1. Costs
  2. Formalities
  3. Getting there
  4. Personal equipment list


Funding of each leg is provided by the participants. In other words, the contributions to costs must cover the actual costs incurred. Are covered: participation to the costs of operating the boat, maintenance and repair costs, insurance, nautical documents, provision- depreciation and amortization of property belonging to the association (safety equipment, dinghy).

The costs of the legs are defined in the agenda. Children up to 15 years may ask for a 50% discount, students my obtain a special discount.

The same costs apply to all crew members, boat owners and skipper included. These are real costs. In average, the club does not make any profit. Given that the club must break even, the cost of the travel can only be known accurately at the end of the season when the final price of the trip can be computed and adjustments made if nesessary.

To this price, one has to add the travel to reach the boat and to return home (see here below) plus expenses for food, drinks, harbour fees - together around 10-20 CHF per day. Dining out, land activities, shopping, and the costs of individual communication are not supported by the association.

The down payment for reservation of a leg is 600 CHF, and 300 CHF for each additional leg. The advance is used by àCAPela to purchase charts and other collective equipments needed for the expedition. The balance is payable 6 weeks before boarding.


  1. If you've not already done, please get in touch : contact
  2. Anyone directly or indirectly participating in the activities that are organized by the Association shall be a member of the Association. This is the time to become a member of the Association.
    To apply for membership: sign and send the application form, get in
  3. To make reservation for one or more legs : send the application form to the secretariat and make the subscription fee payment available to the Association (CHF 600.- + 300.- per additional leg).
    This amount is deducted from the participation fee.
  4. To take part : send the form for participation and make payment of the balance of the participation fee no later than six weeks prior to boarding.
    Prepare your marine-mountain-adventure duffle bag: see the equipment list below.
  5. Report to the port of call in the morning before noon local time on the day of boarding.

The application forms will be sent tou you by mail.

Getting there

Norway is easily reached by plane for a cost of 300 CHF one way.

The Faroe Islands are accessible by plane, starting from 300 CHF one way.

Iceland is accessible by plane, starting from 400 CHF one way.

Several daily flights with SAS connect Longyearbyen (Spitzberg) to Oslo. Cost is 250 CHF one way..

For Greenland, best connections are with Air Greenland starting from Copenhaguen or Air Iceland via Reykjavik. Costs range from 500 CHF to 1200 CHF one way depending on destination.

Carbon footprint

While traveling by sailboat can be considered as an environmentally friendly means of transport, it is not the same for return trips by plane!

Consider compensating for your carbon footprint, such as ... sometimes travel by train and ferry is possible.

Personal equipment list

... or how to prepare you luggage :-)

It is highly recommended to travel with a duffel bag: it should be of reasonably size (about 60 liters) and SOFT, allowing easy cohabitation and storage (e.g., a frameless rucksack or Base Camp Duffel from North Face, M size are good choices). A bag with wheels is NOT acceptable. Reasonable weight is 30kg max, supplemented by a small backpack 'hand luggage' (10-15 liters).

example, the JanSport duffel bag

People wishing to bring equipment that exceeds the recommended volume or weight (scientific equipment, drones, kayaks, sails, skis, ...), must coordinate with the skipper beforehand.

In terms of conditions, you may expect a climate comparable to the Alps between 1500m to 3500m above sea level. The weather can be mild (> 5°C and sunshine), but there can also be fog, wind, rain and snow (last legs). Also, there is a big difference between walking in the cold or standing at the helm for hours.

On land, the crew is moving under its own responsibility. If a walk is no problem, exiting ascents (most recommended) are possible. You must organize the necessary equipment depending on the purpose and itinerary: ropes, crampons, ice axes, belaying, shoes, food, autonomy. A tent is available on board.

The encounter with wildlife must be taken into account according to the places visited (bear, wolf, musk ox, ...), but also whales, seals, belugas, hares, foxes, birds, ... and mosquitoes.

  Check list NANUQ (for summer expeditions winter garments do not apply)

Head protection
1x Hat (covering ears, Windstopper tech)
1x Balaclava
1x Mask (winter option)
1x Winter hat (winter)

Hand protection
1x Windstopper gloves
1x Heavy winter mitts (-40°C)
1x Polypropylene glove liners (winter option)

Foot protection
1x Hiking shoes
1x Warm sailing boots (navigation)
1x Sandals / Crocs (summer)
1x Warm slipper (winter)
1x Winter boots (Sorel type -40°C)
1x Gaiters (winter)

(shoes with black soles are not to be used on board)

4x Thin socks
2x Thick warm socks (synthetic)

1x All weather sailing jacket (navigation)
1x Windstopper type jacket
1x Gore-tex type mountain jacket
1x Outdoor down suit - pants + jacket (winter -40°C)

1x All weather sailing pant (navigation)
1x Polyvalent mountain pants (stretch)
1x Overtrouser Gore-Tex

2x Pullover polar fleece
4x T-Shirt
2x Thermal shirts with long sleeves
2x Bottom Underwear (long)
4x Underwear
1x Bath suit

Other mandatory equipment
Sleeping Bag (summer comfort 0°C, winter comfort -20C)
Sleeping bag liner, fleece (option)
Pillow liner (40cm x 60cm)
Travel watch
Knife (e.g. swiss army knife)
Small food bag or box (used to store dried fruit, ...)

Body care
2 x Travel towel (1x big + 1x small)
Skin cream (winter)
Soap / shampoo
Personal Meds

Travel documents
As required (passport, visa, ...)
Credit card (VISA, Mastercard)

Waterproof bag (camera, phone, passport, …)
Mountain gear
Thermos bottle
Compass / personal GPS / land maps (required for hiking)
Smart shirt to go out
Favourite music
Reading (reasonable)

... but keep it simple and light : maximum 30kg, 60 litres!

Do not forget to bring a piece of tasty cheese, cold cuts, wine, spirits, treats, home made marmelade, ... according to your tastes, or several, to be shared among crew on a 'headland' :-)

Welcome on board!

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acapela - June 2020