The Five Glaciers
- Trekking & Hiking
our UK team
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.
This morning we will take a scenic boat trip across Isfjord to the bay of Ymerbukta and begin our kayaking expedition. This sheltered
bay is the perfect place to set up our first camp and to practice our sea-kayaking skills. We can explore Ymerbukta fjord and paddle up to the glacier front. where we can witness the impacts of global warming as we observe Ymerbukta Glacier throwing itself with difficulty into the sea.
Today we paddle to Bore Bay – which, contrary to its name,is no bore! It is home to two glaciers, the huge, majestic Bore Glacier and the looming mysterious Nansen Glacier.
To reach Nordfjorden, we pass through Boheman Cape flatlands where reindeer roam. A walk through the tundra allows us to
immerse ourselves in the world of miners. Here we can visit the remains of Spitsbergen’s first ever coal mine and explore wind-battered old cabins of the late 19th century.
Today we will go hiking in the moors of Boheman and explore the tundra and permafrost which characterize these Arctic lands.
We can enjoy splendid views of the glacier and the fjord and spot reindeer and migrating barnacle geese.
Today we will discover the majestic Wahlenberg Glacier which overlooks the sea and journey to Svea Glacier, the largest and most active of all. Every year this glacier yields thousands of multi-coloured icebergs which drift from the bay.
Now we have two nights at Svea Glacier to fully explore this silent arctic world. We can paddle among icebergs where seals and arctic
birds bask and summit ridges with simply stunning views.
This evening we head back to Longyearbyen. Today is a final chance to enjoy this remote wilderness environment as well as to pack up. Perhaps a final walk across the moraines or a final paddle through ice-filled waters will be on the agenda.
Day 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). Accommodation is not provided as we will depart for the Airport during the night.
Airport transfer in the very early morning.
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.
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!
Despite the lack of fresh fruits and
vegetables in the arctic regions 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. We try to offer fresh
fruit and vegetables every day but please be aware that this is not always
possible in an isolated arctic environment.
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: 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.
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.
Tipping is always appreciated. it
is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.
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.
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