An Arctic Adventure
Day 1 Flight to Longyearbyen
Welcome to Longyearbyen, we will greet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation in the city under the light of the midnight sun.
Transport: Aeroplane and private vehicle
Day 2 Plateau Mountain and the Frozen Garden of Eden
After a day of indroductions, as the light dims we will embark on a snow-shoeing/winter walking round trip to immerse ourselves in the unique atmosphere of this wild archipelago. Our hike displays breathtaking views of Adventfjord and the village of Longyearbyen as we summit the white desert plateau. Our adventure ends at the global seed reserve, this impressive Noahs Ark type refuge is found in the middle of these icy lands; it stores a large number of our planets existing botanical species. Depending on the time of year, perhaps our journey will be lit by a display of the Northern Lights (if luck is with us!)
Activities: Snow-shoeing (or winter walking)
Day 3 Snowmobiling, Tempelfjorden to the Tunabreen Glacier
Today we are in for a treat, we will be whizzing through this stunning winter wonderland by snowmobile. Our adventure which will take us across the valley to Templefjord and, if the ice conditions permit, we will visit Fredheims Trapper Cabin and traverse the pack ice to Tunabreen Glacier. The glacier front is an impressive cliff of bluish ice, it is more than 100 feet (+30 metres) high and stops abruptly where it meets the ice creating a most striking sight.
Two per snowmobile, not technically difficult, no previous experience required but the driver needs a valid driving license.
Activities: around 8 hours of snowmobiling
Day 4 Snowshoeing on Lardbreen Glacier and Ice Caves visit
Today we will go snowshoeing on Larsbreen Glacier which overlooks the valley and the Longyearbyen Fjord. In the middle of this glacier, an ice cave has formed where the river runs in the summer, we will have an unusual opportunity to visit and explore this cave with its blue tinted ice corridors, meanders and features.
Activities: 4-5 hours of snow-shoeing plus an ice cave visit
Day 5 Dog-sledding
Today we go dog-sledding in the beautiful Bolterdalen valley where reindeer roam. We will meet the mushers and our dogs and, after a quick introduction to basic dog-sledding techniques, we will be entrusted with a carriage for two. Soon we will be flying across the snow through absolutely stunning scenary thanks to our adorable sled dogs!
Activities: 4 hours of dog-sledding
Day 6 An Arctic Adventure
Tonight we are in for a real adventure, a night of winter camping in the silent arctic wilderness - perhaps under a display of the dancing Northern Lights! After packing our pulkas we will head down into the valley and begin our snowshoeing journey. We will eat a good trapper meal tonight in our warm communal mess tent, it is sure to be a memorable night in one of the most remote and northern camping spots on earth!
Activities: 4-5 hours of snowhoeing
Accommodation: Winter camping
Day 7 Return to Longyearbyen
After a hearty breakfast in our silent wild camping spot, we will snowshoe back to Longyearbyen. The sensation of creating those very first tracks in the fresh snow is second to none, there is nothing quite like this vast winter wilderness we will find ourselves immersed in and this back-to-basics experience is the perfect remody for eliminating the stresses of modern day life.
Activities: 4-5 hours of snowhoeing
Day 8 Longyearbyen
A day to relax and explore Longyearbyen with its edge-of-the-world atmosphere. We recommend visiting Svalbard museum and you can choose from a variety of optional activities like visiting the abandoned Russian city of Pyramiden...
Activities: Various optional activities
Accommodation: Departure in the night
Day 9 Farewell Spitsbergen
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Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
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Trip code: ENSPAA
- Airport transfers
- Warm guesthouse accommodation in Longyearbyen
- Full supervision by an experienced professional guide
- A day trip on snowmobiles
- An overnight snowshoeing, winter camping trip
- Full board except a final evening meal in Longyearbyen
- All specialist equipment provided for keeping warm, snowshoeing, camping, snowmobiling...
- Registration fee: €18 per person (free for under 12s)
- Evening meal on day 9 in Longyearbyen (kitchen facilities/restaurant options available)
- Meal in a local restaurant: from €30 per person
- Svalbard museum: from €9
- Visit to the abandoned Russian city of Pyramiden: prices vary
Comfort: 3/5 Various
Level: 2/5 Moderate
Budget & exchange
- Any additional activities
- Drinks and personal expenses
- One evening meal in Longyearbyen, kitchen facilities, shops and restaurants available (290NOK)
- A 'Tepee' style mess tent with table, stools and cooking equipment
- 'Ortlieb' water belts
- A Sarsat beason
- A VHF radio
- A heavy caliber rifle
- An alarm gun
- Mini-flares and penjectors
- A copy of Spitsbergens animal records
- A first aid kit
- Books about local flora and fauna
- Warm snow boots
- A special jacket to keep you warm
- A pulka per person
- A tent per two people (a 3 man dome tent for maximum space and comfort)
- A self-inflating sleeping mat
- A suitable synthetic sleeping bag ( -6°C)
- An aluminium thermos flask per 2 people
- A full suit
- A helmet
- Your swimming stuff (for the pool or sauna options)
- Clothes for evenings and travelling in
- A small towel and your personal toiletries
- A sleeping bag liner
- A ski mask
- Your walking boots
- Waterproof, windproof jacket (with a hood)
- Ski style over trousers (breathable)
- A warm down jacket
- Warm gloves, hat, neckwear and balaclava
- Extra gloves (windproof)
- Thermals - top & long johns (multiple pairs)
- A fleece/jumper or two
- Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
- Thin socks and thick socks
- Sunhat and sun cream (no water based sun cream as this can freeze)
- Sunglasses (UV 400)
- Any personal medication
- A water bottle/flask
- A small rucksack to use as a day bag
- Head torch & spare batteries (although it is nearly always light in the summer months)
Our advice for keeping warm
- No cotton
- Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
- Wear multiple layers including:
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and waterproof protective out layers
- Your camera (with suitable protective case)
- A comfortable evening outfit
- A comfortable pair of shoes for the evenings
- Walking poles
- Inflatable pillow
- Insect repellant
- A knife
- A notepad and pencil
- Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
Health information & recommendations
- The weather in the Svalbard archipelago is very changeable.
- The average annual rainfall in Longyearbyen is only 200mm (7.87 inches), in London, England, the annual average is 594mm (23.4 inches) - Spitsbergen is a cold desert!
- Average temperatures in Longyearbyen range from -16°C to -9°C (3.2°F - 15.8°F) in April and -3°C to -7°C (26.6°F - 19.4°F) in May.
- Strong katabatic winds can occur here, particularly near to high glaciers but winds can generally be described as moderate and localised.
- Dark polar nights occur from 14th November to 29th January, the full moon shines across the snow creating a beautiful gliterring winter landscape. Then, from 19th April to 23rd August, the sun shines constantly, uninterrupted, high in the sky.
- The Norweigian Svalbard archipelago is the closest territory to the North Pole; Spitsbergen is the name of the largest island.
- Svalbard covers an area of around 39146 square miles (63000km2) and two thirds of this polar world are constantly covered by ice.
- The archipelago was deserted by human civilisation for a very long time but today has over 2600 inhabitants.
- The archipelago has 3 National Parks, 3 Nature Reserves, 15 Ornithological Reserves (bird reserves) and 3 Botanical Reserves.