The East Coast Expedition
- Trekking & Hiking
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.
Distribution, verification and familiarization with our equipment ready for tomorrow’s departure by Snowcat. Today is a chance to meet everyone, to prepare for our adventure and to explore the northernmost city on the planet, Longyearbyen.
Into the wilderness! We load our expedition equipment and set off in a Snowcat towards Rabotbreen glacier, the starting point of our
expedition, far from civilization. (Yes, a Snowcat!).
Today, the great crossing can begin. Once our equipment is loaded into our pulks, we leave camp and head towards the east coast of the
island which is covered with pack ice for much of the year. Over two days, we travel along glaciers in an Arctic atmosphere, immersed in this blank and infinite landscapes punctuated only by mountains.
The valley finally opens up onto the frozen sea, a grandiose spectacle of the pack ice which covers the east coast of Spitsbergen. Depending on the weather we move on the snow or ice, past seals basking in the sun. This is polar bear territory; we may have the chance to see the magnificent bears which dominate these lands.
Next, we leave the pack ice and head up onto the Nordsyssel glacier. We cross a pass at 230m whichoverlooks the surrounding valleys
and offers a magnificent view of the area. Then we head down to the Kjellström valley and spend the night near a frozen lake. Over the following days, each valley is an opportunity to discover a unique world: Kjellström, Lundström, and finally Reindalen, an isolated valley where many reindeer come to spend the winter.
We finish our descent into the largest valley of Svalbard - it is more than 40 km long. The Snowcat will then re-join us and we drive to Longyearbyen where we will find the comfort of our guesthouse.
Depending on the time of your return flight, there may be time to enjoy optional activities such as dog sledding before you transfer to the airport and start your journey home.
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!
During our expedition, each person is
responsible for their own equipment, including food, and will carry everything
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
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. There is a bar and restaurant available on the premises and from the accommodation it is roughly a 10 minute, downhill walk into Longyearbyen town.
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 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
Tipping customs vary all over the world and can be very confusing when travelling to a new country. Tipping in Svalbard is always appreciated, however 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). On the other hand, if you receive bad service or have not been treated well, you would not be expected to tip at all.
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.
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