Ski & Sail Svalbard

Explore Svalbard from an expedition sailing yacht

Join us on a backcountry ski touring expedition in the remote Svalbard, located at 78º between the North Pole and Northern Norway. Experience breathtaking scenery and extraordinary wildlife, including polar bears, walruses, whales, reindeer, and birds. Mountains rise straight from the sea, surrounded by stunning glaciers and sea ice. Each day of the journey, we will set sail and anchor in a new bay. The Moondance and its expert team are fully equipped for sailing and skiing adventures in West Spitsbergen.

Experience a variety of ascents and descents under the midnight sun, giving us unmatched flexibility throughout the trip. Intermediate backcountry skiers and splitboarders are welcome aboard Moondance for an unforgettable week of skiing and sailing in Svalbard.

Trip Summary

Ski & Sail finnmark

5-6 people

Airport Alta

Departures

2025

09 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr

Location

The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is situated to the north of the Norwegian mainland, latitudes 74N to 81N, between the Greenland Sea and the Barents Sea.
”The northern end of the ocean” mentioned in the 12th century Icelandic chronicles, it is nearest it is feasible to sail and land to the North Pole, the starting point for many of the greatest adventurers that raced to reach the northernmost point on Earth. It remains one of the remote frontiers of the planet.

The main goal is explore the Finnmark Alps, Stjernøya and Seiland which offer endless possibilities. Encounters with other skiers and sailors are infrequent; chances are, we’ll have the fjords to ourselves. This rarity distinguishes it from other parts of Northern Norway.

Your journey will start with a flight to Alta, where daily flights connect through Oslo. Conveniently, our dock is just 5 minutes from the airport. Depending on conditions, we may also embark or conclude our journey in Oksfjord, a mere 2 hours away from the airport. As the departure date nears, we will keep you informed of any updates.

SVALBARD SKI AND SAIL LOGISTICS
This year’s Svalbard Ski and Sail trip starts in Longyearbyen on Svalbard. There are usually multiple daily flights between Longyearbyen and Oslo, Norway.

If you choose to only participate in the boat portion of this trip, you must arrive in Longyearbyen at the latest on Day 4 (see Itinerary tab). We will be boarding the boat at around 4:00 pm. Unfortunately in 2023 both airlines servicing Longyearbyen chose to cancel flights on Saturdays, which requires booking a hotel room for an extra night. This last night accommodation is not included in your trip fees, as it was unanticipated when we scheduled our 2023 trips. We recommend Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg, Basecamp Spitzbergen or Gjestehuset 102 as great options for that last night.

There is an optional 3 days of ski touring offered (see above Itinerary tab for dates). If you arrive in Longyearbyen on Day 1 then you can participate in all three pre-sail ski tours, but you can also arrive later than that if you like. Please advise us of your intentions so we can make hotel bookings and other arrangements.

When you book your return flight, the best option is to book a flight (even a very early one) from Longyearbyen on the last day (see Itinerary tab)

AIRPORT HOTEL TRANSFERS
There are convenient bus airport transfers that bring you from the airport to the hotel and also pick up at the hotels before flights. Transfers are not included in the trip fee. LYR is about 4 km from town, so about 7 minutes by taxi and 10-15 minutes by bus depending on hotel (less than 10 minutes from Mary Ann’s where we’re staying). Cost is about 100 NOK pp for a return ticket (170 NOK for return tickets). You can also hire a taxi which costs about 200-300 NOK each way for a minvan. See this web page for details. Don’t worry — the bus is comfortable and extremely convenient with lots of room for passengers, baggage and skis! Did we mention it’s 4 km and less than 10 minutes?

Finnmark

itinerary

YOUR STAY

Moondance, a 56ft Koopmans, draws its design inspiration from Dick Koopmans’ sailing ship “De Jager,” winner of the “Round of Britain 2006” and “Cold Handed Cup 2007.” This makes Moondance a truly exceptional vessel, purpose-built for expeditions and the unforgiving Arctic. With its lofty central lounge, comfy accommodations for nine, an array of heaters, a well-appointed bathroom inc. shower, and generous storage, Moondance combines adventure and comfort in one package, promising unforgettable journeys on the high seas.

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What is included and excluded

Included:
Moondance plus all facilities
Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks)
Certified Captain, Crew & Guide
Sailing suits & safety equipment

Excluded:
Flight tickets
Airport transfer
Expenses on shore
Alcoholic beverages

How do I get there?

The point of embarkation and disembarkation for this journey is Alta. Depending on conditions, we may also embark or conclude our journey in Oksfjord, a mere 2 hours away from the airport. As the departure date nears, we will keep you informed of any updates. From 12pm you are welcome on arrival day and at 12pm we wave you goodbye at departure day. You can easily reach Alta by flying from Oslo. Another option is to fly to Tromso and then take a bus to Alta.

Recommendations for flying (2 connecting / 6 hours total):
Google Flights or Skyscanner to find flights and book directly at the Airliner. Norwegian Air or SAS are the most common.

Recommendations for local transport:
Snelandia to find busses and ferry’s from Alta to Oksfjord.

What do I need to bring?
Personal equipment:
30 – 40 L backpack
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Headlamp
Water bottle
Lunch container
Book to read
Earplugs

Clothing list:
Hike clothing
Hiking shoes
Fleece or sweaters
Wind shell
Down jacket
Ski jacket and pants
Waterproof shoes (boots)
Warm hat
Cap
Light gloves
Waterproof gloves
Sandals (for walking inside boat, we don’t wear shoes inside)

Ski Equipment
Ski touring or split board setup
Touring boots
Adjustable poles
Skins
Ski crampons
Helmet
Goggles

Snow Safety Equipment
Avalanche beacon
Shovel (steel, aluminum or carbon)
Probe 3 m or longer
Please pack your belongings in a Duffle bag, not a suitcase.

Please let us know if you need assistance.

How is life on board?

A sailing trip with Moondance Expeditions is a unique vacation. We are dependent on the elements, which requires a flexible attitude towards the program, the people, and expectations. In principle, we take the lead and initiative in everything. The captain guides you in their choices and asks for input. Based on our experience, guests feel more involved when they can participate in everyday activities on board. We always ask for a flexible and proactive attitude. The space can sometimes feel small, which is why we will regularly check in with you to ensure everything is meeting your expectations.

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What is on the menu?

During the journey, we provide a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes to ensure your well-being:

Continental breakfast: includes eggs, fresh bread, fruit salad, and more.
Lunch: either premade sandwiches for onshore excursions or a hot meal.
Dinner: a diverse menu featuring self-caught fish, pasta, curry, traditional dishes, Asian cuisine, and more.
Snacks: assortment of cheese, bars, chips, etc.

Please feel free to inform us of any special dietary preferences or requests you may have.

Level of the voyage?

This voyage is open to both newcomers and experienced sailors. Our goal is to refine your sailing skills along the route, and we will tailor our approach to accommodate participants at any skill level. We can strike a balance between challenging and more relaxed itineraries. A basic level of fitness is necessary, and participants must be able to swim.

What are the terms and conditions?

Please read our Terms & Conditions when booking with us.

Can I charter the full boat with a group or as a guide/company?

We offer various collaboration opportunities and discounts for large groups, guides, tour operators / companies, hosts, and special projects. At Moondance Expeditions you can rent Moondance bare boat or as a full charter. We also work with local partners if you want to charter other boats. Please contact us for more information.

What people say 

Marco _enzian
Marco _enzian
6 February 2024
One of my best trips that I have done in my life .. my dream was sailing and splitboarding in one trip. So it was perfect at the moondance ⛵.. we where sailing with a strong wind 🌬️ and big 🌊.. and 2 mornings I wake up and the boat ⛵was full of 30cm fresh Powder 🌨️❄️.. We had perfect day at the mountains of Norway... A dream trip for me.. hope to visit soon again for a other dream sailing and touring ♥️
Johan Schuurman
Johan Schuurman
4 February 2024
Wij hebben een zeilreis gemaakt met de Moondance aan de westkust van Groenland. Dit was een levens veranderende ervaring waar wij de bemanning enorm dankbaar voor zijn. De professionaliteit van de gehele bemanning in die afgelegen regio was top! Daarnaast was de sfeer en samenwerking aan boord gedurende de onafgebroken zeiltocht van 7 dagen uitstekend. De hele reis was indrukwekkend en overtrof alle verwachtingen. De gehele bemanning zit in ons hart.
Marjolein Postma
Marjolein Postma
30 January 2024
Fantastische reis in Noorwegen gehad! Goed verzorgd en ontzettend leuke crew. Aanrader!
Floris Rijssenbeek
Floris Rijssenbeek
25 January 2024
Absolutely the best sailing and ski experience I have ever had! It's an adventure I will never forget thanks to the professional warm crew.
Nina Gigele
Nina Gigele
23 May 2023
I have been organising a Sail & Ski trip via #skiwithnina for 6 people and I found Sailing Taxi. I am happy that we worked together - smooth, same mindset, great cooperation and amazing trip!
Niels Sijpheer
Niels Sijpheer
6 May 2023
Begin April ben ik op pad geweest in Lyngen en Senja (Tromsø, NO) met Luuk en Eileen van Sailing Taxi, samen met 6 andere tour skiers. Zeilend door prachtige fjorden met witte sprookjesbergen op zoek naar ski-avontuur. Voor mij een droom die uitkwam. Het schip en de bemanning hebben daar enorm aan bijgedragen. De Moondance is een heerlijk schip, goed verwarmd, degelijk en ruim met voldoende opbergruimte voor alle spullen en heerlijke bedden. Thuiskomen op het warme schip was een heerlijke borrelhap en het eten stond vaak al klaar. Gezelligheid rond de eettafel en ook de mogelijkheid om je even af te zonderen. Geweldig om op deze wijze samen de Noorse poolwinter te beleven. Schipper Luuk en stuurvrouw Eileen zorgen er ongemerkt voor dat alles goed verloopt: voorraden aanvullen, vuil wegbrengen, water en dieseltanks vullen, motoronderhoud en zorg besteden aan alles dat hierom vraagt, navigeren, aanleggen langs besneeuwde en ijzige steigers, aan de wind zeilen bij 6 Bft tegen hoge golven om de boot te verplaatsen naar een plek waar we met de skies uitkwamen … kortom: epic! Ik zou niet weten wat er beter kan. Of ja, toch: de temperatuur van het zwemwater. Die was wat fris! Warme groet, Niels
max mudde
max mudde
20 January 2023
Top trip gehad. Prachtige ervaring. Alles is professioneel geregeld en het contact voorafgaand aan de reis is erg goed. Je weet precies waar je aan toe bent. Zeker een aanrader als je toe bent aan een avontuurlijke trip!
Rein Arnold
Rein Arnold
22 November 2022
Get out of your chair and go sailing with the Sailing Taxi! Fun guaranteed
Matthijs Westerveld
Matthijs Westerveld
22 November 2022
One of the most special adventures of my life. Awesome staff who take great care of their guests.
Artine van den Engel-Schouten
Artine van den Engel-Schouten
22 November 2022
Prachtig reis in Schotland gemaakt. Goede verzorging, lekker eten, prachtige ervaring.

Trip Summary

Ski & Sail finnmark

5-6 people

Airport Alta

Departures

2025

09 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr