Our adventures

Spend a week in an Arctic outpost, hiking on glaciers, kayaking beside glacier walls, no cell phone coverage, all in the land of the polar bears and midnight sun

You can reach the Arctic outpost of Spitsbergen from both Oslo or Tromsø. Situated between the Norwegian mainland and the north pole, this Arctic archipelago is one of the most spectacular places in the world. Nature up here speaks for itself, unless you have been here before, you have not seen anything like it. Spitsbergen is the largest island in the archipelago of Svalbard. Rocky and peaky mountains surround the entire coastline, and close to 70% of the landscape is covered by glaciers. It is home for nearly 3000 polar bears, and here in the middle of the Arctic, you will find some of the most beautiful and spectacular accommodations that you have ever visited and stayed in.

During the adventure week in Spitsbergen, you will stay in the worlds northernmost commercial cabin, the Nordenskiöld mountain lodge. This unique lodge is situated on one of the side fjords of Isfjorden, in Billefjorden. The lodge is next to the shoreline in Adolfbukta, one of the inner bays in Billefjorden, right next to the mighty glacier of Nordenskiöld. The Nordenskiöld glacier is part of the larger glacier system stretching all the way to the north coast of Spitsbergen, making the northern parts of the high Arctic Archipelago very accessible from the Nordenskiöld Lodge. This is as far as you can go on motorized vehicles – from here on it’s either skis or dog sled if you want to explore further. Nordenskiöld Lodge is the northernmost commercial cabin in the world. With no running water or electricity, 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 the melting glacier. There are 5 bedrooms with fantastic Arctic views, 10 comfortable beds, indoor toilet, and a traditional wood sauna.

During the days on Nordenskiöld, you will hike some of the most spectacular glacier landscape there is. With our kayaks, we will explore the land around us, safely guarded by our highly qualified guides. This is after all the land of the polar bear, maybe we will get to spot a glimpse of the Arctic king? 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 2 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. This trip is for people of minimum 16 years of age,  who love an real adventure. No previous skills from the activities needed.

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. 

HOW TO GET THERE

Daily flights (3-4 hours) from Oslo to Longyear City. Please send us an email at info@hvitserk.com if you have any questions. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay at what we think are the most unique and welcoming accommodation in the whole of Arctic. Nordenskiöld lodge has 5 big bedrooms with a fantastic Arctic view. In these rooms, you will find 11 comfortable beds. Additional to this you will also find an indoor toilet. In a separate house, you will also find a traditional Finnish sauna heated every day for your comfort.

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

The weather on Spitsbergen might necessitate that our boat departure from Longyearbyen is postponed or canceled. Guides and the staff present are the ones responsible for taking this decision, and 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: 4 people; Maximum: 12 people.

Included

The price includes activities, equipment, accommodation outside of Longyearbyen, and meals according to the program. 

not INCLUDED

Flights, airport shuttle, drinks with meals and accommodation in Longyearbyen.

other information

This is a trip that we organize in collaboration with our partner Basecamp Spitsbergen. 

DAY 1: Longyear city

There is a reason why the city on Spitsbergen is called Longyear City. This time of year, the sun is up 24/7, and it for almost four months it never settles. Before we go out in the beautiful Arctic silence, you will meet up with your guide at Basecamp hotel the day before. Along with the guide, you will go through the program for your stay, and try out the different equipment that you need. At 4 pm you will find your guide in the reception of Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen, from here you will drive down to the house where all equipment is stored. 


Accommodation Not included Ascent 0m Distance 0 Descent 0m Time 2 hours Transport 15 minutes

DAy 2: to the lodge of nordenskiöld by boat

The day starts early at 08 am when the guide picks you up at your hotel. You will shortly go through the week’s plan and route, before heading to the harbor and the boat to take you to Billefjorden and Nordenskiold Lodge. There is plenty of wildlife around the fjords at this time of the year, so we have good chances to see Arctic birds, walruses, belugas or even the polar bear. Once at Nordenskiöld Lodge we will enjoy outdoor lunch and get familiar with the cabin and the surroundings. After lunch, it is time to head out to the arctic nature and explore the beauty around us. Before the evening we will return to the cabin, prepare a delicious dinner and warm up a sauna.

Accommodation Mountain lodge Ascent 300m Distance 1 - 5km Meals BLD Descent 300meters Time 1-2 hours trekking  Transport 2 hours

DAY 3: kayaking among glaciers

We start the day with good breakfast and if the weather is good we can spend the morning to learn how to paddle a kayak. We have steady and reliable double kayaks at Basecamp Nordenskiöld so we all can paddle in pairs. Kayaking is a perfect way to get around in the Arctic and the very traditional way to explore the Arctic shorelines.  After the learning period, we will set out for a day trip to Brucebyen. We will paddle across the magnificent glacier front with ice bergs and Arctic wildlife. On the other side of the fjord lies Brucebyen. The small settlement consists of huts that were built 100 years ago by Scottish geologists. The guide will tell you fascinating stories from the history. After a long day on the cold arctic sea, it is wonderful to relax in the sauna and afterward enjoy a delicious dinner. Maybe you have brought some ice from the glacier for tonight's drink?

Accommodation Mountain lodge Ascent 0 m Distance 15km Meals BLD Descent 0 m Time 4-5 hrs kayaking

DAY 4: Exploring the Arctic

Today we will head out to the majestic Nordenskiöld Glacier. After breakfast, we go through the basic guidelines for glacier walking and climbing and the safety issues. Then we will explore the glacier crevasses just 300 meters away from the cabin. We will spend the day on the glacier walking up and down in the glacier cracks and enjoying the shining glacier around us. We will eat expedition lunch on the way. In the evening we make a bonfire and enjoy the view over the fjord.

Ascent 400m Distance 10km Meals BLD Descent 400m Time 4-5 hrs hiking

DAY 5: comfort for the soul

If you look closely, it is actually things growing here in the Arctic! We will explore the beautiful Arctic land, glacier moraines and small flowers surviving in the harsh environment. We will reach close to one of the mountain peaks nearby, and enjoy expedition lunch on the way. The quietness, peace, magnificent landscape, and beauty of it all will give you a peace you have never experienced before. When we get back to the lodge, we will have a nice dinner, and maybe we should try to jump into the water? Probably you will not have the chance to take a bath this close to the north pole ever again!

Ascent 400m Distance 10km Meals BLD Descent 400m Time 4-5 hrs skiing  Transport 2,5 hrs

DAY 6: back to civilization 

Our boat will take us back to Longyearbyen after we have had breakfast. We will spend some minutes leaving the equipment, and saying goodbye to the rest of the people that we have spent this beautiful days with. Transport to hotels or the airport will be organized. 

Meals B Transport 15 min Transport 2-3 hrs

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring with you everything you need. This list is intended to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Spitsbergen in this period are most often dry, but seldom warmer than 10 Celsius plus. We don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip. Please contact us at info@hvitserk.com if you have any questions.

Underwear

Preferably synthetic or wool.

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool.

Fleecejacket

Bring a good Mid Layer.

Shell pants

Gore-Tex or similar. Pants with ventilation.

Hiking pants

 

Insulated jacket

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening.

Gloves/mittens

 

Socks

Wool is the best, bring several pairs, fresh socks help reduce gall.

Cap/hat

Bring a warm cap, and something to protect you from the sun is also smart.

Head over/skarf

 

Shorts

 Some days might be hot, and let's go for a swim in case of warm weather!

T-shirt

 Bring two or three

Hiking shoes

Bring good hiking shoes that you have used before.

Backpack / Rucksack

40-50L (it should be a good one, we carry our backpack each day)

Sunglasses

 

Sunscreen

And sunblock for your lips.

Toiletries

 

Camera

 Remember a lot of free space on your memory card.

A smile

Lightweight, and good for the group dynamics

Earplugs

We stay in double rooms at some of the cabins

Backpack or small bag

 30L is more than enough. Preferably water resistant.

Indoor clothing

casual clothing for dinner and even wear

Swimsuit / Shorts

For sauna and Arctic bathing!

Indoor shoes

It is customary to take off your shoes indoors and wear slippers instead