Forums Trip Reports Svalbard By Boat – May 2014 Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 15 total) Author Posts May 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm #580011 IrishGav 254 Posts I distinctly remember waking up on the flight from Tromso to Longyearbyen with a lot of commotion.I thought for a minute there was some sort of emergency onboard,but it was the few skiers who were jumping about trying to snap as many pictures of possible of an endless alpine mountain range interwoven with huge flat glaciers.Now i was really getting excited. Svalbard to me and many others was made famous by Jeremy Jones in the movie Further.Having already been to Antarctica,Haines,Japan and of course Chamonix where I recently moved to,I seem to continue my journey of following the great man around the planet being constantly inspired by his energy. Although this time unlike JJ I took a boat trip with Ice Axe Expeditions to explore the fjords looking for good skiing.Doug Stoup started this trip 4 years ago and they run 2 itineraries every year end of May and beginning of June – http://www.iceaxe.tv Our home for 8 days – Artica 2 – http://arcticaexpeditions.com Within an hour of sailing out of the capital Lonyearbyen we were greeted with this sort of thing Our first few days where socked in and snowy,it was still deep winter up here.We had no set agenda but to explore the fjords on the look out for Polar Bears and good Skiing. Flare Guns and Rifles are mandatory safety equipment in these parts ,Johan Jonsson @jonsbert was Polar Bear ready Up we go First big couloir of the trip As we sailed for better anchorage the light cleared a little to reveal a few tracks at the bottom Walrus spotted but still on the look out for Polar Bears… Another stormy day,another set of Couloirs Walk the beach over a scooch anyday Day 4 ,weather starts to clear and we head deep into a fjord in search of Polar Bears The Glaciers here are stunning Think we see something on the ice!! Mother and 2 cubs sat being quite as she stalks a seal over a ice hole With that boxed ticked and feeling super stoked to see a mother and 2 cubs we cracked on with looking for good terrain Which is pretty easy to find in Svalbard Quite literally everywhere you look Our trusty captain Stein and Adam Clark @acpictures http://www.adamclarkphoto.com as we pull into another beautiful bay of ice One of our guides Jmack hauling the rifle around as we head out for a tour at 12am,of course here at this time of year its suns up all day and night David Rosenbarger @american_dave gets after it More lines late night antics – Johan Jonsson Looking out toward Greenland What else can i say? Svalbard just keeps giving Andrew Esienstark one of the Ice Axe guides who’s been on these trips everywhere for last 4 years @american_dave ‘Find what you love and let it kill you’ ~ Bukowski Naked Paddle board with rifle for extra bonus gnar points Cheers guys,amazing trip,feel very lucky to have been able to experience this,peace,Gav May 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm #676884 cole 12 Posts Sick pics great TR. Where’s next? May 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm #676885 D-GREEN 336 Posts Nothing worse then a Culchie with money! That’s right, I said Culchie (I looked it up on the internets). Anyhow, nice work Gav! This trip looked even better than Antarctica, Gnarlier lines anyhow (and less ropes too). I’m also glad for you that you chose this over Iceland with us, for it never happened (faaking non-piloting pilots). Also, nice polar bare shot. Personally, I feel one-upped. -The Hick May 27, 2014 at 12:12 am #676886 SPLITRIPPIN 709 Posts GaV….fooookin SaWeeeeeeeeT! That….WaS……RAD!! :doobie: Now get back into that boat, or whatever the hell and get back to the bottom of the ocean…ya bastard…Every time you surface with a paycheck…something rad always goes down….nice work Super stoked on that TR…meng…OLAY May 27, 2014 at 4:45 am #676887 MHolmes 190 Posts So so good. :thatrocks: May 27, 2014 at 6:45 am #676888 Method 151 Posts shit hot gav, looks like great terrain :bow: May 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm #676889 BGnight 1382 Posts :rock: :bananas: Splitboarding mecca for sure! After seeing what I’ve seen on the interwebs, between this and Antarctica, I’d be going to Svalbard no question. May 29, 2014 at 11:02 am #676890 IrishGav 254 Posts Cheers Dudes and yes i’m a cluchie Dusty,Irish version of a Hick! 😀 May 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm #676891 nickstayner 700 Posts Yup, life list type trip for sure. Thanks for sharing! May 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm #676892 Taylor 792 Posts Yes. So rad. @sun_rocket May 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm #676893 HikeforTurns 1113 Posts Insanely jealous. excellent. June 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm #676894 imported_MountainDog 160 Posts Awesome trip and pics! Bad Ass!! @irishgav wrote: More lines June 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm #676895 JimmyC 351 Posts Simply awesome! July 19, 2014 at 12:27 am #676883 jcocci 699 Posts Awesome trip. My wife and I are going there in August but just for a couple of days. Can’t wait. September 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm #676896 powderjunkie 1666 Posts living the dream Gav. this is THE trip that I have to do. Looks better than Antartica. Todd O was telling me how amazing it is there. Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 15 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.