Look at any map and find Europe. Identify the long thin countries of Norway, Sweden and Finland pointing downwards from the north of the continent towards mainland Europe. Now let your eyes travel north, north and more north and you’ll see Svalbard. A kingdom of Norway, technically an archipelago and often referred to as Spitzbergen or Spitsbergen, Svalbard Norway is one of the most northern populated places on earth.
This incredible Arctic Archipelago is over 60% covered in ice and is made up of 9 main islands. It is just over 800 miles from here to the North Pole and situated within the Arctic Circle. As such, it is a fantastic place to spot the aurora borealis or the Northern Lights and experience the beautiful midnight sun. The sun doesn’t set in Svalbard during the summer for almost 5 months and doesn’t rise for 3 months during the winter. Svalbard is truly a place of extremes.
With over 2000 glaciers and 7 national parks, Svalbard is an excellent place for arctic adventures. Kandoo Adventures offer a choice of different trips to this remote place which explore the endless tundra, ancient glaciers and ice-filled seas. Walking in Svalbard often requires snowshoes, crampons, walking poles and occasionally cross-country skis, and transport methods vary between travelling by tank, sled and sea kayak. Svalbard is completely off the well-beaten track and the perfect destination for a once in a lifetime adventure.
To reach Svalbard, flights to Longyearbyen come from Norway mostly and as the largest settlement here, Longyearbyen is home to the majority of the population of Svalbard. Things to do in Svalbard include visiting the Svalbard Museum, dog sledding, skiing, ice fishing, sea kayaking, hiking, sailing and wildlife spotting. Kandoo’s Svalbard holidays take place during the summer months and take advantage of the warmer months to wild camp next to the water, traverse the sprawling ice fields and fjords and sea kayak amongst icebergs in the Arctic Sea.
Our exciting adventure holidays to Svalbard range from 8 – 22 days and are rated moderate to difficult in terms of fitness requirements due to the remote nature of this destination. Choose from Kayaking the Five Glaciers Svalbard trip and spend 8 days exploring this stunning region via sea kayak or hike the glaciers and fjords on foot and try our Van Post Glacier Svalbard trip. For the ultimate arctic adventure expedition our 22 day Texas Bar Svalbard trip traverses the north of the archipelago via kayak and takes you to some of the most isolated places on earth. Look out for polar bears on all our trips, who actually outnumber people in Svalbard, as well as other shy arctic wildlife.
Your safety is paramount to us, and our guides are experienced and knowledgeable leaders. Kandoo Adventures specialize in iconic adventures to incredible places and Svalbard is one of the most unforgettable landscapes to visit. For a memorable arctic adventure, we can think of no better destination. Get in touch with our team of travel experts today to find out more.