Norwegian Jon Amtrup has been sailing and writing for most of his life. He has sailed the Norwegian coast several times summer and winter, crossed the Atlantic twice, circumnavigated Svalbard, sailed in Greenland, and is living on his boat.

He has also assisted several high latitude sailing expeditions, and done a number of yacht deliveries. He has written High Latitude Sailing: Self-sufficient sailing techniques for cold waters and winter seasons, Sail to Svalbard and a number of other books.

Jon is co-founder of the environmental ocean non-profit Gate to the Arctic, and a member of The Explorers Club.

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A bird flying over a cove on Bear Island

Jon Amtrup and his crew sail to Bear Island in the Barents Sea on a mission to banish plastic from this Arctic wilderness. His article was runner-up in the 2021…