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Summer Icefjord Safari

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Go in search of icebergs this summer!

Nothing says "off the beaten path" quitelike Svalbard, where reindeer roam freely and humans are the exception, not the rule. With the expertise of a professional wilderness guide, this tour takes you on a discovery of Svalbard’s unique flora and fauna with hiking excursions and boating safaris in remote Spitsbergen. You will also enjoy accommodation at a former radio station in the beautiful Isfjord along with an unconventional dog-sledding tour and free time to explore the town of Longyearbyen.

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Best Seller, Dog Sled, Midnight sun

Season

1 Jun - 31 Aug

Departure

Sundays, Thursdays

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Highlights 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.

  • Day 1: Thursday - Welcome to the Land of the Midnight Sun

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

    Spend the night in Longyearbyen.

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  • Day 2: Friday - Tranquillity at Kapp Linné 

    Spend the morning relaxing in Longyearbyen with a stroll around town, a visit to the Svalbard Gallery, a leisurely break at a cafe or a bit of souvenir shopping.

    In the afternoon it is time for the adventure to begin! Meet with your guide in the morning for a short briefing before we head to the harbour in Longyearbyen where the Polarcirkel boat is waiting to take us to Isfjord Radio at Kapp Linné. On the way, enjoy the fantastic fjord scenery and wildlife sightings as we make a number of interesting stops. Upon arrival, enjoy a superb three-course dinner at Isfjord Radio, a former radio station remodelled as a cosy guesthouse.

    Spend the night at Isfjord Radio.

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  • Day 3: Saturday - Boat Safari in the Isfjord

    After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to board the boat for an exciting safari to the west side of the fjord. The route takes us along the eastern coastline and across the Isfjorden at Kapp Starostin before heading towards the mighty cliffs of Alkehornet, inhabited by thousands of nesting birds. Upon arrival at Trygghamna, a nice expedition lunch is served at the beach. Then, can take a closer look at the area before boarding the safari boat and heading for the fantastic Esmark Glacier at Ymerbukta. If we’re lucky, we might catch a glimpse of whales, seals, or the “king of the Artic”, the polar bear. In the evening, a wonderful three-course dinner awaits us at Isfjord Radio.

    Spend another night at Isfjord Radio.

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  • Day 4: Sunday - Coastline Trek Return to Longyearbyen

    Today, you can choose to either relax and enjoy the morning at Isfjord Radio or join your guide for a hike along the beautiful coastline. During the leisurely coastline trek, your guide will entertain you with stories about the hard life of early settlers and tell you about the unique geology, flora, and wildlife in the area.

    Later, enjoy a warm lunch at Isfjord Radio before returning in the afternoon to Longyearbyen, where you will spend the night.

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  • Day 5: Monday - Meet the Huskies and Departure

    You can’t leave the Arctic without first trying a typical Arctic activity like dog-sledding. But this is no ordinary dog-sledding tour—this is husky safari on wheels! In the morning, your guide picks you up and takes you to the kennel at the Trapper’s Station in Bolterdalen, where around 90 cheerful Alaskan huskies eagerly await your arrival. After a short lesson on the principles of “mushing”, it’s your turn to harness your team of huskies and go for a ride. After the tour, you are returned to town with time to freshen up before your departure. 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.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Edward, Canada

, August 2010

An outstanding visit

I have just arrived back in Canada after an outstanding visit to Spitsbergen and Basecamp Isfjord Radio. Everything has gone very well with my trip including flight reservations, the Basecamp hotel, hotel Spitsbergen and of course the staff at Basecamp Isfjord Radio. It was a fantastic visit and I was very sorry to leave. Spitsbergen is a very beautiful place and I hope to return someday. I also very much enjoyed spending a few days in Oslo - you have a great country and I very much enjoyed my stay there as well.

On a personal note, I also want to especially thank Line Natten Espeland especially for all her hard work in organizing my itinerary on such short notice. I really appreciate the effort she put into it. Thank you so much!

 

Linda

Summer Icefjord Safari, July 2015

Thanks!

We loved staying at the Basecamp Trapper's hotel.  The place was really interesting and the staff very nice.  We pass along a special thanks to Lise at the hotel for her exceptional customer service and friendly personality. We also enjoyed the trip to Isfjord Radio, our wonderful guide Harri, and the great meals they served.  Our 2 hour maxibus trip around Longyearbyen the day we arrived was a good introduction to the area.
We made 2 changes to the package tour itinerary, and they ended up being the best parts of the trip.  The first was a hike to Trollsteinen, which we included in our itinerary from the beginning, and it was amazing (for those who love to hike). The second was a change we made at the last minute.  On our last day we were signed up for an ATV trip, but it would have been to basically the same place we had seen the first day on the maxibus trip.  We heard about a 10-hour boat trip to Pyramiden and Nordenskjoldbreen and booked it the night before. We loved this trip, with all we learned and the opportunity to see more of Spitsbergen. It added so much to our Svalbard experience, and we were so grateful we added this in. Something else that we really enjoyed on our trip was the Svalbard museum. It is very well done and we appreciated what we learned here. We have now used Nordic Visitor for 3 different trips.  We keep coming back to you because you take such good care of us and give us the trips we want. Thanks!
 

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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Everything about this tour

Our travel consultants can assist with booking air travel between Oslo or Tromsø and Longyearbyen. If needed, we can also book accommodation in Oslo or Tromsø. 
 
This tour can be customized, including additional nights in Oslo, Tromsø, or Longyearbyen on request. We can also combine this tour with other tours in Norway or other Nordic countries. 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. 
  • The summer climate in Svalbard is generally mild with average temperatures of 5 to 9° Celsius. However, Arctic conditions can cause sudden weather changes so it is recommended to bring warm, weatherproof outerwear along with thermal layers and good walking boots. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended due to the long daylight exposure from the midnight sun. A list of necessary personal equipment will be provided before arriving. 
  • The itinerary can change without notice due to Arctic weather conditions. 
  • This tour is not suitable for young children. Travellers must be at least 6 years of age.
  • Participants should be in good general health for this tour.
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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