This Spitsbergen hike is a spectacular for day wilderness experience, packed with activities. Here you can make your way between soaring peaks and enormous glaciers, and stay at our basecamp at the foot of Sveabreen in Ekmanfjord, on the west coast of the Isfjord.
This hike at 78° North is recommended for the explorer who is looking for a special wilderness experience with a focus on activities. We will be transported out in open Polarcirkel boats, crossing the massive Isfjord on the way. Once we arrive at the camp, there will be great opportunities for hiking, glacier crossing and rowing/kayaking. We can also go on a fossil hunt, keep an eye out for the local flora and fauna, and will always be on the watch for the exciting and unique wildlife. The views from the surrounding mountain tops are incredible! At their base, the camp is equipped with a kitchen tent with an oven and seating area. This will be our meeting place, and we will eat breakfast and dinner in this cosy space.
Each day we will head out on day trips to the surrounding peaks, to the glacier, Sveabreen, and perhaps onto the sea by rowboat or kayak. On one of the days we will test out glacier crossing, with ropes, crampons and ice axes on the blue glacier ice. On cloudy days we may wander along the coastline and through the tundra, with its surprising variety of tiny plants. There are few established paths in this area, and participants must be comfortable hiking in uneven terrain. During breakfast we will also fix our packed lunch and fill our thermoses, so that we can enjoy the meal in the wilderness during our adventures. Each evening we will head back to camp, make our evening meal and relax in good company. We will also discuss the plan for the next day, in consultation with the participants and the guide, and with the weather forecast in mind. After dinner we will meet around the bonfire, and enjoy the panoramic views and silence of the Arctic.
You will be collected from your accommodation in Longyearbyen for a briefing, and preparation and packing of gear. Transport to the camp by Polarcirkel boat. From here we will take a quick hike up to 380-toppen (yes - that is its real name, and perhaps not surprisingly, it is 380 metres high). On the way up we will look for fossils and from the top we will enjoy the fantastic views over our basecamp and the Svea Glacier. We will be back in camp in time for dinner, and later in the evening we will relax by the bonfire in good company for some Svalbard stories.
After a delicious breakfast with fresh coffee, we will pack our daybags and get ready for a trip to Bertilsryggen via Lundbohmfjellet. The hike starts with easy terrain along the coast, and we will keep an eye out for reindeer and fox in the tundra. After a while it will get steeper as we make our way up towards Lundbohmfjellet, and we will keep the tempo relaxed so that we can enjoy the views over Ekmanfjorden and Flintholmen. We will take our time as we enjoy lunch on the top of the Bertil’s ridge, before returning to the camp via Lappelen. Perhaps we will spy a polar bear in the distance?
Today is packed with adventure! We will hike up onto a glacier, og head out on a rowing or paddling trip (Rowboat in July, kayak in August). We will split the group in two smaller groups, and the first group starts their day wandering through the labyrinth of ice and snow, as the explore the mighty glacier. The second group will start their adventure at sea, with row boats or kayaks, and maybe test their hand at fishing. After lunch, we will swap activities. In the evening the guides will fire up the barbecue for a real feast.
After a good night’s sleep, breakfast and coffee, we will get ready for our last tour. Who wants to take a trip up onto Sveasletta to look for all of the different flowers that grow there? Or how about a hike to the waterfall in Lappdalen? Or a little trip in the rowboats? There are so many options, and the guides are ready when you are. Early in the afternoon we will pack our bags, and be collected by a Polarcirkel boat. After a few relaxed days in the wilderness it will be quite a contrast to come back to the ‘big city’ in Longyearbyen. Perhaps you will have added a few days in town, so that you Svalbard adventure is not over just yet?
NOK 12000,- per person (min. 4, max. 12 participants)
Price does not include:
You will be sent an equipment list well before the tour.
The day trips will be planned according to the weather and the fitness of the participants. You must be prepared to carry a backpack with your own gear, clothing and packed lunch, and cover between 7 - 17 kilometres per day. There are no set paths, so you must be able to hike through uneven terrain. No previous glacier experience is required for the glacier crossing.
The weather can change quickly, and we may have temperatures below zero. Wind is common, and occasionally there may be snow or sleet, even in the summer. As a participant, you must be prepared to take a polar bear watch. 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 previous guests have told us that the feeling of walking around the camp alone, with the midnight sun on their face while the rest of the group slept, was one of the most indelible memories they have from their trip. So, even if it means 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.
3 – Demands average physical fitness, not suitable if you have limited mobility
15th - 18th of July, 20th - 23rd of July, 6th - 9th of August, 12th - 15th of August
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