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Northern Lights and Whales in the Polar Night onboard Tall Ship antigua

Experience the magic of the Polar Night high above the Arctic Circle as you sail an authentic and historic tall ship around the Lofoten Islands. 

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis or Polar light are one of the most extraordinary phenomena on earth.

Onboard Antigua, you will navigate the fjords to places where whales hunt and feed in abundance. Enjoy whale watching from the deck of the ship under the light of the blue, green, purple, blue and rose coloured lights of the night sky. 

Embark
Sun, 24-11-2019 - 15:00
Tromso
Disembark
Fri, 29-11-2019 - 10:00
Tromso
Duration
4 Nights
Vessel
Antigua
Voyage No.
AN241119

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Antigua - Northern Lights and Whales - Four Night Trip out of Tromso

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

A short break out of Tromso with excellent opportunities to spot the Northern Lights in the pristine landscape and unique natural phenomena of Northern Norway. This beautiful area of the world, far above the Arctic Circle offers a unique experience viewing the Aurora Borealis or Polar Light. 

Onboard Tall Ship Antigua, you will sail to the places and ports with no light pollution and in a place with such large pods of whales, spotting orcas off the beam of the ship in the night sky is what dreams are made of. 

Seeing the northern lights, or the aurora borealis is simply a magical moment. This break is when the lights are most frequent, (late autumn and winter). High above the arctic circle, the northern light belts hits northern Norway in the Lofoten Islands making this a brilliant place to try to spot the lights. Sailing on an authentic and traditional tall ship, but with all the comforts down below means that your panoramic views and the silence of the Arctic night will be enjoyed from the deck of the Antigua.  

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Whale watching
  • Northern Lights Expedition
  • Short Break
  • Sailing in the Polar Night
  • Sunrise and sunset lasting 2-4 hours
  • Tall Ship Sailing High above the Arctic Circle
Antigua in the Lofoten Islands
Antigua in the Lofoten Islands

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Northern Lights and Whales!

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. 

Although this is one of the best locations to spot the Northern Lights, we are at the mercy of nature and the northern lights are known for playing hide and seek. There is no guarantee that you will see the northern lights on this voyage, but every effort will be made to chase them. 

Tall ship Antigua has been our Svalbard specialist for years
Tall ship Antigua has been our Svalbard specialist for years


Day 1

Your journey begins in Tromsø. This modern city in the Arctic is where culture meets nature. Tromsø, also known as Paris of the North is literally a light beacon during the polar night. During the short days of the dark season this city immerses you in the relaxing warmth of Norwegian cosiness or 'hggye'.   

From 15:00, Antigua will welcome you onboard. Upon boarding you will  meet the crew of the ship, your traveling companions and have time to settle into your new home. Depending on the circumstances, you will sail out of the harbour the same evening, beginning your winter adventure. 

Antigua in the Lofoten Islands

Day 2 up to and including Day 4

While the days are dedicated to spotting whales and navigating towards the best places to admire the Northern Lights there is never a moment worth missing.  In an ambiance of peace and quiet the expedition will journey through the breath-taking scenery of the landscape. With the days getting quickly shorter the twilight period magically reveals the secret beauty of the polar region. 

Docking at twilight in the the small fishing and reindeer villages your heart will be stolen by the beauty and tranquillity. On shore you can taste the life that has been lived for centuries in the High North and be amazed by the unspoiled nature and history of the area as it glows in the phenomenon of the Northern Lights.

With the sails of the impressive three-masted barkentine hoisted the silence and timelessness of the Arctic Ocean, the grand fjords and majestic mountains come together as Antigua glides through the water. Thursday we set course for our final destination Tromsø, arriving there; the warm and cosy light beacon in the dark High North in the evening. 

Possible ports and anchorages: Andfjord, Senja, Andenes, Gryllefjord, Skrolsvik, Sommaroy, Burfjorden, Hamnes, Uloya, Nord-Lenangen

Whales in the Arctic
Whales in the Arctic

Day 5

After breakfast it is time to say goodbye and the crew of the Antigua. Disembarking is at 9:00 am in Tromsø. The airport can be reached in 20 minutes by taxi. 

If you have the time, then it is definitely worth taking the time to further explore Tromsø. In this bustling Arctic town you will find various attractions such as an aquarium, museums, and the northernmost botanical garden in the world. For lovers of outdoor activities there is also a lot to do, the city centre of Tromsø is a stone's throw from beautiful untouched nature to be easily explored with a casual walk or hike or trip with the dog sled.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

At this time of year the temperatures could be just above freezing, so layers, gloves, hats and thermals are essential. Winter in the Lofoten Islands is a delicate balance between snow and rain, pack good heavy duty waterproofs so protect you from the winds. 

In December the sun does not rise or set. Perfect for spotting the Northern Lights away from light pollution of the main land though and November and December is known as the Polar Month for this reason. 

The northern lights
The northern lights

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Towels
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic and soft Drinks
  • Waterproofs
  • Personal Travel Insurance

 

 

Tromso, Norway

Latest port updates

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. 

How to get here

Tromso in the major town of Northern Norway.

It's a deep water sheltered port with its own airport very close to the town.

The Visit Tromso web site has lots of helpful information.

Rail & transfers

There is no train service to Tromso. You can take the train from Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim to Fauske, where you must transfer for a long-distance bus to Tromso via Narvik.  For more information about trains and booking, please visit: https://www.nsb.no/

Air & transfers

There are many daily domestic flights to Tromso Airport Langnes. Check out SAS, WIderoe and Norwegian Air.  Most international flights to Tromso require a change at Oslo Airport.  There are some seasonal direct flights from London Gatwick, and Stockholm.  Tromso Airport Langnes lies only 5 km from the city centre, and the airport express coach stops in central Tromso.

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.

Tromso, Norway

Latest port updates

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. 

How to get here

Tromso in the major town of Northern Norway.

It's a deep water sheltered port with its own airport very close to the town.

The Visit Tromso web site has lots of helpful information.

Rail & transfers

There is no train service to Tromso. You can take the train from Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim to Fauske, where you must transfer for a long-distance bus to Tromso via Narvik.  For more information about trains and booking, please visit: https://www.nsb.no/

Air & transfers

There are many daily domestic flights to Tromso Airport Langnes. Check out SAS, WIderoe and Norwegian Air.  Most international flights to Tromso require a change at Oslo Airport.  There are some seasonal direct flights from London Gatwick, and Stockholm.  Tromso Airport Langnes lies only 5 km from the city centre, and the airport express coach stops in central Tromso.

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.

Antigua

This beautiful and comfortable tall ship boasts a worldwide safety certificate, steel hull and acres of sails crewed by a multi-national crew including expert wildlife guides. On board you are encouraged to join watches, take part in sailing, observe the sea and wildlife on her exciting passages. 

The Barquentine Antigua takes up to 32 guests in 16 fully air-conditioned two-berth cabins that guarantee a comfortable stay onboard. Regardless if you are travelling solo or with friends you will socialise and make new friends with like minded explorers from all over the world. Antigua specialises in the Arctic and sails in Svalbard and the Lofoten Isles.

 

Statistics

 

  • Length overall:160 ft (49m)
  • Length on deck: 150ft

 

 

  • Year built:1957
  • Vessel type/rig: Three masted Barquentine

 

 

  • Guest berths:32 
  • Crew berths:8

 

The Experts view: What Antigua does best 

Tall ship Antigua sailing in Svalbard

Famous for Spitsbergen Based Expeditions

Spitsbergen (known to the Norwegians as West Spitzbergen), is the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago in northern Norway. Dutch run tall ship Antigua has been running 8-12 day voyages since 2009. Only 1000km from the North Pole, this raw, beautiful island group is enclosed in pack ice for most of the year. During the summer, when the sun shines for 24 hours, the Arctic ice retreats coming to life with wildlife and flowers. By September if the skies are clear you may see the Northern Lights. Depending on voyages dates, Antigua will sail through icey waters to remote anchorages where you will be ferried ashore with expert wildlife guides to guide you through the wonders of the abundant wildlife and fauna.  

Wildlife Guides, Polar Bears & Zodiac Safaris Ashore

There are now over 3000 polar bears living around the Svalbard Archipelago and is now one of the top places worldwide to spot a polar bear in the wild. Sailing the coast and fjords on a ship increases your search area beyond the land. You might spot them swimming or standing on an ice flow. To be given a advantage point in spotting one of these amazing animals you can always climb aloft to see a bit further ahead. May to September is the best time to spot the bears but these hunters roam far and wide and so nothing is guaranteed.  

Sixty percent of the land is glaciated and it is amazing to see colonies of breeding seabirds clinging to the sea cliffs. On land, arctic foxes, reindeer and polar bears roam (guides carry rifles as a precaution). At sea many types of whales, walrus and seals can be sighted. As Antigua has a library on board and holds regular lectures in the lounge you are more than welcome to relax and learn more about this amazing surroundings.

Other rare wildlife sightings from Tall Ship Antigua include a white humpback whale, belugas, and killer whales (orca).

The ships wildlife guides and crew generally use English as the common language but this is a Dutch run ship so you will hear Dutch, German and many other languages in conversation, so you do need a bit of patience when bursting to ask a question.

Hungry Polar Bear. The expert wildlife guides are there to keep you safe
Hungry Polar Bear. The expert wildlife guides are there to keep you safe

 

Special Landscape Photography Voyages

In the autumn when the sun is getting lower and the days of midnight sun are slipping away, the light conditions are awesome for landscape photography. Mountains, glaciers, interesting weather phenomenon and wildlife all make great images to capture.  The tall ship rigging and sails lends a sense of the 19th Century polar expeditions, and as the temperatures cool you can begin to appreciate the hardships of outdoor life.  Coiled ropes freeze, rigging can ice up with the spray and as lookout you have a vital job looking for small icebergs.  In late September - October when dark nights return, you might see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.

Evening light photography on a tall ship
Photo by Debbie Purser

Aurora Borealis -  Winter Sailing in Lofoten Isles

There is a very good reason for sailing in the high Norwegian Arctic during the winter. Firstly it is the best time and place to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis and secondly this is a good time of year to spot Orca or killer whales in the Lofoten Isles. These short 2 or 4 day voyages on tall ship Antigua have just been added to Classic Sailing website. We think they would make a rather special New Year's eve holiday break in 2019-20

Orca whale spotting in lofoten Isles on tall ship Antigua
Orca whale spotting in Lofoten Isles on tall ship Antigua

 

What to Expect on Tall Ship Antigua

Sailing Style

People come on a polar expedition for many reasons. You don't need to be a sailor to be attracted to the idea of exploring under sail. Classic Sailing specialises in 'hands on' voyages where there is a professional crew to teach you how to become a useful crew member and help sail the ship. You really don't need any experience, and on Antigua it is entirely up to you how much you get involved with the physical sailing.

If you are keen to pull ropes, climb the rigging or steer the ship then the crew will be happy for you to work alongside them and share their passion for sailing.  Working with blocks and tackles has the added benefit of keeping you warm and on deck for longer, so you can often see more wildlife and get to know the multi national crew better.  You will be popular if you stick around to help pull the ships boats back on board at the end of the day.....but there is also a ships bar beckoning.

If you would rather take photos, save your energies for walks ashore with the wildlife guides, or perhaps steer the ship occasionally then that is fine too. 

Antigua has comfortable accommodation for adult adventure holidays and is not run as a sail training ship so no need to be involved in domestic chores or ships maintenance, unless you have an urge to help

Imagine climbing up to the platform to take photos on Antigua
Imagine climbing up the rigging to the platform

Life on Board

Svalbard is a long way North, the land stretching between the 74th and 81st parallels of latitude. Typical air temperatures are 3-7 degrees Centigrade (37-45 degrees Farenheit) in July, so similar to Antarctic Peninsula temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere summer.  Like a ski holiday, it is great to feel active and enjoy being outside. However, if you wish to take a more watchful stance rather than action there is always somewhere warm and comfortable to retreat too. If there is a sighting of a whale, polar bear or something wonderful to see, the crew will come and find you. 

Below decks Antigua can sleep up to 32 guests in 2 person cabins. Each cabin has its own toilet and shower with heating (and air conditioning if she goes to warmer climes). Half the cabins have twin beds so no climbing up into the top bunk, and the rest are 2 person cabins with bunks so do let us know what you prefer - subject to availability on booking.  There is a large stylish saloon with a bar and tables for meals.

Antigua sailing the coast of Spitsbergen
Elegant saloon on tall ship Antigua
Elegant saloon on tall ship Antigua

On Antigua there are two decks below so living accommodation on the first deck is spacious and there is plenty of room for everyone. Perhaps not everyone around the bar at one time!

Antigua can sleep up to 32 guests in 2 person cabins. Each cabin has its own toilet and shower with heating (and air conditioning if she goes to warmer climes).

Half the cabins have twin beds.

The other half have bunks.

At the time of booking and availability do let us know which cabin you would prefer.  

Antigua Accommodation

Antigua has two cabin types, a Comfort Twin Cabin and the Standard Bunk Bed Cabin, each have ensuite shower and toilet. 

Antigua's Twin Cabin
Antigua's Twin Cabin

 

Bunk Bed Cabin
Bunk Bed Cabin
Tall Ship Antigua - View aloft

Vital statistics include a sail area of 720 sq. m

  • Overall length: 49,50 m
  • Beam: 7,13 m
  • Sail surface area: 750 m2
  • Main engine: Cummins 400 PK
  • Bow thruster
  • 1 x 65 kVA generator and
    1 x 35 kVA generator
  • Safety certificate 9356Z
  • 16 two-berth cabins with shower and toilet
  • 2 additional toilets

The Antigua was built in 1957 as a fishing vessel in Thorne, Yorkshire (U.K.) and served in this capacity for  many years.

Her hull was built to be tough, seaworthy and the extraordinary beauty of her lines was appreciated by keen eyed sailors. At the begining of 1990's it was decided to convert her to a tall ship and really take advantage of her wonderful shape.

She was refitted with all the comforts of a modern tall ship, involving an extensive and loving conversion. The metamorphosis from fishing vessel to elegant three-masted barquentine took place gently, in style and with a real sense of tradition. Being a barquentine means that there are three mast. The front mast is square-rigged and the remaining masts rigged fore and aft. 

Tall Ship Antigua Barquentine Sail plan
Tall Ship Antigua Barquentine Sail plan

 

Captain, crew and wildlife guides on tall ship Antigua
Captain, crew and wildlife guides on tall ship Antigua

Quiz the Captain and Arctic guides about wildlife

Current sailing grounds

Kit List for Antigua

trekking ashore in the summer arctic circle

Kit List for Antigua

Included


Sailing instruction 
Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
Bed linen, duvet, pillows and towels. (We always recommend taking a towel with you as the ones provided tend to be quite small.)


What's Not Included

Waterproof jacket and trousers
Travel to and from the start and end port. 
Optional trips or tours taken ashore
Meals if taken ashore
Drinks (except tea, coffee and water)

What to bring

Your bar bill will be paid for with cash in the local currency at the end of the trip, Euro's are also accepted. Card payments are not accepted onboard. 

There is limited storage space on Antigua so please pack all you belongings in a soft rucksack or bag.

Sporty, casual clothing (suitable for wind, weather and rain).

  • Footwear: Shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. 
  • Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies. 
  • Suntan lotion & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit
  • Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves
  • Clothes that dry quickly like fleeces and thermals. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers. Wool jumpers are warm, even when wet, but can take a while to dry. Merino wool type shirts are good for under layers.
  • Small rucksack for going ashore and drinking bottle
  • Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets
  • Passport 
  • Personal medicines/ spectacles/ seasick tablets –check which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on regular medication.
  • Camera/binoculars etc
  • You are welcome to bring musical instruments
Crew guides on Antigua
Crew guides on Antigua
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Antigua - Reviews

Antigua crew ashore

23/05/19 - Svalbard Voyage

As mentioned on the phone, I can’t sing the praises of our lead guide Sarah highly enough. She was professional, approachable, knowledgeable and kind. Just how a guide should be - we would love to sail with her again.  R Ripley

23/05/2019 - Svalbard on Antigua

What was the best bit?

Seeing polar bears and beluga whales, followed by putting up every sail on the ship

23/05/2019 - Svalbard 

What did you think of the accommodation onboard? Excellent

Did you have enough personal attention? Excellent

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew? Excellent

What did you think of the food quality? Excellent

Any other comments? Fantastic trip, the crew and guides were really great.

 

Our Svalbard trip - Whole Ship Booking

We had the most amazing time! It far exceeded our expectations in every way. We saw 4 polar bears, Arctic fox, reindeer, minke and beluga whales, geese and Harbour seals amongst other things. Our captain Jo was outstanding, adventurous, flexible and personable, he took us to places no other skippers would consider.  Antigua is perfect for these climes, accommodating, comfortable, warm, steady, quiet and beautiful under sail (we got into the Zodiak to motor around her and take pics, quite something when she was doing about 4-5 knots!). We cannot praise highly enough the whole crew, from Sacha and his galley team who cooked amazing meals, to our guide Michelle who, along with Jele and Alex, showed us so much and shared their incredible knowledge, and Daniel and Ute who got us safely on and off the boat to go ashore every day, twice a day, and instructed us under sail.  They were all fabulous.

It is a real trip of a lifetime and the 10 friends we brought with us said that none of them would ever have considered visiting that part of the world if we hadn't suggested they come with us. For all of us it has been the most memorable trip imaginable." Anna PF

5/07/2018 - Svalbard Voyages

We are back in Longyearbyen! After a two week trip with a lot of artists and such amazing guides, here’s our review.......first day blue whales and polar bears. A mother with two cubs on a piece of floating ice....what a magic moment. We took our jumpers off and sun bathed, it was so sunny! We SAILED all the way up to Rossøya and back - the most northern point of Spitsbergen. Even more polar bears later, such a lot of wildlife! It was tough work for the all of us to keep her sailing. Night watches, landings, hikes, and I heard so often........how can we explain all of this back home?

antigue customer comments

Ships Log in Spitsbergen - Summer 2019

After a few weeks Antigua will arrive tomorrow in Longyearbyen again! 4 weeks, nearly 3000 miles, 50 spotted bears, lot of walruses and whales so many beautiful impressions! Sailed full rigged around the South cape and made 10.5 knots. So many happy people. Rossøya and Kvitøya we made. Followed the old Conquerer tracks. So much Trapper History. Thnx all you great people for joining us. Rolf Stange and Kristina (Spitzbergen.de) Danke Danke Danke! Alex thnx! Many thanks to the Antigua Crew! Nothing without you. Captain Mario will leave on Monday. And be back in October. Kevin will take over and will sail many more great Antigua trips!

 

Longyearbyren Guest Recommendations

Longyearbyen hotel: I booked our party into Basecamp Explorer for the night before we boarded. It was really excellent and we'd highly recommend it along with the next door restaurant Kroa which was also excellent."

Svalbard Season Summer 2019

What was the best bit?

Seeing polar bears and beluga whales, followed by putting every sail on the ship up. - Jeremy W. 

tall ship Antigua under full sail
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The majority of our sailors sail on their own. The boats will always ensure that solo sailors sharing the same cabin are the same sex. Sole occupancy is available on some vessels which will have an extra % charge which varies by vessel.

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