Amazing 11-day hiking adventure in Spitsbergen in the Arctic, travelling on a Polar yacht together with an IFMGA certified mountain guide.
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.
Accommodation aboard the Polaris, single or double cabin
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reppingen ascent at 612 meters, a great day, an unforgettable arctic experience. Anchorage in Prince Karls.
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.
I was born in Lyon, from a Savoyard mother and an Ardéchois father. I discovered in the slopes, the school benches and the knowledge of the life outside the walls of the successive schools I frequented.
Then, Saône docks followed. And in one of these venerable institutions, where a big number of dunces were graduated, I started studying latin. But in order to “fluctuat nec mergitur”, I decided to leave it and start enjoying another culture, the National Union of Mountain Centres (that became the UCPA).
There, as a “volunteer instructor”, I discovered in successive seasons the Guisane and its mountains, supervised by great professionals, Oisans guides, attentive to all important things of its valley and culture.
At that time, Gaston Rebuffat passed by there. Armed with a long pole, commenting on the silent film images projected in some obscure church halls, he brought with him images of the world responsible for odours and a host of flavours that only childhood memories know how to render it.
Aspiring guide in autumn of 1967, I was integrated and assigned to the Military Mountain School of Chamonix in the next spring, while “May ‘68” raging, I had done my time as an instructor.
From the other side, my permanent disputes and mountain escapades allowed me to discover myself, in addition to the friendship of some great personalities of the Alps, jails in 27th BCA and six weeks of “overflow” which intensified my opinion…
In 1970, in possession of my guide certificate, I failed the Haute Tarentaise, and I came to the Arcs where I have practiced my profession for over 35 years.
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|EUR 6238 each|
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|EUR 5926 each|
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