As champions of the environment and educating youth on the wonders of the outdoors, MRA is proud to be partners with the Ice Axe Foundation. They not only promote positivity around the world, but they also create some amazing trips that inspire. With that being said, we would like to pass on the word about an upcoming trip they have planned that may be of interest to you mountain lovers…
In May 2012, Ice Axe is offering an exciting ski touring trip out of Spitsbergen, Norway. Join this intimate 10-person ski-sail adventure just 600 miles south of the North Pole, and explore a land of never-ending light and virtually untouched terrain.
It is recommended to have a minimum of advanced intermediate ski skills to enjoy this expedition. The group will be divided into two teams, and you will be placed with skiers of like ability. Ice Axe keeps the client to guide ratio 4:1; safety and your comfort being of the utmost importance.
This trip is aboard the 62 foot sailboat yacht Arctica II. The sailboat is used as a basecamp, but much of the time is spent off ship. There are no long crossings. Ski descents are only a few hours from Spitsbergen.
The small boat allows amazing versatility, including the use of zodiacs that allow simple access to shore for ski objectives and coming back to the boat for delicious, warm meals. The trip is limited to 8 clients per itinerary.
Included in your Spitsbergen Ski Cruise package:
*Ski guide services.
*Hotel night stay in Longyearbyen with continental breakfast
*Group transfers from the airport to the ship on embarkation and from the boat to the airport on disembarkation and all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges.
*Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board the boat.
*Shore landings and Zodiac excursions as permitted by weather and local conditions.
*Comprehensive pre-departure information package
*Airfares to or from your home city, whether on scheduled or charter flights
*Passport and visa expenses.
*Any government arrival and departure airport taxes.
*Ski or trekking equipment.
*Baggage, cancellation and travel insurance (emergency medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory. Ice Axe can help you to arrange this insurance if you need assistance. It is generally around $125.00 per person). Cancellation insurance is recommended and normally needs to be purchased within 14 days of placing deposit.
*Excess baggage charges.
*The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for guides and yacht personnel.
Day 1: Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Board Arctica II and begin journey with almost endless daylight.
Day 2-9: Cruise the fjords of Spitsbergen, Norway in search of excellent terrain and first descents. Trekking, kayaking and wildlife zodiac cruises also available. Onboard chef will provide excellent, warm meals upon return to ship.
Day 9: Return Longyearbyen, Norway and depart for flight home.
Check out more photos here: Arctic Circle Ski Adventure
Visit www.iceaxe.tv for more information or contact Ice Axe at 530.582.1246.
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