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 - Kings Bay
Today is a chance to meet everyone and prepare for our adventure, together we will explore the northernmost city on the planet, Longyearbyen, before taking a scenic boat trip to Saint Jean Fjord and Prins Karls Forland.
Activities: Free walking tour of Longyearbyen
Transport: 6 hour boat trip
Days 3 to 8 Our Adventure
Kings Bay makes an ideal spot for our basecamps from which to explore this vast and wild arctic environment. It is surrounded by rugged mountains and 4 huge glaciers which tumble into the sea. The icebergs here are among the largest and most varied in Spitsbergen and they attract a whole variery of marine life like seals and birds who love to bask in the sun on the blocks of floating ice. It is also an area with a rich and interesting history, we will find traces of past polar expeditions, coal mining and old whaling stations. We can explore the site of the first air expedition to the North Pole and learn more about the northernmost community in the world and their fascinating polar research.
Each day brings a new adventure as immerse ourselves in this arctic wilderness and take time to fully explore this remarkable location in a unique and intimate way. The sheltered waters of Kongfjorden are ideal for mastering tandom sea-kayaking techniques and we can enjoy a multidtude of different adventures here. We can go hiking and climb various interesting peaks with fantastic views of the surrounding glaciers and wilderness. We can paddle among icebergs, marine mammals and approach glacier fronts... let's fully explore this fabulous environment.
There are up to 27 different species of birds protected in these reserves and reindeer roam in the tundra. This area is the home to the walrus and of course, the king of these lands, the polar bear - we will have the chance to observe these animals throughout our stay in these remote arctic lands where few people venture.
Activities: Daily sea-kayaking and hiking adventures
Day 9 Ny Ålesund - Longyearbyen
Today is a chance to explore the northern scientifique research town Ny Ålesund and learn more about its remarkable history. This afternoon we take the boat back to Longyearbyen where warm showers await us in our comfortable guesthouse accomodation.
Activities: Free wallking tour of Ny Ålesund
Transport: 6 hour boat trip to Longyearbyen
Day 10 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 summer dog-sledding or a cruise to the abandoned Russian city of Pyramiden...
Activities: Various optional activities
Accommodation: Departure in the night
Day 11 Farewell Spitsbergen
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Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
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Trip code: ENSPBRA
- 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 10)
- Return boat trip Longyearbyen - Kings Bay
- Registration fee: €18 per person (free for under 12s)
- Evening meal on day 10 in Longyearbyen (kitchen facilities/restaurant options available)
- Accommodation on day 11 as midnight departure for the airport is required
- 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 2/5: Moderate
Budget & exchange
- Any additional activities
- Drinks and personal expenses
- One evening meal in Longyearbyen, kitchen facilities, shops and restaurants available
- 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
- 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)
- A small towel, your personal 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)
- Your swimming stuff
- Clothes for travelling in
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
- 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.