SKI Expedition Svalbard


In June we are arranging a unique skiing expedition on board the ice strengthened vessel M/S Origo. Daily we go ashore in rubber boats to explore untouched peaks in the kingdom of the polar bear. In small groups and with skilled and experienced IVBV/UIAGM/ IFMGA guides we have unlimited possibilities. Maybe you will be the first person ever to ski down that particular mountain in the high Arctic.

During nine days we explore the wild and remote coast of Svalbard on skis, as MS Origo as our base. We were the first company to conduct these kinds of expeditions in this region and will take you to places no one else goes.

The mountains in northern Svalbard consist of hundreds of peaks and rise dramatically from sea level to about 3000 feet. Many of these mountains are inaccessible without a ship and several peaks have most likely never been climbed. This trip is a real expedition, where ice conditions, weather and wind conditions rule. Our guides are highly experienced and will give you an unforgettable experience of the Arctic wilderness. They will teach and lecture during the duration of the trip.

We are also counting on seeing some of the spectacular wild life on Svalbard with possibility of Walrus or even Polar bear. The sun is up 24 hours a day and perhaps we will go skiing in the midnight sun. We also have kayaks on board and paddling among icebergs is an experience you shouldn’t miss.

Thanks to being a small group with several guides we can offer an unmatched flexibility. This gives us the freedom of beeing able to offer different alternatives on our excursions.

The trip will be led by our team of experienced guides and expedition leaders, all whom will share their knowledge of travelling in this demanding environment.

Next ski trip will be in 2019!
Onboard MS Origo

8 nights on board
Price: To be announced
1 Expedition Leader
3 Ski/Mountainering Guides IVBV/UIAGM/IFMGA
20 guests

Untouched peaks
Skiing & kayaking
Midnight sun
Arctic wildlife, Polar bears, Walrus, Whales

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“Turen var HELT FANTASTISK og overgikk alle forventninger, som var høye i utgangspunktet. Er utrolig imponert over guidene som har gjort en kjempejobb for å gjøre turen til en stor suksess. Blir gjerne med på en lignende tur igjen.”Espen

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Day by Day


Day 1 We embark the M/S Origo at 1600 and steam through the Ice Fjord leaving civilisation behind us. Fulmars will be our company as we familiarize ourselves with the ship. A mandatory safety briefing will be followed by dinner prepared by our own chef. We head north.

Day 2-8: We explore Svalbard’s rugged coastline. After a sturdy breakfast we go ashore in the rubber boats. Depending on experience and preference we split in to groups and spend the day ashore. We will ascend those peaks that fit the group as there is an enormous variation here! Lunch will be had in the field. Back on board some might want to enjoy the view from the hot tub on deck. The ship will move to a new area during the night.

Day 9: After breakfast we will check out on alongside in Longyearbyen.

 

General Information

We live in comfortable double cabins, breakfast and dinner is served in the dining room. Lunch is generally had ashore. We are well taken care of by the Swedish crew. All cabins have power out-takes European standard. There is a bar on board where we meet to talk about our experiences! To participate you must be in good physical condition and be able to ski.

Climate

The temperature in June is generally between -5 and +5 °C. Daylight 24 hours a day (Midnight sun between April 19 – 23). We can get dry fresh powder snow up in the mountains as well as spring ski conditions.

Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, Search probe, shovel, Ice axe,
Crampons. You need skiing equipment that is suited to the conditions. That means alpine touring skis (randonnée) or strong Telemark equipment. Snowboard and snowshoes are not recommended. Neither are alpine skis with walking adapters (alpine trekkers). Equipment should have been tested prior to the expedition, but not damaged. If you are uncertain about your equipment, please contact us. We will send you an equipment list well ahead of departure.

Insurance

You need a valid health and interruption insurance which covers evacuation and home transport. Remember to bring valid documentation of this onboard.


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The Ship MS Origo

For our expeditions we have carefully chosen only to work with the most suitable and capable ships available. To ensure flexibility and the best possible experience we exclusively work with small, ice strengthened vessels.
We have a over a decade long relationship with MS Origo which was built in 1955 as one of the Maritime Administration’s ship to sail along the Swedish coast with a pilot inspector. The pilot inspector would, among other things ensure that the beacons and lighthouses were in good order and she is built for tough weather and ice. She is ice-strengthened ship accordance with Lloyd’s highest class.
Today Origo is the vessel that has been in the longest continuous operation in Svalbard and that means that since the early nineties, for many hundreds of expeditions, she has gained a lot of knowledge. With her, we can safely go to places where other expedition ships never will. Getting on board is an experience in itself.
The ship has comfortable double cabins fitted with 220volt european standard outlets. Many of the cabins are fitted with ensuite wc and shower. Cabins are cleaned daily by the ships crew. There is a dining area onboard where we are served breakfast and two course dinners, (we will have lunch ashore). Coffee and tea is available 24 hrs a day.

Welcome onboard!

Please contact us if you have any questions or want to book.