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Minimum 10, maximum 12
Wide open slopes to steep couloirs and glaciated terrain
Avg. daily ascension 1000-1800 meters, 1-3 descents per day
S/V Linden

This is a true ski touring adventure, in one of the planets most interesting and breathtaking destinations. Svalbard offers an incredible combination of world class ski touring, Arctic wildlife and nature exploration. No other place in the polar regions allows for such spectacular skiing under the never setting midnight sun with the possible opportunity of observing walruses, polar bears, whales, seals, arctic foxes and reindeer in their natural environment. Add to that the giant glaciers, fjords, towering peaks and icebergs along with it’s very interesting history of Arctic Exploration, and Svalbard ticks all the boxes for an excellent overall adventure.

Our home away from home for this program is the S/V Linden which is not only Europe’s biggest wooden Schooner but without a doubt one of the most stunningly beautiful ships sailing the Arctic waters. At just under 160 feet in length this grand dame of the high seas makes for a spectacular base camp for our ski touring adventure. Despite her classic looks, the Linden is actually a new ship, built in 1993 in the Åland islands of the Baltic Sea. The Linden has an ice strengthened hull and all the modern day navigation aids and safety equipment. 

With her 7 guest cabins, all with private bathrooms and showers, two spacious lounges, full bar and Sauna, the Linden’s beautiful wooden interior can be described as luxurious and very spacious. Add to that the huge deck space and you will most certainly feel like you are on a ship and not a boat. Captain and owner Rasmus and his great crew are a true pleasure to hang out with and the food is truly something. Organic produce from the vessels greenhouse and fresh fish from the fjords can be expected along with some tasty Reindeer and other great mouth watering feasts.

Dates & Prices

Prices start at: 55.000.- NOK per person (Approximately EUR 5,700 or USD 6,700 based on current exchange rate). 
Please contact us for further information.

Available upon request in May and June. GROUP BOOKINGS only.


  • 6 nights accommodation in double and triple cabins on the S/V Linden
  • All food onboard the Linden, starting with welcome dinner and ending with lunch on day 7
  • 1 night at the Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen with breakfast, in double rooms
  • The services of 2 certified ski guides for the duration of the trip
  • The services of one Naturalist expedition Leader onboard the Linden
  • The rental of bear protection equipment (rifles and flare guns carried by guides)
  • Airport transfers
  • Use of emergency equipment and communications

Not included 

  • Flights
  • Equipment Rental
  • Alcoholic Beverages (please bring cash for the Linden bar)
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Dinner in Longyearbyen on the last night and lunch on the last day
  • Docking fees in Barentsburg (apprxm. 120 NOK per person)
  • Gratuities

A typical day-to-day itinerary


We arrive in Longyearbyen in the early afternoon with a flight from Oslo. Last minute shopping and preparation before we set sails heading west to our first ski touring objective. A welcome dinner will be served and we settle into our onboard routine and get to know the crew of the Linden. The guides will present the plan for the coming days based on the current conditions and the groups objectives.

DAY 2 - 6

We will sail our way up the west coast of the Svalbard archipelago and ski the most spectacular spots along the way. Every morning we will make landfall using our dingy to ferry skiers ashore where we spend all day skiing and enjoying the spectacular nature. After each day of skiing whilst we enjoy cold drinks and some Sauna, the Linden will sail to the next days objective. Each trip is different but we will make sure to stop for wildlife observation as well as some human observations such as the village of Nye Alesund. This is the northernmost functional civilian settlement in the world at 78 degrees north with a permanent population of 30 people and only 1234 km away from the North Pole. Another very interesting destination is the Russian coal mining town of Barentsburg where the ambiance of the Soviet Union thrives with its Lenin statues, orthodox temple and architecture.



This will be our last day of skiing but we will make the most of it before sailing back to Longyearbyen where we will enjoy an evening at the renowned Basecamp Hotel, feast on a farewell dinner and maybe sample the nightlife in this vibrant little polar capital.


Free morning to roam around town, visit the polar museum and stock up on some souvenirs before we head to the airport in the early afternoon and fly back to Oslo.



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Packing List


  • Waterproof Jacket – Lightweight + breathable (good to have a ultra-light snow shedding jacket)
  • Waterproof pants - lightweight + breathable (Good to have venting zippers)
  • Base layer (wool or synthetic, recommend multiple thinner top layers)
  • Soft Shell pants (Optional)
  • Soft Shell or fleece jacket (Optional)
  • Down or fibre jacket for colder days and lunch in the field.
  • Thicker down or fibre jacket for the days on deck and wildlife viewing.
  • Fleece or wool jumper mid layer or equivalent.
  • Warm Hat
  • Neck gaiter, Buff and or Facemask
  • Warm Ski Gloves (thin and thick pair)
  • Ski socks (3 pair of wool or equivalent)
  • General streetwear (for dinners and town walks)
  • Swimsuit
  • Hiking boots/winter boots


  • Skis (Ski touring, telemark, or split board) Recommend 95-115mm underfoot
  • *Ski touring boots / snowboard boots.
  • Ski straps – used to attach skis on backpack during climbs.
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons (Must have)
  • Ski poles, preferably adjustable. (Snowboarders should consider using a three-peace ski pole to attach to the backpack during descents)
  • Transceiver
  • Avalanche probe (240cm or longer)
  • Shovel
  • Backpack 35-45 liter with ski attachments
  • Helmet (Optional but recommended)
  • Ski goggles



  • Sun + lip cream
  • Water Container + Thermos
  • Sunglasses
  • Repair kit and spare parts. (Bring spare parts specific to your bindings and boots. The guides will carry a full repair kit so keep yours light).
  • Personal medications + blister kit
  • Earplugs and eyeshades
  • Camera
  • Toiletries (Toothbrush, paste, shaver etc.)
  • Passport
  • Necessary chargers, cords, and adapters


Please have your ski boots in carry on baggage during your flights. 


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  • How much experience do I need to have?

    It depends on a few things such as your group and program, but every skier needs to be a fit intermediate skier and be able to ski under control in off-piste terrain. Keep in mind that ski touring does require a certain basic level of physical fitness to minimize risk and be enjoyable. We recommend that you have the basic core strength to ski in a variety of conditions. The best training you can do for ski touring is ski touring. It is best not to go into any extended trip without finding the time to get in a few days of ski touring in advance to make sure that your feet are conditioned to your boots and that you are comfortable with using the equipment. We strongly recommend guests to bring their own ski touring equipment, especially their own boots. 

    We recommend that you are able to do the following: 

    - Ski fall line in most snow conditions (powder to wind affected snow). 
    - Make parallel or stem-christie turns on 35° groomed or firm snow. 
    - Side-slip on firm slopes up to 35°.
    - Kick turns facing in or facing out on 30° slopes.
    - Skate on level terrain
    - Ski black diamond runs at ski areas efficiently and in most snow conditions.
    - Climb at least 1000 meters per day.

    The amount of skiing done in a day is up to you and your fitness level but as an average I would say that we get around 1000-1800m of climbing and descent in a day with our typical moderate to strong guests. 

    *If you are concerned about being joined with other skiers of different abilities then we recommend joining a Private program.

  • Why choose Bergmenn Mountain Guides

    There are several reasons for choosing Bergmenn Mountain Guides. Please visit our WHY BERGMENN page for further information

    • Adventure of a lifetime
    • Chance to ski from the peak right down to the  Ocean (*on our Iceland, Svalbard and Antarctica trips)
    • Iceland's only certified Mountain Guides with over 20 years of experience operating ski trips on the Troll Peninsula and around the world
    • Unique cultural experience
    • Awesome food and company
  • Can snowboarders join your programs?

    Of course!  We do not discriminate against our single board friends as long as you bring your own split board.  Although our guides use skis for guiding they have years of experience guiding snowboarders and are very conscious in choosing the appropriate terrain when necessary (so no long flat runouts!).  Please be aware that we do not carry split boards in our rental fleet guests must bring their own splitboards. 

  • Can you accommodate skiers with special dietary needs?

    Please advise us by making note of any special needs or allergies on your booking form when reserving your trip. If we know in advance we can prepare and accommodate you no matter what your dietary needs are. The only food not readily available in Iceland is Kosher food.

  • Are the guides experienced ski guides?

    Professionalism and good service is what Bergmenn Mountain Guides are all about. We are Iceland's only certified mountain guides and therefore uphold standards that are well beyond any other operation in the country. Each one of our guides has undergone a strict training and exam process specializing them in risk assessment in the mountain environment. All BMG guides hold a current WFR certificate as well. It is our view that this is crucial, given the fact that mountain related activities are far from being risk free. Please refer to our Safety page for find further information on guides certifications.

  • Can you make custom trips for groups?

    We are happy to organize a custom program for your group. Please send us an email via our Contact form or give us a call at +354.858.3000 to start planning your adventure!