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EAST COAST EXPEDITION

East Coast Expedition

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This extraordinary expedition enables total immersion in the most beautiful winter landscapes of Spitsbergen. Travel through remote areas where few people have ever ventured and journey through glacial valleys where reindeer shelter to the ice floe of the east coast where polar bears meet in the spring... This magnificent crossing of Spitsbergen, connects Sassendalen to the east coast in the spirit of the great polar expeditions. A completely autonomous 12 day expedition Nordic skiing with pulks.

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Detailed itinerary

day 1Flight to Longyearbyen

Welcome to Longyearbyen, we will greet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation in the city under the light of the midnight sun.

day 2Longyearbyen

Distribution, verification, and familiarization with our equipment ready for tomorrows departure by tank. Today is a chance to meet everyone, to prepare for our adventure and to explore the northernmost city on the planet, Longyearbyen.

day 3Rabotbreen Glacier

Into the wilderness. We load our expedition material and set off in a tank towards Rabotbreen glacier, the starting point of our expedition, far from civilization...

Day 4 to Day 5Glacier de Rabotbreen et d'Ulvebreen.

Today, the great crossing can begin. Once our equipment is loaded into our pulkas, we leave camp and head towards the east coast of the island which is covered with pack ice for much of the year. Over two days, we travel along glaciers in an Arctic atmosphere, immersed in infinite and limpid landscapes which only stop at the silhouettes of mountains ...

Day 6 to Day 10Across the Pack Ice to Ingelfield Bay

The valley finally opens up onto the frozen sea, a grandiose spectacle of the pack ice which covers the east coast of Spitsbergen. Depending on the weather we move on the snow or ice, past seals basking in the sun. This is Polar bear territory, we may have the chance to see the magnificant bears which dominate these lands.

Our progression over the pack ice is very playful, what an incredible feeling to be able to move across this frozen sea between icebergs seized by ice.

We arrive in Ingelfield Bay where the imposing bluish ice front 3 kilometers wide of the Nordsysselbreen glacier creates a special atmosphere. We set up our camp near this ice giant.

Day 11 to Day 13Traversing glaciers to the valley of reindeer

Next, we leave the pack ice and head up onto the Nordsyssel glacier. We cross a pass at 230 m which overlooks the surrounding valleys and offers a magnificent views of the area. Then we head down to the Kjellström valley and spend the night near a frozen lake. Over the following days, each valley is an opportunity to discover a unique world: Kjellström, Lundström, and finally Reindalen, an isolated valley where many reindeer come to spend the winter.

Day 14Reindalen - Longyearbyen

We finish our descent into the largest valley of Svalbard - it is more than 40 km long - and we set up camp there for one final night.

The tank will then join us to drive us to Longyearbyen where we will find the comfort of our guesthouse.

Day 15Longyearbyen

Relax and visit Longyearbyen and the Polar Museum. Other activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling or ice cave exploration are also possible (subject to availability).

Day 16Final day

Airport transfer in the very early morning

Included
  • All transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Accommodation including three nights in a guesthouse in Longyearbyen
  • Full supervision by an experienced professional guide
  • Full board except for a last evening meal in Longyearbyen
  • Cold weather technical equipment - please see 'trip details' for more information about the high quality equipment we provide on this trip ('practical info' / 'equipment’)
Not Included
  • Flights
  • The final evening meal in Longyearbyen (Approx. 30 euros)
  • All personal expenses
  • Activities non mentioned in the itinerary

Level 5/5: Extreme

Our extreme adventures are only for those in in very good physical shape. Experience in the chosen activity/activities is mandatory as is a positive attitude. This is a demanding nordic skiing winter expedition in the land of Polar Bears.

Physical preparation: You must know how to ski to participate in this type of trip. Proper control, good stamina and ease getting on and off your skis are required. This trip begins with training so you can get accustomed to your equipment and enjoy a smooth start to warm your muscles and avoid injury.

Health and fitness: Perfect health is required. For these trips, we stress the difficulty of getting help for an emergency evacuation. Radio links are non-existent and health centers are very often far away. Your guide is a qualified first aider and will always carry a full first-aid kit but we recommend that you bring your own personal first aid supplies (see equipment list for details). A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip;please explain clearly that you are going to the Arctic in weather conditions that may be very severe and require excellent health.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with us as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Accommodation

Longyearbyen: Warm guesthouse accommodation, double rooms or dormitories of 2,3 or 4 beds, hot showers and heating plus shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. (https://www.gjestehuset102.no/) Camping: Normally we provide a 3 man dome tent per 2 people, for our expeditions we use light equipment which is suitable appropriate for Svalbards winter conditions. We will also provide a spacious mess tent for meal times, fully equipped with kitchen equipment including a table and stools. Please be aware that we expect all clients participate when setting up and packing down our camps.

Transportation

This trip involves transfer by Swedish Army tanks

Budget & exchange

The currency in Svalbard (and Oslo) is the Norweigian Krone, NOK

Please budget for:

  • Any additional activities
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • One evening meal in Longyearbyen, kitchen facilities, shops and restaurants available*
  • Food and perhaps accommodation during your transfer in Oslo

*We recommend a budget starting from €30 / 290NOK for a traditional meal in a local restaurant

Tips

Tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual. If you are satisfied with your guides services we recommend a tip between 35 and 45€ per person.

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