• Trip duration
    11 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    12 people
  • Mountain range
    -
  • Best period
    Aug

Description

Discover the remote and wild region of Spitsbergen (Svalbard) in this 11-day trip hiking in this Arctic region.

The starting point of this adventure is Longyearbyen, in Svalbard, Norway. From there we’ll sail on the Polaris, a yacht that will take us to the northwest part of Spitsbergen.

This almost unexplored region is the largest island on the Svalbard archipelago and the only one which is inhabited. Tourism is not common in this virgin land.

The Polaris will be our comfortable home during the trip and it will help us to move every day searching for new areas and remote locations.

We will navigate mostly in calm sea or sheltered waters. Our yacht will take us from fjord to fjord along the ice, providing the opportunity of discovering beautiful landscapes.

According to the regulations of this region, we have to take into account the presence of bears looking for food. Because of this, we can only walk there in an organized group.

One of the highlights of this trip are definitely the stunning polar landscapes. We’ll have access to the wildest places with zodiacs to observe wildlife, discover Spitsbergen national park and the Arctic desert.

Besides we’ll cross the 80th parallel if the weather conditions allow it. And, of course, we’ll enjoy the comfort and the excellent French table aboard the Polaris.

This is a unique trek-cruise in Spitsbergen.  Actually, all the members of the crew are experts in polar travel and have completed the “Ifremmont” training.

You can find a complete program below, in case you want further details about this adventure. However, some of this information may change when you travel, due to the airline connections to or from Longyearbyen.

So if you want to be a part of this once in a lifetime adventure, please contact me! I’ll be happy to give you more information about this trip and be your guide in this extreme region of the Arctic.

Itinerary

Day 1

Flight France – Oslo. Possible Overnight at hotel.

Day 2

Flight Oslo – Longyearbyen.

The trip begins in the Norwegian town designated as the capital of Svalbard. You’ll find all the conveniences of a modern town, located in a fantastic Arctic landscape.

The history of Longyearbyen is that of a mining town and the heritage of the first mine can be observed.

Boarding the ship anchored in port. Equipment towards the northwest, this area is dotted with islands, fjords and beaches with a long history of exploration.

When Willhelm Barentz discovered Svalbard in 1956, it was the land he noticed first. The name he gave to this new land was Spitzberg, reflecting the steep, imposing mountains of the region. Anchorage in the Bay of Tryghamna.

Day 3

Bloomstrand

Ascent of Knuvlen (333 m), dome among the ice. Our first hiking sets the mood of this colorful country. Here abound reindeer and polar foxes dens, where the cubs don’t hesitate to come see hikers. Anchorage in Bloomstrand.

Day 4

Blomstrand / Ossian Sarsfjellet

In the morning, landing in the north of the island of Blomstrand.

Ascent of the Irgensfjellet summit at 387 meters, splendid view of the 3 crowns, then crossing on the south shore where Polaris will pick up the group.

Discovery of the old marble mine dated from the beginning of the century, and observation of the skuas which nest there. We can observe polygonal soils. Sailing to the bay of the king and anchorage in Ossian Sarsfjellet.

Day 5

Ossian Sars Fjellet / Magdelaine bay

Landing on the beach of Ossian Sars Fjellet island, a bird reserve.

Easy hike to the colony of kittiwakes and guillemots; you can get very close. The hike continues towards the Kongsbreen glacier, in the middle of a colorful tundra. We admire the glacial lakes and the Kongsbreen (Kings Glacier) with its three nunataks (peaks rising through the ice) Nora, Dana and Svea – in reference to the three Scandinavian countries.

It is in the south of Raudvika that we will find the zodiacs.

Anchorage in Magdelaine bay, the whalers holy patroness.

Day 6

Indre Norskoya / Sallyhamna

From there, we start looking for the bears before approaching them by sea. Landing in zodiac  to observe a walrus colony basking on a sandy beach with a great view of Gullibreen glacier. A walk along the beach and on the moraine offer a view of the Calving glacier.

Back aboard the Polaris and sail towards the northwest islands Indre Norskoya. It’s difficult to imagine a more inhospitable coast. Almost everywhere the mountains descend steeply to the sea.

Amongst the 7 glaciers, only the largest reach the sea by their ice front and following their generalized withdrawal, more bands of moraine are formed among these strips of ice and ocean. Anchorage in Sallyhamna.

Day 7

Indre island peak / Hamilton bay

Ascent of the Indre island peak, at 257 meters, dominated by cairns built by whalers in the XVII century. In this part of the trip, we are located at 79 ° 52 ‘north latitude.

We will approach a puffin colony that nests in cliffs near the summit plateau. Many common eiders and barnacle geese on the shore. Then we move beyond the 80.2 north latitude, we anchor the Polaris using ice screws (if conditions allow) and in an  emotional sequence “we walk on the ice” and climb a hummock! Anchorage in Hamilton bay.

Day 8

Alicehamna beach / Lillehoofjorden

This is where we are most likely to meet polar bears. And every year, one of them spends time with us looking for food. We might observe polar bears before landing on the Alicehamna beach.

Long hike on the  Solanderfjellet summits, at 333 meters and descent along the ridge.

The summit viewpoint offers a vast panorama of the mountains of Spitsbergen and their wonderful world of ice.

Aboard the polaris we head south to enter the Krossfjorden and anchorage in Lillehoofjorden at Signehamna Bay.

Day 9

Signehamna Bay / July 14th bay (Fjortende Julibukta)

After climbing over the bay, this time, it is aboard the Polaris that we will cover the front of the Lillehook glacier and its giant seracs on several kilometers.

Anchorage in July 14th bay (Fjortende Julibukta) and walk on the  July 14th glacier will allow us to see seals sunbathing on an iced deckchair.

Day 10

Reppingen / Prince Karls

Reppingen  ascent at 612 meters, a great day, an unforgettable arctic experience. Anchorage in Prince Karls.

Day 11

Return to Longyearbyen

Great crossing of the island from west to east: this multi colored tundra landscape is very different from the last days. The field is often soft and spongy and brings an even wilder atmosphere to these magical lands. And return to Longyearbyen on our last night on the archipelago.

Day 12

Flight back to Oslo during the day. Possible overnight at the hotel.

Day 13

Possible flight Oslo / France, arrival within the day.

Price per person

1 Person6050EUR
Group of 25748EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment

Extras

Accommodation

Accommodation aboard the Polaris, single or double cabin

More info

LEVEL 10 trekking days of almost 4 to 6 hours of walking (interspersed of zodiac trips to observe wildlife and landscapes). Without large altitude changes, but sometimes in rough off-trail terrain. Hiking has no technical difficulty. Eventual conquest of some small peaks. The progress can take place in snowy area and use of crampons may be necessary. A hiking experience is required.GROUP AND SUPERVISION Supervision is usually provided by two high mountain guides or guide and a guide in French mountain. The guides are trained in distant trips (Ifremmont - Educated and trained for polar land). Group of 12 participants maximum.THE 'POLARIS'We'll be navigating in a 33 meters Polar "yacht" completely renovated and refurbished by a 100% French company . “POLARIS” has 12 passengers cabins. It is the most comfortable small-capacity boat in Spitsbergen, it allows us to approach the rugged shores among moraines and giant glaciers

Disclaimer

The program for this trip is given as an indication. It describes an activity whose daily conduct is just an example. The daily outings (subject to weather conditions) don’t have any binding character, everyone is free to participate or not. Besides, some of this information may change when you travel, due to the airline connections to or from Longyearbyen.