Constructed in 1956, 291 feet long, The North Star is one of the oldest vessels operating the coast of Svalbard. She became a cultural heritage and underwent an extensive restoration in 2013 and appears as she did back in the 1950s.
There are two operators operating flights from mainland Norway to Svalbard
Arrival – Monday 11th of May – with SAS (SK 4414) at 14:00. Earliest departure Friday 15th at 13:25 (SK 4491)
Arrival – Friday 15th of May – with SAS (SK 4490) at 12:40. Earliest departure Tuesday 19th at 14:45 (SK 4425)
Departure time from Longyearbyen with MS Nordstjernen is 17:00 on both dates, check-in from 15:00. On both departures you can spend the last night onboard the ship. Check out at 08:00 on Friday 15th and Tuesday 19th of May.
Svalbard is, unlike mainland Norway, outside the Schengen area, so passport identification is required for travels to and from Svalbard.
You can go by a shuttle bus or taxi from Longyearbyen Airport to the city centre. If you would like to extend your stay, you can find hotel accommodation through Visit Svalbard
It’s warm and dry inside the ship, so regular clothing is sufficient. However, bring a light fleece or down jacket for the general meetings or photo ops out on deck. Remember to bring clean sneakers/slippers for indoor use. Dirty boots will not be allowed.
Ski mountaineering in the high Arctic demands a certain safety framework. Our guides ensure the daily expeditions will be within these limits, but you are required to bring the following equipment:
- Shovel (no plastic blade)
- Avalanche beacon
- Avalanche probe
- Ski crampons (for advanced approaches)
It’s important to stay warm, dry and hydrated. The weather around Svalbard can change rapidly and you should be prepared for all sort of conditions.
Here’s a suggested packing list:
- Wool base layer
- Wool or fleece mid layer
- Woollen socks
- Wool beanie/hat with windproof liner
- Wind and water proof shell outer layer
- Down jacket insulation layer
- Warm gloves and/or mittens
- Water bottle
- First aid kit and blister band-aids
- Sun glasses and goggles
- Sun protection
It’s possible to dry wet clothes and equipment aboard the ship, but it’s also recommended to bring spare clothing.