Balto is probably the roomiest and most elegant small polar expedition yacht out there. She is also one of the sturdiest, a former Finish government icebreaker. Built as a Lloyd’s 1-A ice class ship she is built out of high-grade corten steel. She is ice-enforced the complete length of the hull and double-bottomed with tank placement. She is also fitted with electric diesel propulsion capable of maintaining versatile maneuvering and survey speeds with no vibration, also ideal as a film/photo platform.
Balto offers real luxury accommodations for 12 guests in staterooms with full private facilities and 12 crew. Cabins include 3 en-suite cabins, 2 large double cabins, and 2 spacious single cabins, all with private bathrooms and lavish showers, plus a sauna for guests. Richly appointed salon and a dining room with mahogany paneling, library, bar, card table, mess, mud room, large office, and lounge aft of the bridge. She is fitted with a large fine restaurant-style open galley, where you can check on the marvels of our chefs and sample freshly baked bread.
Accommodates 12 guests in 1 x Owners’s suite, 1 suite, 3 double cabins and 2 single cabins
All cabins are spacious with an en-suite and are finished to a high standard
Elegant, mahogany paneled interior with dining area, a bar, card table and library
Sauna with cold shower and changing room.
Equipped with 2 Zodiac landing crafts for shore landings
Large, restaurant-style open galley
Semi-enclosed deck spaces to enjoy the view
Highest ice class
10-ton crane and large cargo storage (ideal for scientific)
Fully crewed with experienced master, mate, engineer, deckhand, cook, and steward. Expedition leaders can also be arranged.
The owner and crew have vast experience in the Arctic, having completed numerous scientific and private expeditions in Svalbard and Greenland.
Over the past decade, their clients have included, NYU, Environment Canada, NASA/JPL, U.S.NAVY UWC, UCI, and TV and film companies, so you will be in good hands.
– Expert Expedition Leader
– Polar Bear protection guide for shore landings
– Use of Zodiac for shore landings and photography opportunities
– Highly experienced captain and crew (many years of experience in Arctic waters)