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Ocean Warrior #Resolute Expedition Leg 1: Svalbard to Plymouth

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Wed 25-06-2025, 13:00Longyearbyen, Svalbard Wed 16-07-2025, 13:00Plymouth, UK Linden 21 NightsOW250625

21 nights aboard the Artic expert Ocean Warrior’s Expedition Ship Linden, sailing from within 700 miles of the North Pole to Plymouth, via coastal Norway, the Shetland Isles and the entire East Coast of the UK. This expedition will be led by renowned polar explorer Jim McNeill. Together with the other 81 voyages of the Ocean Warrior Project, the focus will be on gathering critical scientific evidence on the changing health of our planet.

Please note: you can either self-fund your expedition, or aim to fundraise / secure sponsorship to cover your place. Should you wish to fundraise, the Ocean Warrior team will support you in this process. Either way, please complete the application form by following the ‘Next Steps’ button above. The Application Form does not require payment.

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Spectacular landscapes.

Fascinating geology.

The chance to spot polar bears, walrus and narwhals in Svalbard.

Form a tight-knit team with the professional sailing crew, scientists, researches and content creators on board ship with you.

Learn the ropes aboard a stunning three-masted schooner.

Sail over 2,500 nautical miles through varied and exciting sailing grounds.

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Vessel type / Rig 3-Masted Schooner
Guest Berths 12
Beam 8.8 m
Draft 3.1 m
Overall Length 49.5 m
Year Built 1993
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Voyage Description

Happy crew member on the bowsprit of Linden, sailing on an expedition to Svalbard with Classic Sailing

Be a Part of the #Resolute Expedition

You’ll join Ocean Warrior’s Expedition Ship Linden’ at Longyearbyen in Svalbard, with its fascinating wildlife and statuesque landscapes. Arriving here shortly after the summer solstice, it will be light round the clock. Truly a land of the midnight sun.

Before departure you’ll be fully familiarised with the ship, including undergoing safety training and drills, as well as settling in to life on board and getting to know the rest of the crew.

The first leg of your voyage will take you across the Barents Sea via Bear Island to Tromsø, also known as the Arctic Capital, and home to the most northerly university in the world. From here Ocean Warrior’s Expedition Ship Linden will sail through the stunning Lofoten Islands, with dreamlike night watches in the light of the never-setting sun. Turning inland for a stopover at Harstad and Bodø, you’ll experience the beauty of the Norwegian mainland, with its high-sided fjords and jagged peaks.

Setting out across the North Sea, your next landfall is the Shetland Islands, before sailing the entire East Coast of the UK and up the Thames into London. Sailing into the Capital is a unique experience, and gives the city a completely different perspective.

Here there will be a launch event to celebrate the inaugural voyage of the Resolute Expedition, of which you, the voyage crew, have been an integral part.

Departing London once more, it’s time to head South and then South West, through the busy Dover Strait and into the English Channel, heading for Plymouth, your final destination. Here, Ocean Warrior’s Expedition Ship Linden will be loaded with the scientific equipment she’ll need to continue her Expedition to Resolute Bay, Canada.

Read more about the Ocean Warrior Project

Science on board

The crew will comprise postdoctoral scientists and citizen scientists as well as professional crew.

Core Science

We are yet to confirm the exact nature of the science but it will include the following:

This decade long mission will demonstrate that using a traditional sailing vessel equipped with state of the art autonomous scientific instrumentation can address key questions in polar ocean and climate research, including:

Air Sea Carbon Dioxide fluxes: What controls the spatial and temporal variability of oceanic CO2 uptake?

Phytoplankton community dynamics: What determines the distribution patterns of plankton? How and why do plankton communities change in response to short- and long-term, natural and anthropogenic perturbations?

Validation of ocean colour satellites: Are phytoplankton biomass and/or community structure changing at global, basin and regional scales?

Changes in ocean chemistry and physical structure: At what rate is climate change impacting ocean structure (e.g., heat content and stratification) and ocean chemistry (e.g., pH, O2), and what functional changes is this bringing about?

Seabird and sea mammal biodiversity. (AI camera / spotters)

Invasive species – environmental DNA




In addition, Ocean Warrior will deliver an open access and FAIR data management architecture that establishes a standards-based data pipeline covering collection, storage, quality control, and delivery to users.

Our goal is to equip a traditional sailing vessel with science, marine autonomy, citizen science and outreach to deliver net zero oceanography in a near real time capacity.

Ocean Warrior Project Fact Sheet



Although you’ll be joining the ship only 700 miles from the North Pole, it will be Arctic Summer, and the temperatures on Svalbard will be a a relatively balmy 3°C to 7°C. Wind speeds average 6 to 10 knots, although Svalbard is a meeting place for mild southern and cold northern air, often creating low pressures and potentially high wind speeds on occasion.

The weather along coastal Norway can also be changeable, but is at its most settled in the summer months. Your passage across the North Sea to Shetland, and then South down the length of the British Isles, will very likely be a mixed bag. There will be glorious summer days with a fine sailing breeze and relatively flat seas, but you should also expect some choppier days and the infamous British rain to make an appearance. The Dover Strait can be particularly rough at times, as the Atlantic funnels through a tiny gap into the North Sea. The professional crew will time your passage through the Strait based on the most up to date weather forecast in order to avoid poor conditions.


The Ocean Warrior voyages are real expeditions, not adventure holidays. These trips will be fascinating, educational and inspiring but something they won’t be is relaxing! You’ll be learning to sail the ship with the professional crew, forming part of a navigational watch, joining in with data collection and citizen science projects and generally being a core member of the team during your time on board.


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 

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A map of the route of the Resolute Expedition, part of the Ocean Warrior Project. Join the adventure through Classic Sailing

Start & End Port

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

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.


Unveiling the Wonders of Longyearbyen, Svalbard: A Unique Arctic Gem


  1. How to Get There:

Longyearbyen, nestled in the remote archipelago of Svalbard, promises an extraordinary travel experience. Although it is situated far north, there are various ways to reach this Arctic paradise:


– From the UK: To reach Longyearbyen from the UK, the most convenient option is to take a flight. Many airlines offer connecting flights from different UK airports, with Oslo or Tromsø being a common layover. From Oslo, you can catch a domestic flight to Longyearbyen. Consider airlines such as SAS, Norwegian, or Widerøe for available routes.


– From Europe: Similarly, flying is the most practical choice for travellers coming from Europe. Major cities like Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki offer connecting flights to Longyearbyen. Keep in mind that most flights from Europe to Longyearbyen connect through Tromsø in Norway. From Tromsø, you can continue your journey with a domestic flight to Longyearbyen.


– From North America: Travellers from North America can reach Longyearbyen by flying. Look for flights that connect through major European hubs like Oslo or Tromsø. Several airlines, including SAS, Norwegian, and Finnair, operate flights that can take you to Longyearbyen from North America with convenient layovers.


– From Australia: Getting to Longyearbyen from Australia involves multiple connections and considerable travel time. The most common route is to fly from Australia to a major European city, such as London or Frankfurt. From there, connect to Longyearbyen via Oslo or Tromsø. Plan your journey carefully, considering layover times and available flights.

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. The bus will cost about NOK 100 per person, the taxi about NOK 250 per taxi.


  1. What to Do in Longyearbyen:

Longyearbyen offers an array of captivating activities and attractions to enjoy during your visit, whether you have a day or several days to explore:


– History and Culture: Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Svalbard by visiting the Svalbard Museum. Discover the tales of early polar explorers, the region’s mining heritage, and the remarkable wildlife that calls this Arctic haven home.


– Sites of Interest to Sailors: Longyearbyen’s location along the western coast of Svalbard grants access to breathtaking fjords and pristine Arctic waters. Embark on a boat tour to witness majestic glaciers, encounter Arctic wildlife such as polar bears and seals, and bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding landscapes.


– Entertainment and Dining: Despite its small size, Longyearbyen offers an enticing entertainment scene. Explore cosy pubs and bars where you can mingle with locals and fellow travellers, sharing stories and experiences. When it comes to dining, indulge in Arctic cuisine at restaurants like Huset, where you can savour delectable dishes crafted from local ingredients like reindeer, seal, and Arctic fish.


– Nature and Unique Features: Longyearbyen serves as a gateway to extraordinary natural wonders. Join guided tours to witness the enchanting Northern Lights during the winter months, or engage in summer activities like hiking and wildlife spotting. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Global Seed Vault, a remarkable facility safeguarding the world’s crop diversity for future generations.


Longyearbyen’s geographical location provides unique experiences such as the polar night during winter and the midnight sun during summer, showcasing the extreme contrasts of the Arctic climate.


Whether you’re seeking adventure, cultural immersion, or an opportunity to explore a remote and captivating destination, Longyearbyen and the captivating landscapes of Svalbard are certain to leave an indelible impression on your travel memories.

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

Plymouth, UK

There are several marina docks in Plymouth.

For Pegasus, Johanna Lucretia and Moosk: Please meet at “the Hanger Car Park” in Plymouth Yacht Haven car park, Turnchapel. PL9 9XH (See below for directions – Parking in the marina is free.)

For Grayhound: voyages will start from Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk. If it is any different you will be informed by the skipper before the day of arrival. She is often the only wooden masted ship in this harbour, so it will be easy to spot her three black masts. Address: Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS. – see info below.

Mayflower Marina – for Grayhound

Mayflower Marina is to the west of the city centre, and has some long pontoons so is often used for our larger vessels. It is only about a 10 minute taxi from Plymouth Railway Station. There is secure parking within the marina for a daily parking fee.

Vehicular access to the marina is restricted by a car park barrier, there is a card reader / intercom pedestal. If you do not have an access fob please follow the instructions on the intercom pedestal.

Car park charges are two hours free then £1 for 1 hour over the free period, £2 for 2 hours over the free period and then £5 for up to 22 hours after the free period. It is requested that the owners of parked cars leave their keys in the marina office in case the car has to be moved for operational reasons.

Mayflower Marina Office 01752 556633 Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS

Plymouth Yacht Haven /Mountbatten Marina / Turnchapel – for Pegasus, Moosk and Johanna Lucretia

This marina has had several changes of name over the years so you may find skippers referring to it as Turnchapel / Mountbatten Marina – Allow at least 25 minutes to get from A38 Marsh Mills Roundabout Plymouth city centre exit road to Turnchapel by car. It does have FREE long term parking in the marina.

If you are travelling by public transport the most direct route is a 10 minute yellow ferry (foot passengers only) from the Barbican Pub straight to Mountbatten next to Plymouth Yacht Haven.  A taxi ride all the way around the Plym estuary would be quite expensive. See Mountbatten Ferry website for ferry mobile phone or enquiries

The postcode for Sat Nav users is PL9 9XH / Google maps


  • Turn left off A38 at Marsh Mills roundabout onto A374 signed Plymouth City Centre.
  • After 1 1/4 mile get into left hand lane and follow signs for Kingsbridge A379.

  • This takes you across Laira Bridge where you will see the first signs for Mount Batten and Turnchapel.

  • After crossing the Laira Bridge, at the first roundabout turn right.

  • At the next roundabout (mini) take the second exit, cross pedestrian lights, and continue straight on until traffic lights at crossroads.
  • Turn right and then go straight through a second set of lights.
  • Keep on this road (for approx 1 1/2 miles) until you come to a roundabout.
  • Turn right into Plymouth Yacht Haven.

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Kit List

What to pack for an Ocean Warrior Expedition ship Linden

What is Included:

  • Three meals per day on board
  • All safety equipment, including lifejackets
  • Your bunk, a towel and warm bedding
  • An Ocean Warrior branded Henri Lloyd offshore sailing jacket, yours to keep (worth £750)

What is Not Included:

  • Travel to and from your voyage, including any accommodation ashore
  • Alcohol. There is a bar on board where drinks and snacks can be purchased. Note that consumption of alcohol is at the strict discretion of the Skipper and is never permitted when watch-keeping.

What to Bring

Ocean Warrior branded kit, including Henri Lloyd sailing waterproofs, is available to participants with a 20% discount through Global Warrior Expedition Basecamp. Contact them to discuss what you need. We'd highly recommend talking to Basecamp to make sure you've got everything to keep you safe, warm and dry during your time on board.

  • Waterproofs: you will need good wind and water-proof trousers and a jacket. High-chest sailing salopettes are ideal. You will be provided with an offshore sailing jacket.
  • Warm waterproof boots with good grip (for deck and ashore). Bring a second set, so you'll have something warm and dry if one pair gets wet.
  • A warm hat (ear flaps are a bonus!), mittens or gloves (waterproof if possible) and a warm tubular snood for round your neck (these are better than a long scarf which can get whipped away in the wind and caught in the lines).
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - think in layers: For the torso- a warm baselayer (natural wool is great), a mid layer and a warm wool or fleece jumper. For the legs- thermal underwear (silk or wool are both great), a mid layer of leggings or trousers and then your wind and waterproof outer layer.
  • Several pairs of thick warm socks, plus some slimmer socks so you can double-layer these too.
  • A small waterproof rucksack for taking ashore with you.
  • Sunglasses and spectacles. We highly recommend a cord / neck strap for your glasses.
  • A pair of decent binoculars: having your own pair means you won't miss any wildlife spotting opportunities!
  • Moisturiser with SPF, including lip balm. Your skin can dry out quickly in cold air, and the sun is surprisingly strong, especially when reflecting from the sea, ice and snow.
  • Any medication, including seasickness tablets or pressure-point wristbands (talk to your pharmacist and see our article on seasickness)
  • Your own logbook and / or journal for keeping track of your adventures.
  • Your camera and other electronics, including chargers and good waterproof cases. Sockets on board are European. Make sure any valuable devices are covered by your travel insurance.

N.B. Please don't use a rigid suitcase or a bag with a rigid frame. Soft bags are much easier to fold up and stow. Also don't bring any expensive jewellery or other valuables, unless you have specific insurance to cover it.


The Oceans have been my life since I was a teenager. I love the awesome beauty, the serenity, the frenetic chaos and the overwhelming power. To think that we as humans have taken advantage of and abused our oceans to the point of serious damage is horrifying. Which is why I was honoured when Jim and Sam asked me to be Patron of their critically important project.

Over the next 11 years, Ocean Warrior will train ordinary people from all walks of life and many nations to benchmark, measure and monitor - 'ground-truth' - exactly what is happening for our partner scientific organisations.

What's more, they will do this by the power of the wind, teaching the participants to sail in the process. This by anyone's standards is an extraordinary endeavour and I'm delighted to help them in any way I can.

Ocean Warrior Patron: Tracy Edwards MBE

During my first conversation with Jim, I was impressed by his quiet confidence and solid enthusiasm. Since then I have come to learn the determination, dexterity, skills and knowledge of Jim and the crew behind the project, and am delighted to be associated with them. Global Warrior has all the potential of a truly great British first. Slightly mad and eccentric in conception, thorough and precise in planning and likely to prove ingenious and resolved in execution.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The terrain is exceptionally hostile and dangerous; but I am confident that Jim and his team will be successful... in conducting an environmentally vital transect of the Arctic Ocean. For as Ernest Shackleton said: "difficulties are just things to overcome".

Alexandra Shackleton

Learning to travel the hard way is not only the best way, but it's also the most memorable. I greatly admire all of you for having a go: believe me you won't forget the experience.

Michael Palin

We all think that the world has been 'discovered' and there are few areas that mankind has not reached. This is not so, and projects like this serve to explore these extremes and push back the boundaries of our knowledge, as well as the limits of those who take part.

Sir Chris Bonington
Ocean Warrior Project Fact Sheet

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