May - Jun
Forget showers, bed sheets and the rush hour queues. During the course of 13 days we will leave a 180 kilometre track behind us through Svalbard’s most impressive desert. As an extra bonus, we will also visit the Russian town of Barentsburg and have a night on board the historical MS Nordstjernen.
This is one of our longest and most demanding expeditions. During two tough but incredible weeks, you will experience an unbelievably beautiful yet brutally stark landscape. At this time of year, the midnight sun will accompany us on the tour, lighting the skies so that we can make use of all the hours of the day if we wish.
We will begin our expedition on MS Nordstjernen, and head from Longyearbyen to Magdalenefjorden. At Gravneset we will sort out our gear and head off into the glacial wilderness where we will make our first camp. This far in the north, winter still reigns, and the snowline should still be down to sea level, the next morning we will start our climb up the glacier Brokebreen, until it flattens out at approximately 750 metres above sea level. From here there is no set programme, and the route and tempo will be adjusted to suit the weather conditions and the participants’ strength.
We will have plenty of elevation as we head south, with many upwards sections. One of these is the top of the glaciers, Monacobreen and Holtedahlbreen. Amazing views! A little further south we will pass behind the picturesque mountains known as the ‘Three Crowns’ or Tre Kroner. As we head south, we may start to notice that the spring is not too far away, and we may experience milder weather and wetter snow.
As we continue south, we will pass glaciers and mountain passes, heading slowly but steadily towards our destination -Ymerbukta. Once there, we may find that snow line has moved upwards, and that we need to take off our skis and walk the last section to the sea.
The daily stages are long, and the weather can change quickly. It is important that the participants are in good physical shape, are used to pulling a heavy pulka, and have camped in the snow before.
After nearly two weeks in the wilderness, the noise of the Polarcirkel boats that meet us in Ymerbukta will seem foreign as they speed across the fjord back to civilisation. Here a well deserved shower and a delicious dinner await as the expedition draws to a close. It will be nice to be back in civilisation, but it won’t be long before Svalbard’s stunning landscapes fill your dreams again.
Arrive in Longyearbyen. An information meeting will be held at the Coal Miners’ Cabins after your arrival, before we head down to our stores to make some preparations and pack our gear. We will go through the equipment, and recieve instructions for use of the cooking equipment, pulkas and tent.
We will pack the last of our gear before boarding MS Nordstjernen in the afternoon. This historical vessel will take us to Magdalenefjorden, and on the way we will have a stop in Barentsburg where we can enjoy a guided tour and a Russian folk show.
We will arrive in Magdalenefjorden in the morning. Everything we need for the next two weeks is packed in our pulkas, and we are ready for our adventure. There is no set plan for the expedition, and the choise of route and tempo will be adjusted to suit the weather and the participants.
Day 4 - 13
Skiing through the north-west of Spitsbergen, from the stunning Magdalenefjord at the north west corner to Borebreen in Isfjorden. During the tour we will pass some of the most spectacular areas on Spitsbergen, including the well-known mountains, Tre Kroner.
In Ymerbukta, we will be met by our Polarcirkel boats, ready to transport us back to Longyearbyen. A hot shower, and a tasty farewell dinner will await after we have packed away our expedition gear. Accommodation at the Coal Miners’ Cabins is included.
The expedition is over, unless we can tempt you to stay a little longer and explore Longyearbyen and the surrounding area. Otherwise, thanks for the trip, and we hope to see you again soon!
All times can be changed. The tour programme may be adjusted underway, should weather or snow conditions require it. The tempo on the expedition will be set according to the conditions and the participants’ physical strength.
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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 shops.
This tour requires that you are in good physical shape, with the strength and endurance to be able to put long distances behind you while dragging a heavy pulka.
You must be prepared for changeable weather, and generally tough weather conditions.
The positive thing about this period, is that even if we do experience bad weather, it is seldom colder than -5ºC, with an average of 3ºC.
The participants must have warm, high quality winter clothing, mountain skis with steel edges (not thin cross country skis), solid bindings and sturdy ski boots with good support. Randonee equipment is not recommended. Ski skins are required.
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.
4 - Above average physical fitness
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