Our stays, accessible to all, are a succession of phases of navigation and excursions. Every day, we accompany you ashore to discover a particularity. Then, sailing for a few hours, always along the coast, for the pleasure of the eyes.
Most often, we spend the “night” at anchor, to take the time to “soak up”. This could be the occasion for an outing under the midnight sun, in a zodiac or on land …
During the stay, we will take care to avoid places like Ny Alesund or Barentzburg which, due to too much tourist traffic, are now far removed from the concept that made you choose us.
On board, a rich library as well as a video library and numerous documents on the conquest of the poles, history and fauna are at your disposal as well as a good table often voted “Best Table in the Arctic”!
Here is the “common thread” of the stay with its various objectives and possibilities:
-King’s Bay: Complete tour of the bay by boat. Approach 3 superb glaciers and seals.
-Approach on foot or by boat several magnificent cliffs where thousands of birds nest.
-Visits to historic whaling sites or to the start of an expedition to conquer the North Pole.
-Northwest Islands: Danskøya, Amsterdamøya… ..
-Visit of a walrus cemetery – whale bones.
-Approaching several ground nesting sites.
-Observation of wild reindeer, arctic foxes.
-Search for whales, belugas.
-Observations of flowers and mosses (depending on the season).
-Visit a whaling cemetery dating from the 17th century.
-Approaching walruses on the ice floe.
-Symbolic crossing of 80 ° north (depending on ice conditions). Whales?
-Climb to the pack ice if possible.
-In the exceptional setting of the North Coast, for 2 or 3 days we search for, approach and observe polar bears from the boat or the annex. (We avoid encounters on land as much as possible!). Sail to Woodfjord.
-Approach and observation of several glaciers (iceberg approach) of the west and north coast.
-Visits to former trapper camps. Huts – seal dryers
-Observation of the midnight sun.
-Disembarkation, approach and observation of a walrus colony.
-Bath (in survival suit) in the middle of the ice.
The last day is dedicated to visiting Longyearbyen, a mining village turning into a town. Polar museum, gallery (arts – slide show – old maps…) souvenir shops…
We differentiate ourselves from the biggest boats by our availability and our flexibility to seize the opportunities to transform them into beautiful observations:
whatever time of day or “night”, however much time it takes, the priority is to make good close observations. We can spend hours tracking and observing a bear, we can put the zodiac in the water at 2 a.m. to go up close, a polar fox in the midnight sun …
This difference is greatly appreciated by photographers, ornithologists and naturalists. It is the key to a rich stay.
You wrap it all up in a friendly, almost family-friendly setting, and you have all the spirit of our stays.
Our hosts like to sail with us on the one hand, to understand this polar environment in a spirit that stands out from the classic organized trip, and on the other hand to benefit from the unique experience of the crew …
We therefore do not have a fixed “day to day”, but rather a common thread and a number of goals that we strive to achieve to meet your expectations. Each day, depending on the ice conditions, the weather, we will make you enjoy the best that Nature can offer us and take you to the most beautiful sites that we have discovered over the years.
With our experience and our knowledge of the area, we will seize all the opportunities that will be offered to us during our journey to the North Coast and the ice floes.
Our 25 years of experience in the field will be essential …
This “philosophy”, with no scheduled tomorrow, requires that you let yourself be carried away by the course of your stay by placing your trust in us …
However, rest assured, we are very probably the only boat in Spitsbergen where all the passengers who came on board were able to observe the lord of the place: the polar bear …
We are here to share our passion with you and answer your curiosity.
There are no binding tasks on board.
Just come with your good humor …
The isolation, maritime constraints and the presence of polar bears give the stay a “committed” character that requires a minimum of physical condition.
Physical condition of participants
We are on a small boat which sometimes gets shaken. On board, you have to take steep stairs, the cabins are equipped with bunk beds.
On land we must consider that the walk is of a “difficult” level. Indeed no paths, and most often more or less stable scree, holes, sometimes snow or spongy soils.
In the event of a bear encounter on land, rapid repatriation to the zodiac may be necessary.
All this to emphasize the importance of everyone having a minimum physical condition (being able to climb a 3m vertical ladder is a good benchmark)
The possible consequences
When walking on land, the presence of bears forces us to stay together. People who have difficulty moving over rough terrain will delay the group and limit the range and therefore the observations.
If a person falls ashore or on board, it will probably be necessary to return to Longyearbyen, which would compromise the smooth running of the stay.
If in doubt, the captain should proceed to Longyearbyen for the person to be examined. It is his responsibility and no one will be able to oppose his decision. Ditto in the event of a problem with particular drug treatment, or an allergic reaction to food.
In summary, registering a person who has difficulty moving in difficult terrain represents a risk-taking for the course of the stay of other passengers. For our part, we do not want to be exposed to this kind of risk and ask you, in the interest of all, to respect these safety instructions while being attentive to the physical level of each one.
A person with a large build would put themselves in danger by the fact that they could not put on a survival suit, could not be brought up from the lower deck by the crew in the event of discomfort and would not have the necessary agility in case of evacuation or rapid return to the zodiac when approaching a bear. It therefore presents an inability to participate in the stay.
Unfortunately, on the boat, we do not have the technical and human resources to provide a special menu to those who request it. We are sorry.
Likewise, we cannot assume the risk posed by people with food allergies. The language barrier and the approximation of certain formulations do not allow us, in fact, to guarantee the composition of the Norwegian ingredients used. Navigating, moreover, in isolated areas with limited means of communication, the allergy therefore represents an inability to participate in our stays.
The same goes for pregnant women.
When boarding or during the first trips, if the captain judges that a person does not meet the minimum safety criteria and is taking a risk, due to their state of health or difficulty in moving, the person could see themselves refused, without giving rise to reimbursement or assumption of the return costs.
If any doubt, you should consult us first.