Svalbard Ski and Sail Norway

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Hey Skiers!  I have to tell you about this trip.  This June had a blast guiding in Svalbard, Norway.  Svalbard is an island chain north of Norway on the Arctic Circle where the Polar Bears live. IMG_1752.TRIM.MOV We did not see Polar Bears, which is probably a good thing.  We did see seals, walruses, blue whales, reindeer, and arctic fox.  In addition, we enjoyed loads of arctic birds many of whom migrate from Antarctica every summer.  IMG_1679

The Blue Whale

The Blue Whales were the biggest treat!  There are only about 250 in the world and they are the largest mammals ever to live at 100′ long.  Their tongues weight as much as an elephant and their hearts are the size of an automobile.  They are graceful in the water, not shy at all, and have a lovely sound that helped us find them in the ocean.  We watched 2 of them play for an hour or so.  They come up for air two or three times with their sleeks backs slowly emerging above the surface of the ocean.  Then they flip their tales in the air and dive to the depths below.  They resurface every 6-7 minutes to greet the outside world again.  I felt honored to be in their presence.

 

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Every day we adorned new terrain carefully chosen for the best snow conditions, maximum fun, and ultimate safety.  Given that the sun never sets this time of year, we could ski anytime of day.  For our trip we were looking for the sun most of the time to be hitting the slopes giving us nice sun softened ski conditions.  We generally found just that and immensely enjoyed superb spring skiing.  Blessed as we were with mostly sunny days, we chased the sun.  When we had a cloudy day we found aspect did not matter, given that for us it did not freeze over night so we still had corn skiing as it did not refreeze.

IMG_1536We carefully choose terrain where we could ski and not trigger avalanches as several hazards existed.  There was a slab hazard due to a faceted layer 30cm down on all aspects.  We also had some isothermal snowpack conditions with wet slab concerns.   Never the less, we found fun safe skiing and had a blast.  The terrain is absolutely spectacular and endlessly pleasing to the eye.

We skied with a rifle, shotgun, and flare gun on this trip between our two groups.  It is not common to see a bear yet one must be prepared.  We clearly intended safety and fun everyday!

Sleep

Sleeping may have been the biggest challenge as the time change from here is 8 hours.  Beyond that it was constantly so sunny and beautiful that I never wanted to go to sleep.   In addition, it was so fun to hang out with this crew of great people including Nick and Estella who run the boat that it gave me another reason to present with this experience into the night.  I did find that when we were motoring in the boat at night that I totally loved the gentle rock of the boat on the graceful waves.  It made me yearn for a rocking bed again as when I was a baby.  We never had rough waters so there was no sea sickness for anyone.

The Sky Dancer

This is such a cool boat!  The S/Y SkyDancer of Longyearbyen is a 73 ft steel and alu schooner built in Denmark and completed in 2007.  Nick and Estella make close friends with all who come play on their boat.  I can’t wait to get back there again!  Next time I am taking my yoga mat to do yoga on the deck!  Come join me!

The Food

YUM!!!  Thanks Estella for your wonderful cooking.  What a treat the waffles were with brown cheese, sour cream and jelly everyday after skiing!  Let’s just say that we did not lose weight on this trip despite lots of hiking and skiing everyday!

 

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Want to read my other BLOG on this trip?  It has a mindfulness flare where I talk about my Heart Opening Journey !

 

Upcoming Adventures:

Next years ski trips are booking fast.  Here is what we want to offer to you for maximizing your fun and adventure this coming year.  We will also dream with you so let us know your interest!

SKI AND SAIL NORWAY, Lyngen – April

SKI AND SAIL SVALBARD–  May/June

HELI-SKI KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA – March-May

VALDEZ HELI/ TOURING ALASKA – March

SOUTH AMERICA VOLCANO SKIING – September/October

ANTARCTICA SKIING – November

 

Email us to plan a ski trip of your dreams!

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Longyearbyen, Norway Svalbard Islands

Longyearbyen, Norway Svalbard Islands

 

 

 

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