Sail to Spitsbergen to admire the snow-capped peaks of the archipelago

A unique and exciting adventure

  • Expedition / Adventure

Sail to Spitsbergen to admire the snow-capped peaks of the archipelago

Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic ocean, in northern Norway. A mountainous region, it gives stunning panoramic views of this amazing polar region. Formerly reserved for whale hunters and trappers it is now home to many charms and faunca to discover such as polar bears, seals, walrus and whales. The month of May is the ideal time is to take a cruise: it gives easy access to the mountains and the snow is perfect for skiing.

Cruise Highlights

  • Sail in the ice caps
  • Admire the bears
  • Experience a memorable and unique trip

Your Boat

  • Aztec Lady
  • 7 total cabins
  • 10 people max
  • 3 crew members

A robust steel ketch measuring 21m long, this exploration sailboat is designed for sailing in extreme conditions, in complete comfort and safety. The main advantage of this boat is that it allows you moor and depart from almost anywhere. The perfect boat for exploring this wonderful arctic region - you can sail in new and unchartered waters.

  • Heating
  • Bedding and sheets
  • Oilskins

The owner reserves the right to replace with a different boat model of the same quality and performance

Your Cabin

A true exploration sailing boat, it can easily accommodate up to 10 passengers including 2 crew members. The cabins are situated on the lower port ensuring tranquility and privacy. Double cabin or bunk cabin, each has plenty of storage.

  • Double Cabin

    Double Cabin

  • Bunk Cabin

    Bunk Cabin

Itinerary of your cruise

Accompanied by Jean Bouchet, a mountain guide, you will head out to discover the west coast of the island of Spitsbergen. You will ski during the day and explore the most remote and incredible areas, home to remarkable arctic fauna. A journey which you will never forget!


Day 1 – Longyearbyen
Embarkment in the early evening. Dinner and the first night in Longyearbyen.

Day 2 –Isfjord
Sailing in the Isfjord, the main fjord in Svalbard.

Day 3 à 11 – Stopover and Hiking
Sailing all along the Northwestern coast of Spitsbergen, stopping in the famous Kings Bay or Cross Bay home to incredible colours and spectacular glaciers. More to the North, you will find the Madeleine Bay as well as what is left of the former whaling activity in Ytre Norskoya. Your captain will continue sailing to the idyllic anchorages hidden in the fjords of the North coast (Fuglefjorden, Raudfjorden, and if the weather permits, we will go as far as Woodfjorden).

Small boat rides and hikes are regularly organised in order to discover the fauna and flora of the area, to reach breathtaking panoramic views, or to approach one the many glacial fronts that dot these coasts. You will have the opportunity to see walrus, reindeer, bird colonies, and with a little luck maybe even the chance to see a polar bear!

King's Bay
King's Bay is the most well-known and most studied region of Spitsberge. Ny-Ålesund est known for having been the starting point for several attempts to reach the North Pole by air travel. This former mining town is now a polar research centre and has between 40 and 100 residents.

Cross Bay
Cross Bay is the home to polar bears and seals alike. It is a very popular place for animal lovers.

JOUR 12 – Isfjord
Return to Isfjord. The boat returns to Longyearbyen Bay for a final evening at the harbor.

JOUR 13 –Isfjord
Disembark in the morning.

The itinerary may be changed without prior notice due to technical or weather conditions.
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Frequently asked questions

  • What happens if I need to cancel my cruise?

    If you wish to make a cancellation, you should contact your GlobeSailor advisor as soon as possible. Whatever the circumstances, you will be charged the following cancellation fees, depending on when the cancellation is made: up to 90 days before departure = 30%; 89 to 60 days before departure = 50%; 59 to 30 days before departure = 75%; 29 days or less before departure = 100% of the total cost of your booking. We recommend that you sign up for cancellation insurance with your personal insurance provider.
  • What does a skipper do? And what about a hostess?

    All the skippers which we offer are qualified, have the necessary professional licenses and speak fluent English. If you have any particular demands regarding a skipper make sure to let us know.
    The skipper is in charge of navigation and your safety on board. Feel free to try out some of the manoeuvres with him; he will be happy to teach you the basics of sailing.
    Regarding sleeping arrangements, the skipper will sleep on board, either in a cabin or in the common area (saloon).
    The skipper is not in charge of cooking or washing up. A hostess (or cook) will prepare your meals, clean the saloon area and the cabins and make sure the boat is kept tidy.
  • How can I arrange my transfer from the airport to the boat?

    After you have made your booking the base manager will contact you to give you more information on your cruise. Make sure you confirm what time you will be arriving and also your flight details. A taxi or minibus can meet you at the airport and bring you directly to the boat at an extra cost.
  • What payments must I make in order to confirm my booking?

    To confirm your booking you should inform your GlobeSailor advisor who will put an option (hold) on the cabin for a certain time until we receive your down payment.
    The booking will only be considered final once we have received your down payment (by bank transfer, Paypal or credit card) which is 50% of the total amount. A 100% down payment is required for any booking made less than one month before departure.
    The balance should be paid no later than one month before boarding, either to the base or to GlobeSailor. Mandatory extras and options will be payable locally. Be sure to check with your advisor or the base prior to departure.
  • What currency is used in Spitzberg (Svalbard)?

    The currency used on these islands is the Norwegian Krone. Currenltly 1 NOK = approx. 0.11922 USD.
  • What documents are needed in order to travel to Spitzberg?

    For EU and US passport holders a visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days in Norway. Other passport holders should consult the relevant government websites or contact the Norwegian embassy.