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Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day. 

For Joining Antigua: You are welcome onboard Antigua from 14:00 in the afternoon. From the airport in Longyearbyen you can either take a taxi or the Flybus to the ship. Both will be available on arrival. Just tell the driver that you want to go to the port and to sailing vessel ‘Antigua”. The bus will cost about NOK 80 per person, the taxi about NOK 150 per taxi.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Tromso is part of all routes for Spitsbergen Voyages. 

The same plane that brings people in takes back those leaving Longyearbyen. This is the simple way – there may also be night flights at about half price but then you may have accommodation problems.

Getting to Tromsø seems to be the target and there are good flights from Oslo’s main airports (OSL) NOT Oslo Sandefjord (TRF). From there you can continue on to Longyearbyen.

Longyearbyen

In the summer the best thing to do in Longyearbyen is to get on a ship to explore the fjords, glaciers and wild life of the remote northern islands of Spitsbergern also known as Svalbad or Svalbard.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

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