Cold Climate Sailing

Antigua – Svalbard Archipelago – Spitsbergen

Adventure Sailing on a Tall Ship in Svalbard – Spitsbergen


Barquentine ‘Antigua’ runs regular 8 night summer sailing and wildlife expeditions to Svalbard. Svalbard is the name of the whole archipelago and Spitsbergen (or Spitzbergen in some languages) is the largest island in the group.  

These voyages are very popular and fill up fast. 

There are wildlife experts on board with considerable arctic experience to help you spot polar bears, walrus, cetaceans both at sea and ashore. 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.

Read more about Svalbard -Spitsbergen and the off lying Bear Island on our Arctic destination pages

Walrus
Walrus

Special themed Photography Voyage

Join Antigua for 8 nights photography voyage  where the nights are darker and you have more chance of seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis), and the days have very special low light that makes the landscape photography opportunities quite awesome.  Combine this with living on a tall ship with blocks and tackles, 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 and you can capture some really professional looking images.  On the September voyages there will be a specialist photographer with plenty of experience to teach you about taking wildlife and landscape photos.

Take a look at Jan Erik Waider’s experience on the photography trip in 2018 on his website here. 

Photo by Rolf Stange
Photo by Rolf Stange

 

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