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Sailing and Photography Adventure, North and West of Spitsbergen (Svalbard)

Barquentine ‘Antigua’ runs regular 8 night summer sailing and wildlife expeditions to Spitsbergen. There are wildlife experts on board with considerable arctic experience to help you spot polar bears, walrus, cetaceans both at sea and ashore and it is a bird watchers paradise

Embark
Tue, 10-09-2019 - 14:00
Longyearbyen
Disembark
Wed, 18-09-2019 - 12:00
Longyearbyen
Duration
8 Nights
Vessel
Antigua
Voyage No.
AN1902

Berths and voyage availability

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Antigua- Sailing and Photography Voyage in Spitsbergen

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Nature lovers or photography enthusiasts yearning to explore the edge of the Arctic circle whilst sailing a magnificent tall ship. This voyage is a bird watcher’s paradise, wildlife guides are onboard to help you spot polar bears, walrus and cetaceans both at sea and ashore. Specialist photography experts are also on hand to show you how to take the best wildlife and landscape photos amongst the glaciers and jagged mountain tops. Enjoy the scenery, take the helm, hoist the sails, or relax in the atmospheric saloon, retiring in the evening to your comfortable 2 berth cabins with central heating. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wildlife guide and professional photography expert. 
  • Polar bear spotting
  • Extraordinary expeditions on an adventure holiday with a difference
  • Three masted tall ship sailing within the Arctic Circle
  • Spacious saloon, bar and central heating.
  • Comfortable two berth cabins with en-suite facilities
Tall Ship Antigua in Spitsbergen

Adventure Sailing on a Tall Ship in Spitsbergen

Barquentine ‘Antigua’ runs regular 8 night summer sailing and wildlife expeditions to Spitsbergen. There are wildlife experts on board with considerable arctic experience to help you spot polar bears, walrus, cetaceans both at sea and ashore and it is a bird watchers paradise. Nothing beats being able to climb the rigging or go out on the bowsprit netting and watch this magnificent sailing ship as it slips silently through the water. Her voyages start from Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen /Svalbard so you maximise your time in the Arctic Circle.

The price is fixed in euros and includes all sailing training, accommodation aboard, meals and guided wildlife and cultural trips ashore.  Antigua is licensed for worldwide charter up to 32 guest crew can join her for this voyage. You are encouraged to join the watches and take part in sailing, so this is a great activity holiday in the style of polar explorers from a by gone era.

On the September voyages there will be a specialist photographer with plenty of experience to teach you about taking wildlife and landscape photos. Living on a tall ship with blocks and tackles creates a chance for action sailing shots all around you and the bonus of a birds eye view of wildlife from high up in the rigging. You can capture some really professional looking images.


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. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Glaciers and Jagged Mountain Tops

You will join Antigua in the afternoon and be greeted by the crew and captain, once you have settled into your cabin the crew will run over some welcome briefings and explain everything about the ship to you. After leaving port, the ship glides through the waters of Isfjord. The route takes you along the west and north coast of Spitsbergen. The captain and tour leader look for the most beautiful spots for excursions, of course always depending on weather, wind and ice conditions. If the winds are favourable, the sails of the impressive three-master are all set and you are more than welcome to join the crew in doing so. You will sail along the magnificent coast, riddled with glaciers on the jagged mountain tops that give Spitsbergen its name. The ship of course has a motor as well, so if the winds are unfavorable or even absent, we can still reach our next destination. In case of longer distances, we will sail through the night; otherwise we will lie on anchor, sheltered in a fjord.

Tall Ship Antigua in the Ice

Our land excursions take us to the remnants of different periods of Spitsbergen’s history, for example blubber ovens and the graves near old whaling stations, trapper huts, weather stations and collieries. Famous explorers like Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile also left traces of their expeditions. The more experienced walkers can make a longer walk on the tundra or a light mountain climb to a beautiful view point. But in general the land excursions last between two and three hours. The snow and ice make the scenery look particularly characterful. On the tundra, close encounters with reindeer and polar fox are very likely. At several places you might encounter walruses. Seals like bearded seal and ringed seal we may expect almost everywhere.

We can't promise of course, but with a bit of luck whales will show themselves. These waters are mainly inhabited by minke whales and belugas as well as fin whales. Polar bears can be found anywhere, but despite their huge size, can be difficult to spot.  We sail deep into fjords towards the fascinating glacier snouts and glide past the varied and marvelous arctic landscapes. After 9 days in the wild you will return to Longyearbyen. 

Polar Bear Beside Tall Ship Antigua
Rolf Strange

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

It is important that you have suitable gloves, layers, thermals and a warm hat so as not to struggle handling ropes on deck. The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year, high winds and calm seas are just as likely as the other. Either way, the working crew will try their utmost to ensure you get the most out of this adventure. Good sturdy rubber boots are vital for stepping into the icy water when getting in and out of the dinghy. 

In 1596 Willem Barentsz discovered snow covered mountains 600 miles further north than Norway and called it Spitsbergen. The archipelago is now called Svalbard and the climate is principally a result of its latitude. The temperatures during September are likely to be just above freezing and with any wind, this will make it feel considerably colder. Take a look at the kit list to ensure you are prepared and wrap up warm! 

Polar Bear Close Up

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

  • Sailing Tuition 
  • Safety Equipment
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner.
  • Bed sheets and linen etc 
  • Additional shipping costs and port charges. 
  • Tours ashore and expert guides

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Waterproofs 
  • Transport to and from the port
  • Drinks onboard, there is a bar where you can purchase beverages. 

 

 

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Colourful Houses on Svalbard
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. 

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.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Colourful Houses on Svalbard
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. 

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.

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

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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