Last Svalbard ski and sail trip this spring. We have sailed from Longyearbyen, north along the west coast, all the way past Ny-Ålesund. New mountains were explored, and old favourites were skied again. This time in spring-snow.
Notes from the crew
“Life on an arctic ski and sail expedition involves many activities and challenges, apart from “normal” ski touring and sailing trips. For a week we hardly saw other people, and only once did we anchor in a harbour. We tried to fish for our dinners, but there was not much time since we covered large distanced each day. Sailing often late thorough the night, we took turns keeping the course and avoiding ice bergs.
As soon as we set foot on land for skiing we need to be watching out for polar bears, and at all times we carry a rifle and a flare gun. We got to admire many wild animals: whales, rain deers, birds, walrus but (luckily?) no polar beers.
Everyday we admired a new panorama of an incredible landscape from the summit. Getting an over-look of the fjord we just sailed into. And we timed some dreamlike descents in prefect corns snow.”
/Svalbard ski and sail team 4 – 10 June 2017.
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