Offshore sailing adventure between Svalbard and Iceland
Spectacular adventure sailing between Svalbard and Iceland
Most of our trips could be classed as ‘Once in a lifetime’, but none more so than this extraordinary route across the Arctic Ocean and the Greenland Sea to Iceland via the far-flung outpost of Jan Mayen. With only whales and seabirds for company this is a voyage to the edge of the world and one which you’ll never forget.
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TRIP CODE: LTS02082021
- Start date / place: August 02. Longyearbjen, Svalbard
- End date / place: August 13 2021. Seydisfjordur, Iceland
- Full price: £2,399
- Deposit: £960
All crew must produce a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before the start date
This is 40% of the trip price and is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.
Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.
Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.
The trip starts in Longyearbyen, much loved capital ‘city’, or should we say village, of Svalbard. It’s home to an international community of researchers and polar explorers – the perfect base from which to prepare for our big adventure. We’ll use the first day to welcome everyone on board, cover the essential safety briefings and start preparation for the upcoming passage. There’s lots to cover and it’s important that everyone has taken on board all the information on a trip such as this, so expect a thorough introduction.
The crazy Russian coal-mining town of Barentsburg lies near the head of Isafjord. With it’s own brewery, shops stocked with vodka and prices in Rubles it is quite a contrast to it’s Norwegian run cousin of Longyearbyen. After a day of skills and drills we’ll head ashore here and enjoy a beer in the cosy bar overlooking the fjord.
As we sail down the west coast of Svalbard there are often huge pods of whales and dolphins fishing on the banks. With the midnight sun to light our way, it’s a remarkable coastline of jagged mountains and glaciers. There might be the opportunity to stop in the beautiful fjord of Hornsund for the night, it will depend on the weather as there can be ferocious katabatic winds inside and there is often lots of ice around, but if we can find a way in it is well worth it.
The Arctic Ocean
Now it’s time to take on the Arctic Ocean as we set sail for Jan Mayen. With just under 600nm of empty ocean ahead we will settle into the rhythm of a watch system, keeping the boat sailing around the clock and watching out for the odd fishing boat or pod of whales. If we’re lucky we might see white beluga, minke, humpback and even blue whales on this route. So there’s no excuse for shutting your eyes on the 0200hrs shift. All the while our powerful heater keeps the cabin warm and cosy, and the smells of the galley waft into the cockpit signalling mealtimes and watch changes.
The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen is a mere 34 miles long, but as the world’s northernmost active volcano it stands over 2000m high will be visible from a long way off. In the Arctic the high pressure and dense, cold air distorts the lightwaves, meaning that you can sometimes see over 100 miles on a clear day. It may also be shrouded in mist of course, looming up suddenly after hundreds of miles of empty ocean. There is no all-weather anchorage on Jan Mayen, and we need permission from the rangers to land, so this stop is by no means guaranteed, but the aim is to anchor in Kvalrossbukta and head ashore for a hike to soak in that edge of the world feeling.
If for any reason we can’t stop at Jan Mayen we’ll continue on to the North Coast of Iceland and explore the lovely town of Husavik. The geothermal pools on the shore are a perfect place to relax after an epic passage and there are loads of things to see and do onshore including the powerful Dettifoss waterfall.
East fjords of Iceland
Our final destination is Seydisfjordjur – pretty town and principal harbour of Iceland’s dramatic East fjords. Sailors always receive a warm welcome in Iceland, and you’ll find no better reception than in the warm welcome of the quirky pubs ashore. It’s time to celebrate an epic voyage with new friends and an incredible achievement – we’ve crossed the Arctic Ocean!
JOINING AND LEAVING THE BOAT
Join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day.
It is important you are not late as the pre-trip briefing will start promptly at that time. You will probably need to arrive at your start point the day before your trip begins and get a hotel or B&B.
Disembark by 1200hrs on the end day.
We ask you to stay on board until then if possible to help with packing away the boat but recognise sometimes due to flights you may need to leave earlier that day. Please just let the skipper know in advance.
For exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab
INFORMATION TO HELP GET TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- Longyearbjen airport (IATA code: LYR) is well served by Norwegian and SAS. You will nearly always have to change somewhere in Norway first, so allow a full day for the travel and flights often arrive and depart at 0100 or 0200hrs (it’s 24 daylight here!)
- A taxi will connect you between the airport and Longyearbjen harbour
- The closest airport to Seydisfjordur is Egilsstaðir. There is a bus that runs between the two and which takes around 45 minutes. Icelandair fl between Egilsstaðir airport (IATA code: EGS) and Reykjavik (IATA code: RKV).
- From Reykjavik (the internal airport) you need to transfer by bus or taxi to Keflavik (IATA code: KEF) which is the international airport.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. Although this trip is open to beginners, we recommend that you have some sailing experience before, even if it is just an introductory weekend. This will enable you to be confident that a prolonged passage at sea is something that you will enjoy.
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
FITNESS TO SAIL
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.
Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.
- All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
- Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: OFFSHORE SAILING
For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications can be earned where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
- Any meals you eat ashore.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and Trip Notes before booking.