fjords and scanning the shores for signs of wildlife, which is abundant in this part of Svalbard. Look out for walrus, Arctic fox and whales, including the huge blue whale which is sometimes spotted here and white beluga whales, too. Polar bears are often seen during summer, as well as a host of different sea birds. We aim to make a landing every day and we will make a judgement on where to sail each morning, based on potential wildlife spottings and weather conditions. There’s no fixed itinerary, so you never know which beautiful fjord you will wake up in next morning!

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Responsible tourism

Spitsbergen sailing expedition

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Meeting wildlife when travelling to Spitsbergen is one of the highlights of such a trip. We might meet whales, hatching birds, walruses, polar foxes or the polarbear on our trip. The polarbear is not only a dangerous predator, but also vulnerable and illegal to hunt. We follow the philosophy that we as humans are visitors to the Arctic, this is the land of wildlife and nature and we adjust to them instead of the other way around. That means that we take our precautions and travel with respect, we do not disturb wildlife unneccessary.
Travelling by sailing vessel is an environmental way of exploring and experiencing the nature. Not only is it an experience for our guests, enjoying the silence with only the winds taking us further, but also to reduce the use of engine power. We use engine power only when neccessary and keep it to a minimum.


A fair deal:
We employ staff with the aim to avoid short-term contracts and season work. Seaons in Spitsbergen are very different with different level of activity. Over the past years we have more staff in fixed, long-term contracts, for a more sustainable company and destination. Our guides have annual training and education to ensure quality, motivation and safety for the guests. Glaciers in particular is important on this trip, the glaciers change every year and good knowledge is therefore a must. We educate our guides and hosts with this in mind. The company also have possibility for staff to apply for education support paid from the company.

Environmental policy: As a guest on this trip you contribute to treeplanting in Kenya, Africa. By planting trees, you will reduce the carbon foot print of your air travel as well as your motorized transport on the archipelago. Since the project was established in 2000 we have planted 75.000 trees, with the aim to revive the Talek river ecosystem in Kenya.
In addition, our ecological destinations use as little resources as possible and use ecological products, to make your carbon footprint even smaller. The company is Eco Lighthouse certified, which means a great focus on ecological alternatives, along with an awareness of resources spent. Spitsbergen is also certified as a sustainable destination.

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