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Q: What would be the longest delay for medical attention during a trip to the Arctic?

In Svalbard and West Greenland we are generally within helicopter reach and a medevac is usually not more than some hours away if we have a serious problem. In East Greenland there are only limited aerial medevac possibilities and an evacuation via a remote airfield or to the hospital in Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresbysund, could take 1-3 days to realize depending on location of the medical emergency and weather (flight options or ship based evacuation). All scenarios are highly weather dependent.  

It is therefore obligatory to acquire a travel insurance that also includes coverage for (medical) evacuation/repatriation costs by helicopter, plane or ship. After the booking process you will be asked to provide us with details of the acquired insurance policy.

If you are in poor health or in doubt, please consult your physician for a check-up that you are healthy enough to travel to such remote places with limited to no medical facilities.

On our motor vessels we have a qualified physician onboard on all trips. The infirmary onboard our motor vessels is merely suited for first aid medical care. Aboard our sailing vessels we have no onboard medical facility or physician available.

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