Day 1 Evening 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: Private vehicle and aeroplane
Accommodation: Guesthouse or private apartment
Day 2 Longyearbyen
Your guide will join you at your accommodation this morning for an official briefing - this morning is a chance to meet the group, prepare for our adventure and deal with logistics like equipment, the weather forecast and safety procedures. We should also have time to explore Longyearbyen before our afternoon departure by boat for the North via Isfjord.
Activities: Explore Longyearbyen & prepare for expedition
Accommodation: On board
Day 3 Navigating the North of the Svalbard Archipelago
Today we cruise along the west coast to the north of the archipelago. It is a top start to a great expedition, cruising through the ice-filled waters. The boat will drop us on a beach during the night depending on the weather conditions.
Days 4 to 21 The Great Northern Expedition
Over the next 17 days we will spend each night camping, discovering different sheltered spots and immersing ourselves completely in these northern lands. We can expect a new adventure each day in this varied remote wilderness where polar bears reign suprime - the northernmost kayaking destination!
To begin, we will most likely head to Smeerenburg Fjord in the northwest of the island, just opposite the island of Amsterdam. It is one of the most spectacular places of the archipelago with its distinctive, sharp peaks.
In these untouched remote northern lands we will observe white and blue glaciers tumbling abruptly into the sea and thousands of islands which are home to a suprising variety of wildlife. We will weave around islands of black rock ( the last rocks before the North Pole), and imposing icebergs which drift through the seas, battered by the winds...
We will find ourselves in an area where few humans have ventured before and explore coves and cliffs sheltering thousands of birds - our own private spectacle. Here, on the beaches, it is not uncommon to find seals or walruses basking in the sun...
Then we will explore the great ocher red flat lands where reindeer roam. This is the kingdom of the mighty polar bear, we are likely to come across these breathtaking mammals often and are able to observe them in their natural environment.
We will then head to Wood Fiord and Leift where we find the hut of Texas Bar, opposite the huge glacier of Monaco that gave its name to this magnificent expedition. The Glacier Front stretches for more than 3 miles (+5kms) and carries tons of icebergs which are scattered across the bay. It is in this magical place, where in 2006 we were graced with the presence of a female polar bear with her two cubs who had taken up residence near our camp for three days.
Our remote wilderness adventure comes to an end at the secret hot springs of Woodfjorden where we will be picked up by the boat that will take us back to civilisation.
Return to Longyearbyen by boat.
Activities: Sea-kayaking expedition
Accommodation: Camping each night & guesthouse in Longyearbyen day 21
Day 22 Longyearbyen
A day to relax and explore Longyearbyen with its edge-of-the-world atmosphere. We recommend visiting Svalbard museum and you can also choose from a variety of optional activities like summer dog-sledding or a cruise to the abandoned Russian city of Pyramiden... Please note that today also acts of a 'safety day' in case of delays in our itinerary.
Activities: Various optional activities
Transport: Airport transfer late this evening
Accommodation: Not included
Day 23 Farewell Svalbard
Transfer to the airport for your flights home
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Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
No departure for now
Trip code: ENSPTEXA
- Airport transfers
- Two nights guesthouse accommodation in Longyearbyen
- Free walking tour of Longyearbyen
- All technical camping gear
- All sea-kayaking equipment
- Full supervision by an experienced professional guide
- Full board except a final evening meal in Longyearbyen (day 22)
- Overnight boat trip across Isfjord to expedition start
- Boat trip back to Longyearbyen after expedition
- Registration fee: €18 per person (free for under 12s)
- Accommodation on day 22 - late evening departure for flights
- Evening meal on day 22 in Longyearbyen
- Meal in a local restaurant: from €30
- Svalbard museum: from €9
- Day cruise to Nordenskjöll Glacier via the abandoned Russian settlement of Pyramiden: from €200
- Summer dog-sledding: from €110 for a half day excursion
Comfort 1/5: Camping
Level 5/5: Extreme
Budget & exchange
- Any additional activities
- Drinks and personal expenses
- One evening meal in Longyearbyen, kitchen facilities, shops and restaurants available*
- Food and perhaps accommodation during your transfer in Oslo
- 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 for each group member
- A copy of Spitsbergens animal records
- A first aid kit
- Books about local flora and fauna
- 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
- Helly Hansen fleece lined salopettes for kayaking and when ashore
- A tandem sea kayak with directional rudder (1 per 2 people)
- A Gore-tex dry suit with integrated warm fleece liner
- A pair of kayak pogies
- A spray deck
- A life jacket with two pockets
- A neoprene balaclava
- 1 pair of 'croc' style shoes/sandals
- Your swimming stuff (for the pool or sauna options)
- Clothes for travelling in (these can stay here when you are on the expedition part of this adventure)
- A small towel and your personal toiletries
- A sleeping bag liner
- Your walking boots
- Waterproof, windproof jacket (with a hood)
- Waterproof trousers (breathable)
- Warm gloves and hat
- Thermals - top & long johns
- A fleece/jumper
- Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
- Thin socks and thick socks (we recommend bringing 3-4 pairs of thick socks)
- Sunhat and sun cream
- Sunglasses (UV 400)
- Toiletries and toilet roll
- 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 (and suitable protective case)
- A comfortable evening outfit
- A comfortable pair of shoes for the evenings
- Inflatable pillow
- Insect repellant
- A knife
- A notepad and pencil
- Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
Health information & recommendations
- 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.