Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail - Svalbard

Longyearbyen - Hornsund - Isfjorden - Longyearbyen

Do you want to experience Svalbard's most beautiful ski touring cruise in 2018? Join us for the ultimate ski and sail trip on Svalbard, including visits to Hornsund and Isfjorden. During 4 days of sailing and 3 days of skiing you will discover the extreme beauty of the High Arctic, on a ski cruise that takes you above and beyond. If we're lucky we might even see polar bears.

  • Skiing 3 days on Svalbard, the land of the Polar bear – the ultimate ski & sail program
  • Travel with experienced, local mountain guides and ski in smaller groups catered to your skill level (6 guests per guide)
  • Incredible atmosphere and unity on board a vintage ship with DJ and afterski on deck
  • Fantastic, local food from Norway's Coastal Kitchen included


A skiing experience unlike anything else

Travel with Hurtigruten for a ski trip unlike anything else you've ever experienced. Arctic Ski & Sail - Svalbard adds thrilling encounters with incredible mountains and randonnée skiing in some of the best skiing spots of the Arctic jewel, Svalbard. A custom made program with 3 days of skiing and 4 days of sailing, Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail takes you to remote areas and locations unknown to any off-piste skier around the globe. 

You will be taken from sea to summit, hiking spectacular peaks of more than 1000 metres overlooking the ocea. From summit to sea, cruising off-piste towards the bright blue Barents Ocean and the strikingly beautiful fjords on the west coast of Svalbard. This might just be the ultimate arctic skiing experience!

From beginners to experts

Not a professional skier? Don't worry - you don't have to be. By dividing participants into groups of six - each with their own mountain guide - this voyage caters to all levels of expertise, from beginners to seasoned veterans. 

Oh, and did we mention that all the guides will be carrying rifles for polar bear protection? 

Svalbard: prime location for skiing... and polar bears

Join us as we sail the most extreme and jagged part of the Svalbard coastline to bring you to Arctic skiing unlike anywhere else in the world. The days on this journey are filled with spectacular skiing, and you may encounter whales or polar bears while sitting on deck or while climbing the peaks. 

From Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Svalbard, we embark on a voyage to Hornsund and Isfjorden - both excellent places for free skiing and great powder conditions. The best part: you will ski where few or no people have skied before you. And you basically have the whole mountain to yourself.

During May, the conditions will be stellar. The peaks are covered in snow, and the midnight sun gives us long days and rising temperatures.

We ski in areas few can reach

Your ship, MS Nordstjernen, will take you to our destinations every day. From the ship, we jump in our awesome PolarCircle tender boats and drive to shore where all equipment is waiting for you. Then we climb some mountains.

The added feature of tender boats from ship to shore is new for the 2018 trip. It allows for greater flexibility and gives us rare access to mountains that are inaccessible for buses and cars - and where few have skied before you.

A typical day - Summit to Sea:

  • 07.00 – Good morning and breakfast. Make yourself a lunch pack. Preparation of equipment and self-service for ski waxing
  • 09.00 – Departure for randonee experience and briefing of day tours. Lunch pack at the summit
  • 16.00 – Return to ship and afterski on deck
  • 19.00 – Dinner and evening briefing
  • 21.00 – Meeting with the guides

Returning to the ship after a long day, you'll quickly realize why MS Nordstjernen is one of the most cherished ships in the fleet. With rich wood features and small but cosy cabins, the ship's unique atmosphere makes this the most amazing basecamp in Norway. Another benefit is the size of the aft deck, perfect for a good afterski party with likeminded people - adventurous and friendly skiers from all over the world.

The food: Norway's Coastal Kitchen

Cruises aren't exactly known for having great food, but at Hurtigruten we do things differently. Our Norway's Coastal Kitchen concept only uses food from local producers in the area. The chefs take advantage of the fact that we sail through some of the world´s richest fishing grounds and along fertile coastal farmland, to source fresh local produce and create generous portions of mouthwatering Norwegian cuisine. Your taste buds are in for a treat.

Quick facts about Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail - Svalbard:


MS Nordstjernen


  • Monday 14 May 2018


  • Departure day 1: 17:00
  • Arrival day 5: 00:30 in Longyearbyen


  • Hours of skiing per day: 7 (on average)
  • Mountain climb: 500-1000+ meters (depending on level)
  • Areas: Hornsund and Isfjorden
  • Peaks per day: 1 or 2 (depending on level)

Practical information:


  • 5-day (4 nights) cruise from Longyearbyen
  • Ski-touring: Guided trips in smaller groups of max. 6 guests with certified guides, including all transport 
  • All meals included
  • Tender boat transport from ship to shore

Not included:

  • Flights to/from Longyearbyen
  • Equipment: you must bring (or rent) your own hiking gear, clothing, ski touring gear and avalanche equipment

Equipment and packing

Your equipment will not be accessible while on board the ship due to limited space, but will be brought to shore for you every morning.

You may rent skitouring gear from our equipment partner, as well as avalanche gear for advanced hikes from the mountain guides, which will be delivered on board the ship. This must all be booked in advance, after you have booked your trip. Book in advance and the equipment will be waiting for you at the dock.

More information and prices to follow.

Travel light and smart

  • Pack your skis, etc. in a ski bag (this will not be available for you until the next morning), your usual hiking backpack and a bag with the rest of the equipment and clothing (e.g. 100 L recommended). The cabins have limited space.

  • For domestic flights in Norway you pay extra for your ski bag (special luggage), so fill up your ski bag with skis, hiking poles, skins, alpine axe, crampons, boots, etc. to reduce weight from your normal luggage. The same rules apply on the flight from Longyearbyen. Please remember your passport.

  • For domestic flights you may also bring your hiking backpack on the plane (no knives, etc. of course). Your bag with other gear should be no more than 20 kilos if you want to avoid paying for heavy luggage.

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The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departure 14 May 2018

Departs from Longyearbyen
Day 1

In the High Arctic

Location: Longyearbyen

You board MS Nordstjernen in Longyearbyen, often referd to as the capitol of Svalbard. If you arrive early, there are plenty of cultural and historic sites in and around in Longyearbyen for you to enjoy. Especially the Svalbard Museum is worth a visit.

If you are renting equipment, there's time to test boots, skis and clothes before departure. The ship leaves Longyearbyen harbour at 5 PM heading for Hornsund, followed by a welcome meeting and a delicious dinner at 7 PM.

At 9 AM, you will meet the guides and experts on board for level orientation This meeting lays the foundation of the next three days, as your skill level decides which group you're in and which guide is yours. 

On Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail we welcome both beginners and professionals - and those in between. To make sure everyone feels comfortable in their group and level, you will be guided by authorised guides in small exclusive groups of six skiers. 

At 7 AM we arrive at Hornsund.

Day 2-3

Hitting the mountains!

Location: Hornsund

If you like to do off piste skiing in wild and adventures terrain, this is the ultimate place. Large, steep mountains between 600 and 1400 metres offer lots of variety and good skiing straits down to the arctic sea.

After breakfast and transfer to shore by PolarCirkel boats, it's off to the slopes for skiing from 9 AM to 4 PM. We return to the ship for afterski, dinner and guide meetings.

The Hornsund fjord offers peaks like Hornsundtind of 1431 meters above sea level. A lot of remainings from the hunting periode is present and look out for wildlife. If we are lucky we might see a polar bear. The fjord is surrounded by spectacular mountains and it is only for us to pick the best spot. This area is made for skiing and we explorer this areas for two whole skiing days.

Enjoy another day in this skiing paradise and stay on the look out for wildlife, seals, birdlife and polar bears.

Day 4

The playground of the local enthusiasts and experts

Location: Isfjorden / Trygghavna

Your day in Isfjorden:

Enjoy breakfast and make lunch, transfer by PolarCirkel boats to the beach, and then head off to the slopes for skiing from 09.00 til 16.00.

Trygghavna is the playground for those fortunate with boats late in the winter season on Svalbard. These area is so sheltered for weather and a perfect spot to do sea to summit in both sides of the fjord. On the summit you will be able to see Barentsburg across Isfjorden and the magnificent Alkehornet in the enterance to Trygghavna and the whole Trollheimen glacier area.

Day 5

The adventure has come to an end

Location: Longyearbyen

You may leave Longyearbyen by night/very early morning or you can stay on board till 08:00. Our last day will be spent optional exploring Longyearbyen before returning mid day to the mainland of Norway.

Your day in Longyearbyen:

Enjoy a snack breakfast and check out, transfer by bus to either the downtown area or to the airport for your flight back home 

Arrival 18 May 2018

Location Longyearbyen
Life on board Pics and videos


Watch videos from our Arctic Ski & Sail voyage in northern Norway in 2017.

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