The trips will be available on the newly refitted seven-cabin Nansen Explorer. Drawing on EYOS’ decade of experience operating private yacht expeditions to the polar regions, the scheduled departures and charters will take travelers to destinations far removed where most superyachts are sailing.
Following a multimillion-dollar refit in spring 2021, Nansen Explorer now accommodates only 12 passengers in seven spacious staterooms and suites. Originally designed as an Arctic research vessel, Nansen Explorer bridges the gap between a super-yacht and an expedition vessel. With an Ice Class 1A hull, the ship can venture deeper into the ice pack, including south of the Antarctic Circle. Passengers will also have access to kayaks, standup paddleboards, diving equipment and two Zodiacs.
The modern, Scandinavian-inspired cabins are elegantly appointed with natural materials. Most cabins also feature sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a fully equipped gym, and the dining room serves what EYOS described as 'Michelin-star level cuisine.'
Individual cabins may be booked for Antarctica, Feb.1-12, round-trip Ushuaia, Argentina, starting at €27,500 per person, double occupancy. This photography-themed expedition will reach both the Weddell Sea in the north, and weather permitting, Marguerite Bay, south of the Antarctic Circle and seldomly reached by ships. Renowned polar photographers Daisy Gilardini, awarded in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and ambassador for Greenpeace, and Audun Lie Dahl, winner of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, will be on board.
Heli-skiing in Greenland
Other opportunities to book individual cabins include a Greenland expedition, April 24-May 1, round-trip Kangerlussuaq, €20,000 per person. The heli-ski themed expedition will travel to the island of Maniitsoq. With its peaks rising sharply from the Arctic Ocean, it’s considered one of the most remote places to heli-ski. Days will be filled with deep powder runs — some stretching more than a mile — on the narrow fjords down to the water’s edge. Nansen Explorer is equipped with an expansive heli-deck allowing for easy inland exploration.
Another Greenland trip, June 19-26, round-trip Kangerlussuaq, starts at €15,000 per person. The itinerary will explore the northern coast, traveling 150 miles beyond the Arctic Circle to Disko Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to some of the largest icebergs in the world.
The yacht can be booked for private charters in Antarctica from this December through March before sailing north to spend April and May in Greenland for heli-skiing experiences. The vessel will be available for West Greenland departures in June and July 2022. In August, it will be available to charter from Greenland to the Canadian Arctic and to the entrance of the Northwest Passage, before returning to Antarctica again in October 2022.
Nansen Explorer is available for all-inclusive pricing starting at €295,000 per week.