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.
This kayaking expedition on the Isfjord is a six day trip in the second longest fjord on Spitsbergen. The Isfjord stretches 107 km into the island, and this trip allows you to explore the northwest of the fjord, where there is little boat traffic. From Trygghamna out in the west, to Tempelfjord in the east, the fjord is filled with smaller arms. Our adventure will start in Yoldiabukta, which we will reach after crossing the Isfjord by boat.
With its many finger-fjords and massive glacier faces, the Isfjord is a magical little universe. With the exception of the splashes from our paddles, the silence will only be broken by Mother Nature´s own sounds, like a curious seal, or the cackling of nesting seabirds. Or perhaps a glacier, crackling and calving. The guide will carry safety equipment and weapons just in case - we should not forget that we are well off the beaten track, in the Arctic wilderness.
During this trip, we will paddle past three glacier faces, each of which falls straight into the sea. Of these, Sveabreen is the most powerful. You will also find teeming birdlife, intriguing flora and fascinating remnants from the past in the Isfjord. We will be sure to make land in a number of places where we can get a closer look at cultural sites from Svalbard´s intriguing mining and hunting past. The goal for the tour is Kapp Smith and Dicksonfjorden. Here our transport will meet us, and we will suddenly be back in civilisation. Weather and wind can lead to sudden changes in our route, but the boat transport is flexible, and can always pick us up from another spot if required.
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.
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.
NOK 17 495 per person in shared tents. Single tent only available on request, and subject to supplement.
The price includes:
Price does not include:
Tent and accommodation
Single tent only available on request, and subject to price supplement
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.
Safety is our highest priority, and the guide needs to be able to give directions you understand. To participate on one of our excursions, it is required that you speak and understand English or one of the Scandinavian languages.
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:
4 - Above average physical fitness