Jean-Marc Kaufmann

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Jean-Marc Kaufmann - Mountain guide
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Dates : Tuesday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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The highlights : This “exploratory cruise” offers a chance to get first-hand experience of environmental issues such as global warming and the melting of the earth’s 

  1. ice cover.

  2. It is a unique experience aboard a comfortable traditional sailing boat which is perfectly suited to this type of trip.

  3. The scenery is stunning and radiates calm and serenity.

  4. The size of the boat, for just 18 passengers + 3 guides, lends itself to many different sailing itineraries.

  5. A specialist armed guard who has great experience of the local wildlife will travel with us during our on-land tours.

  6. The ski touring trips are accessible to good ski tourers with a good level of fitness.

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Programme : Day 1 (Thu 03/05) Flights from your departure point to Oslo. Dinner and night in a hotel.

  1. Day 2 (Fri 04/05) Flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen (Svalbard, Norway). Night on the boat.

  2. Days 3 to 8 (Sat 05/05 to Thu 10/05)  Board the ship midday and sail towards northern Spitsbergen. Among this magnificent and unspoiled scenery, we will have six full days of ski touring in a different fjord every day. The tours are chosen each morning according to the weather, the state of the ice, the snow conditions and the skiers’ wishes and stamina. Gradients of 800 to 1300 m, 3 to 6 hours walk per day.  Ski itineraries will be chosen according to the skiing ability of the group, with the possibility of different group levels. In the evening of the day 7 return to Longyearbyen harbor at the end of the day. Diner and night in Longyearbyen.

  3. Day 9 (Fri 11/05) Early flight back to Oslo and further connections.

  4. This program can be to modify according to the meteorological conditions, to the snow or to the safety.

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Best time of year : May to end of June

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Other dates possible : For a group composed of 6 people minimum to 18 people we can offer you an other date for this program

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Number of days away : 9

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Number of days skiing : 6

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Level : Off-piste skiing level  ★ ★ ★      Fitness level  ★ ★       Technical mountain level  ★ ★ ✭    ︎   Information

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Number of participants : 6 to 8 people per guide / 30 places available on the boat.

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Accommodation : Comfortable sailling boat in double cabins.

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Equipment to be carried : All the routes can be completed with a day pack.

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Local transport : Minibuses are used for all transfers during the trip.

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PRICE :  € 3950  per person excluding flights.

               + Flight to Longyearbyen via Oslo

               At the time we planned this trip, the flights were approximately € 500 from Paris to Longyearbyen via Oslo

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Air Travel : Airline SAS

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In the media : You may like to read this article from the EXPLORE & SHARE website about ski touring in Spitsbergen - Svalbard

A ski touring and boat sailing trip in Spitsbergen in the fjords and islands of in the Svalbard archipelago

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The dates may seem a little strange but end of May to mid-July is the only time Spitsbergen is accessible by boat and the snow is good to ski. The rest of the time the ice floe renders it inaccessible. At this time of year and at this northern latitude, the climate is similar to that of April in Norway.

From Longyearbyen, we travel towards southern Spitzbergen, where only a few venture. It is a unique polar adventure. The south coast of the Svalbard archipelago is little known and wild. Ice and snow are ever-present but in the summer, the flora creates a mosaic of vibrant colors which is mirrored in the deep blue sea.
We will go in search of bearded seals, beluga whales, puffins and polar bears. But don’t worry, each day we will be accompanied by an armed guide who knows the area and fauna extremely well.

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For 6 days, sailing and ski tours punctuate life on board.

Our base will be a very comfortable sailing boat, the Rembrandt Van Rijn, 60m long, 3 masts, based in Longyearbyen. She has been totally refurbished for cruising in arctic waters. There is a spacious deckhouse with open bar and lounge, and another saloon by the galley below deck, 15 twin cabins for tow persons with washstand, showers and toilets. A real floating hotel which sails to a different drop-off point every day.

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This trip is a true mission of discovery. As far as the captains of the boats which have sailed around Spitsbergen for many years remember, they have never seen a skier on the island. Some travel across the snow inland with dog-sleds to transport equipment and sleep under canvas on the glaciers. But as yet, no one has attempted to ski tour from a boat like we do in Norway and Greenland.

That said, we will benefit from a large amount of information passed on by high mountain guides and people with lots of ski touring experience who despite not having skied here, know the area well. In addition, there are lots of photos and maps etc giving us ample information to plan this trip.
What will we see? The old whaling establishments and fur traders’ cabins. We will explore Isfjorden, Bellsund and Hornsund.

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Our expedition will finish in Longyearbyen, a small but very lively university town where we will quietly celebrate our return!

Ski touring in Spitsbergen, Norway, in Svalbard archipelago

SKI TOURING IN SPITSBERGEN - SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO

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Ski touring in Spitsbergen, Norway, in Svalbard archipelago
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Ski touring in Spitsbergen, Norway, in Svalbard archipelago
Ski touring in Spitsbergen, Norway, in Svalbard archipelago