5 DAYS | PRICE: 1’800 €

Departing from Tromsø you will be immersed into the natures work of art as the Fjords are often described, and head towards the highest sailable Latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.

May 4, 2025 4 SPOTS


Tromsø, Norway


Longyearbyen, Svalbard




Guest crew will be limited to 6 allowing to meet the targets of each individual as well as our comfort and safety standards.

With an extensive track record of solo and crew racing wins, be it across the ocean, hunting records or world circumnavigations, Lionel will provide no non-sense approach to offshore sailing in all its key facets, allowing you to tangibly grow as a sailor. The passages provide an extensive opportunity to dig deep in numerous boat preparation, sailing and navigation matters through exchanges with Lionel, and share past experiences and sea stories.

  • Boat preparation for long passages
  • Passage planning, coastal and offshore navigation
  • Maneuvering in small crew
  • Sails trimming
  • Practicing time at the helm
  • How to use autopilot, AIS, Radar
  • Working on both paper charts and plotter
  • Weather forecasting, including a pragmatic approach to downloading and read weather files, as well as routing.
  • Tidal currents
  • Bad weather and night sailing
  • Sleep management, eating, shifts
  • Energy management onboard, installation of energy systems, unbiased input as to the effectiveness of various energy sources
  • Boat monitoring and maintenance routines during long passages
  • Health and Safety on board
  • Emergency procedures








Departing from Tromsø you will be immersed into the nature’s work of art as the Fjords are often described and head towards the highest sailable latitudes in the northern hemisphere.

Depending on weather conditions and progress we may opt to break the passage with an anchorage on Bear Island (Bjørnøya), 120 nm south of Sørkapp, Svalbard’s southern tip. We will be arriving to Svalbard during the so called “Sunny Winter” (stretching from March to mid-May) which offers unique and beautiful light conditions.

Depending on weather and icepack conditions we will be exploring either of Mijenfjorden, Groenfjorden or Nordfjorden prior to arrival at Longyearbyen, with the opportunity to sail close to wildlife – walruses, seals, whales, arctic foxes and the polar bear among others. This is likely to entice you to consider our exploration routes around Svalbard and Greenland during the polar summer, the ideal period to experience the arctic wildlife and nature.


  • Embarking on Varuna, welcome by the crew, checking and storage of gear, accommodation in cabins.
  • First dinner and night onboard.


  • Review of above and below decks equipment.
  • Safety protocols and review of safety equipment.
  • Weather conditions, routing, organization of shifts, etc.
  • Weather conditions permitting, we will be setting sail on Day 2.


  • Subject to weather conditions / progress towards the final destination, we may choose to an anchorage near the point of departure / arrival to get closer to the local nature.
  • Goodbyes and disembark in the morning



A professional racer-skipper and exceptional boat preparer, Lionel’s carrier spans solo oceanic races (notably, the winner of the 2006 Route du Rhum on the 80ft Gitana XI maxi Trimaran and 2010 Route du Rhum in the Multi50 Class on Prince de Bretagne), non-stop around the world races (winner of the Trophée Jules Vernes in 2010 with Franck Cammas), crewed oceanic races (winner of the 2005 Jacques Vabre) and special passage records (2008, setting both records on the New York – San Francisco around the cape Horn and San Francisco – Yokohama passages), sharing adventures with other fellow skippers as Isabelle Autissier, Bruno Peyron, Franck Cammas. He is also certified as an offshore commercial yacht master, contributing significant skills in both crew management, safety and medical emergency chapters.

Lionel is the co-founder of Boreal Adventure Sailing and of VARUNA, dedicated to sharing his passion for sailing and nature alike during extraordinary passages to and exploration of the remotest areas in the northern latitudes.

Likeable and easygoing, “infatigable” as often defined by fellow skippers, you will be exposed to depth of experience and technical knowledge on all facets of sailing and seamanship, and a passion for all things sea and nature.

  • Stay onboard the ship for the specified voyage duration
  • Professional skipper and 1st Mate / Chef
  • Standard offshore lifejacket and lifeline
  • Shore landings and tours with the dinghy
  • Bedding and towels
  • Onboard food (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner), hot beverages and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Fuel and all port dues
  • Air fares to and from departure point.
  • Insurance (personal medical, travel, cancellation, etc)
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Food and beverages on the day of arrival until boarding
  • Ski, trekking or other outdoor activity gear.
  • Voice and data communication using onboard equipment.
  • Entry fees into parks, museums, etc