Spitsbergen Summer Adventure


Nordenskiöld glacier is located deep in the heart of the Arctic, completely off the beaten track in the remote wilderness of Spitsbergen.  Far away from civilisation, this mighty glacier is the base for an exciting 5 day Arctic Summer Adventure. 

The experience starts in the northernmost city in the world (Longyearbyen) and takes you 100 miles north east into the spectacular scenery of the Svalbard mountains. In Longyearbyen you stay in a hotel designed in the form of an old trapper’s lodge. You will have a chance to see something of the town and become atuned to a quite different way of life from most peoples' temperate home.

Your expedition target is a remote wilderness lodge, perched at the edge of this magnificent glacier. This is one of the northernmost wilderness cabins in the world. To reach the glacier, you will adorn warm survival suits and board an open Polarcirkel boat - an exhilarating experience in itself, during which you can hope to observe a variety of wildlife and birds.

The midnight sun allows for long action-packed days, where you will embark on several adventurous activities in the area surrounding the cabin. Possibly the ultimate ways in which to explore the glacier front is from a kayak. Paddling in pairs you will navigate amidst floating glacier ice, whilst keeping an eye out for curious wildlife. You will also get the opportunity to strap on your crampons and explore the heavily crevassed glacier on a magical day of glacier hiking. Finally, you will grab your hiking boots and ascend a nearby mountain peak summit through the varying Arctic landscape of glacier moraines and Arctic flowers which astonishingly manage to survive in this harsh environment.

The modern yet basic wilderness cabin which provides your base for four nights, is a scene reminiscent of legendary polar explorers.  Here you will be able to absorb your surroundings and bask in complete solitude in a land of complete silence, far from the trappings of modern daily life. The only sounds will be those of the glacier as it cracks and roars as pieces of ice calve from the glacier front. At the end of each day the cabin will indeed be a welcome sight, with promise of a hot dinner, bonfire and warming sauna.

This is an authentic Arctic wilderness adventure, ideal for a standalone trip or an add on to one of our Spitsbergen Voyages.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Longyearbyen

Please Contact Us to discuss a potential flight itinerary to suit.

Upon arrival into Longyearbyen, you will be able to catch the airport shuttle bus to your hotel (approx 75 NOKpp).

The hotel will be your basecamp in Longyearbyen, decorated in authentic trapper’s style down to the very last detail.

Day 2: Your Spitsbergen Adventure Commences (B, L, D)

Breakfast will be served in the breakfast lounge from 7am.

At 8am you will gather with your fellow adventurers and meet with your guide in the hotel reception before making your way to the expedition base. You will then drive down to the harbour, where you will be provided with a warm survival suit, before getting settled in an open RIB-boat and heading towards Billefjorden and Adolfbukta.

During summer, the fjords will be teeming with wildlife, and you will most likely encounter the devoted boat-followers known as northern fulmars, as well as the occasional puffin. You might also get to see walruses, belugas or even a polar bear! Once at Nordenskiöld cabin you will enjoy an outdoor lunch and get familiar with the cabin and the surroundings.

After lunch it is time to head out into the arctic nature and explore the beauty of the isolated outpost. You will return to the cabin in the evening, where you will be served a delicious dinner and get to enjoy a pre-heated sauna. Accommodation in double rooms.

Day 3: A day for Kayaking (B, L, D)

The day begins with a solid breakfast, before leaving the comforts of the Nordenskiold Lodge. After zipping up your dry suits and sliding into the calm water in steady and reliable double kayaks, you will paddle in pairs to explore your beautiful surroundings. Kayaking is the perfect way to get around in the Arctic and is probably the ultimate way to explore a calving glacier front and the arctic shorelines. Today’s destination will be determined by the weather and sea conditions, as well as your  paddling skill level. You will paddle next to the magnificent glacier front among floating pieces of glacier ice, whilst being observed by the curious wildlife.

After a long day of paddling in a cold, arctic sea, the comforts of a warm sauna and a proper meal will seem very tempting.

Day 4: Glacier Day (B, L, D)

Today you will head out to the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier. After breakfast your guide will brief you on the basic guidelines and safety precautions associated with glacier hiking. You will set out to explore the heavily crevassed glacier that is situated only 300 meters from the cabin. You will spend the day hiking up and down the glacier, staring down cracks and enjoying the shiny glacier surface. You will be able to enjoy your expedition lunch on the glacier. Weather depending, you will make a bonfire once back at the cabin, and simply cherish the view of the fjord.

Day 5: Hiking Day (B, L, D)

Today you will strap on your hiking boots and begin hiking around the surrounding mountain/moraine peaks. You will explore the beautiful Arctic landscape, glacier moraines and arctic flowers that have adapted to the harsh environment. You will summit one of the nearby mountain peaks and enjoy an expedition lunch on the way. Once back at the cabin you will enjoy a delicious meal and the pre-heated sauna.

Day 6: Pyramiden & return to Longyearbyen (B, L)

After breakfast you will embark upon your final hike. Bring your camera to the glacier front, or hike to the moraine for a last photo of the spectacular scenery. You will enjoy lunch at the cabin before returning to  the civilization. We make a stop in Pyramiden on the way back to Longyearbyen, where you will be able to explore the Russian settlement up close. The settlement was abandoned in 1998, but has been reopened to visitors. It is a fascinating Place with a very interesting history. You will return to Longyearbyen by boat and arrive during the afternoon or early evening.

Day 7: Depart Longyearbyen (B)

If you are taking the 14:45 flight you will have plenty of time to relax and see some more of the most northerly town in Europe.

Day 1: Arrive Longyearbyen

Please Contact Us to discuss a potential flight itinerary to suit.

Upon arrival into Longyearbyen, you will be able to catch the airport shuttle bus to your hotel (approx 75 NOKpp).

The hotel will be your basecamp in Longyearbyen, decorated in authentic trapper’s style down to the very last detail.

Day 2: Your Spitsbergen Adventure Commences (B, L, D)

Breakfast will be served in the breakfast lounge from 7am

Your guide will pick you up in the reception area of your hotel at 8am. You will have a quick look at the the itinerary for the upcoming weekend. There will be time to make sure you have packed all of your travel essentials into a smaller bag (waterproof bags are recommended). Your excess baggage can be stored in the storage room at the hotel in Longyearbyen. You will be provided with all necessary equipment, such as survival suits, goggles, hats, boots and gloves. You will head down to the harbour and get settled in open RIB-boats. Get ready for some fresh air, sea spray and close encounters with the Arctic wildlife of Svalbard. The fjords are teeming with Arctic birds, walruses, seals, and belugas this time of year. You can look forward to a hot lunch when you reach the lodge, where you will also be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Nordenskiöld glacier. You will explore the moraine landscape on foot and get to know the surrounding area. Your guide will be happy to share their knowledge of the area and of the glacier itself! You will return to the cabin before nightfall, and you will have time to relax in the sauna before dinner is served.

Day 3: Glacier Day (B, L, D)

This morning your guide will introduce you to the equipment while teaching you some basic safety rules. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment for the glacier hike. The glacier is situated just a stone’s throw away and youwill have to cross a small river to get to your starting point. You will hike up and down the glacier, crossing multiple smaller crevasses. There are few more beautiful places in the world to enjoy an outdoor expedition lunch. The view of Adolfbukta and Billefjorden is nothing short of spectacular. Did you know that 60% of Spitsbergen’s surface is covered by glaciers? If the weather gods are on your side, there will also be time for an afternoon kayaking trip to the glacier front. Be on the lookout for curious seals! You will top off the day by relaxing visit to the sauna, followed by a much-appreciated hot meal.

Day 4: Pyramiden & Return to Longyearbyen (B, L)

After finishing breakfast, you will embark upon a final hike along the beach. There will be time to sit down for lunch before cruising across Adolfbukta to the Russian ghost town, Pyramiden, and have a closer look at the former Russian mining society. You will return to Longyearbyen by boat in the afternoon.

Day 5: Depart Longyearbyen (B)

If you are taking the 14:45 flight you will have plenty of time to relax and see some more of the most northerly town in Europe.

Dates

Enquire / Book 28 Jun - 20 Sep 2020 - £ 2,155

7 Day Itinerary: Departures every Sunday
(based on two people sharing)

Enquire / Book 02 Jul - 26 Sep 2020 - from £ 1,455

5 Day Itinerary: Departures every Thursday
(based on two people sharing)

Price Includes
All accommodation and meals as per itinerary
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Expert polar guide
Rescue suit, hat, gloves and goggles
Search and rescue insurance
CO2 and environmental investment (NOK 250 per person)

Price excludes
International flights (but we can arrange these from UK if you wish)
Insurance
Tips
Items of a personal nature
Airport bus transfers (approximately £5 each way)

Minimum group size 4

Minimum age 15 years

Single supplement (for hotel only) £130 (or zero if sharing with someone of the same gender can be arranged)

Equipment needed
Thermal Base Layers
Warm wool or fleece trousers and jumper as mid-layer
Winderproof and waterproof outer layer
Down jacket
Walking shoes
warm and windproof mittens and warm gloves
Windproof hat
Sunglasses and sunhat
Indoor shoes for the lodge
Binoculars
Toiletries
Camera (and waterproof case)
Backpack (around 35 litres) for water food and extra clothing during the day
Water bottle
Swimwear (for a Polar Plunge or the Sauna)

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