Hiking and sailing on historic Rembrandt van Rijn
For guests who want the most intimate firsthand experience of the Arctic, this activity is designed specifically for them. Our Hike & Sail Rembrandt van Rijn voyages allow you to explore the coasts and inlands of the ruggedly beautiful, wildlife-rich landscapes of north Spitsbergen.
Not only will you enjoy the intimate atmosphere on board, but along the way you may encounter such iconic species as reindeer, Arctic foxes, and a variety of seabirds.
How does the hiking activity work?
Our experienced expedition guides divide participants into two groups of no more than 33 people, based on interests and physical fitness. Local conditions permitting, guides will then lead one to two hikes per day, ranging from two to three hours in the morning and/or afternoon.
How physically demanding are the hikes?
We aim to ascend and descend approximately 200 meters (650 feet) of altitude per day, depending on the area. There are no paths where we hike, so you will be traveling over rugged terrain and small hills. You do not need to be an expert hiker, but good health and stamina are required. For safety reasons, guides may remove guests from hiking groups if they feel their health is in question.
Do I need to bring any special gear?
We will provide snowshoes if required, but we recommend you bring sturdy ankle-high hiking boots and gaiters. Hiking poles with snow plates are also required. See details in the equipment list.
Are the hikes safe?
Yes, all hikes are in pre-scouted areas far from dangerous terrain. The guides who accompany hiking groups are always armed with rifles and keep a constant lookout for polar bears.
Please note: local conditions determine the program
As with all our itineraries and activities, the final program is entirely dependent on local weather, wildlife, and the general safety conditions as assessed by the expedition leader. The route map in the itinerary outlines a possible but not final plan.