10 DAYS | PRICE: 3'000 €

Departing from Longyearbyen with a day of coastal sailing in the surrounding Fjords, Crossing the Greenland Sea, one of the remotest sailing areas on the planet. Arriving to Kulusuk, East Greenland, after a stopover in the northwest coast of Iceland.

July 7, 2024 fully booked
July 7, 2025 4 SPOTS


Longyearbyen, Svalbard


Kulusuk, East Greenland




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 Longyearbyen with a day of coast sailing in the surrounding Fjords
  • Anchor in Isafjordur, northwest coast of Iceland (800 nm)
  • Two-day stay in Isafjordur, allowing to visit the idyllic town and day treks.
  • Final leg to Greenland (400 nm)– Kulusuk, crossing the Greenland Sea, one of the remotest sailing areas on the planet.
  • Arriving to Kulusuk, the gateaway to east Greenland, dominated by tall icebergs, steep mountains falling into the sea, glaciers.

We will be setting sail from Longyearbyen in the midst of the Polar Summer, with day and night becoming one in the High Arctic, blossoming nature, magically contrasting colors and abundant animal life, from walruses and seals to whales as well as migratory birds and the mighty polar bear. We will be exposed to this exceptional gift of nature by taking a day for coastal sailing into nearby fjords, quite a special way to get acquainted with the boat and crew.

From there, we will be setting course to cross the Greenland Sea, but on our course, weather permitting, we will take the opportunity to anchor in Isafjordur on the northwest ti of Iceland, bordered on three sides by dramatic mountains that form a natural harbor. The idyllic town of Ísafjörður is well worth the visit and also offers many day trekking opportunities over a 2 day stay.

We will set sail on our final 400 nm leg across the Greenland Sea, headed to the colourful village of Kulusuk, often surrounded by floating icebergs, the gateway to East Greenland. You may consider spending time in Kulusuk as a base to explore the nearby region, like the majestic Sermilk Ffjord, surrounded by a steep mountainous shoreline and filled with sculpted icebergs.
From Kulusuk you have regular flights to Reykjavik (international hub) or Nuuk.


  • 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 1.


  • 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
  • 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