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Equipment

SUMMER EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT

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SUPPLIED EQUIPMENT

We will provide you with all of the technical equipment you will need for this adventure - all you need to bring are your hiking boots.

Group Supplied Equipment

We will provide the group with...

  • A 'Tepee' style mess tent with table, stools and cooking equipment
  • A cooking camp stove
  • 'Ortlieb' water belts
  • A Sarsat beacon
  • A VHF radio
  • A heavy caliber rifle
  • An alarm gun
  • A first aid kit

Individual Supplied Equipment

We will supply you with...

  • A tent per two people (a 3 man dome tent for maximum space and comfort)
  • A self-inflating sleeping mat
  • A suitable synthetic sleeping bag ( -6°C) with a dry bag
  • A dry bag 22 litre for personal use
  • An aluminium thermos flask per 2 people
  • Helly Hansen fleece lined salopettes for kayaking and when ashore
  • Sea-kayaking equipment:
  • A tandem sea kayak with directional rudder (1 per 2 people)
  • A Gore-tex dry suit with integrated warm fleece liner
  • A pair of kayak pogies
  • A spray deck
  • A life jacket with two pockets
  • A neoprene balaclava
  • 1 pair of 'croc' style shoes/sandals

Our sea kayaks were chosen for their stability and comfortable, they are suitable for first time kayakers. Average speed 2-3 miles per hour, up to 6 miles per hour. Suitable for all sea conditions and in the unlikely event of capsize they are surprisingly easy to right, even at sea you would be back on board and paddling in no time.

Vital Personal Equipment

FOR LONGYEARBYEN

  • Clothes for travelling in (these can stay here when you are on the expedition part of this adventure)
  • A small towel and your personal toiletries

FOR THE EXPEDITION

  • A sleeping bag liner - fleece lined for extra warmth
  • Your waterproof  walking boots
  • Rubber (wellington) boots with tread
  • Waterproof, windproof jacket (with a hood)
  • Waterproof trousers (breathable)
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermals - top & long johns
  • A fleece/jumper
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Thin socks and thick socks (we recommend bringing 3-4 pairs of thick socks)
  • Sunhat and sun cream
  • Sunglasses (UV 400)
  • A small towel, your personal toiletries and toilet roll
  • Any personal medication
  • A water bottle/flask
  • A small rucksack to use as a day bag
  • Head torch & spare batteries (although it is nearly always light in the summer months)
  • Clothes for travelling in

Our advice for keeping warm

It can be humid and cold in Spitsbergen, please think carefully about what clothes you pack. We will provide warm outer layers but the layers you wear next to your skin can make the biggest difference. We recommend:

  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:

1. A warm breathable base layer
2. A second thermal layer
3. Wind and waterproof protective out layers

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry
fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool.

The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Helpful Equipment

You may also consider packing

  • Your camera (and suitable protective waterproof case) and spare batteries
  • Binoculars
  • A comfortable evening outfit
  • A comfortable pair of shoes for the evenings
  • Walking poles
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Insect repellent
  • A knife
  • A notepad and pencil
  • Dry bag / Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Your swimming gear- optional for use in Longyearbyen
  • Power bank 

 

SPRING EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT

Norway Svalbard Spitsbergen Winter Equipment2

SUPPLIED EQUIPMENT

We will provide you with all of the technical equipment you will need for this adventure - all you need to bring are your hiking boots.

Group Supplied Equipment

We will provide the group with...

  • A 'Tepee' style mess tent with table, stools and cooking equipment
  • A Sarsat beason
  • A VHF radio
  • A heavy caliber rifle
  • An alarm gun
  • A copy of Spitsbergen animal records
  • Cooking Stove
  • Thermos Flasks
  • A first aid kit
  • Books about local flora and fauna

Individual Supplied Equipment

We will supply you with...

  • A large warm down jacket for when you are not participating in activities
  • Polar overalls
  • A suitable tent per 2 people (3 man dome tent for maximum space & comfort)
  • A self-inflating sleeping mat
  • A suitable synthetic sleeping bag ( -25°C) and dry bag
  • Nordic cross country skis and/or snowshoes
  • Ski poles
  • Warm snow boots for walking around camp (Sorel)
  • Pulks (mini sledges for carrying your gear)

Vital Personal Equipment

FOR LONGYEARBYEN

  • Clothes for travelling in (these can stay here when you are on the expedition part of this adventure)
  • A small towel and your personal toiletries

FOR THE EXPEDITION

  • Long waterproof jacket (with a hood, Gore-Tex/Nikwax or equivalent)
  • Waterproof trousers/salopettes (Gore-Tex/Nikwax or equivalent)
  • A down jacket
  • At least two pairs of good under gloves and over gloves
  • Sunglasses (UV 400)
  • A ski mask (mandatory)
  • A thick balaclava (fleece)
  • Appropriate warm neck wear
  • A warm hat (wool)
  • A warm jacket (synthetic down)
  • Several sets of warm thermal underwear (long johns & long sleeved tops)
  • Thin socks and 3 or 4 pairs of thick socks
  • Pair of warm mittens
  • Sun cream and protective lipsalve (not water-based - water freezes)
  • Sleeping bag liner- fleece lined 
  • Any personal medication
  • Mini toiletry kit and toilet roll
  • A thermos flask
  • Head torch & spare batteries

Our advice for keeping warm

It can be humid and cold in Spitsbergen, please think carefully about what clothes you pack especially for our spring trips. We will provide warm outer layers but the layers you wear next to your skin can make the biggest difference. We recommend:

  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:

1. A warm breathable base layer
2. A second thermal layer
3. Wind and waterproof protective out layers

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry
fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool.

The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

 

Speak with an expert Start planning your next adventure by contacting one of our team.
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Rachael Bode

Adventure Travel Consultant

Phone: + 44 1283 499982

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Sharon King

Adventure Travel Consultant

Phone: +44 1283 499981

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Victoria Hoddy

Adventure Travel Consultant

Phone: +44 (0)1283 205478

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