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Ocean Sherpa

The Ocean Sherpa was built in 1941 in Wolgast, Germany, as a KFK cutter (‘war cutter’). After the end of the war, the ship was brought to the Netherlands and converted from wood to steel in 1957 to sail the North Sea as a fishing vessel. Arriving in the twenty-first century, the Ocean Sherpa’s “ship’s life” would again change dramatically. The ship was converted into a topsail schooner with the character of a yacht and used for sailing trips on the Baltic Sea under the name “Avatar”. Since 2024, the Ocean Sherpa’s sailing area has changed again, and the ship now sails as an expedition ship around Svalbard.

The fast-sailing and comfortable ship is your floating base camp during your expedition and, with its traditional rigging, is reminiscent of the first explorations of the Arctic. Traditional rigging in a modern design and the sharp underwater hull make this top sail schooner a fast, seaworthy sailing vessel. The easy handling of the sails allows even people without sailing experience to actively participate. Besides the longitudinal rigged sails, Ocean Sherpa has three square rigged sails, allowing her to sail in traditional style, just like the explorers of the past.

The steel reinforced hull and top stability make her a safe ship in all weather conditions and ready for ice operations. Ocean Sherpa is certified and maintained to the highest safety standards: She is classified under SOLAS and operates voluntarily under ISM and PWOM. The ship is equipped with Inmarsat and Iridium.

Comfortable accommodation
Don’t let the pretty woodwork on the deck fool you: this lady is here to work for you!

The spacious deck offers ample seating to enjoy the view and spot wildlife, a heated deck tent provides shelter when needed. The crow’s nest in the mast and accessible jib net offer great opportunities for photography and observing marine wildlife. The deckhouse has an inviting lounge with a bar and panoramic views. Here you can relax or eat while observing the wonders around you.

Expert insulation, heating and ventilation ensure a comfortable climate on board.
The practical double cabins with private shower and sink are below deck, each cabin has its own porthole and European sockets with 220 volts.

Professional crew
Ocean Sherpa is fully staffed with a professional crew, guests do not have to take part in the watch shift. The cook on board is a professional ship’s cook or chef. A wide variety of dinners are served, prepared in the professionally equipped galley.

Ship Type
Top sail schooner
Ship type
Tallship
Sailing area
Polar region

Prices for groups (for max. 10 persons)

You can book the Ocean Sherpa for a summer expedition from June to August on the west coast of Svalbard exclusively for a group of up to 10 people. The port of departure/arrival is Longyearbyen. The prices indicated are for renting the entire ship. For solo travellers, couples and small groups check out the Ocean Sherpa's co-sailing trips.

DescriptionPrice
Ship rental for 7 days€ on request

Included in price

Experienced, qualified guides with extensive knowledge of the region
Fuel for the ship and Zodiacs
Port charges
Full catering (all meals on board, snacks, hot drinks, non-alcoholic drinks)
Shore landings and Zodiac tours
Professional nautical crew

Not included in price

Hotel and meals in Longyearbyen before/after tour
Airline tickets to/from departure point
Insurance (personal health insurance, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, etc.)
Alcoholic beverages on board

Interior

Cabins
  • 6x double cabins
  • 220V European sockets
  • Incl. bed linen and towels
  • Private shower and sink in each cabin
Saloon
  • TV en DVD-player
  • Stereo/CD player with USB and Bluetooth
  • Bar with beer tap and soft drinks machine
  • Windows all around
Kitchen
  • Cooker and oven
  • Refrigerator and freezer
  • Steam cooker and microwave oven
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
Sanitation
  • 3 toilets
  • 8 showers
Extras
  • central heating throughout the ship

Exterior

Ship Type

Top sail schooner

Year of construction/yard

1941 / Wolgast (D)

Length/width/depth

34,50m / 6,40m / 2,80m

Masts

2

Sail Area

450m²

Standard Sails

Schooner sail, foresail, inner and outer jib, kite, various square and topsails

Engine

Volvo Penta 250Kw

Extras
  • Spacious deck with several
    seating areas
  • enclosed and heated deck tent
  • accessible crows nest in mast
  • two expedition Zodiacs

Expedition Sailing Tours

Are you looking for an active sailing trip in a breathtaking area like Svalbard? Then join us on an Arctic sailing expedition or a Ski & Sail trip on the tallship Ocean Sherpa. Help raise the sails and steer the ship. Take unique hikes, observe Arctic wildlife and discover the most beautiful back-country ski areas. The focus of these trips is more on the overall Arctic experience and exploration of the area rather than the sailing itself. Of course, we always sail when the wind and weather permit.

27 July
 to 3 August 2024
From
€ 4150
  8 days
  Polar region
Explore the fjords, glaciers and mountains of Svalbard also called Spitsbergen. The ship and crew will take 10 guests and two guides to places on Svalbard’s Wet Coast that can only be reached by ship.
3 August
 to 10 August 2024
From
€ 4150
  8 days
  Polar region
Explore the fjords, glaciers and mountains of Svalbard also called Spitsbergen. The ship and crew will take 10 guests and two guides to places on Svalbard’s Wet Coast that can only be reached by ship.
10 August
 to 17 August 2024
From
€ 4150
  8 days
  Polar region
Explore the fjords, glaciers and mountains of Svalbard also called Spitsbergen. The ship and crew will take 10 guests and two guides to places on Svalbard’s Wet Coast that can only be reached by ship.
17 August
 to 24 August 2024
From
€ 4150
  8 days
  Polar region
Explore the fjords, glaciers and mountains of Svalbard also called Spitsbergen. The ship and crew will take 10 guests and two guides to places on Svalbard’s Wet Coast that can only be reached by ship.