- Kandoo Kayaking
- Kandoo Arctic
our UK team
Welcome to Svalbard. We will greet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation in the city. Don't worry if your flight arrives in the middle of the night, we provide 24 hour airport transfers.
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, which will take around 12 hours.
Today we cruise along the west coast to the north of the archipelago. It is a spectacular 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.
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 supreme - the
northernmost kayaking destination on the planet!
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 surprising 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 ochre red flat lands where reindeer roam. This is the kingdom of the mighty polar bear. We are likely to come across these breath-taking mammals often and are able to observe them in their natural environment.
We will then head to Wood Fjord 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. Our remote wilderness adventure comes to an end at the secret hot springs of Woodfjorden.
After 3 weeks away from civilization, we board the boat in the Texas Bar area and make the long journey back to Longyearbyen.
Following the west coast of Svalbard, keeping an eye out for marine life and catching our final glimpses of the true polar wilderness, before stepping onto the harbour at Longyearbyen where a hot shower and real bed await us.
If for safety reasons (i.e. poor weather) we are unable to make the return journey on Day 21, today is the contingency day. If all goes to plan, we can spend today taking a relaxing stroll around Longyearbyen and soaking up the local atmosphere; perhaps visit the polar museum.
Optional full or half-day activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling or ice cave exploration are also available (to be booked locally, speak to the guide about this).
Depending on your flight time, you have the morning to relax and explore Longyearbyen with its edge-of-the-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 (Additional charges apply).
Our team will transfer you to the airport for your return flight.
note that this itinerary, including distances and times, is indicative. Our
guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather, your
interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to
achieve this, changes to the programme may be made.
Our extreme adventures are only for those with a very high level of fitness.
trip, we must stress the difficulty of getting help in an emergency evacuation. Radio links
are non-existent and health centres 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. 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.
Besides one evening meal in
Longyearbyen, this trip includes full board. For your evening meal on the final
day there are shops and kitchen facilities available or local restaurants for
you to sample - we have lots of recommendations!
We are proud of the varied, fresh and
frankly delicious food we provide even when camping. Meals are based on a
selection of local products and you will have the opportunity to try several
local delicacies. Each day will start with a cold breakfast accompanied by
plenty of tea and coffee or hot chocolate. Then you will prepare your own
picnic lunch for the day from a buffet style array of options. Evening meals
will include three courses: soup/starter, a hot dish and a dessert. Due to the
length of this trip we are not able to offer fresh fruit and vegetables every
Your help in the kitchen is expected and
much appreciated, particularly in the evenings. We like when the whole group
work as a team to cook dinner, it creates a pleasant atmosphere as we reflect
on the days adventures together. We want you to be a member of our team;
not a sheep!
Please let us know about any dietary
requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your
guesthouse accommodation in twin rooms. Shared bathroom and kitchen facilities with heating and hot water. Although these aren't en-suite, there are plenty of bathrooms available per floor of the accommodation and these are modern facilities kept to an extremely high cleanliness. From the accommodation it is roughly a 10 minute, downhill walk into Longyearbyen town.
NIGHT BOAT: one
night on the cruise ship to reach start point of expedition
CAMPING: We provide a 3 man dome tent per 2 people, an insulated sleeping mat and a synthetic sleeping bag. For our expeditions we use light equipment which is appropriate for Svalbard’s winter conditions. We will also provide a spacious mess tent for meal times, fully equipped with kitchen equipment. Please be aware that our expeditions in Svalbard involve full participation, we expect all travellers to assist with setting up and packing down our camps, preparing meals etc. This is a team effort!
You may bring a hold bag (up to 20kg) as
well as a cabin bag. Your possessions
will have to fit into your kayak during
the expedition so please do not over pack. For your hold luggage please bring a
soft bag like a rucksack rather than a suitcase because it is more practical
when loading local buses and trailers. We also recommend that you pack your
clothes in plastic bags inside your rucksack so that they stay dry in the event
of bad weather.
Your main luggage will remain in Longyearbyen during the trip. We will provide
you with 2 dry bags to safely store the sleeping bag and your personal clothes.
Please note that the bag for your personal clothes does not exceed 22 litres
Please bring a small rucksack to use as a
day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the plane. You will carry your
lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day.
will provide you with all of the technical equipment you will need for this
amazing adventure. Our
tandem sea kayaks were chosen for their stability and comfortable, they are
suitable for first time kayakers and have plenty of storage capacity for our
expedition gear. They are suitable for the changeable 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.
Choosing the right materials
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 does not dry quickly. 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
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