Welcome to an exceptional ski expeditions through some of Svalbard's most impressive landscapes. The expedition begins with boat transport to Billefjord, and as we disembark from the boats we will be surrounded by towering mountains. From here we will get ready to ski into the wilderness, with many highlights underway, including Nora, Dana and Svea - the three mountains known as 'Tre Kroner', The Three Crowns, named for Norway, Denmark and Sweden. While the route may be changed slightly due to weather, ice and glacier conditions, this tour will be an experience to remember!
We will strap on our skis, attach our pulks and head into the unique fjord and glacier landscape. Our plan is to head up the Hørbye Glacier to catch a glimpse of Tarantellen - a rock formation that looks like an enormous tarantula on the top of a mountain ridge. From here we will continue on skis through Dicksonfjorden, before we again work our way up, over the glacier systems to the highest point on this tour - Holtedalsfonna. Here we will pass the three peaks which give their name to this trip, as they reach towards the skies from the glacier.
From here we set a southwesterly course, following the glaciers over to the Isfjord. Our ski expedition will end in one of the picturesque fjords, where we will be picked up by our Polarcirkel boat team. We will speed accross the fjord back to Longyearbyen, where a well-deserved shower and a farewell dinner awaits.
"This expedition requires the participants to be physically fit and used to long ski trips, as we cover 15-20 km a day pulling a sled with equipment. Each participant should be an experienced skier and be familiar with camping outdoors in tents during the winter. We strongly recommend Nordic skiing equipment on this expedition.
Participants must have good quality winter clothes, Nordic mountain touring skis with steel edges (not narrow cross-country skis), strong bindings and ski boots that are both warm and provide support. Randonee type skis are not recommended
Normally we will start skiing at 0900 and set up our next camp between 1700 and 1800 but this can vary depending on the group and progress.
Be aware that the weather can change fairly quickly and the temperature can drop dramatically, to -15. Normally at this time of the year, we have -10 to 0. At this time of year we will have the midnight sun.
The participants are normally split into teams of two and you will each pull their own sled. The sleds contain group equipment such as tents, portable stoves, food and fuel for the whole trip. The sleds weighs approx 30-35 kg.
Participants are expected to take part in setting up camp, cooking and polar bear garding during the night.
The trip is approximately 180 km in total. 11 nights in a tent."
Two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Longyearbyen, one night before and one night after the trip. Food during the trip and the farewell dinner at the end.
Equipment comprising tents, sleds, cooking equipment, shovels, fuel, sleeping mats etc. is included. An experienced guide with the necessary safety equipment and search and rescue insurance. Transport from Longyearbyen to Billefjord and return from Borebukta/ Ymerbukta by Polarcirkel boat.
Does not include
Flight tickets to/from Longyearbyen
Mountain Skis with poles (we reccomand Åsnes mountain ski)
Alcoholic drinks or soft drinks
Personal travel insurance
Clothing and personal equipment.
This expedition requires that the participants have experience with winter camping, and have moderate skiing experience, we will cover 10-15km per day with backpacks or pulkas with shared equipment and that will require good fitness and strength.
Be prepared for the fact that the weather can change quickly, and that it can become cold. The participants are generally split into tent teams of two people each, and will be given a pulka each, which will be filled with shared equipment like tents, primus, food and fuel for the whole tour. The pulka will weigh about 20 kilograms, and will be in addition to your personal equipment, which should be packed in your backpack or pulka. Participants are expected to assist with setting up camp and preparing meals.
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