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A truly remarkable expedition in the lands north of Spitsbergen. A place where few humans venture, an arctic paradise where polar bears reign and silence dominates, a land of icebergs, glaciers and rocky outcrops...

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Detailed itinerary

day 1Evening flight 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.

Transport: Private vehicle and aeroplane
Accommodation: Guesthouse or private apartment

day 2Longyearbyen

Your guide will join you at your accommodation this morning for an official briefing - this morning is a chance to meet the group, prepare for our adventure and deal with
logistics like equipment, the weather forecast and safety procedures. We should also have time to explore Longyearbyen before our afternoon departure by boat for
the North via Isfjord.

Activities: Explore Longyearbyen & prepare for expedition
Transport:Boat
Accommodation: On board

day 3Navigating the North of the Svalbard Archipelago

Today we cruise along the west coast to the north of the archipelago. It is a top start to a great expedition, cruising through the ice-filled waters. The boat will drop us on a beach during the night depending on the weather conditions.

Transport: Boat
Accommodation: Camping

Day 4 to Day 21The Great Northern Expedition

Over the next 17 days we will spend each night camping, discovering different sheltered spots and immersing ourselves completely in these northern lands. We can expect a new adventure each day in this varied remote wilderness where polar bears reign suprime - the northernmost kayaking destination!

To begin, we will most likely head to Smeerenburg Fjord in the northwest of the island, just opposite the island of Amsterdam. It is one of the most spectacular
places of the archipelago with its distinctive, sharp peaks.

In these untouched remote northern lands we will observe white and blue glaciers tumbling abruptly into the sea and thousands of islands which are home to a suprising variety of wildlife. We will weave around islands of black rock ( the last rocks before the North Pole), and imposing icebergs which drift through the seas, battered by the winds...

We will find ourselves in an area where few humans have ventured before and explore coves and cliffs sheltering thousands of birds - our own private spectacle. Here, on the beaches, it is not uncommon to find seals or walruses basking in the sun...

Then we will explore the great ocher red flat lands where reindeer roam. This is the kingdom of the mighty polar bear, we are likely to come across these breathtaking mammals often and are able to observe them in their natural environment.

We will then head to Wood Fiord and Leift where we find the hut of Texas Bar, opposite the huge glacier of Monaco that gave its name to this magnificent expedition. The Glacier Front  stretches for more than 3 miles (+5kms) and carries tons of icebergs which are scattered across the bay. It is in this magical place, where in 2006 we were graced with the presence of a female polar bear with her two cubs who had taken up residence near our camp for three days.

Our remote wilderness adventure comes to an end at the secret hot springs of Woodfjorden where we will find a Farm and our first sightings of real civilization.

Return to Longyearbyen by boat.
Activities: Sea-kayaking expedition
Accommodation: Camping each night & guesthouse in Longyearbyen day 21

Day 22Longyearbyen

A day to relax and explore Longyearbyen with its edge-ofthe-world atmosphere. We recommend visiting Svalbard museum and you can also choose from a variety of optional activities like summer dog-sledding or a cruise to the abandoned Russian city of Pyramiden... Please note that today also acts of a 'safety day' in case of delays in our itinerary.

Activities: Various optional activities
Transport: Airport transfer late this evening
Accommodation: Not included

Day 23Farewell Svalbard

Transfer to the airport for your flights home

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Route: Texas Bar
Arrival: July 11 2019
Days: 23
Price: £3990 $5200 €0
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Included
  • Airport transfers
  • Two nights guesthouse accommodation in Longyearbyen
  • Free walking tour of Longyearbyen
  • All technical camping gear
  • All sea-kayaking equipment
  • Full supervision by an experienced professional guide
  • Full board except for a last evening meal in Longyearbyen (day 22)
  • Overnight boat trip across Isfjordto expedition start
  • Boat trip back to Longyearbyen after expedition
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Accommodation day 22 -late evening flight departure
  • Evening meal on day 22 in Longyearbyen (kitchen facilities/restaurant options available)

Comfort 1/5: Camping

This trip includes two nights guesthouse accommodation in Longyearbyen, one night on a boat and all other nights in tents. Normally we provide a 3 man dome tent per 2 people for maximum space and comfort. For our basecamps we usually set up a fully equipped mess tent for meal times, including a table and stools. We are proud of our high quality camping  equipment and take care to monitor and store everything correctly.

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. Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.

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: 2 nights guesthouse or private apartment accommodation , double rooms, shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

On board: One night on the cruise ship to reach start point of expedition

During the expedition: normally we provide a 3 man dome tent per 2 people, we use equipment appropriate for Svalbards sometimes changeable conditions. We will also provide a spacious mess tent for meal times, fully equipped with kitchen equipment including a table and stools.

Transportation

This trip includes transportation by local boats.

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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