Across Nordenskiöld Land, Svalbard
Experience summery Spitsbergen by hiking through the beautiful Nordenskiöld Land. We start from Longyearbyen and hike over the mountains and through the valleys to Coles Bay and Barentsburg. After a night in the old Russian mining town we continue further east, to the remote radio station, the last stop before Greenland.
"Svalbard is a unique ecosystem that is quickly disappearing with climate change. Its important, now more than ever, to respect the landscape. Trekking is a great way to explore this incredible area."— Svalbard Guide
This trip begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Svalbard has a unique landscape and ecosystem unlike anywhere else in the world. Home to polar bears, beluga whales, walrus, arctic fox, and puffins, the environment is a must see in your lifetime.
The itinerary for this trip involves moderate trekking days with a heavy backpack, carrying your tent, camping gear, group food and personal items. Camping on Svalbard is a rare experience, and the expertise and professionalism of your guides will keep you safe and comfortable. Every night, to be aware of polar bears, you will participate in a group watch, trading shifts to watch the landscape for incoming bears. The guide will always have a gun on them as well as occasionally a dog (guide choice).
The history is Svalbard holds intersting stories and learning of which your guide and our hosts at the hotels will be able to share with you. Russian history holds strongly here, and you will not only hike and experience the scenery, but also learn and gain knowledge along the way.
This is a truely adventurous trip, and is an experience in your lifetime you won't forget.
Level 4 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. A minimum age of 15 years old for this trip.
WHAT TO BRING?
Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. Check out our equipment video here. This is a video made for our hiking tours in the summer, and the weather so far north can shift drastically. Make sure you are prepared for any weather our Arctic can throw at you!
Tents and traditional hotels.
You will carry your necessary gear on this trip in a backpack. Less is always more when thinking about weight in your pack. Follow the guidelines for equipment and you can leave your extra bag in Longyearbyen before the trek.
You will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegetarian food available upon request.
You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information.
The guide speaks English.
CHANGES MAY OCCUR
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Minimum: 6 people, maximum 12
- Activities, accommodation and meals according to the program
Transport to and from accommodation
Basecamp provides tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking equipment and safety equipment.
Rescue suite, hat, gloves & goggles for the boat safari
Search- and rescue insurance
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals, single room at Isfjord Radio and Barentsburg, accommodation in Longyearbyen, CO2 investment of NOK 250
Meet your guide at Basecamp Hotel the day before at 4:00 pm to go through the program and tips about packing. If you need to do some last minute shopping, the sports shops are open until 6 pm.
DAY 1: Our first hike
At 8 am you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to Bjørndalen, Bear Valley, right outside Longyearbyen. This is where our adventure starts! We follow the footsteps of the reindeers into Bjørndahlen and climb up our first mountain, Fuglefjellet, for some 500 meters. From the top of the mountain you can enjoy beautiful view over Isfjorden. We stop for expedition lunch on a perfect spot with a five start view. After the lunch, we continue our hike westward. After a long first day it’s nice to reach the first camp site. Everyone will help setting up the tents and preparing dinner together. Later in the evening, if we still have some energy left, we go down to the old Russian settlement Grumant. Grumant used to be a Russian mining settlements, but after closing the mine the town has turned into a ghost town habited only by birds. There is plenty of time to explore the surroundings since the sun does not set at all during the summer months! Once back at camp it’s time to crawl into our sleeping bags for well-deserved sleep. During the night, we rotate as polar bear guards. One person at a time is awake as a safety precaution to keep eye on any polar bears in the area.
DAY 2: A coastal walk
There is nothing better than starting the day with breakfast and coffee with a perfect view over arctic fjord. After breakfast, we pack our bags and lace our hiking boots for another adventurous day on foot. We descent to the coastline and reach Coles Bay, another interesting part of the Russian mining history. We stop for lunch in Coles Bay. Enjoy warm lunch and coffee with storytelling from the past mining times. We cross the river in Coles Valley and walk bit further before making camp for the night. After a long day, it is nice to relax by the camp, enjoy dinner and arctic silence in good company. Maybe we can even spot some whales in the fjord. Before heading to the tents, we agree on turns for the polar bear watch.
DAY 3: a remote hotel stay
After breakfast and packing up our camp, we continue westwards towards the Russian mining town Barentsburg. The distance for today’s hike is bit longer than what we have done on the past days, but the terrain is more flat and easier to hike on. We hike past mountains and valleys and stop for a warm expedition lunch on the way. Rest your feet and take in the nature around you, before it’s time to continue again. During the afternoon, we arrive to Barentsburg, an active Russian mining town. We have walked past several old Russian settlements during the last days, but this is the only still active town with about 300 locals. Then newly renovated hotel is ready to welcome us in. We check into rooms and head for traditional Russian dinner.
DAY 4: isfjord radio
We enjoy Russian breakfast at the hotel, before we are ready to welcome yet another new adventurous day. Today we start the day with a short boat transport across the fjord to the Russian water station. Here we lace up our hiking boots once more and set on foot to the last kilometres towards Isfjord Radio. Depending on the weather we can pick either the inland route or the coastal route. Upon arrival Isfjord Radio we are welcomed by our hosts with warm drinks. For the toughest explorers, we recommend a swim in the arctic ocean followed by warm sauna! Then it’s time for a Isfjord Radio dinner – a voyage of tastes you will not easily forget. Following few drinks, you might be ready to crawl to the warm and soft beds.
DAY 5: SAY GOODBYE
Enjoy a relaxed morning with late breakfast at Isfjord Radio. Sip coffee with croissant and look out into the vast landscape of Spitsbergen. It’s so easy just sink into the arctic atmosphere. Then it’s time to pack you gear for the last final time and head back to Longyearbyen. We travel with open boat over Isfjord. You can see a different angle to the landscape we have walked for the past few days. We are back in Longyearbyen before lunch time.
Recommended clothing in the Arctic: Woolen underwear as the base layer, warm wool or flees trousers & sweater on the top, two layers of socks (thin & thick woolen socks), windproof layer on the top (spacious clothing is recommended since air is the best insulation), gloves, warm hat (wind proof), scarf or flees- tube.
Good to have with you: Indoor shoes or extra woolen socks, indoor leisure wear/ casual clothing for dinner, toilet articles, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, camera, small bag/ backpack for personal equipment during the trip, rest of your belongings you can leave to Basecamp Hotel.
This trip is not suitable for persons suffering from back pains. Pregnant women cannot participate on any snowmobile, dog sledding or boat safaris arranged by Basecamp Spitsbergen. Basecamp takes no responsibility to any health issues, due to neglecting this advice.
As part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen’s efforts to be climate neutral, there will be an additional climate investment charge of NOK 250 per guest. This is donated in its entirety to Basecamp Foundation’s forestry project in Masai Mara, Kenya. The trees bind CO2 and contribute to reducing the effects of emissions associated with our activities – and your travel. For more information, please visit: www.basecampfoundation.org
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