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.