Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Explore North: Sailing and Skiing Above the Arctic Circle

Explore North playground is located between Bergen and Spitsbergen (Norway). Lofoten, Hjørundfjorden, Shetland, Spitsbergen, Helgeland: there you can find some of the world's most stunning cruising grounds, and when you combine sailing with skiing and hiking you end up with one of the most perfect combinations in the world.
Explore North was created to give visitors the chance to experience the magnificent cruising ground between Bergen and Spitsbergen in an eco-friendly manner. Formed from the merger of two ski and sail experts, for the 2009 season the company have two state-of-the-art, expedition equipped sailing yachts based in Bodø. "Our aim is to deliver the best experiences within sailing, skiing and mountaineering above the polar circle", says Sture Ellingsen, skipper on Lille Polaris, an aluminum-hull Koopmans 45. He and his wife Enid Ellingsen have run Sail and Ski expeditions into Norway's Lyngen Alps for a number of years, sharing the wonders of sailing and mountaineering on Lofoten, one of the most appealing islands in the world.
Jon Amtrup is the skipper on Explore North. He has crossed the Atlantic twice, participated in the Bergen Shetland Race six times and done a lot of shorthanded regatta sailing. He is also a freelancer for the Norwegian yachting magazine SEILmagasinet and other boating magazines.
Explore North offers lifelong memories, adventures that combine sailing along the Norwegian coast with skiing and snowboarding in the Lyngen Alps. You will have the chance to climb to the summit of mountains that starts right at the seashore at the Norwegian coast and ski down again.