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Summertime Trek in Spitsbergen

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Forge your own path in Svalbard!

Lace up your hiking boots and get moving with this invigorating hiking tour in Svalbard, home to some of the world’s most pristine and rugged landscapes! With an experienced wilderness guide, you will experience the history, culture, and nature of this fascinating land as few travellers get to do. Enjoy scenic boat rides in the fjords and tour accommodations including a comfortable hotel in Longyearbyen, an expedition-style campsite, and a former radio station in a remote fjord.

Season

1 Jul - 31 Aug

Departure

Daily

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Itinerary

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

  • Day 1: Welcome to the Land of the Midnight Sun!

    Arrive at Longyear Airport in Svalbard followed by a private 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:  Nature at its best at Kapp Linné 

    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, we immediately start hiking along the coastline towards Linnédalen, where we have a fantastic view of Linnévannet and Isfjorden along with a nice expedition lunch and hot drinks. After a long day of trekking and sightseeing, it’s time to set up camp and enjoy dinner prepared by our guide before dozing off in our sleeping bags.

    Spend the night in an expedition tent.

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  • Day 3: Hiking to Wonderful Isfjord Radio

    After a solid breakfast, get ready for new day of adventures in the beautiful Svalbard wilderness! Today, the trail takes us to Grønfjorden and Festningen, where, among other things, we can find fossil prints of prehistoric lizards. An expedition lunch is served on our way back to Isfjord Radio, where a hot shower and sauna await you along with a delicious three-course dinner.

    Spend the night at the Isfjord Radio.

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  • Day 4: Coastline Trek and 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: So Long, Svalbard!

    Before departing this amazing place, the early part of your day is free for a stroll around Longyearbyen, a visit to the Svalbard Gallery, or some last-minute souvenir shopping. Or, if you’ve ever wondered what sled dogs do in the summer, you can find out for yourself with an optional dog-sledding tour... on wheels! In the afternoon, take a taxi or the airport bus to Longyear Airport for your return flight to Oslo, from where you will continue onwards to your final destination.

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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!

 

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.
 
Optional 
  • 3.5-hour dog-sledding tour on wheels on the morning of departure. 
Other 
  • Departures are daily in July and August 
  • 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. 
  • 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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