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Exploring the Frozen North

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Thrilling adventures in spectacular Svalbard

Join us on a winter adventure in the north where you will take part in exciting outdoor activities as well as stay in the northernmost cabin for commercial trips to Svalbard – Nordenskjöld cabin. The trip will take you over the frozen landscape, passing vast fjords, towering mountains and gigantic glaciers and if the conditions are right, visit the abandoned town Pyramiden – where you might get to meet one of the handful of locals that live there in complete isolation!

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Travel style

Partially Guided i

Interest

Active i, Culinary Experience i, Icebergs i, Off the Beaten Path i, Snowmobiling i

Season

1 Mar - 15 May

Departure

Monday

Attractions It’s a highlight just being in Svalbard, but here’s more to look forward to…

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your arctic expedition.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to the Arctic!

    Arrive at Longyear Airport in Svalbard followed by a shuttle transfer to your accommodation for the night. After check-in, the rest of your day is open to explore Longyearbyen as you wish, perhaps with a visit to the Svalbard Museum to learn more about the region´s history as a hunting and mining outpost.

    Spend the night in Longyearbyen.

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  • Day 2: SNOWMOBILE JOURNEY TO NÖRDENSKJÖLD

    After an energising breakfast at your hotel, meet with your tour leader to go over the details of the snowmobile safari and receive your loan of additional outerwear and equipment. Then, after a basic lesson on how to drive a snowmobile, the journey begins! The guide will choose the day‘s route depending on the weather and wind, but one thing is for sure—the journey will take you through pristine, unspoiled nature. Along the way you will stop to explore and also enjoy an expedition lunch in the wilderness.

    The trip will take you over the frozen Tempelfjord before you continue further north towards the glaciers in Olav V‘s land. You will arrive at Nördenskjöld cabin in time for dinner, which you will help prepare before feasting with your fellow travellers.

    Departure from Longyearbyen: 10:00

    Spend the night at Nordenskjöld cabin.

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  • Day 3: The arctic wilderness, sauna & relaxation

    After a hearty breakfast it's time to get back on your snowmobile and head out into the beautiful scenery of Spitsbergen. 

    You will explore mountains, glaciers and frozen fjords, miles from civilisation. If the conditions are right, you will visit the abandoned Russian mining town, Pyramiden. In the old days before the evacuation, they had kindergartens, schools and even the world's northernmost swimming pool. The Russians took nothing with them when they abandoned the city in 1998 and almost everything sits as it was years ago. We will enjoy an expedition lunch on the way. During the afternoon, you will return to the cabin and after a long day on the scooter, we will fire up the sauna and enjoy a tasty dinner.

    Spend the night at Nordenskjöld cabin.

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  • Day 4: Striking nature & back to civilisation

    After a tasty breakfast, which will be served from 08:00, you will head into the beautiful wintry wonderland of Svalbard. Today, you will explore more of the striking nature around Spitsbergen. Based on the current weather forecast and recent snow conditions, the guide will pick the best route back. You will enjoy an expedition lunch on the way in the middle of the stark white landscape surrounded by arctic silence. If we are really lucky, we might catch a glimpse of the king of the arctic, a polar bear, before arriving to Longyearbyen in the afternoon.

    Spend the night in Longyearbyen.

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  • Day 5: Leisure Time & Departure

    Before departing this amazing place, the early part of your day is free for a stroll around Longyearbyen, a visit to the Svalbard Gallery, some last-minute souvenir shopping, or an optional dog-sledding tour. In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Longyear Airport for your return flight to Oslo, from where you will continue to your final destination.

Map

Here’s a map of Svalbard, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

All rooms are of standard category and come with private shower or bath and WC / On a cruise: Room with full ensuite washroom and ..

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Tour Information

Booking
  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs or extra nights can be added on request; contact us for details.
Other
  • Due to flight times between Svalbard and Norway, travellers are urged to spend the night in either Oslo or Tromsø before and after the trip.
  • Average temperatures in Svalbard between March and May are -3 to -12° Celsius but can reach as low as -30° Celsius.
  • Travellers should bring warm, weatherproof outerwear along with thermal layers and insulated boots. Sunglasses and thick moisturizer for the face are also recommended. A list of necessary personal equipment will be provided before arriving.
  • Due to limited space on the snowmobile, travellers may only bring one small rucksack (preferably waterproof) of personal items on the snowmobile tours; the remaining luggage will be securely stored in Longyearbyen.
  • Daily driving times for the snowmobile tour are set to 7–9 hours per day. It is recommended that the participants upgrade to a solo snowmobile since driving is actually easier and more comfortable than being a passenger for several hours.
  • Norwegian traffic law also applies to snowmobiling in Svalbard, so drivers must carry a valid driver’s license at all times.
  • The itinerary can change without notice due to Arctic weather conditions.
  • Children under 18 not allowed on this tour.
  • Minimum number of participants: 4
  • Participants should be in good general health for this tour.
 
Nordenskjöld cabin:
Nordenskiöld Lodge is the northernmost commercial cabin in the world. It has no running water or electricity, so Nordenskiöld is a true expedition lodge in the middle of the arctic. We use wood to heat the cabin, and get our drinking water from a melting glacier. There are 5 bedrooms with fantastic arctic views, 10 comfortable beds, an indoor toilet, and a traditional wood sauna.
 
Environmental protection and tourism in Svalbard: 
“You are welcome to return to Svalbard when no one has noticed you’ve already been here.” Svalbard’s vegetation is very exposed, particularly due to the permafrost, and destruction of flora can leave a lasting scar on the landscape. All vegetation is therefore protected and all traces of human activity up to 1945 are regarded as cultural monuments. Svalbard’s Environmental Act strictly regulates travel on Svalbard, so if you are planning a trip alone outside of Administration Area 10 (central parts of Spitsbergen), you must inform the Ombudsman and show proof of insurance.
 
Polar bears and visitor safety in Svalbard: 
The polar bear is probably the foremost symbol of Svalbard’s wildlife and it is a truly exhilarating experience to see them in their natural habitat. Keep in mind that Svalbard prohibits coaxing, pursuing, or disturbing polar bears in such a way that endangers humans or the bears themselves. Attacks on humans, though rare, can be lethal. Therefore, on all guided tours and activities, visitor safety is overseen by experienced guides who carry shotguns at all times and let off warning shots if needed. The authorities in Svalbard, together with the joint travel industry, encourage participation in organised, guided activities in order to protect both visitors and polar bears.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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