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June

6 days

Join us on a fantastic paddling experience in the Isfjord, Svalbard´s second longest fjord. With kayaks as our method of transport, we will make our way through one of the world’s starkest landscapes, without leaving a trace of our passage behind us. During the trip, you will experience the powerful landscape of Svalbard and its mighty glacier faces, and gain an introduction to the mining and hunting heritage of the region. The Isfjord boasts all of the elements that make Svalbard so unique, and a kayak tour here can easily be defined as an adventure. This is a fantastic area to paddle in, with soaring mountains and massive glaciers creating a frame around the fjord itself. The glaciers calve straight into the sea, creating icebergs that float around us, and inquisitive seals and thousands of birds will keep us company during our expedition.

THE SOUND OF YOUR OWN STROKES

Kajakkekspedisjon på Isfjorden er en seksdagers tur i den nestlengste fjorden på øya. Isfjorden strekker seg 107 kilometer innover Spitsbergen, og ekspedisjonen er lagt til nordvestsiden av Isfjorden der det er minst båttrafikk. Fjorden forgreiner seg i mange mindre fjordarmer, fra Trygghamna ytterst i vest, til Tempelfjorden i øst. Vårt padleeventyr starter i Yoldiabukta, og vi transporteres over fra Longyearbyen med båt.

Med sine mange fjordarmer og store brefronter er Isfjorden et forlokkende univers. Foruten egne padletak blir stillheten bare avbrutt av naturens egne lyder: en nysgjerrig sel, kanskje. Høylytt liv av hekkende sjøfugl. Eller breen som knaker og kalver. Geværet er med for sikkerhets skyld. Vi er tross alt tett på naturen.

I løpet av turen padler vi forbi tre brefronter som stuper rett ut i havet, med Sveabreen som den mektigste. Isfjorden har et yrende fugleliv, en spennende flora og fascinerende historie. I løpet av ekspedisjonen går vi i land en rekke steder hvor vi ser nærmere på kulturminner fra Svalbards mangfoldige gruve- og fangsthistorie. Målet for turen er å nå frem til Dicksonfjorden og Kapp Smith. Her vil vi bli møtt og fraktet tilbake til sivilisasjonen på turens siste dag. Vær og vind kan medføre plutselige endringer i ruten eller programmet, men båttransporten er fleksibel og det er uproblematisk å bli hentet et annet sted enn planlagt.

Day by day programme

Day 1
The guide will collect you from your accommodation at 10:00 am. We will have a briefing, and prepare our gear and pack the equipment before the tour begins In the afternoon we will board the boat for transport to the north of the Isfjord, where our expedition begins.

Day 2 - 5
Now the adventure really starts. It won't take long to get used to the campsite routines, including pitching tents, making meals and taking turns as a polar bear guard. In fast, it will be a blessing to be able to relax a little, and leave your hectic everyday life behind. Every day will start with a shared breakfast in the camp. We will plan the day´s route together, before packing up the camp and heading off for our next destination. We will make stops underway to capture photographs and memories of the magical landscape and wildlife, and enjoy the freedom of being able to set up camp wherever it suits us - and the weather gods! Some of the highlights of the tour will be Coraholmen, Flintholmen, and the mighty glaciers, Sveabreen ad Wahlenbergbreen.

Day 6
We will be collected by boat and transported back across the Isfjord. We expect to be in Longyearbyen around lunchtime.
The programme can be changed underway if the weather or other conditions make it necessary. The tempo of the expedition will be adapted to the conditions, and the physical strength of the participants.

Price information

NOK 17 495 per person in shared tents. Single tent only available on request, and subject to supplement.

The price includes:

  • Kayak and paddling equipment
  • Tent
  • Sleeping mat
  • Shared equipment
  • Search and rescue equipment
  • Experienced guides with all necessary safety equipment
  • Meals during the tour
  • Transport to and from start and finish point of tour

Price does not include:

  • Flights
  • Hotel, food and drinks in Longyearbyen
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Clothing and personal equipment

Tent and accommodation
Single tent only available on request, and subject to price supplement

Practical information

To take part in this expedition, you must be in good physical shape, and have some previous knowledge of paddling. The ‘Svalbardian’ waters can be challenging at times, due to the wind and waves. If you have significant paddling experience, you can try our single kayaks, and for those with less experience, we also offer sturdy double kayaks. This tour is not suitable for those with back, neck, arm or wrist issues.

Our guides are experienced sea kayak paddlers, and will do their very best to ensure that you have a fantastic experience. On Svalbard, the weather is one of those things we can not change, and as the safety of the group will always be our focus, this can mean that the route may be changed without warning, or that some days may be changed to hiking instead of paddling.

As a participant, you must be prepared to be a polar bear guard during a couple of nights. We will set up a roster, with the goal of allowing everyone to sleep as much as possible. This is quite an exotic experience, and many participants have told us that wandering around the camp alone, with the midnight sun on your face, while the rest of the group sleeps is one of the most memorable parts of the tour, so even if it will mean a little less sleep, don’t be afraid to ask for an extra shift!

You will be sent an equipment list prior to arrival. Remember that Svalbard is tax and duty free, so that you can always pick up quality equipment in our expeditions shop, Longyear78.

EQUIPMENT LIST FOR KAYAK EXPEDITION ON SVALBARD

You will receive a full equipment list prior to the tour. Use waterproof bags to pack clothes and personal equipment. Using several small bags makes it easier to pack your kayak, and to know what is where.

Hurtigruten Svalbard will provide the following equipment:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping mat
  • Shared equipment for the camp (including kitchen equipment, pans and cutlery)
  • Food and drinks
  • Kayaks
  • Paddles
  • Spray skirts
  • Floatation vests
  • Dry suits
  • Kayak shoes
  • Paddling mittens
  • Waterproof bags for shared equipment

Facts

Number of days

6 days

Age limit

18 years

Difficulty

4 - Above average physical fitness

Dates

10th - 15th of Juni and 17. - 22. juni

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June

6 days

Per person from

NOK 17990

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