Oct - Jan
Imagine the life of a huntsman or woman on Svalbard: the loneliness, the challenges and the incredible landscape. Imagine spending the dark months of the Polar Night in a tiny cabin, hidden away in a fjord, several days on foot from the next living soul. On this trip, you will gain an insight into the incredible challenges that the hunters faced, and perhaps you will understood the great affection they had for the wilderness, and why they wanted to live like this.
We will start the tour in Todalen, one of the side valleys to the south of the larger valley, Adventdalen. Your guide will tell you about Svalbard and the history of the trappers and hunters as you wander away from civilisation. You will also receive an introduction to some of the techniques that were used to hunt for the major fur animals - polar foxes and polar bears. The hunting season started in the late autumn, and the traps had to be checked throughout the winter. As we wander through the Arctic tundra, it is easy to gain a better understanding of this life, and to appreciate how it was to live this far north in this season.
To complete the tour, we will enjoy modern comforts the trappers may have missed - with hot chocolate and marshmallows around the fire.
If the tour takes place in the dark, the participants will be equipped with headlamps.
2- Suitable for most
This is a walking tour, and you must be able to walk approximately 2km through varied terrain. You must ensure you have warm clothing and shoes.
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.
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