Ski Pulka on ice floe in Svalbard
16-day adventure

The East Coast Expedition

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Code: SVEC

16 days
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Our base in Svalbard is located in the town of Longyearbyen. Our team of logisticians and guides will live there for several months each year to coordinate our expeditions. We offer a wide range of activities in this extreme environment including hiking, dog sledding, cross country skiing and kayaking. This is the most northerly archipelago in the world and in order to experience it safely, it is essential you have the correct equipment. To...
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Kandoo's view

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 floes 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.

Trip highlights

  • A challenging skiing adventure, crossing on foot to the east coast of Spitsbergen
  • Discover the hidden arctic universe of Spitsbergen
  • Enjoy the experience of sled dogs to help pull our pulks
  • Benefit from our quality technical equipment

Experiences

  • Trekking & Hiking
    Hikers in Thorong, during the Annapurnas Tour
    Our core collection of treks and hikes, through some of the world's most outstanding landscapes
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    Ski Pulka on ice floe in Svalbard
    Join us on a polar expedition

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    EVENING FLIGHT TO LONGYEARBYEN

    Welcome to Svalbard. We will greet you at the airport late at night and escort you to your accommodation in the city, under the light of the midnight sun.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    LONGYEARBYEN

    Distribution, verification and familiarization with our equipment ready for tomorrow’s 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.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    RABOTBREEN GLACIER

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

    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Trip information

Difficulty

Our extreme adventures are only for those with a very high level of fitness.


This is a demanding winter expedition in the land of polar bears. Due to the remote nature of the journey and the limited amount of supplies that we can carry, it is essential that we cover distances in good time. 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.

For this 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.


To talk to us about your suitability for this trip please feel free to give us a call. 

Food & drink

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!


During our expedition, each person is responsible for their own equipment, including food, and will carry everything on pulks. Therefore light and easy to cook meals are favoured. In spite of this, plus the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in the arctic regions, we are proud of the varied, and frankly delicious food we provide even

when camping. You will have the opportunity to try local products and several local delicacies.


Each day will start with a hearty breakfast accompanied by plenty of tea and coffee or hot chocolate. You will carry a picnic lunch and plenty of snacks for the day and evening meals will include three courses: soup/starter, a hot main dish and a dessert.


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 day’s 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 needs.

Accommodation

LONGYEARBYEN: warm guesthouse accommodation: 2-, 3- or 4-bed rooms, hot showers and heating plus shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. This trip does not include accommodation on the final evening because flights normally require departure at midnight this night.


CAMPING: we provide a 3 man dome tent per 2 people, 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 we expect all clients to participate when setting up and packing down our camps.

Your guide

You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Svalbard team are experts in polar environments. All activities are lead by our qualified guides who are all English speaking outdoor practitioners with a passion for everything arctic.


Please note that this adventure takes place in an isolated, polar environment where around 2500 polar bears live - your guide will explain the safety rules which must be followed at your expedition briefing .

How do I get there?

To reach Longyearbyen, there are direct flights from Oslo provided by SAS and Norwegian Airlines. Direct flights do not operate every day of the week so you may need to spend a night in Oslo before continuing your journey the next day.

To reach Oslo from the UK, there are direct flights with British Airways from Heathrow and Norwegian Airlines have direct flights from Gatwick and Edinburgh. SAS have direct flights from Manchester.

If you are travelling from the US, SAS operate direct flights to Oslo from New York. From the west coast there are good flight options with Air France, KLM and Lufthansa.

Budget & change

The currency in Spitzbergen is the Norwegian Krona (NOK).
The the latest exchange rates please visit www.xe.com

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 guide’s services we recommend a tip between 350-450 NOK per person (equivalent to £30-40 per person)

Formalities & health

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least six months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required. You can check your requirements on the website provided by the Norwegian government

Visa

Travelling to Norway is visa free for up to 90 days, for UK and US citizens

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses.

We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Medication

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. Please bring with you any personal medication that you may need such as inhalers, plasters and painkillers.

Equipment & clothing

Equipment supplied by Kandoo Adventures

We will provide you with all of the technical equipment you will need for this adventure, so that you spend a pleasant stay without suffering discomfort. We are proud of the range of high quality equipment we are able to supply which is suitable for Spitsbergen’s unpredictable spring climate.


GROUP EQUIPMENT
  • 'Tepee' style mess tent with table, stools and cooking equipment
  • Sarsat beacon
  • VHF radio
  • Heavy calibre rifle
  • Alarm gun
  • Mini-flares and penjectors for each group member
  • First aid kit

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

Clothing to bring

  • Long waterproof jacket (with a hood, Gore-Tex/Nikwax or equivalent)
  • Waterproof trousers/salopettes (Gore-Tex/Nikwax or equivalent)
  • At least two pairs of good under gloves and over gloves
  • Sunglasses (UV 400)
  • Ski mask (mandatory)
  • Thick balaclava (fleece)
  • Appropriate warm neck wear
  • Warm hat (wool)
  • Warm jacket (synthetic or down)
  • Several sets of warm thermal underwear (long johns & long sleeved tops)
  • Thin socks and 3 or 4 pairs of thick socks


IN LONGYEARBYEN
  • Your swimming stuff (for the pool or sauna options)
  • Clothes for travelling in (these can stay here when you are on your expedition)
  • Small towel and personal toiletries

Equipment to bring

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sun cream and protective lip salve (not water-based as it will freeze)
  • Any personal medication
  • Mini toiletary kit and toilet roll
  • Thermos flask
  • Head torch & spare batteries

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Price includes

  • 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’)

Price does not include

  • Flights to Longyearbyen
  • Travel insurance
  • Your personal trekking gear
  • Your personal medication
  • The final evening meal in Longyearbyen (approx. £25)
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation on day 15 as midnight departure for the airport is required