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Ice Bears & Islands - Kayak around Svalbard

$20,000 of $20,000 goal
Given by 54 generous donors in around 4 months

This project has reached its target. You may still donate to this project if you wish.

We are about to attempt an epic 2000 km, world-first kayak expedition around the Svalbard Archipelago. Please help us get there!

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In the heart of the Arctic Ocean, at 76-81 degrees North, the Svalbard Archipelago remains one of the worlds last great 'firsts'. Despite numerous attempts, no one has ever paddled around all four main islands. Now, after 6 years of dreaming and planning to complete this epic trip, we - two kiwis - Jaime Sharp and Tara Mulvany, are setting off to do just that.


In late June 2015, we will fly north to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to begin a 2000-kilometre sea kayak journey around the archipelago. This adventure is expected to take around 90 days, and apart from two planned food drops, we will be paddling expedition style without a support crew.


Some of the major challenges that we will face include a 300 kilometre uninterrupted stretch of glacial cliffs, polar bears, walrus, freezing temperatures and pack ice.


Along the way, we will document the journey through a range of media, and plan to create a 30 minute documentary film on return.


Due to the complexity of any arctic expedition we are predicting an overall cost of around $55,000 in expenses, comprising of food, travel, permits, insurance and equipment. We have a good chunk of these expenses covered through personal finances and equipment sponsorship, but we still need to raise the final $20,000 to get this project off the ground.


Even if you can only give $5 it will help us complete this epic odyssey. For your support, we are offering a range of rewards including the following:

(check back often for added rewards from sponsors, and more details on each reward in "updates".)

REWARDS (more details for each in Updates)

$20 -$30 Fresh As Freeze Dried Fruit packets

Pledge $50 and your name will appear in the credits of the documentary film about this adventure.

Pledge $65 to recieve a Limited Edition Art Print

Pledge $80 and receive a signed copy of Tara's book 'A Winter's Paddle' with a personalised message thanking you for supporting this expedition. Includes delivery anywhere.

Pledge $110NZD Signed Official Expedition Thankyou Poster

Pledge $180NZD ($130 USD) Watershed Aleutian Deck Bag

Pledge $210 NZD Seals Shocker Pro Shocker Spray Skirts

Pledge $230 NZD Kokatat Mis Fit Tour Bouyancy Aids (PFD)

Pledge $255 NZD ($190 USD) Five Ten Canyoneer 3 Shoes Size 10 US

$390NZD Small Panoramic 10" x 20" Photo Canvas Prints

Pledge $595 Original Art Piece Framed

$790 30 x 40 Large Limited Edition Photographic Print

Pledge $2500 and Tara will come and deliver a presentation about this adventure to your team on return (if we survive to tell the tale). Anywhere in NZ. Pledge $3500 for a presentation in any main city on the east coast of Australia.

Pledge $3500 and receive Tara's near new Paddling Perfection Breaksea fiberglass sea kayak. This is an awesome, fast boat for an experienced paddler. Kayak is currently in Invercargill.

Pledge $3900 and receive Jaime's kevlar Paddling Perfection Sea Bear Waitoa expedition sea kayak. This boat is currently in Auckland.

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Ice Bears and Islands - Kayak Around Svalbard's involvement (page creator)

We are two kiwis - Tara Mulvany and Jaime Sharp - who are the driving force behind this expedition and initiators of this crowd-funding campaign.

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Prints Going Out  3 December 2015

Posted by: Ice Bears and Islands - Kayak Around Svalbard

We are excited to have got the final selection of Photo prints from backers, and now they are stretched on frames and heading out in the post. If anyone else is interested in getting some of these amazing shots for their wall, please contact Jaime at

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Rosco s Milford Kayaks on 15 May 2015
A most excellent adventure..Safe paddling to the whole team and look forward to hearing the stories at the Paddle On Inn when you return Tara.

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